Arabic Initial String Art {Tutorial}


I’ve been wanting to try string art for while because it just looks like so much fun to do. I thought I would try it with the letter meem, the 24th letter in the Arabic alphabet.

Supplies

12×9 inch wood board
Meem computer printout
Hammer
Embroidery thread
Tape
Nails

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

This past weekend I found a board at my local thrift shop that already had a backing and I knew the time was perfect to try this craft.

When I brought the board home, it looked like this.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

After a few coats of white paint, I managed to finally get rid of the black, loving dog.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Then I painted the white with a pretty duochrome oceanic green watercolor.  After it dried, I taped down my meem cut out and started nailing. I started on the end, placing a nail down on it’s side to use as a sizer of where to place the next nail.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

After a few rounds of “oww” and “ouch” my husband asked what I was doing. I told him that this tiny nails were impossible to hold. He suggested using pliers. Genius!

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

I outlined the whole letter with nails and then took off the paper and tape.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

I then went around the border of the board and placed nails about one inch apart.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

Once it was all finished, I tied one end of the embroidery thread onto a nail. I put in three knots to be safe.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

I then started the outline of the border and the inside of the letter.

Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

 

 

Once the outline was complete, I started doing the inside between the outlines.
Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab
I ended up using three packets of embroidery thread total and I think it came out great.
Arabic Initial String Art Tutorial by A Crafty Arab

 

To have more crafty fun with Arabic letters, check out my other tutorials –
Arabic Initial Wrapping Paper Tutorial
Arabic Initial Tote Tutorial
Stop by A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to learn create more crafts with the Arabic language.

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