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Woodburning and Painting

wood burning and Painting

Wood Burning or Pyrography has been around since the 17th Century. It isn't anything new. I've known about wood burning for many years, I might have even tried it when I was a teen. I recently ordered a Wood Burning Kit from Amazon after being reacquainted with the art form at a recent conference. What I have learned so far is that Wood Burning is very easy if you have the right kind of wood. This is something I am still learning about. I first tried a craft plaque I had on hand and it had too many grain lines in it to burn properly. It was probably some form of composite wood which shouldn't be used due to the chemicals in the glue. I have heard beechwood and basswood work well. I have seen pine without much grain work well. I definitely need to take a trip to the hardware store and scope out all the different kinds of wood - and probably get a little lesson on the wood available. 

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Materials:

Directions:

Being by choosing the tip you want to work with and heat up the wood burning tool. Make sure to be working in a well ventilated area and leave enough space around the tool so it doesn't burn anything unwanted. The tool gets very hot, mine had a gauge that heated to 400 degrees.

wood burner
The wood burning kit I bought had a variety of different parts and also works as a sodering iron.
This is a good starting kit but there are many other better quality burners available.
 

wooden bird
Notice how smooth the surface of the wood is. I transfered a pattern I printed out on my ink-jet printer with just water and a bit of gentle burnishing.
 

wood burning
Finished with the wood burning.
The shading was accomplished by using the side of the tool and gliding it across the wood.
The lines are made with a drawing technique similar to using a pencil.
 

wood burning close-up
A close-up of the wood burning techniques I used for the branch.
 

painting the bird
After the design was burnt into the wood, I chose to paint the piece.
(Typically many wood burning pieces are colored with colored pencils.)
 

deco art paints
A variety of paints from Deco Art.
 

finished wood burning and painting
The finished piece.

I can't wait to try more wood burning, it is addictive!

 

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I LOVE birds. This one turned out super cute. Great idea and beautiful results. Happy Summer, Kippi

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