A lot of people think dunking is something that is just done without much thought. But, in fact, there is a great amount of thought put into it.
I done this dunk already today?”
the fans going to get tired of seeing this same dunk?”
my swag on the dunk?”
So I have been working on mastering what we call the “leg lift” in the basketball world. I have been working on this craft for years and I am still a long ways from mastering. It is what it sounds like, a simple lift of the legs when executing a dunk. While it may sound very simple, this takes a great deal of practice and can be very challenging to execute properly.
Timing is everything when it comes to the leg lift. It is best executed when the participant begins to lift his legs right before dunking the ball. By doing this there is special kind of force that is created, making a very powerful looking dunk. By lifting the legs, there is also more weight coming down as you grab the rim and finish the dunk(almost making it look like you are having a seat while hanging on the rim) and this is were the style comes in.
After all this, last but not least, the ROAR. Finish off this monstrous jam with a roar at the top of your lungs.
The trick here is to begin screaming as soon as you know you’ve completed the jam. It would be so embarrassing if you started screaming, only to find out you were unsuccessful. Once there guaranteed success, you may then begin the yelling process while still hanging on the rim. From there you can swing off of the rim with great “swag” and continue on with the roar to the crowd.
Are you looking for a cute wall piece to liven up your living room, or a cute meaningful gift for someone that is hard to buy for? Why spend a ton of money at a department stores for decorations or gifts, when you could simply make them yourself!
I have always been one for arts and crafts, and with pinterest constantly filling my head with crafty ideas and do it yourself projects, string art just looked and sounded something cool to do! If you know how to handle a hammer and can tie a knot, this project should be easy and fun.
Here are my steps start to finish to help you to successfully make a beautiful and one of a kind string art project perfect for a gift, or simply as a decoration in your own home. Trust me, people will be asking where you got them.
Lets Get Started!
Step 1: Tools and Supplies
First you must decide what kind of material you would like to work with( wood, canvas, etc.), and collect all of the supplies you will need. In this project, here is a list of the supplies used:
Wood (size is optional, however it must be at least a half inch thick to ensure nails can be hammered deep enough to prevent them from coming loose)
Nails- (16mm-25.4mm long)
String (color is optional)
Printed string art pattern or stencil
Hot glue gun (optional)
Wood Stain (optional)
Step 2: Hammer Time!
For this project, I chose to print out an outline, and tape it to my surface. If you would rather, you can draw the image straight on the surface, and follow the lines that way. The benefit of taping your outline onto the board is that you can remove the stencil later on and not have unwanted lines left behind. It also makes following the pattern very simple and easy.
As you can see in the pattern above, the lines are quite complex. If this is your first time attempting string art, I would suggest a less intricate stencil, and work your way up to more difficult patterns.
When hammering the nails, space them about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch apart.
Once you have finished hammering, go back through and make sure each nail is secure. This is VERY important to do to ensure that while stringing, the nails will not be pulled out, or loosen. This is also crucial to do before the outline is removed because when pulling the outline off, nails that are not secure will come out.
After removing the outline, I chose to stain the piece of wood in order to create a more bold background for the string to stand out from. This step is optional, however, it definitely adds to the piece.
Step 3: Ready, Set, STRING!
For this project, I decided to do a thick cross string pattern.
Essentially, there is no pattern to follow, simply begin by tying a double knot around one nail, this will be your starting point. Be sure to leave a long tail to connect your end piece of string with. From there, create the outline for your pattern by looping the string around the outer points of the pattern.
Once you have the outline strung up, begin crossing the string through out out the nails and fill in the pattern. Decide whether you want your pattern to look more ‘holey’, meaning the board beneath is visible, or more filled in where you cannot see the board.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
This step is just for tying up all the loose ends. (Literally)
Be sure that the string is tight and you have gotten the look you want. For extra securing purposes, use a hot glue gun to glue the two trimmed end pieces that are tied together. This is of course optional, however it does help the piece to last for years to come.
Katie Buckley is a University of Montana Senior in pursuit of a Marketing Degree as well as a certificate in Event Management. She loves Pinterest and gains a lot of her DIY inspiration from the creativity of others and hopes to share her own ideas projects with the world and inspire others.
I love nail art, I always have! Though I never thought I had the artistic ability to do all of the fun and unique designs I saw. After researching it a bit more I learned that anyone can do nail art! It’s all about choosing the right designs. In this post I’m going to walk you through three super easy and fun Holiday Nail Art Designs to show off these next 3 months. Let’s get started!
First things first, you are going to need the right tools! You will need a toothpick, a small paintbrush, and a dotting tool.
If you don’t have these tools don’t worry! You can find these at any beauty supply store. I bought mine at Ulta.
Now that you are properly equipped I’ll dive into the nail art designs. I’ll also tell you what brand and the names of all the nail polishes I used so you can recreate the same look if you would like! (But know that you can choose whatever colors you like!)
Halloween Nail Art
That’s right folks! That spooky time of year is just around the corner so here is a fun nail art design worthy of communicating with the spirits! First things first, apply a layer of base coat to all of your nails.
This will help your manicure last and protect your natural nails. Next paint your thumbnail white and the rest of your nails orange.
Then using the dotting tool and black polish make three large black circles on your thumb to make a ghost.
Your circles don’t have to be perfect and actually add to it if they are a little wobbly! Then using the same black polish use the small paintbrush to write BOO across three of your nails. Remember you don’t need perfect letters! Having some shake to them makes the font look like thriller.
Now for the pinky! Using the small paintbrush make three small black lines around the edge of your nail.
Then connect the three lines with smaller curved black lines. You can use the small paintbrush or a toothpick to do this.
When you are finished be sure to apply top coat! This will keep your nail art shiny and it will help it last longer.
And there you have it! Fun festive Halloween nails that are sure to make a scream!
(Polishes used were all OPI. The colors were Alpine Snow, Black Onyx, and Hot & Spicy.)
Thanksgiving Nail Art
Fall is such a peaceful time of year. It’s also the time of year we get to play with warm rich colors! So here is a fun nail art design sure to get your family talking over turkey dinner! First, remember to apply your base coat! Next paint all of your nails (except your ring finger) a light brown/nude color. Then paint your ring finger a dark brown.
After you have done this use the small paintbrush and paint small leaves on your ring finger. Use lots of fall colors such as red, orange, and the color you used on your other nails. Add some top coat and voila! Cute fall nails that will keep you warm all through the Thanksgiving Day Parade!
(All polishes were OPI. The colors were, Going My Way Or Norway, Espresso Your Style, Coca-Cola Red, and Hot & Spicy.)
Christmas Nail Art
This next nail art design is nothing but nice, and is sure to make a statement at your next holiday party! First start off with a base coat on all of your nails. Next french tip all of your nails except for your ring finger. Then with a small paintbrush dipped in red polish, underline your french tip.
Then using the small paintbrush dipped in brown polish create a half circle on your ring finger.
Using the same brown polish add another smaller circle above the half circle you just made.
Now using your dotting tool, dip it in the same red polish and create a red nose in the center of the two brown circles. Then use the smaller end of the dotting tool dipped in white polish and add two eyes. Then take a toothpick dipped in black nail polish and add pupils!
Next take the small paintbrush dipped in a darker brown polish and paint two lines at the top of his head. Then add as many lines as you would like coming off the side of the main line.
Finally if you have some glitter polish add it to his nose to give a little extra shine! Add a top coat and you have a fun festive design that Santa would pick every time!
(Polishes used were Zoya and OPI. Colors used were, Zoya’s Desiree, Black Onyx, Alpine Snow, Coca-Cola Red, and Espresso Your Style.)
Hannah Brinton is a student at The University of Montana. She will be graduating in December with a Degree in Marketing and a Certificate in Entertainment Management.