The one thing that pyrography beginners need to know is that there are no limits to what you can do with woods. You can write with fire almost forever. What you need is more ideas to get you going on a daily basis. Here are some:

Most beginners have no idea where to start. So I would like to state clearly, as mentioned on the Pyrography tool, that the best way to start is to get your accessories together.

Accessories for Wood Burning Projects

Pyrography patterns for beginners and experienced burners are in plentiful supply and in an unlimited array of subjects – you will never be lacking in artwork ideas or inspiration. Wood burning patterns are bountiful as are wood burning stencils. These can be found in some amazing wood burning pattern books as well as on the internet, and of course, don’t be afraid to tap into your own talent and imagination.

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Once you have your tools in place, it should become easy for you to get started with the following two project ideas.

One of the best projects to try is the Bengal Tiger. This one comes from Lora Irish who blogs at Fox Chapel Publishing.


Tonal or grayscale values refer to how dark or light a burned area appears in your work. The palest values in a woodburning are those not burned at all. Instead, the raw wood is used for the sepia tone of that area. The darkest tonal value will be areas you burn at high temperatures to a near-black tone.

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This guide is quite beginner-friendly because the language used is simple, and the steps provided are very easy to follow.

You can add some watercolor ground to the Bengal Tiger project by following the guide published on Pyrography Made Easy by author Brenda Wilkie.


In this tutorial I’m going to explain how to use watercolor grounds in pyrography.  Watercolor grounds are used to create a surface that is similar to watercolor paper.  This lets you use all sorts of liquid mediums like paints, dyes, and inks on wood.  I got the idea from Valarie Connell who adds color to a lot of her artwork.  Her use of watercolors intrigued me, so I decided to test it out.  In this blog I will explain how to apply the grounds to get the smoothest surface results and why watercolor grounds are useful.

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Brenda takes you through the implementation of watercolor, so this part of the tutorial should not be an issue at all.


The rule of thumb is this: the more you keep practicing and implementing these ideas the better your chances of honing your skills. So, if you are seriously into woodburning, consider doing this as often as you can.