Pinterest is my favorite. Is it yours? For years I've been collecting project ideas for the future. For that "someday" when I have time to really learn to sew well, or knit, or cook. But a couple months ago I came across wood burning and decided it looked simple enough to give a try. I was itching for a new craft and have been staring at blank walls in Alwyn's room for far too long. I had grand ideas for using the wood burning tool to create labels for our garden, but found that writing pretty letters was difficult. But making shapes (lines, chevron, dots) were quite doable with the variety of tips included in the kit. Which led me to think of negative space pointillism art.
During one of Beau's weekly trips to Home Depot or Lowes, I asked him to pick up some wood. The 2'x4' piece cost he bought was about $12 and I had him cut it into different sized squares with his jig saw.
After drawing an outline of stars with pencil on the wood, I began burning dots. Using the tip in the first picture worked best for me, but any tip with a small rounded point at the end would work well.
Once I burned the first few dots, and got a feel for how long to hold the tip down to burn a decent dot, a rhythm formed. The process was a bit tedious, but didn't take too long. I focused on creating dots along my pencil marks first, keeping them very close together, and then worked outwork, spreading them out as I went.
Once all the burning was finished I stained them. Since this was my first time staining so it took some practice. After realizing I didn't like the color of either stain we had on hand (one was too dark and one was much too light), I decided to blend them together. The Chestnut was much too dark to show the burned design, and the Natural didn't match the wood in Alwyn's room. To blend them, I first wiped on the light Natural stain, wiped it off, and then added a light coat of the darker Red Chestnut stain.
Overall, a pretty cheap and easy project to complete. And I hope to have them up on Alwyn's walls soon!