My latest painting, Venus Rising, in watercolor, water-soluble graphite and white Conté was inspired by Botticelli’s Birth of Venus painting.
This image was also the inspiration for a drawing I made a while back on birch wood…
…which I will use to explore the art of pyrography. For starters, I bought The Art & Craft of Pyrography.
Along with the book, I ordered a wood burning kit, which is recommended for beginners and reasonably priced at $22.09 (with Amazon Prime).
While doing research I learned that certain woods, like plywood, contain formaldehyde and can cause asthma or increase the risk of nasal and sinus cancer or other serious illnesses. Apparently birch, basswood, maple and Italian poplar are better choices. To be safe, a dust mask and gloves when sanding the wood is highly recommended.
The Sawdust Connection has a great info page if you have any concerns about which woods to use/not to use and safety tips on sanding and burning. Pyrography is a beautiful art, and it’s important to know how to do it safely.