(An A to Z 2014 Challenge entry)
“X” might be the hardest letter to come up with. I had planned to cheat a little and talk about a recent art eXhibit I went to, but then Jak was like, no way, don’t cheat your way out of this.
So then, I set on a mission to look up words that start with “X” other than x-ray or xylophone. I found this rousing list, and way down at the bottom, there was actually a fourteen letter word that started with “X”: Xylopyrography. And just like many of you, I was like WTF is that? But it did have “pyro” in it, so someone like myself who loves a little fire here and there, was drawn to it.
Xy`lo*py*rog”ra*phy\ n. [Xylo- + Gr. ?, ?, fire + -graphy.] The art or practice of burning pictures onto wood with a hot iron; — called also poker painting.
So after I read that definition, it intrigued me to look into it more. I was drawn to the art of it all. Which nicely ties into my original cheat idea — using “X” to talk about art.
There isn’t much out there on this topic. It appears that Fresh (and a little Funky!) has tackled this topic before too, so you can hop on over and check it out. (Looks like it was the 2011 A to Z Challenge).
Here are some awesome examples that I stumbled upon. (For copyright reasons, these are not pieces I am claiming as my own, but were found in Google search. This is merely an educational piece).
These are stunning pieces. As an artist, I cannot imagine the work involved in creating these. Who knew a 14 letter word would bring me such beautiful results?
Have you ever heard of xylopyrography before? For A to Zers, was “X” a challenge for you? What did you write on? (Feel free to link below!)