Sunday, 16 March 2014

Another little project...

So it was my Mom's 50th birthday this past week….and I decided to make something a little personal for her.

So, I busted out the wood burner and invested some time into some pyrography.

This is a super easy project..but the wood on these frames isn't easy to burn…I will warn everyone.  But a very inexpensive gift to make for anyone.  All you need is a wood burning kit, pencil and eraser, and a wooden frame (they're $1.50 each at Michaels).

There are several different ones to choose from

All I did was sketch out the picture I wanted to burn onto the frame lightly.  I say lightly because you may change your mind (says an indecisive individual) and want to change the design slightly...or entirely….as you go along.

After you've sketched out your drawing and you are sure you are happy with it, plug in the wood burner and let it warm up for about 10 minutes or so.  You definitely need the HOTTEST setting for this wood.

Once it's heated you may carefully begin burning your design.

I didn't bother varnishing this frame.  Although, I did think about using some paint and making a washed colour overtop of it..but I opted to keep it natural.

Here's the final result!

I hope she likes it!


Sunday, 9 March 2014

Part of a little wedding gift I made...

So I wanted to make something personal to go with the rest of the gift I had for one of my really good friends.  I was also in the mood to do some wood burning….so I decided to create a name sign (the gift was for a wedding).

Wish you could create something similar?  It's not difficult and wood burning (also known as pyrography) is a lot of fun.

Here's what you need:

  • Wood
  • Pencil/eraser (for sketching)
  • Wood Burning Tool kit with a variety of ends (I use the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa Tool kit.  Buy it at Michaels when there's a 50% off coupon.
  • Varnish
  • Sandpaper
First, decide on what you want the final image to look like and sketch it lightly on the wood.
Next, start burning away.
Then sand down any rough edges you may have.

See.  It's easy!  You just have to have the patience to spend a few hours creating it on a Sunday afternoon.  

Here's the final product:

I hope Pat & Dawn like it :)

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Just some pictures

Well I will have something to post next week, but because it's a gift, I can't quite post it yet (well, that and it's not quite finished yet…).

So…in order to tie people over (and because I've had NO time to do any art because of the insanity that is called work), I'm just going to put up a couple of pictures I've taken over the years.

Photo of my sister in the style of Annie Leibovitz

Just a little editorial type fashion piece