Following on from my post about pyrography I am happy to report I have mastered the use of the potentially deadly device. I have not burnt myself or the house. I have, however, burnt stuff onto a piece of wood .
I came home from a woodburning workshop a month or so ago with the beginnings of an outlined rose.
A little bit more testing with different tips led to the rose looking like this. More texture and depth but still in need of added layers of shading and detail.
Lots of black blobs all over the place. I decided they needed to form part of the picture as some of them were dictated by the nature of the wood. Others were just my heavy handedness and novice approach.
I watched some YouTube videos on woodburning techniques.
I had also received an instructional DVD I ordered online. So I read that.
Armed with this new information, I added more layers of shading. Softened some of the edges so the shading flowed together more naturally.
And then I decided to add a touch of colour. For this, I used oil pastels smudging it with my fingers. It was a brave move as I had no idea how it would look or work together with the burning. It sort of worked, but made the subtle shading less subtle again. It’s all a learning curve!
I have used oil pastels for drawing many times and like the subtlety of smudging the colours together. It gives a soft, velvety look to the work. For the wood burning, I softened it further with the rounded nib. Being oil based, of course it melted and spread quite evenly and well.
When I took the photo and looked more closely at it I noticed that there was something missing*. Can you spot what it is?
A little more work, a correction here and there, a touch more colour, addition of the missing bit – and here is the final draft. Still have a bit more touching up to do, but for a first effort, I’m pretty chuffed with the result.
© Raili Tanska
Allow nature’s peace to flow into you as sunshine flows into trees – John Muir
*The stem of the rose is not complete