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Tried this one today. It's not a keeper. I just stuck it in a frame temporarily for the picture. .

Apart from the two large dark areas the pattern was just black lines on a white background.
I tried my shading tip on this one for my first practice with a shading tip. I have a lot to learn about shading but it was a start and I didn't want to overdo it.
I messed up the girls hand but I think I will be able to scrape or sand that off and re-do that part . It happened because although I thought I had the the Baltic birch plywood sanded enough to 400 grit there were still some little "pockets" in the grain where the burning tip paused for a split second too long.

I have been told that once I start on softer wood like basswood , I won't have that problem as much. Don't want to try one of my basswood rounds or ovals until I have had more experience . I will continue on BB until I get a little more confident .

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Bill,

That is some excellent burning! You are certainly a perfectionist in your work.
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Bill you are certainly making leaps and bounds in your "practice" work. That is very nice!

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Very nice indeed.
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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.
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Thank you for sharing you work and thoughts. I use reeves oil pastel set. Mostly because that is what was at the carft store. I am happy with them though. Enjoy your burning.
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That's really nice. And, it's a keeper, in my book!
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