Gourd artwork has been around almost as long as mankind but just this past decade really become a recognized art form. Today we gourd artists have found a spot in the art world, and I hope you will take a look not only at my work but at the work of others through the links on this site.
- First the moldy, sometimes smelly, often ugly gourd (but beautiful to gourd artists), is soaked, scrubbed and sanded until it resembles a rounded wood object.
- Next the gourd art designs are lightly sketched to get important elements in the right place. The pattern is then burned in using a wood burner and one of four different burning tips (depending on the detail being burned). I typically freehand most of my flowers and as a detail hound, I like them to be as close as possible to the real thing.
- This is followed by coloring with one, some or all of the following: Caran d'Ache Neo Colors, Caran d'Ache Pablo pencils, Derwent Inktense pencils, Caran d'Ache Supra watercolor pencils, Walnut Hollow Oil Pencils, Pinata or Adirondack Alcohol Dyes. When the piece is done, it is sprayed with a pencil fixative to lock the color (prevent running) and finished with several coats of polyurethane to protect the finish.
- My personal creation favorites include flowers of all types, whimsy such as dragons, fairies, flying elephants and giraffes, "story gourds" showing children or others doing something specific, and occasional Southwest scenes. I love doing it all, but I'm a great-gramma who is still enchanted by the idea of fairies and dragons, so that is what I enjoy doing most. If my pieces make others smile, I'm both touched and pleased.
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First, the gourd is soaked, scrubbed and sanded until it's clean and wood like.
Clean and ready to design.
Design sketched with pencil.
Design fully burned, gourd final sanded to remove pencil marks and burning debris.
Coloring in progress with colored artist pencils - Caran d'Ache, Derwent Inktense, Wallnut Hollow and Neo Colors.
Finished gourds before coloring
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