You know you do it! In fact, anytime you are on hold on the telephone, or as you are talking to your kids, or even when you are just thinking. If there is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper near by, you are doodling. As kids, you always knew who was going to grow up to be a creative person because their denim notebook was covered with tons of little doodles.
So, let’s have some fun and bring those creative doodles to our favorite art form, pyrography. Over the next few days I will be posting an in-depth, step-by-step tutorial for this Mushroom Doodle Pyrography Project. It will include the pattern, the doodle fill chart, and lots of photos so that you can complete your own desktop cork board note pad or kitchen recipe holder.
We will be working an outline burn around each element of the pattern. Then, instead of fill those areas with graduated shading, we are going to use our favorite doodle patterns. Each area of the pattern can feature lines, swirls, spirals, daisies, butterflies, checkerboards, and even full designs of flowers, leaves, and stems. Anything goes when you are doing a pyrography doodle.
Take another look at the top header image for this post to see a close-up of a few doodle patterns that we will be working.
12” x 12” x 1/4” birch plywood
12” x 4” x 1/4” basswood
variable temperature unit
ball tip or loop tip pen
fine-grit nail sanding foam board
12” x 12” x 1/4” cork board
yellow carpenters glue
4 yards of sea grass twine
hot glue and glue gun
Please slip over to our craft, carving, and pyrography patterns website, Art Designs Studio, to get your free patterns for this project. The download link is on our home page.
Today we will work through the preparation steps. Tomorrow we will begin the pyrography steps. So, please, bookmark our blog and share our link with your pyro friends.
1. With 220-grit sandpaper, sand the front surface of your birch plywood. Work your sanding with the direction of the wood grain to avoid scratching the surface. Remove all sanding dust with a dry, clean cloth.
2. Print a copy of the outline pattern. Tape the pattern to the right side of your board, 3/4” from the edge.
3. Using graphite paper under the pattern, trace along all of the pattern lines. Remove the pattern paper and graphite paper.
4. Using your finest line burning tip, set your temperature setting to a hot setting. Burn along all of the pattern lines to set your design. You want a dark, even line.
5. Work a second burning over the pattern lines to create a thick to thin effect in your outlines. This adds strength to the outline, giving the line extra emphasis in the finished work, as well as interest in the changing dimensions of the line.
6. Using the fine nail sanding board, lightly sand over your board to remove any rough areas caused by the hot temperature burn. Wipe the board with a clean cloth to remove any dust.
So, go grab your freebie pattern package which features three patterns – our mushroom design, a sunflower, and a chicken. Gather up your wood burning tool kit and let’s get ready to burn!