Pyrography – Draw Pictures With a Sparkler 1


Sparkler (Anne Helmenstine)

Sparkler (Anne Helmenstine)

Okay pyros, I know you’re out there… I’ve got a project right up your alley (and mine). Obtain or make a sparkler and use it to draw pictures on paper. Are you a little unclear about what I mean? It’s an art form called pyrographie (or pyrography) and it involves burning images into paper using fire. In this case, the fire comes from a sparkler. Think of it as a burning pencil, if you like. Artists Tobias Kipp and Timo Pitkamo have a wonderful website that showcases some of what you can do. (It’s in German, but it’s easy to navigate even if you don’t understand the language). My drawing skills begin and end with stick figures, so I’m not sure I’ll produce any pictures worth hanging on the living room wall, but if they are bad enough to burn… well, that’s fine too. If you make any nice art, send me a pic and I’ll post it so others can admire your skill.


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