Wood Burning for Beginners: 7 Step Guide ⇢What I Wish I'd Known⇠
This guide to wood burning for beginners was made with YOU in mind. When I first started out, I was right were you are. I spent hours scouring the internet trying to figure out what the devil I was doing.
Sadly for me, there wasn't much on the world wide web...
...wait. Wrong. Let me rephrase.
There wasn't much out there for TRUE BEGINNERS on the world wide web.
Everything I read assumed I either had SOME experience (but I didn't) or that I used a fancy tool (ha! I had the cheapest solid-point burner out there).
I vowed to myself that I would change this. I would make that information available and put it OUT there for you... that is, once I got the foggiest idea of what I should be doing in the first place!
This little guide is a big part of fulfilling that promise.
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As far as ease of use, the best wood for wood burning typically looks like this:
light in color
Dark wood tends to hide the burn. The lighter the wood, the easier you can see your art.
clear of knots
Knots may look really cool. But if you don't work them into your art piece, they can be distracting. Plus, because knots change the hardness or softness of the wood, they can be really unpredictable and frustrating to burn.
When grain fluctuates from hard to soft, it makes your burn unpredictable. But if you have a smooth grain - the whole thing is hard grained or the whole thing is soft grained - your burn will have a much more even, intentional look.
If you have to work with a wood that has a lot of variable grain, you're going to spend a lot more time fighting the grain to get your burn to look the way you want.
Here's another gem that a lot of people miss when teaching or learning wood burning for beginners.
Prep. Your. Wood.
I didn't use to do this. I'm a little impatient (arguably lazy) when it comes to things like sanding your wood.
But OH how I repented when I learned how much it saved me!!!
Sanding your wood knocks the big ridges off and makes the wood more smooth. Smooth wood means smoother burning. Smooth wood means less "clean up" with a razor blade to remove blobbing burns. Smooth wood means a crisper, prettier picture in the end with LESS work overall.