I do pyrography! Also known as wood burning. I also dabble in needlepoint and other similar hobbies.
How did you get started and what motivated you to start?
I've always been into art, so naturally, when i was browsing around Michaels one November day looking for that next thing I didn't really need, but would soon decide it was life, I stumbled upon one of their little wood burning displays. I though it looking pretty cool and desperately needed to try it. That Christmas i had one bought for me, and the rest is history.
I actually have the most fun creating larger pieces. Ones that challenge my skill, as well as are very intricate. The more challenging and time consuming the better!
I wouldn't say i have any particular theme to my stuff. I burn for the sole purpose of I enjoy doing it, so whatever strikes me to do, is what ill do. I've done plenty of comic related work, portraits, fantasy, logos,landscapes, animals and so forth. So what I choose to do really just depends on me going, "Hey this moves me right now, lets do this!."
I work in my art room! I took over a bedroom, made it a nice calm space and all my art and crafty stuff lives in there.
How do you occupy your mind while working?
I have two methods. My usual is to just have my music on. I also have a metronome that I use when I'm feeling more like silence, but am just looking for something to calm the noise. I always have a candle or some scent in the burner going though.
I wouldn't say there in any one place where I get inspiration. I create when I "feel the itch." as I say. It comes and goes, there could be months where I don't do much art, and then months of going to work, burning, and going to bed.
The start. I find I have zero motivation to actually get the wood, cut it, prep it, then draw the designs on it, as well as the after of again, prepping the wood to be sealed for life after. I usually do several burn preps at once to avoid my "starters motivation." That way there is always burns readily available to do if I just want to burn. Several burns get drawn 3-4 times before they ever get drawn onto the wood to even be burned, and even when that's happening, I'm still tweaking designs while burning them. The actual burning I feel like is the smallest part of the whole process.
Ive done a couple of pieces for memorials over lost love. These people made me feel like I was apart of their family. The joy and sincere thanks I got from them was overwhelming. I also did a burn for a gentlemen of one of his cars from when he was younger, that man carried that burn with him to the cottage and back. He also went out of his way to frame it all nice and cut out where i had my signature and the date it was completed so that he could always see that and be reminded.
Pretty much working, eating, reading, sleeping ... then general everyday life things one must do.
What else should readers know about you and your creations?
I wouldn't really say there is much else you would need to know about me and my creations. I burn because i enjoy it, and I do it cause I want to. I don't set out to make things people may want, or is in fashion at the time, because that takes the fun out of it. But burning also takes up a bunch of space once you have a bunch of these laying around, so why not get out there into the world and see if there is someone who may enjoy a particular piece just as much as i did making it.