First I primed the wood and drew the images, then I pyrographed the wood to make the outlines strong and well defined. My next step is to paint the whole thing! I'm really enjoying this, and it's not too different from my usual illustrations. I guess just applied on a different medium.
The small bugs and butterflies will have the children's thumbprints on them with their name. I'll post a picture when it's all painted and then again when it's all finished.