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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi with flaps
  • Publication: 30 November 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219385
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 470
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: £17.99
  • Series: The Innovative Artist

The Innovative Artist: The Art of Pyrography


Drawing with Fire by Cherry Ferris

Book Description

Pyrography is the art of burning a design into wood using a heated metallic point.

Most books on the market take a fairly traditional approach to the subject, limited to using pure burning onto a range of wooden surfaces. The Art of Pyrography goes far beyond this. Cherry Ferris takes the subject to new heights, incorporating mixed media, unusual supports and innovative techniques to elevate the craft to an artform.

The book is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced pyrographers, and is well-suited to artists from other media who want to experiment with new ideas and incorporate pyrography into their practice. Pyrography machines are easily obtainable from online suppliers and major craft stores. 

The Art of Pyrography begins with an overview and history of the subject, a tools and equipment section, an introduction to the basic techniques and information on surfaces that you can safely burn. The book moves onto how to transfer designs onto surfaces and incorporate a mixed media approach by looking at shading techniques, introducing colour into your work, playing with backgrounds and how to finish, protect and display your finished pieces. Four shorter mini burns complement ten longer step-by-step projects that walk the reader through the techniques and materials used. A troubleshooting and safety section is also included, making this a one-stop shop to get all your pyrography questions answered.

Chapters include:

  • Colour: Incorporating coloured pencils, paint, and inks
  • Using resin to finish your work which results in a beautiful glass-like finish
  • Using gold leaf to add a touch of magic.

Table of Contents

Into the fray 6, Feel the burn 12, Exploring line and capturing tone 32

Bee Happy Mini burn 48, 3D Butterfly Mini burn 50, Tree Frog Step-by-step project 60, Drawing on inspiration 62, Sketch with fire Mini burn 74, Hibiscus Mini burn 74, Magic of the Moonlight Step-by-step project 80, Tree frog tone Step-by-step project 86, Times gone by Step-by-step project 88, Sidmouth seafront Step-by-step project 92, Colour your world 96, Bringing colour to the jungle Step-by-step project 110, Pyro and the peacock Step-by-step project 114, Gaia Step-by-step project 120, The Midas Touch Adding gold to your pyrography 126, Reed Warbler: Lady of the Marsh Step-by-step project 144, A Final Froggy Flourish Step-by-step project 150

Through the looking glass 154, The final curtain 162, Troubleshooting 168, Safety 172, Afterword 174, Index 176

About the Author

About Cherry Ferris

Cherry Ferris is a self-taught artist, fascinated with colour, pigment, materials and all things sparkly. Particularly drawn to nature, animals and the detail of botanical artwork, Cherry is particularly potty about hares and owls, which appear in much of her artwork. Equally well-versed in pyrography, acrylics, pastels, watercolours and coloured pencils, Cherry enjoys combining and fusing these media within a piece of artwork to create something exciting and new. 

Words, myths and legends are as important to her work as the paint itself. Her happy place is twirling through the woodlands or sitting by the sea both places draw her like a moth to a flame.

Her work has been shown in Wildwood Gallery on Dartmoor, the Derwent Pencil Museum at Keswick, The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI), The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Art Open Exhibition (SWAc) and at OXO Tower, London with the Explorers Against Extinction. She is published in numerous national and international magazines, and is a contributing artist to the Earth Pathways diaries & calendars. Cherry runs workshops for pyrographers of all abilities, and also enjoys creating inspirational and innovative community projects that bring together people from all walks of life to create beautiful art. 

Cherry lives in Devon, UK. Email her at fairiewoodart@yahoo.com & visit her website www.fairiewoodart.com or Instagram @fairiewood_art

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