When you first learned about writing with fire, you found out that it is a unique art limited only to your imagination, creativity, and ability to think outside the box. And then you learned about the best tools to use for wood burning, one of which was the pyrography pens. In this lesson, we will talk about shading technique as it related to writing with fire.

While we have reviewed different pens, it is important to learn how to use them for shading. Pyrography Made Easy shares how you can do this in the following post.

Beginner’s Guide to Shading Pen Tip

The shading pen tip is my workhorse in pyrography.  Other than the gingerbread house tutorial, all of my projects so far have relied heavily on the shading tip.  Just guessing I would estimate I use it at least 80% of the time if not more.  As I’ve mentioned before, I have a Colwood burner (super pro II) and the shading tip I use is called a tight round.

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Because the guide is in-depth and practical, we recommend reading it carefully, and then put everything you learn into practice to get the most out of it.

Still on the same theme, it’s important to learn about the different shading patterns out there, and Isirish provides the go-to guide for this.

Learn the Different Shading Patterns

The long, pull shading strokes is a basic shading texture used in realistic styled wood burnings.  This stroke is made with the variable temperature unit spear shader or curved edge shader, or with the universal wide-wedge tip for one temperature tools.  In this free online pyrography project we will work a small, simple daisy line pattern using the long, pull shading stroke.

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Here, you learn about different shading patterns to kick-start your art in Pyrography. Given that the guide is actionable, it should be easy to follow along.

Now to the fun part where you actually apply what you have learned. Burning with Sharon has a great project example to take you through this.

Using Shading in a Practical Example

In this video I show and explain an alternative to traditional shading that is very forgiving and a lot of fun. This is a longer video and the example is done in real time. To get started and learn to burn right now sign up for my FREE Burning Basics Video Series at

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If you want to get the most out of Sharon’s guide, make sure you pay close attention to what she is teaching.


I hope you enjoyed reading this guide the same way I enjoyed compiling it for you. If you are looking for more guides on pyrography, be sure to check out our wood burning homepage.