Coloring Pyrography Opps...

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Project by Buckskin posted 12-16-2007 06:51 AM 2708 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago I posted a forum topic,, on Coloring Pyrography and Thos. Angle gave me a good suggestion. However, given the scale at which I am working I thought I wanted more control over the point. So, dummy me decides to go with a water based marker system. Crayola or something to be exact. Now this may have worked had I sprayed the board with some type of sealer prior to color. As it is, it bled. Now back to the drawing board.

Respectfully submitted as part of the great learning experience of woodworking and a lesson for us all.

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#1 posted 12-16-2007 06:57 AM

Well practice makes perfect. When your perfect the first time, and then you fail you always wonder why.

So now you’ve got something else to try and perfect.

Great attempt. And try and practice on something smaller next time.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-16-2007 07:00 AM

Buck, it doesn’t look that bad, at least in the photos. I think I’d hit it with a coat of shellac or something next time (but you already thought about that haven’t you).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 12-16-2007 07:00 AM

Thank you Karson, I don’t think I want to get any smaller. This board is 5×7 as it is.

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#4 posted 12-16-2007 07:01 AM

Bill, certainly needs a coat of something before coloring, thanks.

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#5 posted 12-16-2007 08:32 AM

I like it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#6 posted 12-16-2007 09:13 AM

Thanks Dan. The bleed is not that all that bad and in a way kinda looks cool. I may go on and put in the box.

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#7 posted 12-16-2007 09:49 AM

You can’t win em all Buckskin. But it looks OK to me.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 12-16-2007 02:04 PM

I thought it looked great as well.

-- Still learning everything

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 12-16-2007 03:05 PM

I think it looks good, Buck. You stayed inside the lines… and the bleed in the flames look natural.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 12-16-2007 03:29 PM

Morning, Buck,
I don’t see that it is that bad from your photos. It probably would have worked better if you had used a fixitive prior to the color or to keep it completely away used a friskit(sp) which is a peel away blocker for the color. Water color artists use it when they want the true color of the paper to show through the paint, particularly a wash. Grumbacher used to make one called Miskit. Probably still do.Another solulution would be to paint shellac right up to and over the burn line on the edge. This would probably block any kind of bleed from going under the first layer of the ply(if you’re using ply). As it is I’d spray it with shellac(not brush). If you brush you might pick up some of the color. Oh…. next time use the acrylics. By the way you did a great job on the colors. Nice blending for markers.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 12-16-2007 04:00 PM

I think this is a nice looking pyro. I would hang it on my wall.

-- bryano

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#12 posted 12-16-2007 05:06 PM

Thanks one and all. I did some more research last night and on Lora S. Irish’s website, she suggests using colored pencil as well as water color paint. But, alas still no mention of a sealer before using the water.

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Danette Smith

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#13 posted 12-23-2007 07:47 AM

I know I’m late with this reply…I have always used oil colored pencils. You can find Walnut Hollow oil pencils in Michaels, and I think I’ve seen them in Walmart. First put a light spray of a sealer on your piece before coloring it..I use Deft Matt Finish. If you want it more transparent just lightly touch the wood with the color you want and then take a Q-Tip or a paper shading stub and dip it in a thinner for oils and go over the color and it will blend your pencil strokes and it will look like a wash. I also use Deft Spray Satin to seal my burnings with either colored or not. A spray sealer has less tendency to bleed. I always watched Cowboy U and they always said Cowboy Up. By the way…I don’t think it looks bad at all…Hope this helps…”Keep burning and learning”…Dannie

-- Danette Smiths Pyrography and Easels -

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