Below are assorted projects I’m currently working on.
4/7 – Hi. I’m happy to report that I got the Kestrel done. For some reason today I felt the need to start a new project, but right now I’m in the planning stages. I have some oddball wooden objects I bought the last time I was at the craft store, so I’m pondering ways to use them. I was thinking they would be more craft projects where I keep the burning to a minimum and add color.
Kestrel – 4/7
Like I said the Kestrel is done. This composite photo shows the stages I went through to finish it after the background was airbrushed. The leftmost photo is how the bird looked after I removed the frisket film. The lines are harsh (straight) along the belly. The middle picture I used an X-acto knife to scrape along the edges of the bird to soften the edges. The right picture is after I went over the edges with colored pencils to reduce the brightness of the scrape marks. Bare look looks very bright against the background. I also used colored pencils to enlarge the perch. I will be the first to admit the bird did not turn out perfectly, but I learned some important lessons that I will share when I do the tutorial for this project.
Bighorn Sheep – 4/5
Here’s a link to the pattern: https://www.etsy.com/listing/696981937/bighorn-sheep-pyrography-pattern-wood
Horse – 4/5
I worked a bit more on the horse and I’d have to admit I wasn’t happy with some aspects of it. I was actually considering the idea of starting over, but after looking at it as a small thumbnail photo I decided it wasn’t has horrible as I thought. Now I think I can fix the things I don’t like and continue on.
Ford Buick – 4/5
I took my reference photo and increased the brightness level on it, so that is really helping me see the shadows and some of the details better.
I would have to say that while I like paper because it doesn’t have grain lines, I dislike paper because it takes so much longer to get areas burned in compared to wood.
The pattern and reference photo are available on my Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/listing/722388184/ford-buick-car-pyrography-pattern-wood
Koala – 3/22
I found this picture on Pixabay and I really like the composition. Here’s a link to the photo on Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/photos/koala-australia-koala-bear-purry-843306/
Leather Coaster – 3/22
I did another round of testing sealants on a piece of leather. This time instead of placing a mug full of super hot boiling water on the leather, I place a mug of brewed tea. I got to thinking that my initial test (boiling water) was silly as no one drinkings boiling water. The test panel looks much better. there is a faint ring where the mug sat, but not the white milky ring I was getting before.
Iguana – 2/27
I did a little bit of work on the iguana, but, as you can see, very little. The board is 17 inches (43.2 cm) tall and there are a LOT of scales on this fella, so it’s going to take me a bit to get this one done.
Abstract Distraction – 2/19
I dug this old project off of the shelf and started working on it again. Right now I’m concentrating on the shadows.
Yawning Jaguar – 1/20
This is the 4th installment in my big cat series. All of the big cats for this series are burned onto cradle boards. Cradle boards are artist grade plywood that has a wood frame from stability, and it makes it look a bit more finished. I had written a blog testing out different cradle board and now I’m doing the final round of testing by filling each board with a different big cat.
I’ll try to provide another update in a few days.