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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi with flaps
  • Publication: 10 November 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219385
  • Carton Qty: 18
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 470
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $29.95
  • Series: The Innovative Artist
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The Innovative Artist: The Art of Pyrography


Drawing with Fire by Cherry Ferris

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Book Description

Learn to burn: illuminate your pyrographic art with mixed media, gilding and more.

Pyrography is the art of burning a design into wood using a heated metallic point.

Most books on the market take a fairly traditional approach to the subject, limited to using pure burning onto a range of wooden surfaces. The Art of Pyrography goes far beyond this. Cherry Ferris takes the subject to new heights, incorporating mixed media, unusual supports and innovative techniques to elevate the craft to an artform.

The book is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced pyrographers, and is well-suited to artists from other media who want to experiment with new ideas and incorporate pyrography into their practice. Pyrography machines are easily obtainable from online suppliers and major craft stores. 

The Art of Pyrography begins with an overview and history of the subject, a tools and equipment section, an introduction to the basic techniques and information on surfaces that you can safely burn. The book moves onto how to transfer designs onto surfaces and incorporate a mixed media approach by looking at shading techniques, introducing colour into your work, playing with backgrounds and how to finish, protect and display your finished pieces. Four shorter mini burns complement ten longer step-by-step projects that walk the reader through the techniques and materials used. A troubleshooting and safety section is also included, making this a one-stop shop to get all your pyrography questions answered.

Chapters include:

  • Colour: Incorporating coloured pencils, paint, and inks
  • Using resin to finish your work which results in a beautiful glass-like finish
  • Using gold leaf to add a touch of magic.

Table of Contents

Into the fray 6, Feel the burn 12, Exploring line and capturing tone 32

Bee Happy Mini burn 48, 3D Butterfly Mini burn 50, Tree Frog Step-by-step project 60, Drawing on inspiration 62, Sketch with fire Mini burn 74, Hibiscus Mini burn 74, Magic of the Moonlight Step-by-step project 80, Tree frog tone Step-by-step project 86, Times gone by Step-by-step project 88, Sidmouth seafront Step-by-step project 92, Colour your world 96, Bringing colour to the jungle Step-by-step project 110, Pyro and the peacock Step-by-step project 114, Gaia Step-by-step project 120, The Midas Touch Adding gold to your pyrography 126, Reed Warbler: Lady of the Marsh Step-by-step project 144, A Final Froggy Flourish Step-by-step project 150

Through the looking glass 154, The final curtain 162, Troubleshooting 168, Safety 172, Afterword 174, Index 176

About the Author

About Cherry Ferris

Cherry Ferris is a self-taught artist, fascinated with colour, pigment, materials and all things sparkly. Particularly drawn to nature, animals and the detail of botanical artwork, Cherry is particularly potty about hares and owls, which appear in much of her artwork. Equally well-versed in pyrography, acrylics, pastels, watercolours and coloured pencils, Cherry enjoys combining and fusing these media within a piece of artwork to create something exciting and new. 

Words, myths and legends are as important to her work as the paint itself. Her happy place is twirling through the woodlands or sitting by the sea both places draw her like a moth to a flame.

Her work has been shown in Wildwood Gallery on Dartmoor, the Derwent Pencil Museum at Keswick, The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI), The South West Academy of Fine and Applied Art Open Exhibition (SWAc) and at OXO Tower, London with the Explorers Against Extinction. She is published in numerous national and international magazines, and is a contributing artist to the Earth Pathways diaries & calendars. Cherry runs workshops for pyrographers of all abilities, and also enjoys creating inspirational and innovative community projects that bring together people from all walks of life to create beautiful art. 

Cherry lives in Devon, UK. Email her at & visit her website or Instagram @fairiewood_art


I would add this to my ever-lengthening list of 2022s innovations, but Im pretty sure pyrography has been written about before, albeit more as a craft, maybe a curiosity, than as art. This is the first book to cross my desk, anyway. Its also worthy of note that this appears in Search Presss The Innovative Artist series, which betokens both a broad coverage and a move of the technique into something more mainstream.

As you might expect, this is not a beginners guide, nor should it be. I think we can accept that those exist and that this is as much a showcase for an experienced practitioner as it is a book of instruction. That said, theres plenty of technical analysis to get your teeth into here. Someone wanting to pursue this as art will find a great deal to occupy and challenge them and the results are simply stunning. The blurb announces that its suitable for beginners too, but they always say that. Yes, Cherry does explain the fundamental techniques as well as what equipment you need and how to use it, but I think Id start with something a lot more basic and with rather more simplified exercises. You arent going to achieve the sort of detailed, coloured work that Cherry demonstrates without a very thorough grounding first and, without belittling the fundamental work done here, I dont think this is the book for it. This is basic techniques for the more experienced worker who mainly wants to make sure theyre on the right track and learn from a master.

Small rant over, this is an astonishing book that will open your eyes to work you probably didnt think possible. The detail and subtlety of shade and colouring that Cherry achieves is remarkable and looks more like painting or drawing. Theres much to learn and this is a book youre going to want to spend a lot of time with Id go so far as to say that, if you price a book by the number of hours spend between its covers, this is definitely well below minimum wage.

Will you ever manage to achieve the same results as Cherry? Well, it wouldnt be for want of trying, on your part or hers.

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