Writing with fire is one of the simplest and cost-effective arts on the planet. You’ll need a pyrography kit, your imagination, patience, and passion for writing with fire to get started. That’s it; there are no other investments required. But the question is, how do you get creative with the art of Pyrography?

Creativity starts with choosing the right tools. As Arts of Manliness puts it, you should know your tools better before you start woodburning.

Get Familiar with the Tool

A woodburning pen is a very simple tool. It’s a pen-like device with a metal end through which heat is transferred to a removable tip. All but the cheapest models are variable temperature tools. With any kit, you’ll get 4-7 different tips for various methods of burning: straight lines, rounded lines, shading, etc. You’ll also get a metal safety stand for the pen so it’s never just sitting on a table or workbench.

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Pyrography pens must always be used and handled carefully. That means being mindful of safety and paying more attention to how hot the pen gets.

The second rule of the game is to choose the best wood for the project. According to Sun Catcher Studio, soft wood are often the best for the pyrography project.

Realize that softer, lower density, woods such as basswood tend to burn faster

See Appendix A and B for a list of woods and their densities. Basswood is also a popular wood for burning because it has very little grain, and the burning creates a sharp contrast between the original wood and the deep color of the burning. On the other hand, hard woods like ash, maple, and oak tend to require more heat and burn slower.

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Of course, there are different types of woods out there. But the likes of basswood make the best option because they are just easier to use. So, choose your woodburning woods carefully.

You really want to get more creative with your craft. This is what The Pyrography Tools seems to suggest in their post.

Adding Color to Your Wood Burning Art

You may also want to try adding color to your design. This is done with either watercolor paint or watercolor crayons.

To start, unless you are experienced with watercolor paint, use the crayons to put in your color. Once you have drawn the colors where you want them, add a little water to a soft paint brush and start blending the crayons to create a wash effect. Make sure to clean your brush in clean water between blending strong colors so that the colors stay clean and true.

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At the end of the day, you do not want to create designs that just look plain. So, add a taste of color to your creativity as much as you can.

Conclusion

There is still a lot to learn if you are new to woodburning. As such, we suggest that you check out our home page for more tips and tricks that can help you become better in the art of writing with fire.