If you are wondering who “Walnut Hollow” is, let’s just start with them being a family owned, American business since 1972. Not only do I love their story, but I love their products. I have had tons of people ask where they could begin wood burning, and it can start with this company. If you […]
When we first moved into our home, our walls were pretty bare. In fact, the entire house was pretty bare because we moved from a tiny apartment into a 2 story home. It looked like a college dorm of sorts, but eventually, we started adding art pieces and photos to the walls. I learned a […]
When I first began this journey of wood burning, I continually had customers coming to me for an anniversary gift. Not just an anniversary gift, but the 5th anniversary. I had NO IDEA that wooden gifts were even a thing for the 5th anniversary. Wood burned and painted bouquet by Amanda Stores I started researching […]
This “Abloom Collection” series features 15 pieces of wood burned and painted art.
The first time I ever picked up a wood burner, it was the cheapest one I could find. My project? Burning names onto the cardholders of retired ladies who played poker. Ha! It was in my own handwriting, and I didn’t know anything about safety and burning. All I knew was that I could possibly burn my hand.
After 4 years of wood burning and over 100 + projects completed for people, I realized a few things…
When did it happen to you? Was it when your first child was born? Maybe it happened when you were making dinner in your new house? Did it happen when you heard the piano play and your groom waiting at the end of the aisle? You have to come to a point where you look around and realize that God provided.
When I began this entire process of burning wood, I started with a beginner’s wood burning tool that didn’t allow an adjustment of heat, but an adjustment of tips. The burner had a wide stem to protect your hand from the heat, but it got extremely uncomfortable when I used it for long period of time. If you are a beginner and simply want to dabble in pyrography, the beginner’s tool is perfect. I used the round tip the most in order to create my first jaguar piece and my lily piece. I took a lot of breaks to compensate for the width of the tool being a little uncomfortable. This is also perfect for kids to start using a woodburner, with the supervision of an adult.
I have always adapted to wherever I was living at the moment. My art would be spread across the dining room table, on the side table next to the couch or shoved under the bed in a rolling bin. If I was working on a piece, I had to leave it out with the risk of spaghetti being splashed across it or coffee making a permanent stain. For all of you who have bought a piece from me, don’t worry! None of my fears have come true, as of yet.
As most of you know, I have been teaching for 6 years now and have loved every minute of it. In my first days at Seacoast Charter as a kindergarten teacher, I remember fearing how I would fill the day up or how I would learn to manage 18 sets of eyeballs just wanting to play. Walking in the hallway was an adventure and bathroom time became way too much information.