Wood Burning Shading Point | What is it ? | How to use it ?

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Written by Jared Watson

Jarred Watson is a pyrographer with 10+ years experience and has worked with brands like BOSCH & FORD. He is always looking to learn and share his passion of wood burning with others.

You might have heard about the shading point if you are into Pyrography. But only hearing about it is not enough if you want to be a pyrographer. You must know all about it in detail so that it can be brought into practice whenever you begin trying this technique. I have written down more about them in depth from our experience of burning wood. 

Wood Burning Shading Point​

Wood Burning Shading Point

A shading point is a wood-burning tool whose tip resembles the shape of a leaf. Due to this, it is also called the Leaf tip.


  • The shading point has a teardrop shape making it adaptable for many methods.
  • It has a nice sharp point at the end.
  • It is fairly flat, which helps draw a lot of things. 
  • It is really good at performing almost every technique of pyrography.


Dots: Shading points are really good at making small, stippled areas or dots. Just upturn the tip, and you will get some amazing art. However, it doesn’t make the dots look big, so you have to go for other tips. Thus, it is good for pointillism.

Circles: If dots are well made, then the same technique will work well for the circles also. Its pointed tip gives it the advantage of making fine lines or borders. Practice more, and you will master it.

Lettering: It is also well made for lettering, especially cursive lettering.  You have to do the same thing while lettering, i.e., turn the tip upside down. Block letters can also be made but only after practice; otherwise, you can opt for other tips. 

In the case of block lettering, it is made for the outline part instead of the whole lettering part. Just don’t put too much pressure while making it, be light on your hand.

Shading: Like its name, the shading point works the best with shading. It is the easiest technique to make smooth gradient-style shading. It is also really good at filling the dark spaces of large areas.

What Do I Like About It?

The likable aptitude of Shading Point is its pointed tip resembling that of a leaf. It makes it easier to draw dots, circles, lettering and, most importantly, shading.

You are going to love it for its shading.

What Do I Don’t Like About It?

There’s nothing not to like about the Shading Point. But it won’t be wrong to say that lines and curves don’t go well with it.

Lines: It is really good while drawing smooth and small lines, but when trying to draw large lines, it tends to mess up. But by properly holding the tip, you can get a knack for it.

Curves: Curves are a bit tough to draw using this technique due to their slanting tip.

I hope this article helped you understand what is a shading point tip and how to use. I have more guides lined up like this below, do check them out.

Wrapping Up​

After getting to know about the wood burning shading point, I am sure that you are going to fall for it if you are into the shading method of drawing on wood. But a beginner is advised not to use it. Only after proper teaching and adequate classes will you be eligible to work properly with it, and only then can you make great art with it. So, be patient and keep learning.

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