Natural Icon

At Natural Icon Designs I make original mixed media paintings and handmade jewellery with a focus on semi precious gemstones, bone, amber, wood and freshwater pearls. I take pride in creating every piece in Calgary Alberta Canada. Unless otherwise noted all pieces are one of a kind.

 

               

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Natural Icon Designs

original fine art & prints

I have listed all of my original work on Etsy for now. If you are interested in a custom piece contact me here.

The Lost Art of Wood Burning

   I was having coffee the other day with a new friend and she asked me how I started wood burning. I hadn't really given it a lot of thought in a long while...so I did...and I originally learned how to wood burn in girl guides. This got me to thinking of how I had learned many of the things I know how to do in girl guides. From cooking to sewing, to baking to camping to applying great gobs of makeup and smoking cigarettes, it all happened in girl guides:) I am thankful I got the chance to learn so many things at a young age.

 So wood burning or pyrography is an ancient way to make marks. Mark making is what we all do as we navigate our lives. One way or another you are leaving behind your signature. I enjoy wood burning because it gives me some serious boundaries to paint in which I feel like I require. These pieces are all drawn, burned, sanded, gold or copper or silver leafed, sometimes all three, painted, sanded, painted some more and then sealed.