After researching into different artists who draw on wood and reading their opinions on the material I have come up with a list of things to remember when attempting to draw onto this surface:
- Wood is a tough, forgiving surface on which to draw, so draw out with pencil first as you can rub the rough lines out after without having the effect of creased used paper.
- Take into account the direction of grain within the wood as drawing against it will have a different effect as opposed to drawing a long with it.
- Deal with the flaws in the wood and incorporate them within your work rather than try to hide them.
- Start experimenting on scrap pieces of wood before progressing onto products.
- Some woods can soak up lots of the ink and create a bleeding effect so be careful to test this out before hand.
- Make sure the wood is not too light in colour as this will not showcase the white ink successfully.
- Ink onto wood takes longer to dry than ink on paper so break often to let places dry to avoid any possible smudges.
- Look for interesting marks and grains of the wood and include them in your design to make for a more visually interesting piece of work.
- Use the shape of the wood in your favour to frame the outline of your design.