Pyrography requires quite a lot of artistic experience. The art of wood burning, of course, requires creativity. Before you start learning, it is important to set a positive mindset. In fact, as long as you are willing to put in the time for consistent practice, you should become a truly remarkable master of pyrography. The one thing that makes pyrography stand out is its endless possibilities. What’s more, it doesn’t require a huge investment.
For the time being we will focus on just the wood. After all, there are plenty of different types and styles of wood to choose from with different colors, textures, figures, and grain patterns. Most of us started out practicing on anything we could find. One thing we do recommend is staying away from pressure treated materials (green colored wood used for outdoor decks and railings). Pressure treated wood contains chemicals that may be harmful to burn. Once you are more experienced you might find that you like basswood, oak, cedar, or another choice but for now let’s not worry about it too much.
Make sure you have the right tools before you get started. Sure, you do not need all the pyrography tools on the planet. But you do need the must-have ones to get started with pyrography the right way.
When Art of Man Liness wrote an in-depth guide to pyrography, he didn’t forget to mention just how significant knowing your pyrography tools can impact the outcome of the art. In fact, we recommend that you understand your tools better before you get down to work.
The first thing you need to do, before working on any project, is to simply get familiar with the tool. Get a piece of scrap wood, plug in the woodburning tool and let it heat up for about 5 minutes, and test out “drawing” on the wood with the various tips just like you would with a pencil. It’s that simple. (Be sure to let the tool cool down for 5 minutes before changing out tips; it’ll then have to be heated up again for a few minutes.) The key is to go slow and steady. If you’re jerky, it’ll show. If you go too fast, the wood won’t really burn like you want it to. Just like the tortoise, slow and steady wins the race.
Most people get down to business without examining the pyrography tools. More often than not, they fail in the process. So, before you get started it is important to understand your tool well. That includes choosing the right pyrography pen.
Wood burning can be hard if you have the wrong approach. Like The Pyrography Tool put it, many beginners simply don’t use the right approach to design. How you use a word burning pen can make or break your artwork. You need to make sure you do things right.
Many beginners make the mistake of pressing too hard with the pyrography tool onto the wood. Using light strokes makes it easier to guide the pen. You must work from light to dark building up the layers of color. Gradually build up to the dark areas – it is easy to make areas darker but almost impossible lighten it. Remember that the longer you hold the pen in one place – the darker and deeper the burn will be.
When burning it is best to go with the grain of the wood. Position the art so that you will be following the grain when drawing the pen towards you. This is the motion you should always use, pulling the pen toward you when burning.
Of course, mastering the burning process takes times. The good news is it only takes a couple of days before you understand the wood burning process well. Approaching the technique the right way often yields the best designs ever.
When you have the best wood, the right tool, and the passion to work towards becoming a truly self-taught pyrography master, nothing should stop you from moving forward. The most important thing to remember after going through these guides is that it takes time to master the art. So hard work and consistency is key in learning.