Painted Wood Burning

by Helen Gullett

Use a digital stamp as a pattern for your wood burning design.


  • Freezer paper, cut to 8 1/2” x 11”
  • Digital stamp or other template (Stay Strong digital set by Graciellie Design used here)
  • Inkjet printer
  • Wood piece (Walnut Hollow Natural Basswood Country Round used here)
  • Wooden spoon or other burnishing tool
  • Painter’s tape
  • Wood burning tool (Plaid Wood Burning and Stencil Cutting Tool used here)
  • Heat resistant mat (optional)
  • Craft paints
  • Brushes
  • Baby wipes


  1. Step 1

    Cut a piece of freezer paper to letter size (8 1/2” x 11”). Print a digital image on the glossy side of the freezer paper.


    If needed, you can flip the image in your photo editor before printing.

  2. Step 2

    Use painter’s tape to secure the image on the wood, inked side down.

  3. Use the flat part of the wooden spoon to transfer the image on the wood surface.

    To make sure you have transferred the image, you can lift up part of the paper, but do not take it off the wood completely. Once you are sure that all the image has transferred,
    you can remove the paper.

  4. Step 3

    Using a wood burning tool, trace the image on the wood. Use consistent pressure and motion for an even image.

    Preheat the wood-burning tool while transferring the image so it will be warm enough to trace the image on the wood.

  5. Rotate the wood around to get at good angles as you trace.

  6. Step 4

    Paint the image as desired. Acrylic craft paints are used here.

  7. TIPS:
    When you get paint on the lines, use baby wipes to clean it off while the paint still wet.

  8. Step 5

    When you get paint on the lines, use baby wipes to clean it off while the paint still wet.

  9. When the paint is dry, use the wood-burning tool to retrace the painted lines that are unclear. As needed, clean the wood-burning tool on a heat-resistant mat.

  10. Step 6

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Painted Wood Burning. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Helen, thank you so much for a wonderful tutorial! I love the results and was surprised that you could use a digital image for this technique! It's beautiful, and I love it. Thanks SO much for sharing with us! Hugs! xoxo
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Aug 22, 2018 at 3:10 PM
I've done something similar on a smaller scale by stamping directly on a surface, but i love the much larger scale of this project. i think something like this would make a great trivet for hot pots smile
Shellie  |  Thu Aug 23, 2018 at 9:44 AM
I need to get a piece of wood before I can give this a try! Looks like fun!
muscrat  |  Thu Aug 23, 2018 at 7:13 PM
I used to do wood burning a lot when I was a kid (pre-teen & teenager), and really liked it. If you don't have freezer paper, or your printer won't print well on it, you can also use graphite transfer or carbon paper and a pattern printed on regular printer paper. Or, if you don't want to get transfer paper, just apply a heavy coat of graphite or charcoal to the back of your pattern paper. Either way, just tape the pattern to your wood, sandwiching the transfer paper in between (if applicable), and trace over the pattern with a stylus or ballpoint pen. Works like a charm! Thanks for a wonderful & thorough tutorial! smile
Andrea La Vigne  |  Sun Aug 26, 2018 at 1:39 PM
I think if you wanted to use it as a trivet, though, watercolors (just not too watery) or something similar might be a better coloring medium. I would think a hot pot might mess up acrylic paint, even when the paint is dry. Anyone, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong! smile
Andrea La Vigne  |  Sun Aug 26, 2018 at 1:41 PM
I love woodburning and I am working on a projects using both acrylic and watercolor paints. My question is what is the best way to preserve the finished pieces spray Clear Acrylic High Gloss coating or brush on Polycrylic?
Kathy Snyder  |  Thu Sep 27, 2018 at 7:47 AM

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