Friday 16 October 2015

2015 #19 Burned Lady {by Dana Christiansen}

   2015 Topic 19: Faces

Hi everyone Dana Christiansen here, joining you this evening with a post about Pyrography (if you want to get fancy) or plain old wood-burning as I call it. 

I remember back before the internet, and the only thing that led me to try new things was either magazines or seeing displays in my craft/ art store. I saw a “how to” book on Pyrography along with the tools used for it and I was hooked. I tend to bounce from one medium to another, and this felt like the perfect opportunity to try one of my faces in wood burning.

Step One: I knew I wanted to create flowers in her hair with the JOFY Collect 32 stamps but I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to accomplish it. By stamping on tracing paper I was able to move the different pieces around on the plaque without committing to anything.

JOFY Collect 32

Step Two: Once I played around with a few different placements of the flowers I found something I was comfortable with and then thought that butterfly would make perfect fairy wings!

Step Three: Next was to get the piece transferred to the plaque with some transfer paper.

Step Four: Go over all the lines with the wood burning tool. Be prepared for it to look fairly primitive. It’s not at all like using a paintbrush or pencil. The wood is never identical over the entire piece. For me that adds to the charm of the piece.

Step Five: If the tool gets too hot you may have to unplug it and let it rest for a bit. Once all the lines were burned in, I ended up with this:

Step Six: I used Beach Hut and Autumn Fire (slightly watered down) to add some accents to the flowers and the butterflies. I also used Autumn Fire (very watered down) to paint the shadows on her face.

Step Seven: When it was all said and done, I thought it needed a few more butterflies stamped in her hair. I also taped off the edges to add some Beach Hut paint to the outside portion of the plaque.

Step Eight: To finish her up, I added some collage to her dress and some highlights to her eyes and flowers with Snowflake. {I think I may still add some stain to the background to make her stand out more but for the meantime I am just going to live with her for a bit.}

I really enjoyed working in a totally different medium than I have for a very long time! I am a very tactile person; I enjoy the feel of the projects while I am working on them. This project engages all of your senses and even smells like a mini camp fire! I hope you will give it a try! These stamps were perfect for this and I can’t wait to give it another go. Have a pop over to my blog for more photographs and links to all other social media.


Dana, this is gorgeous, and what a fun new technique to bring to our blog. The Jofy flowers and butterflies suit this style perfectly. I wonder will you add any more to it? As with all pieces we are tempted to add more and more, but here it is a pleasure to see parts of the 'naked' wood showing through. Thankyou ~Darcy

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Julie Lee said...

I discovered wood burning back in the summer and I love it! I really like what you've created here. Frescos look great with pyrography and this is a beautiful piece of work. xx

Helen said...

I've never tried this, but it looks fabulous! what a great mix of the JoFY stamps with this technique. said...

i love the combination of YOUR faces, stampage and wood! The wood burning/writing is excellent awesome awesome!!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Oooh! That's a technique I've never come across before. I'd love to try it though. The finished piece looks amazing. It's always great to find new ways to make the most of my stamps. Lx

APG Jamie said...

what a great project! thanks so much for reminding me of my wood burning tool


ps really like those stamps

Hazel Agnew said...

A new looks fab!

JoFY said...

this is a lovely project!! you've inspired me to get my wood burning tool out again!! x

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow love this idea, what a fabulous face. Love it xx

Unknown said...

What a brilliant project and technique! Love the paint onto the bare wood and the face is lovely.

Lesley Xx

Tracy said...

Wow loving her Dana, love the technique!!! Xxx

Kirsten said...

Wow, cool technique! I love the finished piece, she's beautiful.

zandra said...

So, cool! Love your girls <3

Kim Dellow said...

Oh my goodness that is so brilliant! Love the woodburning and I love your face! :) Kx