Can we have a pyrography thread? If it doesn't belong just let it die
I just got a woodburning kit for Christmas and I'm already running into problems- my first piece was even worse than this one, but I used a handcut plank this time and it cracked down the middle. What's the best wood to use, just normal basswood?
I also didn't sand enough so it came out fucky. Does anyone know a better way to transfer designs than graphite paper, shit sucks ass.
Critique welcome especially on pencil shading, I'm having a hard time getting it in the wood, might try watercolor pencils or just no color.
there's one way of transfering photocopier ink into stuff by using a liquid solvent. It woorks with wood and you can work on a detailed piece of lineart in photoshop so you can transfer it or also drawing on paper, scanning it, cleaning it up and transfering it to wood. Don't forget to flip the image because it will print mirrored.
Use dense woods with a high burning temperature, preferably run by a calibration sanding machine so they are totally flat and even.
About the color, try dilluted gouache, watercolors or acrylics if you can handle them. Pencils won't work well unless the surface has a microscopically even grain (like paper). Stick to wet media.
Good luck. You can get really nice results out of pyrography. Find inspiration in traditional tattoos, etching engraving and any other line-based technique. Good luck.
Thank you for the advice. That solvent transferring technique looks interesting, might be worth it more to just do that instead of freehanding it/using that shitty paper. It worked ok on the near-paper-smooth basswood I got with my kit but was shit for the rough cut wood I used on OP pic.
Thanks for the advice on the wood- I can't afford a sanding machine but I might settle for getting a tool so I don't have to use the sandpaper by hand. I might experiment with using watercolors in my next try, might burn something simpler with clearer lines, hate how the pencil turned out. Again thanks, I'm just soaking up all of the info I can get so I can start doing cool stuff and fucking up less