How to Trace or Transfer Your Pattern

How to Trace or Transfer Your Pattern

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Tracing a Pattern
There are several ways to transfer a pattern to a carving blank – carbon paper, graphite paper and pencil rubbing. All three products transfer a pattern to wood, but which you use  is determines by the craft you are working.

how to trace your pattern to the boardCarbon paper
Originally used to make multiple copies of a typed or written document, carbon paper comes in black or dark blue. Tracings made using this product have heavy, dark, bold lines. Carbon paper is perfect for transferring patterns for long-term projects, as the traced lines will not fade or rub off, even after many hours of carving work.  However, carbon paper creates a traced line that can not be erased with an eraser, and often can not be removed with fine sandpaper.  I use carbon paper with my wood carvings, but never with pyrography.

 

how to trace your pattern to the boardGraphite paper
This paper is lightweight with a waxed graphite coating on one side, and comes in both pale gray and white. When tracing a pattern, the graphite side is placed against the wood, resulting in a tracing with medium-gray colored lines. Graphite paper is available in sheets as small 8 1/2″ x 11” (216 x 279mm) and as large as 48” x 96” (1219 x 2438mm), and also comes in rolls several yards long. Graphite paper can be used several times, so keep previously used pieces for later tracings.  This product works well for both carving and wood burning.

how to trace your pattern to the boardPencil Rubbing
To use the pencil rubbing method for transferring a pattern, rub a soft #2 to #6 pencil over the back of your pattern paper. The higher the number of your pencil, the darker or blacker the rubbing will be. Then, place the pattern face up on your carving blank and begin tracing it. As you trace along the pattern lines, a thin, light gray coating of pencil will be left on the wood blank. Pencil rubbing lines can be erased using a white artist’s eraser, making it an excellent method for transferring patterns for carvings that will include some pyrography work.  This is my favorite form of tracing as it is so easily removed after your pyrography or carving work is done.

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Free Doodle Pattern #26

free tracing pattern

Free Doodle Pattern #25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple steps for tracing a pattern
Tracing a pattern onto your carving blank is an important step; you want to make sure you center the pattern on the wood. Follow these steps to trace a pattern using graphite paper.

how to transfer a pattern1 Gather your supplies. To transfer a pattern to your wood blank, you will need a copy of the pattern, carbon paper, an ink pen, a ruler, a T-square, and tape.

how to transfer a pattern2 Mark the center of the blank. Using your ruler and T-square, mark the center of the carving blank using a horizontal center line and a vertical center line

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3 Align the pattern with the center lines. Fold the copy of the pattern into quarters. Place the pattern on the blank, aligning the fold lines in the paper with the center lines drawn on the blank. Tape the pattern into place .

pattern tracing4 Adjust the pattern as needed to fit the shape of the wood.  For our sample tracing the board has a curved top that affects the placement of the pattern.  By sliding the design down along the vertical line the square pattern is now centered to the square area of the plaque.

how to trace a pattern for wood burning5 Place the carbon paper, and trace. Mark any adjustments necessary on your pattern. Slide the carbon paper in place under the pattern paper, and trace along the outside lines of your grouped elements. Check your tracing before you remove the pattern and carbon paper to ensure you have transferred all the necessary pattern lines .

how to trace a pattern for wood burning6 Create a border if desired. If you like, you can use a compass to create an outside border or margin line around the pattern .

how to trace a pattern for wood burning7  Add in the details as you carve. As you progress through the carving stages, cut small pieces of your original pattern paper, secure them to your wood blank, and trace the fine line details to that roughly cut areas.

8 Print several copies of your pattern.  As you work you will often find that your carving will cut away some areas of the traced pattern or that your burned shading will obscure some areas of your traced line.  You can cut small sections of your extra pattern out from the larger design and spot trace as needed.

free tracing patternThanks for reading!  See you on Monday, January 14th, 2019.

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Doodle Day #8 – Altered Art Patterns

Doodle Day #8 – Altered Art Patterns

Doodle Day #8 – Free Altered Art Patterns

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Altered Art is the fun of taking an item as an old book and re-purposing it as the base for your craft arts.  The sample to the right is a pen and ink, pencil, and colored pencil drawing worked on the page of an old law dictionary.Altered Book Art

A second interruption of altered art is when we cross-craft by combining multiple crafting skills to create a unique work.  In this sample a relief carving becomes the base for decoupage, pen and ink designs, and even gold and copper gilding.

altered art wood carving

altered art wood carving

Here’s a third sample and a fun one to do if you are a multiple crafter – pyrography, leather crafting, colored pencil artist, and jewelry maker.  Leather Burned Necklaces – free leather burning project.

wood burned leather jewelry

 

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Doodle Day #4 Leather Covered Journal

Doodle Day #4 Leather Covered Journal

Doodle Day #4 – Leather Covered Journal

Pyrography Pen Tips by Lora Irish Free PDF that explores the strokes, patterns, and shading you can create with your pyrography pen tips.

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If you are a pyrographer and a journalist you will have fun working today’s projects.  We have been exploring the Artist’s Morgue File this week and our habit as artists to keep stacks, folders, and file boxes of scrap paper or digital images that spark our imagination.

 

 

 

Handmade, DIY Leather Journals are a great way to organize those little bits of inspiration.  Your front and back leather cover make a great media for your pyrography, the pages can be made with bullet journal pages, watercolor paper, or scrapbook paper.  Since the journal uses an easy lacing pattern, worked with twine or raffia, it is easy to open and refill the pages of your journal at any time.

The front two leather DIY Artist Journal patterns are available in the Great Book of Celtic Patterns, available on Amazon.com.  The back journal is worked on chipboard, covered with scrap paper, watercolor paper, and glitter tape.  It is a kettle stitched bound book.

 

 

Greenman Pyrography Leather Bullet Journal Project  – Free Green Man Pattern

Pyrography Greenman Leather Bullet Journal Cover

Pyrography Leather Griffin Journal  – Free Griffin Pattern

 And here are two more free doodle patterns –

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By now you should have 11 free Lora S. Irish patterns stashed away in your craft folder on your desktop.  Three from Day #1, three from Day #2, and five for today.  See you on Monday, Jan 6th with more …

The Art of Leather Burning by Lora S. Irish

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Doodle Day #3 Patterns for Bullet Journaling

Doodle Day #3 Patterns for Bullet Journaling

Doodle Day #3 – Bullet Journal Pages

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Today’s Morgue File Project Idea:

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Bullet Journals let you keep track of your day to day activities and to add personal notes, shopping lists, and appointment calendars.  The pages are worked on a dot grid pattern which is used as your guide to create your tables, lists, and highlighted comments.

 

 

 

 

Bullet Journal Blank Page

This basic bullet journal page will print on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of paper.  When folded it creates two facing printed dot grid pages.  You can print several copies of this bullet journal page.  Then put those pages back into your printer tray, face up so that you see the printed grid, and then printed a second time to create the dot grid on the back of your paper.

 

 

 

 

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Click on the image, right, to open a full-sized copy in a new window.  Right hand click on the image and chose ‘save image’ to keep a copy on your computer for easy printing.  This page is pre-set to print in portrait mode, no adjustment is needed.

 

 

 

The Stapled Bookbinding link, below, shows you how to take multiple printed pages and staple them into a small booklet.

Bullet Journal Header Page

Bullet Journal List Page

Bullet Journal Design Page

 

Here are a few samples of DIY Hand Bound Bullet Journal, decorated with scrapbooking paper, a watercololr paper design, paper twist strings, a few glass beads, and worked with leather covers.  Stop by tomorrow for the links to how to design, burn, and bind your own leather journal.

The patterns for the large background dragon journal, and the small Celtic journal, front left, are available in the Great Book of Celtic Patterns, available on Amazon.com.  The Greenman Journal, front right, is a free project here on LSIrish.com.

 

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Stop by Reddit/r/bulletjournal to discover a fun community of journalist that share lots and lots of ideas.

If you haven’t played with bookbinding yet, these links will get you stared.

DIY Kettle Stitch Bookbinding video on YouTube.com.

DIY Coptic Stitch Bookbinding video on YouTube.com

Simple Bookbinding video on YouTube.com

Stapled Bookbinding video on YouTube.com – quick and easy!

 

 

 

The Art of Spoon Carving by Lora Irish

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Doodle Patterns, Lora Irish Artist Morgue

Doodle Patterns, Lora Irish Artist Morgue

Artist’s Morgue File:
A folder, cardboard box, drawer, or stack of collected ideas,
inspirations, and ‘someday’ projects that an artist accumulates
over a lifetime of crafting.

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Jan. 1st, 2019 – Goal for this month is to post two to three small, free patterns each working day of the month that you can use with your favorite craft.  The theme for January is Doodle Designs.

free Lora Irish Pattern to downloadI must have a dozen large cardboard boxes of scrap paper torn from magazines, newspaper ads, and even old books that I have saved over the years as inspirational ideas – just something to spark a new project.

There must be a ton of doodles.  Lots and lots of little, tiny, small designs that stand alone as a quick accent in so many crafts. Doodles created using my scrap papers as the inspiration for my own designs.

I won’t even guess how many digital files are stored on my external hard drive for the same reason.

Sometimes those pictures show an interesting layout pattern, perhaps a unique line divider, or even a color combination that really caught my eye.

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That hoard of scrap ideas even has a technical name – its an Artist’s Morgue File.

Because my morgue file is over 30 years in the making, and spread out everywhere in the studio, shop, and in my storage boxes, I thought as a goal for 2019 that I would start converting those ideas into some type of organization.

For my doodles I chose cardboard, kraft paper tags in a variety of shapes.  The tags run around 2 1/2″ ( 6.5 cm) wide and up to 3″ ( 7.5 cm) tall.

 

Blank Digital, Printable Tags

Lora Irish free patternsHere are blank digital copies of the two tags that I have used to begin my 2019 Morgue File of Little Patterns.

Please click on the image and it will open a new window.  Right hand click on the new, full-sized image and chose ‘save image’ to keep a copy on your computer.

Both patterns can be printed of card stock paper, directly from your computer printer so that you can create your own Morgue File tags.

Free Lora Irish patterns to downloadOver the next month I will be posting a few each day.  Two to three small designs that you can use with your pyrography wooden spoons, DIY Bullet Journal, and even as fun, applique quilt patterns.  And, perhaps, my ideas will spark new ideas for you to create your own.

Supplies for Morgue File Pattern Tags: 

Here’s what is in my kit.

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Fine Point Black Markers

Fine Line Marking Pens, Color Assortment

240 Colored Gel Pens Assortment

PrismaColor Colored Pencils, Set of 48

Document Cleaning Pad – a must for any crafter

Square White Kraft Board Tags

Scalloped Edge White Kraft Board Heart Tags

Brown Kraft Board Star Tags

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Scalloped Edge White Round Kraft Board Tags

Scalloped Edge Brown Round Kraft Board Tags

Round Brown Kraft Board Tags

Variety Brown Kraft Board Tags

Acrylic Clear Glue Double Tip Tube

Gold, Silver, and Red Glitter Glue

 

Today’s Morgue File Project Idea:

Lora Irish Doodle JournalThe DIY Book Making Journal, shown right, uses a pen and ink, gel pen pattern, worked on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper, as the book cover design.  This is a stitched book that holds 32 pages, also worked with the same watercolor paper.

The book boards – front and back cover – use light weight, brown kraft paper to cover the heavy cardboard pieces and to cover the stitched pages along the side of the book.

If you haven’t played with bookbinding yet, these links will get you stared.

DIY Kettle Stitch Bookbinding video on YouTube.com.

DIY Coptic Stitch Bookbinding video on YouTube.com

Simple Bookbinding video on YouTube.com

Stapled Bookbinding video on YouTube.com – quick and easy!

See ya tomorrow with more free, small, doodles for your crafting.  Thanks for reading ~ Lora Irish

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