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Fun with Gourds
Category: bethie's world | Posted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 5:20 pm
Hubby got an unexpected Christmas bonus and put it right in my hot little hand and told me to spend it-so I did. We had grown gourds several years ago and they were all cured and piled up in the shop awaiting transformation. I got online and got me some gourd art supplies- some leather dyes and psanky egg dyes, an exacto tool set with a tiny saw blade, some oil based pastels etc. I LOVE art supplies. It rained all weekend for two weekends in a row so hubby cleaned up some gourds and we got started. My first one was the big gourd I put in the gallery then I switched gears and did some smaller ones. For all these gourds the pattern was put on in pencil and woodburned into the gourd. The gourd when finished is sprayed with a Krylon sealer.
This is a burgundy leather dye.
This is a black leather dye. Leather dyes are permanent and NOT skin friendly. I end up hugging the gourd when I am working on it so I had and old dress on to get ruined. I was in and out one morning working on a gourd and later that day was working on another and looked down and was wearing a good dress! When did I change my clothes? Since the dye was still wet I was able to pretreat it and get it out. Pay attention to what you're doing bethie. Get out of that gourd trance. Hubby in the meantime took the saw and did this lattice cutout on his first one. The top is also cutout and can be used as a stand if desired. Me Love.
Then he did this small canteen gourd with a delicate egg design.
I made a repeating butterfly design into a potpourri bowl.
This morning glory design is colored with the pastels.
This apple gourd was hard as a rock and took forever to burn.
Hubby ended his gourd fun with some mushrooms, then I colored it for him with the egg dyes.
I love face art so I ended with a fun mask with cutout eyes and mouth.
It's supposed to rain all this weekend too. Hmmmmm.
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