Simply outlining the pattern is often our very first project in pyrography wood burning. After decades as a pyrographer I still use this art style on many projects because of the clear, crisp impact you get by just following the tracing lines. Also called line art, outlining is often used in engraving, etching, woodcut and lithography. For more please read this great Wikipedia article.
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This dragon face is worked on a 3″ leather key fob. Since he is both well detailed and worked in a very small space, simple outlining is the perfect choice.
The leather burned purse and the birch plywood burn, above, both use the same pattern from our pattern pack – Dragon Medallions. It is the lack of shading and extra detailing in the leather purse image that makes the dragon a stronger design then the wood version. The wood version almost has too much to see compared to the clean, crisp image on the leather.
Wood burning, especially on paper mache, leaves a physical impression in the media. Santa’s outline literally drops down into the surface of this paper mache box. The trough that comes from a simple outline stroke can also be used as a damn. Here it works to stop the application of the acrylic craft paints from spreading into the background area.
Note on this little Santa, the background is not burned totally black. Instead it is filled with the words, “ho ho ho!”
I have one more fun simple outline styled work to share with you. Its a Celtic deer design. While the above samples all use carefully controlled, uniform thickness lines, this hart uses thick and thin lines. As you move through the pattern make some areas of the line width thick then taper back to very thin. This adds a little dimension without losing the crisp, line art effect.
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