Wood burning was always a craft technique that intimidated me. After filming some Wood Burning videos with Chris, I decided it was worth a try. I practiced with some different points and tried a variety of techniques to get comfortable with the tool. After 15 minutes of play I was confident enough to try a whole project! It is much easier than I had anticipated.
To start off my project I found a free henna design online and printed it using a laser jet printer. I chose the thin Medallion Plaque as my surface. I love its shape and basswood is ideal for wood burning.
I initially used StazOn Ink and a Stencil to create a background design. I later decided that I did not like it in the background so I sanded it off. I determined the placement of the design then turned it upside down and taped the top of the paper to the wood to hold it in place.
I put the Transfer Point onto the Creative Versa-Tool® and turned the Versa-Temp Temperature Control Dial to the Yellow-Orange Zone. I went over the pattern with the hot tool in a circular motion. Here is a video about how to use the Transfer Point:
When I was finished transferring the image I changed to the mini flow point and went over the transfer lines. The mini flow point doesn’t come in the Creative Versa-Tool package, but you can purchase it separately. I just went over it like the Creative Versa-Tool® was a pencil and that made it really easy. I usually push too hard when I write with a pencil so I made a strong effort to put minimal pressure on the wood burning tool. I found that when I pushed too hard the point would burn unevenly.
When I finished burning the design I decided that I didn’t want the blue dyed pattern in the background anymore so I just sanded it until that layer was gone.
Sanding the piece also made my wood burning fade. I thought that enhanced the quality of the burning a little because the lines weren’t as heavy. I changed to the regular flow point and traced the edge of the plaque and added some dots to the trim.
I wanted to give the Hot Stamps a try because I wasn’t ready to write freehand with the tool yet. I drew out a straight line with pencil and fit my name into the space to the right of the wood burned design.
I stamped the S, the R then both A’s.The hot stamps were easy to use. I recommend stamping onto a scrap piece of wood first.
When I was happy with my wood burning I stained my wood using Minwax: Colonial Maple 223. I applied 2 coats and let it dry over night.
Since adding color with ink didn’t turn out for me I decided to try using Colored Pencils. I used Tombow Irojiten color pencils to brighten the piece up.
Wood burning turned out to be a lot easier than I had expected. I really urge you to try it if you haven’t already! The video below goes over wood burning techniques that are helpful in creating this project.