Wildlife Patterns - BIRDS
Wildlife Patterns

©Sue Walters


By Gayle Martin

    Welcome to this pattern book of birds. Sue Walters is a self-taught, award winning artist living in Victoria, Australia.
    Sue enjoys the challenge and variety of many different art and craft mediums, but time and experience have caused her to focus on her two favourite loves, wildlife art and pyrography.
    For the uninitiated, pyrography is just a fancy word for woodburning, but now days we tend to use the word pyrography because many things other than timber are also used to burn designs on to.
    Sue burns on many materials including leather and is considered to be a pioneer in the field of tagua burning. She is also noted for creating special techniques to achieve high realism in pyrographical work on many surfaces.



    Most people who craft don’t want to spend the time and effort trying to come up with their own patterns. Who can blame them? Who has the time? Not everyone has the know how and let’s face it, we really just want to get on with the craft.
    Patterns are a great way to apply a design to your project without the headaches. But the problem is most patterns out there are simple line drawings and not very suitable for the burner or crafts person who wants to ‘fill in the picture’.
    That’s where this series of books differs. Sue has approached the patterns in two parts, the line pattern and the tonal drawing.
    The line pattern lets you easily see the main components of the design and allows for simple transfer. This pattern can be used alone for simple line burning, relief carving or pen and ink drawing.
    The tonal picture has been overlayed on this line pattern, showing you how to fill in the picture. To put it basically, it shows you where the dark and light bits go. This stage can be used by pyrographers who are seeking to burn a more realistic picture, or for relief carvers who would like to apply burning or stain to their work. They could also be of benefit to pencil or charcoal drawers...or even intarsia workers.


    Another helpful feature of this book is the ‘Key Elements’ section. Selections of each pattern have been used to illustrate advice Sue has to help make your burning or drawing more successful. You can apply this advice directly to your project as you work.


    To round off this book, Sue has included a comprehensive introduction to pyrography. Included in this section are: tools, transfer, equipment, set up, preparation, safety, hints and tips, colouring, texturing and finishing.


Please visit www.suewalters.com for more pyrographic information, helpful hints, visual diaries, free newsletter, online school, pyrographic supplies or just to see a gallery of Sue’s work.