Pyrography Basics: Techniques and Exercises for Beginners (Fox Chapel Publishing) Skill-Building Step-by-Step Instructions & Patterns for Wood Burning with Texture & Layering Advice from Lora Irish

Nationally recognized artist and pyrographer Lora S. Irish makes woodburning easy by walking you through all the basics of materials, tools, and techniques! In Pyrography Basics, you’ll discover:

  • 6 skill-building projects to help you master essential techniques
  • Step-by-step instructions and patterns for the beginning woodburner
  • 3 basic pyrography pen tips for writing, shading and detailing
  • Using temperature, time, texture and layering to create artistic tonal values
  • How to use a practice board to ensure the best burn for your project

Pyrography can enhance any project with lovely varieties of tone and texture. If you’ve ever wanted to take up this creative craft, Pyrography Basics will get you started, as nationally recognized artist and pyrographer Lora S. Irish makes it easy for beginners to learn the creative craft of woodburning. All that aspiring beginners need is this book and an inexpensive woodburning tool to start adorning wood, gourds, leather, paper and more with beautifully burned images and patterns.

The author provides a thorough introduction to basic tools, materials and techniques. You’ll learn how to set up a practice board to experiment with strokes and settings before moving on to working projects with confidence. 6 skill-building projects provide step-by-step exercises in using temperature, time, layering, and texturing to create artistic tonal values.

With Pyrography Basics, you’ll soon master everything from shading to composition, as you apply pyrography to furniture, carvings, jewelry, ornaments, greeting cards, and much, much more.

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What is Pyrography?

Pyrography: The art of burning a design or pattern into a natural surface, such as wood, gourds, leather, or cotton rag watercolor paper using heated one- temperature or variable-temperature woodburning tools or a fine flame.

Learn the Basics of of the Art of Pyrography with Lora S. Irish!

Woodburning Made Easy

Whether you’ve never tried pyrography before or you’ve simply used it for small projects and want to refresh yourself on the techniques, this booklet will show you how to create beautiful pieces with only a pyrographic tool.

Often referred to as woodburning, the art of pyrography can be worked on about any natural surface, which gives you a wide variety of possibilities on which to explore this craft.

Getting Started is Easy

Pyrography Systems and Pen Types

Learn the difference between wood burning tools with one temperature and variable temperature units.

Pyrography Pen Tips

Tips comes in many shapes and bends. For these projects you will use the standard writing tip, the micro writing tip, and a small flat spoon shader.

Woodburning Tool Kit

You will want to gather a small tool kit of craft supplies for your pyrography. Many of these items are common household items you may already have on hand.

With these basic techniques and a little practice you can pyography any project

Create a Wood Practice Board

By creating a practice board that you keep close to your work area, you can test new textures, tonal values, and even small pieces of a design before you begin working on your project.

Patterns for the Beginning Woodburner

Three common fill patterns used in pyrography are crosshatching, random doodles, and the scrubbie stroke.

Exercises for Practice

6 skill-building projects that help you master essential techniques. These Step-by-step practice exercises teach you how to use temperature, time, layering, and texturing to create artistic tonal values.


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