Lee & I decided to take our patterns and create different home decor items using different craft disciplines to show you what you can do with our patterns.
Buy your pattern here. Our patterns come with a commercial license.
If you decide that you want to try this out, the pattern can be found here!
What we did: we decided how big we wanted our project and then downloaded and printed out the pattern at that size. We use an online tool called Rapid Resizer. It costs $29 per year.
What you can do: You can use your printer dialog box (or other method) to resize the pattern and print it out.
What we did: Lee got out a piece of cedar fencing. We knew we were going for an 11″ x 11″ ish size, so he cut two pieces from the fence board that were that long. They are normally about 5.5″ wide so he glued those two pieces together and then framed them with some reclaimed 1″ x 1″s.
I sanded the inside smooth enough for me to be able to do pyrography on it.
What you can do: You don’t have to build your frames the way we did. You can purchase ready-to-burn framed blanks at your local hobby or woodworking store. Or build you own using different wood. White birch and balsa wood are very satisfying to burn on and almost have no grain, which makes it easier to run your tool over.
What we did: Lee bought some carbon paper (can you believe it was initially used to create a copy when the person needed a second copy of a document?!). I took my carbon paper, laid it down on the framed wood and placed my pattern on top of it. I then traced pressing hard enough to transfer the lines.
What you can do: You can do the same or use any transfer method that works for you. Make sure the transfer is light enough that when you go over it, your wood burning is darker and more visible than the transfer.
What we did: I used a Razortip wood burning tool. I put it on a 6 on the dial (out of 10) and traced all of the lines with a writing tip. I then turned it sideways to get a thicker line and turned the heat up to 6.5 and traced around again but only the very outside lines. So now they are thicker.
What you can do: But you can get an affordable woodburning tool (you know, to see if you like woodburning), here. Temperature control is a cool (well, “hot”) feature to have. Burn the project as above.
What we did: I used watercolor paints and brushes that I got from Michaels. I chose my colors and using water, watered them down a bit for that “watercolor” look. I painted all of the plant parts.
What you can do: The same thing! I used these watercolor paints: Reeves and some pretty inexpensive brushes from Michael’s also.