How to make wood burned ombre alphabet art

I am in love with the ombre effect, especially in art. Wood burning is an easy way to make an ombre effect. For this art project I chose one of my favorite art themes, letters, to use the ombre wood burning technique on. All that is needed is the point tip on the wood burning tool and you too can make an ombre effect on any wood surface.


Materials and Tools

1.5″ Wooden Letters A-Z and &

Basswood Canvas – 12″ x 12″

Creative Versa Tool


Thin strip of wood



I arranged the letters on the Basswood canvas and included an ampersand.


Once I had them arranged I glued them down using a scrap of wood as a guide in between rows.


Then all that was left to do was make lots and lots of dots with the wood burning tool. The row of letters on top were almost completely filled with dots and then they were spread out a bit more for each row until the bottom row was loosely dotted. This image shows the letters about 1/2 filled in from the final. The process was a bit like needle felting.

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Thanks for taking time to check out this wood burning tutorial and if you’d like to see more of my crafting with a re-purpose and adult coloring pages pop on over to my blog Sweater Surgery.

Stefanie Girard with scissors

Stefanie Girard is a crafter with a re-purpose. She has been cutting stuff up since she was old enough to hold a pair of scissors in her tiny hands. She earned her degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and move to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry first as a Set Decorator and Prop Master then onto TV Producer specializing in How-To TV shows for HGTV and the DIY Networks. After writing 5 craft books for the Quarto Publishing Group she now spreads the crafty word online through book reviews and original projects with a focus on recycled elements.

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