Woodburning Inspired by Zentangle®
- Walnut Hollow's® Creative Versa-Tool™
- ArtMinds™ Basswood Panel
- Minwax® Polyurethane Varnish, Satin – Clear
- Ceramic Dish (or Household Hot Pad)
- Foam Brush
- Sandpaper, Fine
Step 1 Lightly sand Basswood Canvas to prepare for wood burning. After reading all manufacturers instructions found inside the Creative Versa-Tool™, attach flow point on tool. Secure tool stand to work surface with tape. Place tool on stand. Plug into electric outlet, turn Versa-Temp control dial to the red zone and heat for 4-5 minutes. Begin burning your design by making a dot near each corner. Burn a line (this doesn’t need to be straight) from one dot to the other, near the edges of the Basswood Canvas.
Step 2 Continue burning the major lines, dividing up the space on the surface into sections.
Step 3 Once you have sections, begin thinking about Zentangle® inspired “tangles” that might be used in the sections. Burn a few designs with the flow point with the Versa-Temp control dialed to the red zone. Then place the tool on the stand and dial to the yellow/orange zone. Let the tool cool down for a few minutes.
Step 4 With the tool set on the yellow/orange zone, use the flow point to burn some lighter-colored designs or “tangles.” Use pliers to remove the flow point and drop into ceramic dish.
Step 5 Use pliers to attach the shading point on the tool. This point makes a distinctive mark in the shape of a leaf or water drop. The shading point needs to touch the wood surface with the flat side point. Add the shading point design in one of your sections as a “tangle.” I also added the shading point to the top and bottom of each wide edge sides of the wood canvas.
Step 6 Shade the area between the original outside lines near the edge and the edge with the shading point. Lay the point on the wood surface and pull, letting the shading point completely shade each area. Use pliers to remove the shading point and drop into the ceramic dish.
Step 7 Attach the three stamp points (circles, square and star), one at a time using the pliers. Add “tangles” in different sections as shown in the project photo. Use pliers to remove each stamp point and drop into the ceramic dish.
Step 8 Use the pliers to attach the calligraphy point. Find a section to add zigzag or rick rack lines. Hold the calligraphy point at a 45-degree angle. Begin burning the zigzag by pushing the point up on the end of the point, then stop and pull towards you, keeping it at a 45-degree angle. You will be using the flat portion of the point to pull a thicker line toward you. Stop and push the top straight end of the point up and away from you, then stop and pull towards you, keeping the point at a 45-degree angle. Repeat until section is filled.
Step 9 Use the pliers to add the flow point and turn the Versa-Temp control dial to yellow for the final burning touches. Let tool cool down for a few minutes. Add dots here and there to fill in sections that need a little extra something.
Step 10 Once all burning is complete, turn Versa-Temp control dial to “O” (off).
Step 11 For a final protective finish, use foam brush to apply two or three coats of Minwax® satin varnish.