Watermill Pyrography

Watermill Pyrography

Watermill Pyrography is a beautiful scene of a Watermill which have been around for about 2,000 years to help grind grain into flour. Inspired by a pattern, the image was sized to fit on to the 9″ x 7″ piece of Italian poplar and has been with polyacrylic to protect. You can see the progression of the work in the images below. This wood-burning took several days to complete as I spend 2-3 hours at a time working on it as the depth and shadows needed to stand out to give it dimension. When it comes to wood-burning, there are times when outlining your work matters and is a key element, for example being the building and wood planks. In other sections, it’s more important…

Sleeping Dragon Wood-Burning Pattern

Sleeping Dragon Wood-Burning Pattern

I just released the Sleeping Dragon Wood-Burning Pattern and I am excited on how it turned out. I don’t consider myself the best pencil-drawing artist, but I think I can manage the line art for a pattern. I love dragons and when I looked at the piece of hickory, I thought it would make a create wood-canvas for a sleeping dragon. I didn’t want to just have a dragon on this piece, I envisioned a whole scene that you may see if you were to walk upon a dragon in a cave. I thought to incorporate some of the natural grain colors would help bring this idea together. I always love it when you can blend art with nature in a way that just seems…

Experimenting with Pyrography and Paint

Experimenting with Pyrography and Paint

Sometimes experimenting with pyrography and paint is what brings you to love a piece of art you were working on. Awhile back I did a wood-burning of a western town. I loved the idea and concept but I didn’t love the result And as things go in wood-burning I had a few options. Either sand the piece of wood and “erase” the work I had done, throw the work into the fire and be done with it or add some color through painting parts of it. As you can see the sepia is beautiful but my challenge was that the horse didn’t stand out and everything was just kinda blending together. When working with different shades of the same hue that can happen and I…

The Lion Pride Wood-Burning

The Lion Pride Wood-Burning

The Lion Pride Wood-Burning is a beautiful scene of a lion family wood-burned on wood with stained frame. But I want to talk about how it all came together. As you can see here, I didn’t make the graphite lines light. IN fact, I left them dark on purpose so that I would burn darker. This has been a theme for me because I used to burn too light which in essence can make your wood-burning piece fada a lot faster. Once the pattern was traced, I started with the king of the jungle as getting him in place and wood-burned would be the guide for the entire lion pride wood-burning. This first lion cub didn’t quite turn out as I had hoped. I actually…

Horse Pyrography

Horse Pyrography

The horse pyrography turned out really well but did present a few challenges I want to go over. When working with wood and burning dark, creating contrast is important or everything is just going to blend together. As with all of my wood-burning projects, I use the tracing method to transfer all my patterns. It can be a bit time consuming but it’s easy, inexpensive and gives me more control of what to include. Once the pattern is printed, I tape the pattern to the piece of wood to eliminate movement and I can check what I did or didn’t trace. Once it’s taped, I lay down the graphite paper and begin tracing the pattern with my stylus.   I started with the fence to lay…

Rotation Wood Board Pyrography

Rotation Wood Board Pyrography

I’ve been going through some of the wood supplies I have on hand and found a stack of Rotation Wood Board with Glass Insert. And found myself in the throws of being inspired and adding a few designs of the quite boring looking rotating boards. These wood boards are not meant to be used as a cutting board but as a serving platter – think cheese, cold cuts, vegetables and fruit for when you have company over. I loved the Cheese pattern from Walnut Hollow Pattern Books. The style of the patterns feels vintage – which I actually love quite a bit, that old school craft feeling. And how cool would this be when you have friends over? And then I thought, how cool would…

Commission Reveal

Commission Reveal

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to see Black Plague – a band I interviewed for The Rebels Den not too long ago. Shortly after, I was commissioned to do a wood-burning but it was a bit of a secret and I only released snippets here and there on what I was working on which looked something like this: Part of the challenge was trying to figure out how to approach the feathers – and I ended up using two different techniques. As you can see here, I first burned the feathers and then my handy dandy knife and I had a bit of fun. But I still couldn’t show it off – and here I was just doing some detailing and finishing before…

Moose Pyrography

Moose Pyrography

Every now and then when I do some image searches for reference I come across royalty free images such as this Moose. The face of the moose drew me in and I felt like I had to wood-burn this guy. Like I mean look at him, he’s so stinking cute! And if you have a thing for animals, you look into what they stand for and what their symbolism is. Don’t sweat it, that’s the motto of the moose. It’s a tactic to conserve heat, and precisely why moose thrive so well in cold environments. Symbolically, this is a way of saying “stay cool” under pressure. So who is John Frederick Miller? John Frederick Miller (1759–1796) was an English illustrator, mainly of botanical subjects. Miller…