Join Date: Nov 2009
First Name: Bill or William
Thanks for the nice comments from all.
I find this art form so much more relaxing than all the scroll sawing I used to do so much of and most any pattern can be adapted to use for burning whether it is a scroll saw pattern or just a picture from a coloring book or otherwise. I have a whole different outlook on coloring books now. I always considered them kids stuff until I found the more advanced ones that Dover books have to offer on line for free . That one I just finished is a Dover pattern. With burning there is not the problem of having "floaters" in the patterns like in fretwork because nothing is cut out .
Once I get the outlining and shading to the point I am happy with it I will probably get into coloring as well .
With scroll sawed portraits it in customary to put either black or a color material on the back to show through the openings but I have not seen any with shading and actual colors on the top side .
I think coloring is going to add a whole new dimension to the burnings once I get to that point.