Creative Coding Blog

Maths, coding and art

String art

String art, sometimes called thread and pin art, is created by hammering small nails (panal pins) into a wooden board, and then stringing coloured threads between the pins to create images and designs.

Image by Soniya Goyal

In the digital realm, of course, we can dispense with the physical pins and threads, and simply draw lines in an image. This allows us to use far more complex designs than could easily be achieved with string, and also to use a wider variety of colours.

Alternatively, you could create designs on your computer and use that as a blueprint for creating physical art.

In the articles in this section we will look at how to create some basic shapes and curves, and how to combine these into more complex images.