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A New Piece on Etsy

Posted in Art, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2011 by scratchyb

Here’s a little Trilobite for you, just posted on my Etsy store.

Photo of Trilobite woodburn painting


All images © Eric Battaglia 2011

A couple of Christmas presents

Posted in Uncategorized, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2010 by scratchyb

A few things I made for presents this year:

A wood burned, African-themed box.

The tree from Alice.


All images © Eric Battaglia 2010

November begins

Posted in Art, woodburning with tags , , , , , on November 6, 2010 by scratchyb

I ordered five new basswood boxes, same size and shape as the one I burned the octopus on.  I’m working up some designs for these.  Some ideas are kind of a story told on the box, such as I did with the red-riding hood box I unfortunately didn’t get a picture of.  Some will be more one shot.  Its fun to see how I can work with the box shape and make that a critical part of the design.

The octopus box and some other items, including the Boaraffe,  are currently on display at American Artworks Gallery in Forest Park, IL.  This is a new storefront gallery that just opened last weekend.

Pyrography work

Posted in Art, Process, Projects, Technique, woodburning with tags , , , , , , on August 17, 2010 by scratchyb

I’ve been quietly slipping into woodburning as a medium, with relatively little fanfare, since it’s largely been an experiment.  At this point, I’d say I’ve learned a few good lessons so far.  On my latest piece, part of the Creatures of the Arboretarium series, I used all the nibs that came with my single-temperature, cheap little burning pen.  Each one has a different effect.

I learned a few little tricks along the way, like keeping the nibs clean from carbon buildup to keep them burning clear and even.  Light sandpaper or a razor generally do the trick.

I’ve also started figuring out what each nib can do, and how to use the different burn styles between them to create new effects.

If you’re careful, you can even use a blade to lighten up some areas that may have been over-burned.

And the finished piece.  It’s a pangolion.  Basically a pangolin (sort of a scaly anteater, also called a living pinecone) and a lion combined.