Add Color to your Wood Burning Projects

Wood burned art is so beautiful.  Often a wood burned piece of art needs no other additions to be gorgeous.  But sometimes you may find that you want to add some color to your wood burned design. A little pop of color can add dramatic effect, or liven up your wood burned project if that’s what you’re going for. There are many different ways to add color to wood, but I want to show you in detail a few of my favorite tried and true ways.

Add color to your beautiful wood-burned designs for a fun pop of fun!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Adding color to wood-burned art

Step one:

Choose a wood surface appropriate for your project.  Some of my very favorite Walnut Hollow wood surfaces are the Basswood Country Planks and Rounds,  and the Birch Rounds.   Other Basswood surfaces also take the woodburning beautifully, as do the Pine, and the Baltic Birch Plywood surfaces.

Choose a wood surface

Design your piece, and wood burn it onto the surface you’ve chosen.  I love my Creative Woodburner for this part! It’s so smooth and easy to use.


Step two:

Choose your color medium.  So many things work on most wood surfaces.   Keep in mind that a very wet medium such as watercolor may spread outside of your design on softer woods like pine.

Some of my favorite mediums are:

  • Watercolor Paints

Watercolor paints on a wood burned wood surface

Choose a decent quality watercolor paint.   I love using watercolor because the variations in the wood surface and density can affect the watercolor, sometimes leaving fun patterns and hue differences in the project.  Watercolor feels whimsical to me, and I usually use it when a piece reflects that.


  • Watercolor Pencils

watercolor pencils

Like watercolor paints, these are a bright and happy way to add color.  I find watercolor pencils easier to control however, and it’s easier to do more detailed work. Color in the design with the pencils, and then blend with a water brush.

Using watercolor pencils



  • Acrylic Paints

Adding color with Acrylic Paints

When you use acrylic paints to fill in a wood-burned design, the paint can often be layered thickly, or thinly depending on your design.  The ability to add varying shades makes acrylic a good option.  and the slightly thick paint is easy to control and can be used on any wood surface.

Acrylic color



  • Markers


Markers are also a great option for adding color to your wood-burned design.  Like watercolor, they can sometimes bleed if the wood is soft so be sure to test an inconspicuous part of the wood piece before applying to your design.  I love the way the markers flow, and like the watercolor pencils, it’s very easy to be precise and control the color with the markers.  Basswood Country Planks are my very favorite wood-burning surface, and they take all the color options so well!

Adding color with Markers


Several other coloring options are:

  • Varying shades of wood stain
  • Chalk, or Pastels
  • Food dyes
  • Colored Pencils
  • Oil Paints
  • Crayons

Once you’ve added color to your wood burned art, you may choose to seal the piece with your favorite sealant.  Especially if your art will be outdoors.

Watercolor Pencils - Gather Sign

The possibilities are endless.  Add a little bit of color for some dramatic effect, or color in the entire design.  It’s like a super amazing fun wood coloring book page!  Have you tried adding color to your wood burned designs yet? What is your favorite color medium to work with?

Add color to your wood-burned art



After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, crafting, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.

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