String Art on Canvas

Michelle McCaughtry
by Michelle McCaughtry
6 Materials
1 Day

Everyone is doing this so I had to try my hand at it too. And it was fun to do with my granddaughter!

First we mixed floetrol with lemon kiss unicorn spit in equal amounts. You don’t need a lot but if you make too much you can pour the leftovers in a bottle for your next project. . The floetrol keeps the unicorn spit from drying too fast so you can pull your string through to make the flower.

We painted an 11x14 canvas in the bright yellow using a chip brush.


We used craft string from Joann fabric but just about anything would work. Twine, yarn, kite string, even an old shoe lace I think with the plastic tips cut off. Cut a piece of string long enough to lay some loops on your canvas. I measured my pieces dry before I painted the canvas.

Put your colors on a paper plate. I used Doves Cry, phoenix fire mixed with some finchi Fran gold and some Athena polished copper and some grace c hummingbird. I wanted my colors separated but you can mix them all together or whatever strikes your fancy.

Wrap your string around your fingers but leave a tail so you will have a clean spot to pull on when you’re pulling the flower down.

Dip the string in the spit leaving the tail clean. Press the string down so it is well saturated.

Pull the string up out of the spit and lay it down on the canvas in loops.

I ended up redoing the purple- I messed it up. Tip- stand up as you are pulling the string so you can pull straight toward you without worrying about the wet string pooling up in your lap. 🙄

Pull in a straight line off the canvas and these beautiful iris flowers appear as the string drags down the canvas!

Isn’t this the coolest thing?

And of course I had to add glitter!

Once the canvas is dry (leave overnight) seal your spit with an oil based spray sealer. Maxwax fast drying polyurethane works great. One light coat is all you need.

And here is my sweet granddaughter with her string painting. She loves coming to grandma's house to paint...icon

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  • Linda Linda on Mar 22, 2019

    Thank you can't wait to try it. What would I use for a white background?

  • Sharon Pinter Sharon Pinter on May 25, 2019

    Can you do this string art on a wall? If would you do it? Would live to try on my front entrance of my home. But scared...

  • Becke Woods Becke Woods on Nov 28, 2020

    Do you paint your canvas the legit dry before doing the string art?

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  • Wendy Wendy on May 29, 2018

    When I first saw this fun new trend, I immediately felt intimidated. Thank you for inspiring me to do it!!

  • Cheryl Gillman Cheryl Gillman on Jun 01, 2018

    That is so cute!! And so easy for younger ones to get involved!! I love it!!