I got Corel Painter 2017 for Christmas, but have not been able to use it until today. It has been a lot of fun to play around with. I have only scratched the surface of the program’s capabilities. I am really looking forward to learning the ins and outs. For now, I’ll give you a preview of what I’ve done so far…
I often get asked how long it takes me to finish a piece. It really depends on the design and the method I am using, but pyrography is a time-consuming craft. It takes a steady hand and a lot of patience. With a normal day job and a young child, it takes longer.
Take this bowl for example
I have been working on it, when my schedule allows, since the end of last year. It is a large bowl, 15 inches. It took me probably 2 hours just to draw the inside of the bowl and 1.5 hours to draw the design on the outside of the bowl. After drawing in pencil, I go over my lines with my pyrography tool. for most lines I use a writing tip.
This goes quicker than the original drawing, but it still takes a while. All together it was probably 1-2 hours. Next, I make adjustments to the lines, making some thicker than others. Then comes the really time-consuming part. Shading. It involves burning layer by layer. To avoid burning to deep or getting an undesired darkness, I keep the temp fairly low and just build up the burn.
I have put in another 6 hours of shading and I am nearly done with all of the inside designs. I still have the knotwork on the outside to shade, so there is probably another 6-8 hours of work left to do. But because my larger pieces are slower sales, I have to find time between working on magnets, tiles, and pendants. Here’s my current progress –
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A friend cut down a small oak and gave me some of the wood. I am planning to do a whole bunch of pendants and maybe rune stones with the wood. Here’s a preview of the first two –
copyright 2011 Christina Kester
I am still deciding how I want to finish them and how I want to handle the cord (bead or no bead). I may be drilling a larger hole so I can hang them differently. I’m looking to sell these around the $7 to $15 range (depending on the design).
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The first of my celtic alphabet paintings is done!
copyright Christina Kester 2009
It is acrylic on wood, approximately 6 by 6 inches. The letter and a few other elements are in gold paint, which does not scan or photograph very well.
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Trees. They are so varied and interesting.
Take these photos of bark. The first is from a pine tree in Rocky Mountain National Park, the second is from a poplar in a friend’s back yard.
I love the color and shapes of the pine tree bark. The poplar has some great texture.
I’ve discovered that when I am in a slump creativity-wise, perhaps a block, drawing trees gets me back in the groove.
So go draw, and maybe hug, a tree 🙂