PYROGRAPHY (WOODBURNING) GALLERY

by BRIAN GRAHAM






#34. Picture taken from a Hallmark Christmas card. Wood is pine. Colour added after woodburning - oil pastels crayons by Pentel (these are different from the pencils referred to below). Colour worked in with Q tip. Finished by coating with Deft gloss spray.








#29. This woodburning is from Cheryl Dow ( http://www.cherylddow.com ) Book 2 - no colour added. It is on basswood with bark on - sprayed with Deft gloss, 3 coats.









#18. Chickadee is stylized and done in Butternut. The woodburning is on basswood coloured with wash acrylics so as not to cover woodburning. Both Bird and plaque are finished with Deft spray gloss - 3 coats.









#35. This sleeping chipmunk with acorns and leaves is from Cherly Dow's Book 3 - Finished with 2 coats of Deft spray gloss.











#65. This is the same chipmunk but coloured - what a difference! Now you can really see how much the colour adds to the picture. Colours are oil pastel pencils by Walnut Hollow blended in with odorless paint thinner or varsol. The coloured pyrography was coated with 3 coats of Krylon low odour clear matte latex spray #47120.








#36. From Cheryl Dow's Book 3 - Mama Cougar and Cubs - done on Poplar, burns a little faster and with more smoke than basswood as it is slightly softer. Again finished with 3 coats of Deft gloss spray - You can also use a matte finish if you like it better. This pyrography won a 2nd place in the 2001 Ottawa Wood Show in the Uncoloured Pyrography Competition.






#42. This Schooner was done on a large poplar plank 18" x 12" - pattern from Walnut Hollow Workbook 2 - coloured with Walnut Hollow Oil Pastel Pencils which come in a 36,24,and 16 size. The colour is then blended either dry or with odorless paint thinner with a paper cone (Blending Tortillons - medium) from Loew -Cornel Inc. Michaels carries all the supplies needed. You can also use Q-tips for blending. The finish is 3 coats of Deft gloss spray. This work won First Place in the 2001 Ottawa Wood Show in the Coloured Pyrography Competition.









#44. The red squirrel is from a book called North America Game Animals. Woodburned on Basswood using the skew and the shader tip. Colours are oil pastel pencils blended in with odorless paint thinner or varsol. The coloured pyrography was coated with 3 coats of Deft gloss spray.









#43. This scene is from Cherly Dow Book 3. The skew, shader, and signature (trees and bushes) tips were used. The colours are oil pastel pencils blended in with odorless paint thinner. Again it is coated with 3 coats of Deft gloss spray.







#58. This beautifull wind blown scene of a mare and foal is from a pattern in Creative Woodburning Book 2 by Walnut Hollow Farm. It is done on Box Elder, a very hard wood, which is good for these simplistic but effective patterns. The color and grain give the wind effect on the horses which was the reason I chose this wood. Colours are oil pastel pencils by Walnut Hollow blended in with odorless paint thinner or varsol. The coloured pyrography was coated with 3 coats of Krylon low odour clear matte latex spray #47120. This woodburning won a first place in pyrography at the 2002 Outaouais Wood Carvers Progressive Competition.









#53. This Swallowtail butterfly was also taken from Book 2 by Walnut Hollow. The black sections of the butterfly are only woodburned - no colour was added. This contrasts beautifully with the yellow and suspends the butterfly in the air! This was very rewarding to do. Colours are oil pastel pencils by Walnut Hollow blended in with odorless paint thinner or varsol. The coloured pyrography was coated with 3 coats of Krylon low odour clear gloss latex spray #47110. the gloss or matte effect is up to you.











#62. This fishing harbour scene is also from Book 2 by Walnut Hollow, but the colouring is different. The large basswood plank, 22" x 13", is particularily effective in that it has a knot about where the sun would be and also it is a wide board which makes the scene look better than crowding it in on a smaller plank. Colours are oil pastel pencils by Walnut Hollow blended in with odorless paint thinner or varsol. The coloured pyrography was coated with 3 coats of Krylon low odour clear matte latex spray #47120.

















#38. This bald eagle was done in a class by Lynda Eaves who is a great portrait artist. Her belief is that everything is in the 'eyes'. I tend to believe her. If you get the eyes right the rest of the bird or animal seems to fall in place. I guess that is the riveting spot for our attention to rest. Colours are oil pastel pencils by Walnut Hollow blended in with odorless paint thinner or varsol. The coloured pyrography was coated with 3 coats of deft acrylic spray sealer.


























#39. This red wolf portrait was started in Lynda Eaves' class and finished on my own. It was interesting how I was able to let go of formalized burner strokes and just go with the flow. I really enjoyed this effort. It was done with the variable heat controlled woodburner (the Detailer by Colwood) (The eagle above was done with a single heat, universal tip burner. Colours are oil pastel pencils by Walnut Hollow blended in with odorless paint thinner or varsol. The coloured pyrography was coated with 3 coats of deft acrylic spray sealer.






















#83. This Old World box is done on a curved lid box from a Walnut Hollow book entitled Classic Architecture, a Creative Woodburning book by Janet Wilhelm. The design incorporates the bridge seen in the lid scene to be seen around the sides and front of the box. This scene is only woodburned. No colour was added. The box was lined with a rich scarlet felt also from Michaels. It was finished with 3 coats of Krylon Gloss Latex spray.



















#119. The Grist Mill, from a scene on the internet, was done on a routered edge basswwood plank. The nice sky pattern was already in the board. This scene is only woodburned. No colour was added. It was finished with 3 coats of Krylon Gloss Latex spray.













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