Learning the Process of Drawing onto Wood

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Deal with the flaws in the wood and incorporate them within your work rather than try to hide them.
  4. Start experimenting on scrap pieces of wood before progressing onto products.
  5. Some woods can soak up lots of the ink and create a bleeding effect so be careful to test this out before hand.
  6. Make sure the wood is not too light in colour as this will not showcase the white ink successfully.
  7. Ink onto wood takes longer to dry than ink on paper so break often to let places dry to avoid any possible smudges.
  8. 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.
  9. Use the shape of the wood in your favour to frame the outline of your design.

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