This is a collection of free tutorials (with patterns) on how to create an assortment of pyrography artwork. 

The tutorials are grouped by difficulty level, and they begin after the group of articles that cover some general information stuff.        

Have you done one of my tutorials?   I’d love to see it!  Send me your name & a photo of the artwork and I’ll put it at the bottom of the tutorial for all the world to see.   Email me at PyrographyME@gmail.com



Getting Started in Pyrography.  This covers the equipment you need to get started in pyrography and where to find it.  I also cover the little extra things I find useful like sanding pens.   Last updated Nov 2015

My Pyrography Studio SetupThis article discusses how to create the easel, pen tip holder, and reference holder that I use in my studio.  Last updated Oct 2017

Transferring Patterns to Wood.    Learn about different ways to transfer a pattern to your working surface.  Last updated Dec 2015

Wood Types and Prepping Wood. Read about how to prep the wood surface for optimal burning and the pros/cons of the assorted woods I’ve burned on.   Last updated Sept 2018

Finishing / Sealing Wood Projects.   This how to explains the different sealants, how to apply, and our recommendation for sealing artwork.  In February 2018 we started a new test panel and added new finishes to the panel.  Last updated Sept 2018

How to use the Shading Pen Tip.   This tutorial explains how I use this tip to create different looks.  Completely re-written July 2018.  Watch Video.  Last updated July 2018

The Colwood Pen Tips I UseThis tutorial explores the different pyrography pen tips I use in wood burningLast updated May 2018

How to prepare and burn on leather.   This tutorial explains how to prepare the front and back of leather for burning and some tips to get better burn results.  Last updated Apr 2018

How to Clean and Maintain Pen Tips.   This Tutorial explains how to clean pyrography pen tips and provides preventative maintenance tips to prolong your burner.  Watch Video.  Last updated May 2018

Resizing & Tracing from Photos.   This tutorial explains how to resize photos and pdfs.  It also provides some tips about tracing from photographs.   Last updated June 2018

Colwood Super Pro II Review.   This explains the features on the Colwood and the pen tips I recommend.   Last updated Nov 2018  Watch Video.

How to get Gradient Shading.   This explains how to get smooth uniform color and gradient shading.  Last updated Feb 2019.   Watch Video.




The tutorials below are grouped by their skill level

Skill Level 1 :  Beginner Tutorials


Letter Textures P1Watch Tutorial Video



Using Watercolor GroundWatch Tutorial Video




Denim Fabric TutorialDenim Fabric pattern, Watch Tutorial Video




   This was a tutorial written for Kit Kraft using one of their basswood boards.  The link will take you to their website.  I’ve been authorized to include the pattern while an issue is being worked out on their system.    Butterfly Dreams TutorialButterfly Dreams pattern, Watch Time Lapse Video.

   Mountain Lake Tutorial,  Mountain Lake pattern, Watch Tutorial Video


Holly Candle Tutorial, Holly Candle patternWatch Tutorial Video





Halloween Sign Tutorial, Halloween Sign pattern, Watch Time-lapse Video



Leather Bookmark Tutorial, Leather Bookmark pattern

This tutorial teaches how to make and burn the bookmark.




Trillium tutorial, Trillium pattern, Watch Tutorial Video



   Jingle Bells Tutorial, Jingle Bells pattern, Watch Time-Lapse Video, Watch Tutorial

   How to Create a Mandala Pattern

   Mandala Flower TutorialMandala Flower pattern, Watch Time-lapse Video, Watch Tutorial Video



Creating Water Droplets or Drops of Rain Tutorial, no pattern needed,  Watch Time Lapse Video

Velvet Lined Spotted Trinket Box Tutorial,   Decorative Corners pattern





The Apple Tutorial, Apple pattern, Watch Time-Lapse Video




The Feather Tutorial Feather pattern, Watch Time-lapse Video


 3D Stone Texture Tutorial,  3D stone pattern, Watch Time-lapse Video

wood buring of the gingerbread house Gingerbread House Tutorial  Gingerbread House pattern, Watch Time-lapse Video



Skill Level 2 : Beginner-Intermediate Tutorials

Ornamental Glow Tutorial,  Ornamental Glow pattern





Lizard Face Tutorial,  Lizard Face pattern




High Heel Tutorial,  High Heel pattern,  Watch tutorial video




    Dewy Leaf TutorialDewy Leaf pattern, Video Tutorial



Seashells TutorialSeashells pattern, Video Tutorial


Wrapped Up TutorialWrapped Up pattern



    Water Lily TutorialWater Lily pattern

Valentine Plaque Tutorial,  Valentine Plaque patternVal 2 pattern




    Star Bright CP 5 TutorialStar Bright pattern; Watch Tutorial Video



Mandala III Tutorial, Mandala III pattern





Celtic Knot Tutorial,  Celtic Knot Rose pattern




Ranunculus TutorialRanunculus pattern, Watch YouTube Tutorial





  Apple Blossoms Tutorial,  Apple Blossoms pattern, Watch Time-lapse Video, Watch Tutorial







Entwined Seahorses tutorialEntwined Seahorses pattern

   Mandala II tutorialMandala II pattern, Tutorial Video

  Gazania Flower tutorial, Gazania Flower Pattern, Watch YouTube Tutorial



Winter’s Snowman tutorial, Winter Snowman pattern, Watch Time-Lapse Video, Watch YouTube Tutorial





Cratered Moon Tutorial, Cratered Moon pattern, Watch Time Lapse Video


Rose flower wood burning pyrography by bmj The Rose TutorialRose pattern, Watch Time-Lapse Video



Abstract Dragonfly Tutorial,  Abs Dragonfly pattern





Skill Level 3 : Intermediate Tutorials


Wht Crown Sparrow TutorialWht Crowned Sparrow pattern





The Crow Tutorial,  Crow pattern




Purple Iris Tutorial Purple Iris pattern





   Northern Flicker Tutorial,  Northern Flicker pattern



Purple Finch TutorialPurple Finch pattern



    Nuthatch tutorialNuthatch pattern, Watch Video Tutorial

   Scrub Jay Tutorial, Scrub Jay pattern, Watch the Tutorial Video

   Hawk Owl Tutorial, Hawk Owl pattern, Watch Time-Lapse Video

Ilwaco wa lighthouse wood burning pyrography  Cape Disappointment Lighthouse TutorialCape D Lighthouse PatternWatch Time Lapse Video

  Cherub of Love Tutorial, Cherub of Love patternWatch Time-Lapse Video, Watch Tutorial Video

  Christmas Candy Canes tutorial, Christmas Candy Canes patternWatch Time-lapse Video, Watch the Tutorial Video



Vista House Tutorial, Vista House patternWatch Time-lapse Video



petunia flower water drop wood burning pyrography bmj Petunia w/Raindrops Tutorial, Petunia pattern, Watch Time-lapse Video


The Wagon Wheel Tutorial, Wagon Wheel patternWatch Time Lapse Video





Skill Level 4 : Intermediate – Advanced Tutorials

   Bengal Tiger Tutorial, Bengal Tiger Pattern, Watch Time Lapse Video

   Yellow Lab Puppy TutorialYellow Lab pattern; Watch Time-Lapse Video



Valentine Hearts TutorialValentine Hearts pattern, Watch Time Lapse Video, Watch tutorial video


Venison - black tail deer  Venison Tutorial, Venison pattern, Watch Time-Lapse Video


21 Responses

  1. Hi Brenda
    I am so excited to watch your tutorials and get all your wonderful information. I have been a photographer for most of my life. Seriously my first camera was a Brownie. I have a photograph with me holding my camera at 3 years old. In 2015 I decided to teach myself how to draw. I am doing pretty good with that and now I am delving into Pyrography. I am having loads of fun with all my Art. Thank you for your tutorials, I love them. I would be glad to share some examples of my work with you.
    Kathy Coleman

    1. Hi Kathy,
      I do not consider myself a photographer, but I love to take pictures to use as reference photos. I keep my camera in auto mode on everything, so it’s really nothing more than a point and shoot. I did have this OLD camera as a teen that I don’t remember the name of, but it was a big boxy thing that you looked down through the top to take the picture. Used enormous fim too.

      I honestly think that pyrography is very much like drawing. Bit slower, but a lot of the same techniques I used in drawing I use in pyrography. Sometimes if I’m unsure on how to burn something, I’ll practice drawing it. If I know how to draw it, then I can burn it.

      I would love to see your work! Send me a picture: PyrographyME@gmail.com

  2. Hi Brenda
    I have been doing woodworking for 30+ year, Furniture, Intarsia Scroll sawing ect.. I Decided to look into wood burning couple weeks ago and came across your site for Pyrography. WOW! you do some beautiful Pyrography work. So I watched some of your videos and read some of your tutorial and thought I would like to try this. Man is this fun stuff. I did one of the Golden Eagle and one of the Vista House this weekend. The house came out great, not nearly as good as your but not bad for a first timer. The Eagle looks very good but I have a lot to learn yet to get the quality of your but maybe with some practice one day I will get close to yours. Anyway just wanted to say THANKS so much for spending the time you do to share your talent and tips. Your are very kind for doing this and helping others to learn this art. AGAIN THANKS!!! Doug

    1. Hi Doug,
      Thank you for the compliment. I really appreciate it. I saw your work and I have to say that I thought you did awesome on your artwork! I still can’t believe that you haven’t been burning for a much longer time!

  3. Would you do a tutorial of a portrait please trying to improve my skill and I love your methods I have an older model colewood

    1. Hi Ramona,
      I would love to help you, but portraits are not my strong suit. I often erase (sandpaper out) features several times before I get them right. I will give serious thought to a portrait tutorial. In the meantime, send me a picture of your work and the reference photo and I’ll see if I can make some helpful suggestions.

      One thing I suggest to try is work upside down. For example, by working upside down your brain doesn’t see a nose anymore, but instead sees a shape. It can be a lot easier to replicate the light dark areas of a shape instead of trying to burn a nose.

      Anyway, as I said, send me a picture of your work (straight on close-up) and the reference photo to PyrographyMe@gmail.com

  4. Just discovered your site. Great job!f I’ll be a follower. I haven’t explored all your site but my interests now are Christmas (tis the season) and lettering. On the later I’m looking for templates for upper and lower case letters of the old style but not so old or fancy that its difficult to read. Something in a more script form vice block. And need to understand shading of letters… any rate look forward to exploring your web site more fully. Thank you. Frank

    1. Hi Frank,
      Thank you. Pyrography is a very fun medium to work in. I have to tell you that I use a word processing program to create the letters on the few times I use them. Most word processing programs have a LOT of font choices, so I type out the message I’m after and then see how it looks with the different fonts. When I get one that I like, then I just print out the document and trace the letters onto my project.

      As for shading them in, I almost always do the same thing of using pull-away strokes along the edges. This leaves the center paler than the edges giving the letters a rounded look. I did this technique on both the Halloween Sign and the Valentine Plaque that I did.

      Have fun burning!

    2. Hi Frank,
      I wanted to add a follow comment. I recently discovered that there are online font generators on the internet. Just search for “font generator” or you can search for more specific types of font. Then you type in the message you want and the generator reproduces the message in numerous different font styles that you can print or copy/paste as needed.

      Hope that helps.

  5. Hi Brenda. I have been recently looking at your wonderful website and am picking up great ideas and techniques. My wife and I live just outside of Tillamook, Or. We are surrounded by nature.
    I am seventy nine and love woodcrafts and teach them at a youth camp every summer. I am somewhat new with pyrography but introduced it to family campers this summer and it went over very well considering I have never taught it before. I am interested in what type of camera you folks use for your wildlife photos and do you get the photos onto a printer then make patterns from the prints?
    My burner is an Optima and it seems to work well for me.
    Thanks again for your wonderful work in teaching others through your website.
    Neil Hall

    1. Hi Neil,
      Heck, I was in Tillamook about a month ago. Had family from Alabama here and they wanted to visit the Tillamook cheese factory. Welcome to the world of Pyrography. It’s a wonderful hobby and I’m glad you’re enjoying it. My husband has a Nikon d500 he bought many, many years ago, but I don’t have a clue about the lens he has. I just know both of them are what I consider as expensive (over $1000 each). I have a Nikon d3400 with a 70-300mm lens. I bought it on Amazon and it was part of a package deal that cost around $500.

      Yes, I print the desired photo on regular printer (copier) paper and use that to make a pattern or use it to trace directly onto the wood. I use a word processing program to size the photo on a piece of paper that matches the wood size I plan to use. I wrote a blog that discusses how I resize photos if you’re interested in the process: https://wp.me/p8j0lZ-35M

      Happy burning!

  6. I have watched a lot of tutorials on this subject as i am going to try and learn this great art, i have to say that you are very talented, and thank you for sharing i am now going to watch all your videos and tutorials and hopefully i can learn something from you.

    1. Hi Martin,
      That’s awesome. I love pyrography and find it to be a very relaxing and rewarding artform. I wish you much success on your endeavour and keep me posted on your progress. Brenda

  7. Thank you for taking the trouble to post all this information. As someone new to pyrography I have found it extremely useful. Thanks again and a happy New Year!

    1. Hi Paul, You are welcome and thank you for the comment. It is wonderful to hear that my website is helping you learn the art of pyrography. Happy New Year to you too and may your year be filled with beautiful pyrography art! Brenda

  8. Brenda, these tutorials are better than all the books I’ve bought so far. Your talent as a pyrographer and teacher are truly appreciated. Hopefully you will do a book and a DVD in the future.

    1. Hello Mario, Thank you so much! You are very kind. I have started working on ideas for a book, but it takes times. My more immediate goal is to add tutorial videos to my YouTube as I think an in depth how-to would help show what I’m trying to verbally explain. Thank you again for the compliment. Brenda

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