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Experimenting with Pyrography and Paint


Sometimes experimenting with pyrography and paint is what brings you to love a piece of art you were working on.

A while back I did a wood-burning of a western town. I loved the idea and concept but I didn’t love the result And as things go in wood-burning I had a few options. Either sand the piece of wood and “erase” the work I had done, throw the work into the fire and be done with it or add some color through painting parts of it.

As you can see the sepia is beautiful but my challenge was that the horse didn’t stand out and everything was just kinda blending together. When working with different shades of the same hue that can happen and I could have probably gone darker in some of the areas but that didn’t sit right with me when I had finished it initially.

I have a ton of work-in-progress laying around because sometimes pieces are not done like it’s missing just a little something, and I like to step away for a bit and come back to it at a later time. This is what happened with this Western Town.

So this past weekend as I was clearing out my studio with finished and “waiting to be finished” creations, I thought adding color would probably be the key to this one.

Pyrography and Paint

Here is the before and after from me experimenting with pyrography and paint and really, I love the painted version a whole lot more. I still retained some of the pyrography details but the paint gave it a little extra.

This is why I ended up adding color to the Eagle Mandala as well which is part of my latest coloring book.

I am making a few edits on the image for more clarity but it will be in the store sometime this week. Also, if you are interested in a Mandala Pyrography I am open for commission work!


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!

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