Pointillism is the perfect art style to wood burn Celtic knots patterns. During this session we will work on the knots that are formed by the bird’s head feathers and begin the pyrography work that will shade the bird’s face and body.
Using a medium temperature setting, burn a loosely packed pattern of dots for the Celtic knots that originate from the bird’s head feathers.
Visually break your Celtic lines into small units that begin and end where the line tucks under another portion of the knot.Work each section of Celtic line as one complete unit by darkly shading the two outer edges, where the line tucks under another line, in a dark, tightly packed dot pattern.
Gradually loosen the packing pattern as you near the center point of the line unit. Allow a thin center slice of the line unit to remain unburned. This will give you a graduation of dark, medium, light, unburned, light, medium, dark in each area of the knot pattern.
Use this temperature setting and a medium-packed dot pattern to outline the Celtic knot lines.
The bird’s face and the triangular accent in the wings show the darkest area of the burning on the side of each area that is closest to the center point of the pattern.Note in the close-up below that the lower bird mirrors the shading of the upper bird.
To create a few extremely dark tonal value areas in this project, tightly pack two layers of dot patterns to the eyes, nostril, and beak opening.
Work the dots of second layer of these area to fill any unburned, white areas left from the first layer burning.
The solid-packed dot pattern is also used in the wing lines – see photo.A solid-packed dot pattern is used to outline the front area of the bird’s face, the eye rings, and around the outer edge of the wing.
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