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Just Chillin’ with Pyrography

pyrography of an ice cream truck with words "just chillin"

Summer isn’t officially over yet!  Warm days are still ahead.

There is nothing more nostalgic than childhood memories of chasing after the ice cream truck after a long hot day in the sun. And it’s those memories that inspired this design. Feel free to download my image and reminisce with me as we burn this summer treat together.

  • Template
  • Wood
  • Pyrography Pen
  • Pen
  • Tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Varnish
  • Wood Stain (Optional)
  • Colored Pencils or Paint (Optional)

TRUArt Stage pyrography tool with design template

Template:

ice cream truck template

The first thing you need to do is prep the wood you will be using in this project. I like to check out my local dollar store to find cheap pieces of wood that are perfect to practice with. Use any type of wood you like as long as it is unfinished (not painted or treated) wood. Using wood that has been painted on or treated, creates a toxic fume when burning.

Transfer the image onto the wood and trace your image.

woodburning the template

Once you have the image completely transferred, go ahead and start burning. Take your time when burning. Lower your heat while working on the smaller details and fine lines.

woodburning on traced template

Once you have the image completely transferred, go ahead, and start burning.  Take your time when burning. Lower your heat while working on the smaller details and fine lines.

woodburning on traced template
woodburning on traced out template
Pyrography pen wood burning
pyrography wood burning

If your lines aren’t straight, just go back over them again and thicken your lines just slightly, just to even them out.  This design works well with a thicker border so no need to fret if you have to go back over them

pyrography wood burning
pyrography pen wood burning

You can dial up the heat when burning the tires and windows.  I suggest readjusting the heat when burning the lettering due to the thickness of the wording.

pyrography wood burning text
pyrography pen wood burning text

Once the burning is complete, you can stain the wood and add paint or colored pencils.  Be sure once you are finished with your artwork, you use a protective varnish.

completed wood burning
pyrography of an ice cream truck with words "just chillin"
Finished

Be careful when using colored pencils. Color the wood prior to staining or gently apply a coat of stain using a paint brush, be careful to not smear the pencil marks.  I used a spray varnish to protect the wood after applying the stain and colored pencils

Andrea Pate
Pate’s Pyrography

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