I've recently started working on a new series of artwork that explores geometric shapes and positive and negative space with a mid century vibe. My vision for this series is that it will be large scale, and I found myself in need of making of large circles that were perfect (or very close to it). This very cool technique could have many applications in home decor, design and art. To accomplish this you'll need the following items:
nail, hammer, wood filler, board, drill, round drill bit, measuring tape, pencil & washer.
Its actually pretty easy! Hammer a nail at one end of the board & then remove it. Determine the radius of your circle. Now, measure the radius of your circle from the nail hole & drill a hole that is the same diameter as your pencil or drawing utensil. Hammer the board & nail onto your drawing surface (you'll fill the hole in with wood filler & paint over when you're done). Insert the pencil into the drilled hole (I applied a washer to the end of my pencil to prevent the any further movement on the pencil's part) & draw your circle! You're now left with a pretty perfect circle. With this technique, you can draw any size circle, even extremely large ones. I even used this technique when I built a circular dining table for our own home. The video below shows the technique in action. I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial - please share this page with your friends & have them give us a like on Facebook at PaperCanvasEtc! Happy Designing!