April Wood-Burning Prompts have been added and I can't wait to see what you'll create! Check them out here!
One of the March Prompts was spring and I decided to go with a floral arrangement. It can be a little tricky to show the depth and dimensions of the flowers and the way to achieve that is to keep the top layers lighter and go darker with each layer that is underneath. I actually prefer to work from the darker layers to the lighter layers.
I also take the shader tip and slide it across the wood from what I want the darker area to be to the lighter area because where you touch down the tip will usually be darker. And you will want to glide over the wood not an abrupt stop to create your work.
I've been wanting to play with colors a little more when it comes to wood-burning and you can of course use different mediums such as inks, watercolor, and acrylic. My favorite however is using oil pencil because Iam able to go in with a pencil shader or a q-tip to smooth out and give the wood better coverage. I went ahead and did it with the floral arrangement and this is the result.
Let me know what you think! I am off to decide on the next prompt I will be using in April!
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!