The Innovative Artist: Art of Pyrography; Drawing with Fire

Search Pr. Jan. 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781782219385. pap. $29.95. CRAFTS
Pyrography uses a heated tool, much like a pen, to scorch or burn images into wood or other surfaces such as cork or leather. Ferris, a trained tattoo artist, takes a mixed-media approach to this type of craft, incorporating watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, and gilding that results in highly embellished, colorful works of art. After an introduction to the two types of pyrography machines available, Ferris discusses her setup, as well as some potential surfaces for the craft. Untreated wood and high-quality paper are the most common, with wood requiring basic preparation prior to beginning a burn. The types of lines that can be made vary based on the surface being used, the speed at which the tool is moved, the pressure placed on the surface, and the tool’s heat and tip. An extensive exploration of pyrography styles, featuring a variety of examples from Ferris’s work with descriptions of the tools and techniques used, makes up the bulk of the book. Projects ranging from small, beginner-friendly pieces to more extensive, large-scale illustrations are included.
VERDICT This well-structured primer will appeal to artists looking for a new medium, as well as beginning to intermediate–level pyrographers interested in adding new skills and techniques.
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