How to Use a Scorch Marker

How to Use a Scorch Marker

Pyrography involves dry wood being burned and used for artwork. It’s a unique form of art that can make for exciting projects. 

One of the main tools used in this type of art is a scorch marker. If you’re feeling unsure about how to use these markers, this is the post for you. This post outlines how to use these pens so that you can be left feeling more confident about the process. 

Preparation For Using a Chemical Wood Burning Marker

The first step is to prepare the raw wood surface by sanding it. Inspect your wood and take note of the wood grain direction. There will also be light and dark parts of the wood finish to help determine the wood grain direction. 

Once you’ve figured this out, use sandpaper to sand in the same direction as the grain. This prevents the surface from being scratched. It also enables the surface to be primed for the scorch marker ink to soak in better. 

Using the Scorch Marker Tutorial

  • Using scorch markers for wood burning can be dangerous due to the high levels of heat that are produced. Therefore, it’s important to only use a small number of heat sources throughout this process to minimize a bad chemical reaction.
  • Warm up your heat gun for a couple of minutes before moving on. 
  • When using your soldering wood-burning tool, make sure to shake it to ensure that the liquid inside is ready to be used. 
  • In addition to this, you should get the nib ready for use by pressing on the tip, allowing the ink to flow into it. Be sure to keep a paper towel nearby as there may be more liquid that drips out. 
  • A small quantity of this liquid can do more than you may initially think. Therefore, be sure to use it sparingly. This prevents your design from being blurred and uneven. You can always add another layer if the first one is too light. 
  • You can make use of the scorch marker bullet tip when it comes to adding details to your designs. The foam brush is best for calligraphy. 
  • Therefore, you’re provided with a few ways to be creative when using these art tools. You can use vinyl stencils to help with your DIY projects.
  • Once you’ve finished your wood-burning design, it’s time to use your heat gun to apply heat.
  • The more heat you apply to the design, the darker it will be. We recommend using a light sweep movement over the artwork to avoid the heat from being concentrated in one place for too long. 
  • Be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area as some smoke may be produced from using a scorch marker.

Also read: How to Write on Wood Without Bleeding


After reading through our post on using a scorch marker, we hope that you’re feeling more assured about the entire process. 

Initially, it can feel daunting to use a wood burner. However, once you’ve done it once, you’ll develop your confidence in using the heat source and be able to focus on creating some unique pieces of art for fun projects.

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Written By Adam Rushton

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