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Inspiration...

first comes the inspiration...

Be it a newly blooming flower in the hedgerow or a rabbit hopping down the lane....   

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Sketch book and pencil...

After my muse has struck I begin to put the ideas together in my sketch book... 

Considering the layout on the piece of wood I have selected for the original wood burning... oh and obviously I have cut and sanded to a lovely smooth surface the piece of wood before I start sketching out in pencil onto the wood... 

Burning...

Once i'm happy with the layout and feel it flows and works with the natural features in the wood I start to burn using my razortip pyrography tool...

After I have the outlines complete I can erase my pencil lines...  

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Finishing touches...

After burning the outlines I can go back and add depth and shadow ... creating shading by using different temperatures and how fast I move the tip to control the darkness of the burn...

 Often I will add highlights of white and sometimes a little colour with either watercolour or acrylic paint depending on the effect I want for the final piece...