In this free pyrography project session we will wood burn the solid dark tonal values in the outer frame, then add mid-tone shading.
Using a medium-high temperature setting, and your ball-tip or loop-tip pen, begin your project by filling in the the outer frame area of the design with a tightly packed dot pattern. The medium-high temperature will give you dark tonal value dots without haloing or scorching the background area of the work.
The top banner, U. S. Parcel Postage, uses this dark, solid pointillism pattern to make the lettering appear as if it were white colored. This technique is called a negative burn, and is where the background of the element is worked in a dark burn and the primary element is left in the unburned lightest tonal value.
Work the graduated shading in the outer frame using the same temperature setting as in step 4 with a loosely packed dot pattern.
The loosely packed dot pattern allows some unburned areas of the wood to show through the burning. This mix of light background and dark dots blends to create a mid-tone value range.
The darkest areas of the shading are worked at the outer side of the area or where the area comes into contact with another area of the stamp pattern. In the sample, below, you can see the darkest area of the corner triangle is worked along the left – outer – side of the pattern area.
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