Growing gourds is fun and easy. Watching them grow all summer is so fun. Harvesting and creating art is even more fun and make wonderful gifts.
This is how they look straight out of the garden; not too promising.
The gourd has to be scrubbed (again brillo does the trick) to remove dirt and waxy finish. Once it is dry, I used a wood carver to burn a pattern onto the gourd. Next, I used iridescent water colors to paint the leaves. Afterwhich, I used a spray lacquer for finish. I made quite a few of these and gave them away to coworkers at Christmas. This is a fun and easy project.
I used different leaves from the yard as patterns.
Making use of a broken gourd. Some gourds are thin in spots and break easily.
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Published February 22nd, 2015 3:04 PM
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Denise Jackson Canfield on Feb 24, 2015I grow and craft with them and love it. Gourd Bless You.com
Debra Anderson on May 27, 2018
I use broken ones for parts to use on other gourd projects. I will even shape some like leaves and glue them on top of a gourd that has burned in leaf patterns. I didn't think to take a pic of it before I gave it as a gift to my sister in Oregon. A shame too cause she called me, crying, cause her dog tore it in pieces when they moved to a new place. :-(
Melnee Benfield on May 27, 2018
The possibilities are endless. Such a cute idea you had. The dog thought he had found the best toy ever.
Does anyone know of any classes or other gourd enthusiasts in central New Jersey.? I am a gourd lover and starting to try gourd art but definitely can use some help with painting and design ideas. I unfortunately am not a great artist .