Just a few of the projects you'll peruse in String Art Magic. Not only will you read them, but you'll actually take your ass to the craft store, buy the supplies, and -- get this -- do the projects. I believe in us.

Parabolic angles made easy

Geometric string art (a.k.a. symmography) can be intimidating for some people because, well, look at them. This is a craft for robots, right? Nah, I hate math. In fact, I had to take Trigonometry twice in college just to pass. Why I had to take Trig for a Fine Art degree is another story (mostly just me cussing).

In String Art Magic, you'll take the easy road to make breathtaking designs such as the sun below.

Each pattern utilizes several different common shapes that you can then duplicate to make your own string art designs. I mean, my designs are good and all, but I'm willing to bet you've got something sweet to add to the string art community.

 'Here Comes the Sun' by Rain Blanken

'Here Comes the Sun' by Rain Blanken

Curious coverings

Apparently a law was passed in the 1970's that decreed that all geometric string art must be created on a background of black velveteen felt. Thousands of string artists were forced to create under the duress of this questionable canvas. My theory is that Tim Burton since bought up the entire world supply of black felt for use in his many creative endeavors/personal wardrobe. Thanks, Tim. We're FREE!

In String Art Magic, you'll learn how to use a variety of materials to cover or paint your boards, including the burlap muslin seen here, glow-in-the-dark paint and retro decoupage.

 'Which Way to the Beach?' by Rain Blanken

'Which Way to the Beach?' by Rain Blanken

freeform with a twist

You are probably already aware of the fill-it-in string art that is currently prevailing at craft shows and all over Etsy. These tend to be simple shapes filled in with string to create a cool contrast between fiber, board and nails. In String Art Magic, we'll take it a step further than NFL logos and fancy script of last names. I experimented with this concept to add materials like shells and glass beads, work with negative space and YEAH, I included the sequin-blowing elephants just so you'd have a nice pattern for that.

 'Ahoy Matey' by Rain Blanken (dog hair not included)

'Ahoy Matey' by Rain Blanken (dog hair not included)