The simplest technique is about planning your project. Here are some tips to help you get started.
- Use softwoods with little grain. Pine and aspen are much easier to work with than hardwoods.
- Lightly use a 320 grit sandpaper wrapped around a rigid block to keep your wood burning area clean. Your pyrography pen is hot and burns anything it touches. Sharp lines get smudged if the area is not clean.
- Speaking of burning, have a small plier handy to remove or replace the tips. Remember that the tips may be cool but your tool is hot. You are burning wood not your hands.
- Don’t push it. The pen should slide over the surface as it burns the wood. You are not forcing the pen into the wood.
- Have a sample board to try your new techniques and new tools before you use them on your art. There is no do over in wood burning.
- Protect your loved ones by keeping them away from anything that is hot. Few things get hotter than a woodburning pen.
- If you are a beginner, practice on your patience and detachment. Breathe and take your time. Don’t hold your breath. Breathing help you stay calm and focused.