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  • Pyrography of song thrush painted with watercolour artist paint.

    Hi Guys
    Well I have had a go at something completely different. Got the idea from Merle from the box he made with a cardinal on that he gave colour to with colour pencils.

    Decided to have a go using artists watercolour paints instead. The bird was burnt onto cheap basswood plywood made in china and I found that it burns very well though it does require quite a lot of heat. Plywood cost US $2.50 for a 300mm square sheet.

    Sanded the sheet down to 1400 grit before laying down the pattern. Never used watercolour paint before so that was a bit of a learning curve. I found the paint to be very forgiving in that you can remove a lot of it if you get it wrong then do it again.

    I think next time I will go lighter on the colour so one can see the pyrography better.
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    Last edited by Glenn Jennings; 04-14-2021, 01:24 AM.

  • #2
    No surprises here, Well done, even doing some color shading, mu oh my
    . . .JoeB

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    • #3
      Hi Glenn, like your bird! Just a suggestion, the feet would show better if the branch was a gray color. It's fun to try new things, isn't it?

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      • #4
        Hi Glenn , Glad I was able to inspire someone to try something different . If you think the Color is to Dark you can Scrape some off and make it lighter , I use an E-xacto Blade , I also use this method to Lighten and Shade my Pyrography . Good Job Mate . Merle

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        • #5
          Hi Joe
          It is not quite there yet but it was a fun try hehehehe.

          Hi sappy
          Yeah I thought that was not a good choice for the branch once I had done it but we live and learn. Am going to try a humming bird next so will give it a bit more thought before doing the colour and do some tests on a bit of scrap wood before applying the paint.

          Hi Merle.
          Thanks for the advice mate. I think the watercolours have real potential so will experiment a bit with them. Will be a bit of fun until my hand settles down and I can get back on the tools again.

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          • #6
            Nice pyro work, Glenn, and contrast is always a good thing. However, do it to please your eye and claim artistic license. Lots of the pyro folks use water colors and even the pencils but I have taken a "purest": approach and never colored any burning. Personal preference and all that, however yours sure looks fine.
            Bill
            Living among knives and fire.

            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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            • #7
              Hi Bill
              Yeah I guess it all boils down to what tickles ones fancy. I like the purest stuff as well and have another hummingbird lined up to go in the pure form. Just completed a Humming bird and I think I made a way better job of it than the the thrush. Is all part of the rather sharp learning curve. hehehe.

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              • #8
                BTW, Glenn, do you have Butternut wood down there? I ask because the grain is strikingly beautiful to me and can see that as a great accent to pyro. I've started to do carvings in it and it doesn't require much painting...if any. In my eye it seems to be great for birds, although I don't carve them but great for bears, owls, caricatures, etc.
                Bill
                Living among knives and fire.

                http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                • #9
                  Hi Bill
                  I'm not sure of that. I will do some research on it to see if I can find some. I have heard quite a few favourable comments about butternut so will be keen to source some for a trial. I just love really nice grain in wood. Thanks for the idea i will let you know how I get on with the quest.

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                  • #10
                    You have been busy! Another great pyro project!
                    Claude
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                    • #11
                      Thanks Claude. I kind of overdid the colour on the wing on this one. Have since removed quite a bit of it so that the burn shows up a lot better. Looks a lot better now.

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