In my search of finding small things to wood-burn, I came across wood eggs - now I knew I would be too late for the Easter rush but it didn't stop me from getting a few of these and I am excited how these came out and hope to make them part of my offerings moving forward!
Some of the designs were pretty challenging due to the shape of the egg which make it tricky to tape a pattern in order to trace it so I ended up freehanding outlining my designs.
I really love creating this dragon eye hatching from an egg - I outlined the eye and then worked the scales and the cracking of the egg with a pencil. I used a writing tip to work on the details. I used an oil pencil for coloring the iris. I was inspired to do this one because I actually started with the dragon scale egg.
I will tell you that as I finished it, perhaps the scales should have been done the other way, down instead up, I still loved how this turned out. Again I used colored pencils to create the coloring effect and then used a pencil shader and a rough rag to smooth in the colors. I then did a few flower wooden eggs and these I think would be beautiful during the springtime to display. It reminded me of my childhood years when we created pussy willow Ostara egg trees.
I did this one with a bit more of a traditional design by doing freehanded pencil sketche before wood-burning.
Here are a few more that I did with slightly different designs and coloring!
I was born in Bad Homburg, Germany. Growing up in foster care I spend a lot of time alone creating art or writing stories. In 1992, when I became pregnant, I discovered crochet and emersed myself in the craft. I also immigrated to the US and throughout the years, I explored various mediums of art – such as macrame, cross-stitch, and painting - while raising my kids. In 2005, I wanted to create my own wood beads and discovered the wood-burner and fell in love with it. It’s at the same time I had the nudge to start my handmade business part-time with the intention to be full-time someday.
But life derailed for a little while, as I became a special needs parent, enrolled in online college twice, and am the proud owner of a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling – which eventually led me to start my coaching + consulting business.
Throughout the years I kept coming back to three mediums: coloring, crochet, and wood-burning, and am now balancing two businesses! With most of the kids creating their own lives and only the youngest left, I get to create art and teach people how to make art, while also helping people with their goals. It’s having the cake and eating it too!
I live in Central Virginia with tons of inspiration out of my backyard, the blue ridge mountains, and the events I attend!