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How to Transfer Your Artwork to Wood - Beginner Wood Carving Tutorial


 

In this beginner wood carving tutorial video, Randy 'Madcarver' Stoner demonstrates how to transfer artwork from paper to a wood block for relief carving using two methods.

Method 1 uses a stylus to etch the design into your wood. This is a great option if you don't have carbon paper.

If you don't have a stylus, and you'd like to use carbon paper instead, go to Method 2 - Timestamp: [4:21]

Supplies Needed - Timestamp: [0:23]

  • Pencil
  • Metal Stylus with Metal Ball-Point at the Tip
  • Artwork for Transfer
  • Block of Wood You'll Be Using for Carving

metal stylus for relief carving transferring artwork to wood blocks

Optional:

  • Carbon Paper
  • Tape

Method 1

Step 1 - Timestamp: [0:45]

  • Place your pattern or artwork over your wood carving block 
  • You can hold it in place or tape it in place if you have tape handy

Place your carving pattern or artwork over your wood block

Step 2 - Timestamp: [1:08]

  • Go over the carving pattern with your metal stylus 
  • This will etch the design into your wood block
  • Make sure you've made an indentation for every line 

Go over the carving pattern with your metal stylus

Step 3 - Timestamp: [3:07]

  • Take your pencil and trace the groove in the wood
  • This will give you enough detail to start carving
  • Begin carving!

Take your pencil and trace the groove in the wood - This will give you enough detail to start carving

Method 2 - Timestamp: [4:21]

  • Tape your artwork on one side to the wood block as shown
  • Slide your carbon paper underneath, so it's sandwiched between the artwork and the wood block
  • Trace over the artwork with the metal stylus or the pencil

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