It’s challenge day! In my opinion, it’s the best way to start the week.
Today’s challenge is something I might have dabbled in a time or or two myself….pyrography.
Not familiar with the term? It’s good, old-fashioned wood burning!
Pyrography is not new. Blacksmiths in medieval times used to burn wood and leather.
It wasn’t as easy then. They had to heat metal and use the hot metal to burn the wood and leather. Today, we can simply plug in a wood burning pen.
In a time where sustainability is important, I thought this challenge was fitting. My family is focusing on lessening our carbon footprint so I love that pyrography is using organic, natural, often recycled materials.
One piece that captured my attention was this alligator piece by Martina Billi.
She used recycled wood and ink along with a wood burning pen. The amount of detail is astounding!
And how can one not appreciate that it is done on recycled wood? I know I am often giving animal examples. That is simply because I love animals.
Something different from the alligator above is this zodiac inspired wood burning. It seems like the world is greatly impacted by astronomical changes.
Ask anyone who works with people and they’ll tell you the curse of the full moon is real. In addition to that, we have all been asked what our sign is, right?
So this Zodiac wood sign by Fire Brand Woodburning seemed like it could be a good source inspiration. Anyone who swears by their horoscope will appreciate the detail in it for sure.
I like art challenges that anyone can participate in. I’ve tried this particular art form myself.
I also used recycled wood. I dismantled an antique wood crate I had from a special person in my life.
This was my finished product. I lightly sanded the wood. I didn’t want to lose the original stamp from the farm it came from. I also chose not to stain it.
Now, the detail is clearly not like the other examples I shared, but the sentimental value of the wood and handwriting make this a piece special and one that I am super proud of! I also like that it is functional. The clips are used to hang pictures.
As you can see, there are many ways you can take part in this challenge. We hope you can find some motivation and inspiration by the examples given and you send some of your creative wood burning or pyrography pieces our way so we can share them with the Her Blaze community.
I want to leave you with a statement made by Nick Jonas. “Find things you’re passionate about, and find others who are as passionate as you are and will focus on giving you an opportunity to shine and to have your moment where you can be in front of others to show what you can do.”
That’s what we want to do here at Her Blaze. We want to appreciate your amazing artwork and provide you with the opportunity to shine!
Head on over to Her Blaze for instructions on how you can submit your work!