I am a Pyrographer (woodburner) and wood carver and I use First Step Wood Sealer on all of my projects. After burning I sand with 2000 grit and apply the Sealer then buff. Inks, pencils and paints can be applied over the Sealer without bleeding into the wood. I use the Sealer on my little HITTY dolls to make the wood easier to carve and also it is always applied to the entire doll before painting and finishing. I couldn't complete my projects without this Sealer and I highly recommend it to anyone that combines art and wood. W. Joan Cousins of Cousins Originals.