I had a piece of pallet wood that I set aside as stand alone because the grain in the wood was so prevalent I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it. I came across a technique on burning the grain on wood to enhance it. It was a fairly good article but sorry I couldn’t seem to find it again. If I do I will certainly include the link.
I used a little mini-torch and went over the grain until I got the desired effect. If you decide to use such a technique be careful to protect yourself, with gloves, goggles and mask. Good ventilation is a good idea too. The trick is to go with the grain on the wood or you will raise it which is OK on pallet art but if you are building a table top or something finer you will have an uneven surface.
I finished enhancing the grain and it sat in my shop for a couple more weeks as I wasn’t sure what I was going to paint on it without covering up the darkened grain. I saw so many potential pieces of art in my head but wasn’t ready to start.
I was getting ready for the market and finished a dragonfly pallet art when I looked at the piece and decided it would make a very nice welcome sign. Once I finished the artwork. I put two really good coats of clear satin polyurethane over it to protect it.