Scorch Marker Review
I’m testing and exploring and creating a Scorch Marker Review. I think this product has a lot of potential uses for wood burning beginners and the seasoned artist. I really dig the rosy red color and there are ways to get creative and make beautiful pieces.
Let’s jump right into this. The marker has one of those spring loaded setups, so you have to pump the tip of the marker to prime it. Once you pump it a few times, the solution will begin to flow to the tip and then you can start to draw with it.
Burning on Wood
I’ve got a couple of pine rounds here to play around with. To begin, I’m just going to draw out some random shapes to see what this thing will do. I’m new to the Scorch Marker, so I need to test it out first and just see what happens once I add the heat to the solution.
It takes a minute or two for the heat gun (this may vary depending on your heat gun) to start to turn the solution to a burned look. You can see there’s still a bit of that rosy red color left behind. I also noticed that the heat does scorch the wood a bit around the edges. So I was trying to be mindful of not over-burning with the heat gun.
Now I’m burning on a Walnut Hollow basswood Canvas. I wanted to test out different woods and see if the solution and heat gun reacts differently to different woods.
NOTE: The marker will get dry, so you have to pump the marker occasionally as your drawing.
For this project, I wanted to try burning in layers and see if I could leave behind that rosy color and make it work for me by adding some contrast and color to the finished look. For something this size, it takes longer to get the solution to change over to a burned look.
I like how the overall look came out. It’s not a stellar piece of art on my part, but I can see the potential here to use the Scorch Marker in other pieces.
Burning on Paper
I’m using water color paper here. It’s thicker and I’m a little concerned the paper may warp. So I’m just testing this out and I want to check and see what will happen when I burn it.
I’m free handing a quick lettering piece. I also want to layer the solution on my letters and see if a heavier layer of solution burns differently than a thinner layer. My hope is that a heavier layer will burn darker and I could possible do lettering pieces and create shadows or a 3D lettering effect.
And it worked! The outer heavier layer burns darker. That is encouraging. It makes me think I can layer the solution for different effects in the future.
It does warp the paper a bit, even this thicker paper. My guess is that an even thicker paper would do better, but you definitely don’t want to use anything too thin.
I made a small cardboard canvas by gluing up several sheets and cutting the edges. I wanted to see how it would look on cardboard and how much would the heat gun over scorch it, if at all.
I’m drawing a simple lettering design here to just test this out.
Now that’s it finished, you can see that It’s a bit darker. Because this cardboard doesn’t curl at all, I’m able to hold the heat gun on the solution a bit longer than the paper and it creates a darker effect. I’m not sure how I will use the cardboard in my art, but it’s worth knowing how the solution reacts with it.
Oak is not on the suggested wood list found on the back of the pen package. However, I wanted to give it a shot. This review is all about testing different things and seeing what happens. I had this canvas laying around and I wanted to see how the solution acts on oak.
After drawing this simple design and heating the solution, I can see why oak isn’t a recommended wood. The grains are too porous and the solution soaks into the grains creating a sort of bleeding. You can see from the finished product that the edges of the design have bled all into the grains and it’s a really undesirable finish.
I may have used too much solution. You can see in some areas the bleeding isn’t as bad, but I think I’ll stick to woods that have a grains which are less porous. It just makes things easier and a better overall look.
Summary of the Scorch Marker Review
Here are my final thoughts for the Scorch Marker Review. I think there are a lot of applications this pen would be useful for. It will never replace the traditional wood burning pen, but I think it could be great as an additional resource. For example, if you want to Free Hand letter a piece, this would be a great alternative. Free Hand lettering with a wood burning pen is really challenging because the tips don’t easily glide across the wood. However, this is a marker, which does easily glide across the wood. I could see lettering hobbyist use this product to add a wood burned look to their pieces.
I also really like the rosy red color that the solution adds to a piece. I could see layering the color this way and using the rosy color within an art piece. I like how the “C” piece turned out and only half burning the flowers so some of that color is left behind.
This would be great for a beginner burner too. If you wanted to add burning to your wood art pieces without investing in a lot of equipment, this would be a good option.
Or you can cut down on wood burning time by using this marker to fill in any large dark burn areas, making it a great addition to your wood burning pen kits. Either way, this product is worth talking about and adding to your wood burning resources.
You can find the Scorch Marker on amazon! Check it out!
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Have you ever had the situation where the “burn” image or letters wipe off or fade? I just wiped a little water on it and it lightened.
Not that I can think of. I’ve had the burn smear when I wet, but not lighten. Were you able to fix it?