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Week 33 {tiny paintings project}

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I originally made this trap to catch Sticky from Week 31. I imagined a fun game for my boys, with a cargo net and covert operations, while camping in the woods. But then I got carried away with the net camouflage – I really can’t paint plain green leaves. So the fairies came out, and the cargo net became a hammock. But it’s still a trap.

This net fits an Iphone perfectly - but then I couldn't take a picture of that with my phone.

The supplies for this project are fairly simple. It just takes a while to tie the net.  Think of it like knitting, or a complex friendship bracelet. It might look complicated- but I’ve used the same overhand knot everywhere.



Or, get the artwork in the "artwork downloads" column to the right. Print it out on 4" x 6" photo paper, and make sure the print size is 100%. You might need to save the file and print using a photo application.

This art is only for your personal use, and may not be reproduced.  And please, if you use my artwork, send me a picture of what you made, so I can pin it to my pinterest board.


FIG. 1 Supplies: 8 ½” x 11” piece of cardboard, scissors, X-acto knife (optional, but I used it to cut out the artwork because its so tiny), tape, Tacky glue, printout, ruler, natural fiber twine or cord no thicker than angel hair pasta (polyester will be too slippery).

FIG. 2 Mark off a ½” grid on the cardboard.

FIG. 3 Cut two pieces of cord  32” long. Put the ends together, fold over to make a loop, and tie an overhand knot.

FIG. 4 Repeat until you have six pairs with looped ends. Trim the knot tails.

FIG. 5 Place the strings on a line on the cardboard, then fold the loop over the back and tape it down.

FIG. 6 Take one strand from each group and tie it to its neighbor with an overhand knot.

FIG. 7 The knots should land one row down, on the + between the groups.  Tape the stragglers on the ends to the + where they would be if they had a pair.

FIG. 8 Next row, do the same thing. Start with the stragglers on the ends and pair them up with their original set. Notice there is a blank + in the middle of each diamond you form.

FIG. 9 Continue until you have eight rows of tape on the ends. The taped spots are where you will put the flora and fauna.

FIG. 10 When you get to the end you should have your original pairs matched up. Tie the ends in loops, the same way you started. Trim the ends.

FIG. 10 Take the net off the board. Use a contrasting color cord. Thread it through the loops on one end, then weave it through the loops on the sides (where the tape used to be). Go a all the way around and tie it off.  Play with it. Grab the string at the center of both ends, and you can push the net down like a cinch sack.

FIG. 12 Cut out the artwork. Fold a set of flowers in half and crease it. Put a little glue on one side and slip it through an outside loop on the net (remember the place where the tape used to be?) Pinch the flower sides together around the cord.

FIG. 13 Repeat with all the flowers and leaves. Now, how will you play with your net? I think it would make great gift wrap. 


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