Do you want to start wood burning art? Pyrography (wood burning) is a unique art medium where you use heat to create art onto wood. This is done with a wood burning pen to create designs.
Anyone can wood burn, and all you need to succeed is practice, patience, and trust in yourself. This medium does take practice, but when you do practice you will quickly grow from a beginner wood burning artist to a professional.
For a little background, I’ve been wood burning since 2015/2016. Since then I have created custom wood burning work for people all over the country along with selling my original wood burned creations online.
When I started out, I had to practice a lot to become comfortable with the medium. You have to learn how hard to press down for darkness and what temperature to put your tool on to create a certain effect, but with practice comes confidence.
Tips for becoming a wood burning artist
From a professional pyrography artist
Believe In Yourself
Not to sound corny, but if you don’t believe you can do it, then it will be hard. Have some patience and trust in yourself when starting wood burning art. It can sometimes be frustrating in the beginning when you are trying to make your work perfect but trust me when you think you can do it, you can.
Head to YouTube and watch other people’s wood burning videos to see how they work. You can just jump into wood burning blindly if you want, but it’s always good to get some background on it.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Even if you are an artist with years of experience drawing, there is still a learning curve with wood burning art. Practice on scrap pieces of wood before you start burning.
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Burn What You Love
In the beginning, I really think you should burn what you love so you can create something you will like. Don’t do custom work for someone when you are first starting, just create what YOU want to create. It’s much easier to succeed if you actually like what you are trying to create.
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Put Your Work Out There
If you want to do wood burning art professionally and want to make money doing it, you need to put your work out there! Start social media accounts for your work and start posting photos of your finished work and videos of the process. Posting your work and getting feedback and views will boost your confidence to keep going in the craft. You will also get sales!
Invest In Tools
I always recommend the Walnut Hollow Versa Tool as a beginner wood burning tool. If you want to invest in tools to further your skills I recommend the Razertip Dual Wood Burning Machine as a professional choice. Even though the Versa Tool can last you many years and serve as a great tool, the Razertip heats up immediately and you can switch from pen to pen seamlessly.
When you are creating work to sell or doing custom orders, time is money, hence why the Razertip is a great choice. It is expensive, and not necessary for every wood burning artist, but it saves me so much time and headaches.
If you are just starting out wood burning you should 100% get the Walnut Hollow Versa Tool to get your feet wet in the craft.
Wood Burning Is An Art
This post was all about tips and tricks for becoming a wood burning artist. As I mentioned, practice is key with wood burning art. Remember not to compare yourself to others and to never give up.
Wood burning is so unique, there are so many different styles you can burn in and so many different types of wood you can burn on! You can create wood burned spoons, signs, coasters, tables, chairs, ornaments, and so much more! The ideas are endless, create what you love.
Thanks for reading! Check out my online shop for my original wood burning art, art and photography prints, crystals, bookmarks, and so much more!
Till next time,
Amanda The Green Artist
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