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  • Colour on pyrography

    I have been looking at some peoples pyro stuff on here and its fab, can i ask tho, what do you use for colour? just pastels or paint?

  • #2
    I've been using coloured pencils
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    • #3
      Im so glad you asked this question, I didnt know colour could be added,

      so is it added to the scorch marks then? or is the colour just wiped over the wood at the end?
      Sarah

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      • #4
        I suppose it depends on your artwork and the item.
        I tend to colour some of my pictures - especially children's items.
        For example this fairy door plaque was just like colouring in a colouring picture, plus a bit of glitter glue to the wings to make them a bit shiny.
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        • #5
          You can use coloured pencils, but they tend to smear when you PVA-varnish them, and wax polish wrecks them completely. Spray-varnish might work... I've not tried it.

          Acrylic paints work beautifully, used thickly or thinly like tints. You can wax, outdoor varnish or PVA varnish over them perfectly when they're dry, no problem. But be sparing when painting, to avoid overwetting & warping the wood, or having it seep along the grain.

          I know people who have used watercolours, gouache, and felt-tip pens... depends on what effects you're looking for.

          To show you some of the very different effects you can get, these are all done with acrylics : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso.../acrylicpaint/
          Cheers,
          Scorch

          Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
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          • #6
            I bought some acrylic paints in tesco today - I'm looking forward to having a go with them on wood.
            I never varnished any item I'd coloured with my pencils for fear of smudging - nice to know my instincts weren't off!

            Scorch - I love the dragons on the pencil cases, so cute
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            • #7
              am curious cos im doing a cheese board and would like to do "the cheese" yellow!! lol

              but ive got a food safe oil to put over it and dont know if it will smudge? anyone done this?

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              • #8
                Oil won't take acrylics off. But you'd want to thin them quite a bit, so they soak in, I reckon.
                Cheers,
                Scorch

                Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
                Crafts on Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanniso...7606138937826/

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                • #9
                  How did the oil work lisa? did you buy a special one or just use olive?
                  Sarah

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                  • #10
                    havent used it yet but i bought a special food safe oil.

                    will let you know how it goes, wil be using it prob tomorrow.

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                    • #11
                      Just for interest's sake, what's it called?

                      I tried Tung Oil, which reeks, and never seems to dry properly...
                      Cheers,
                      Scorch

                      Scorch's Pyrography : www.scorchpyro.co.uk
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                      • #12
                        nbot sure as am at work atm, wil look when i get home, its a squareish botte with purple writing on.

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                        • #13
                          You can see a couple of examples of the results that can be acheived using markers here:

                          http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=20792

                          They can be much more convenient than paints, and if you use good quality markers, the intense colours last too.

                          Just found another one of my examples, where i used watercolours to acheive a more subtle result!

                          http://www.craftsforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=18934

                          Hope that helps!!

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                          • #14
                            WOW!! they are fab!!!! im still not any good at the shading, any tips?

                            so what sort of markers are they??????

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lisashaw View Post
                              WOW!! they are fab!!!! im still not any good at the shading, any tips?

                              so what sort of markers are they??????
                              I use all kinds of markers really, and just experiment with them to see which work best on different kinds of woods, it is definitely a very experimental artform!
                              Brush tipped markers are good for blending, where i tend to use the lighter colours first and build up the colour finishing with the darkest. Also poster markers work well, particularly on hard woods, and they tend to show up well on darker woods too. The better quality the markers, the better the results.

                              As for tips, just practice really. Im still learning everyday myself.

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