It’s no secret that I love to wood burn. I have talked a little about it, but I think it’s best to show you guys how I do it. There is something about the smell of the wood as it burns, it’s soothing to me (Not to mention the smell of it likes to linger for a while!). The trick is to take your time and let the wood burn on its own, not pushing hard into the wood. Nice and easy is the trick.
I started this series, on these little cute shields. I like the size, it’s convenient to tell a story.
I love telling all sorts of stories, with my paintings and my artwork in general. I want to share a little bit on how I got started on the path of wood burning. Three years ago, my husband’s coworker requested a piece. It was my first time doing it so I was a little nervous. I want everybody to love my work, after all it’s going to hang on your walls for some time (I hope!)
I gave her the one piece she requested, and then she became my regular. The more she ordered, the better I became. Of course, practice makes perfect. Still, she became my best customer. I am grateful to her for helping me cultivate my love of this particular technique.
I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did making it!
Acrylic Pour Paintings
What is it?
It is a technique where all colors are added to a cup or container at the same time and then poured together to create an acrylic pouring paint effect.
In this quick video I am sharing is a quick example on how I do it.
What materials do I use?
My preferred paints to use are Liquitex basics, and I use Liquitex pouring medium. I know you can use the cheaper alternatives if you are starting out. I however, tend to make these paintings for the long term. I stick with the higher end materials, you pay what you get for. I also love using dixie cups to hold all the different colors. Popsicle sticks to mix the colors with the pouring medium.
In my experience a 1:1 paint/ medium ratio works best.
I have seen people use floetrol, some chain lube oil and other items to achieve the flowing consistency. It is not a bad idea for starting out (and money is a little tight), that way you can get a feel for it. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
I always use gloves. I still get some paint on me. When the paint is mixed with the pouring medium, it becomes really difficult to get it off my skin (I have to scrub raw, or maybe use alcohol).
Don’t be in a rush, give it a couple days to dry out.
I will post a mixing consistency video next week.
I want to talk a little about this particular piece. It is no secret that I enjoy palette knife painting, and this one was made the same way I have been doing my last several paintings. I know it’s kind of silly, but I am noticing that recently I enjoy painting larger scale than smaller scale paintings. This one piece in particular spoke to me. It spoke to me about how deceivingly calm nature can be. One minute it is stunning and peaceful, and the next minute it can be devastating.
In this piece, I harnessed both the beauty and chaotic elements of nature. It is more on the peaceful side, but thats only to show that it can change in an instant. This reminded me of a piece that I did in high school. I painted the sunset, and actually added some sand to it for the shore. It made me realize that I have been a nature lover my entire life.
It was like in college, I was older than most of my peers and I felt left out. Yes, I know, a group of artists we are all equal and we all belong. We are all friendly artists, we get along. It didn’t matter to me, that is another reason why I love art. I may not connect well with others, but with my art it never fails.
I digress, back to this beautiful sunset and its awesome color scheme. Expect to see more nature paintings. I have found my calling. One of the few things I have kept from the military is “If you are on time, you are late.” A good philosophy to have in life. In my case, I have found that though I may be a little older than I anticipated to be at the level I am for my art, in this case, its better late than never.
It does not matter what stage you are in life, do what you enjoy!
I had a high school teacher that was very strict. He was always onto me about correct technique and procedure for using any type of medium. I am not going to lie, I disliked it so much that I made it a point not to get that teacher again. Yes, he might have seen the potential in me, more than I did in myself at the time. That semester did stick with me, on that note. I had become a perfectionist that I would get so stressed out during that class trying to achieve the best painting, drawing or piece of artwork that I possibly could.
It took me some time to finally realize that art is not about being perfect. It’s about expressing yourself. I learned to accept myself as I am. Art to me is a liberating process. It makes me feel better about myself, it makes me happy. It even brings more joy when I see how happy someone else is with it.
It was until a short time ago that I realized that I needed to paint. I needed to paint as much as a runner needed to breathe. At all times I find my head full of ideas of what I want to paint next, unfortunately there isn’t enough hours in the day to do it. I have been a creative person my entire life. Everyone is born with it, it is only if it’s cultivated beyond childhood that it perseveres. That is what I believe anyway, especially if parents or loved ones encourage it.
Art is very important in this world. Without it, I do believe it would be a bleak world. It bring beauty and joy to our world. It is my duty to share that, not only for myself but for others.
My question to you is, what do you enjoy about art?
It does not matter what it is that you do, as long as you enjoy it.
Does art make you happy?
Does it help you unwind and relax?
We all see art differently, and to each one we it can look different. It can touch us in different ways, but I love art (I mean, where would I be if I didn't?) It is a great way to share our views, our love for everything around us. Pass it on!
Wood Burning has existed for centuries. The art of pyrography or wood burning is a technique that burns wood using a heated metal pen (soldering Iron) to draw out or write into any type of wood, or any type of material that burns well. It is an excellent way to express your creativity .
Pyrography- it means “writing with fire”, from the Greek our (fire) and graphs (writing) It can be practiced using any heated pyrography tool, heated with electricity or fire. There are various tips and shapes that can be used for artist to achieve different kind of of effects. Different shades can be achieved by the pressure applied. The slower you move the tool, the darker the burn, the quicker short strokes the lighter the burn.
Beech, birch, sycamore, maple, pine, walnut and oak wood works well with this technique. It is highly discouraged to use Pressurized wood, or particle board and MDF as they contain chemicals that are hazardous. Remember, anything you burn, it becomes smoke, and you will inhale it. It is best to avoid anything that you are uncertain if it contains any chemicals. It is easiest for me to use hobby craft wood plaques, as I know those to be safe of any chemicals, or wood that I know for a certainty is from untreated trees.
I personally use Walnut Hollow Wood Burning Creative Versa-Tool, I stick to using two tips. I have two guns, since I am impatient and can’t wait for one to cool down before I move to the second tie. I recommend using a glove, if you run the tool on high, you can feel the heat coming from the tool.
It is a fun way to let your creative side explore a new technique.