"Long before I even knew was gourd art was I used Jo Sonja Polyurethane. I have never had it yellow on anything so I'm still using it but now on gourds.
I don't like sprays very much but when I do use it I prefer American over…"
"Oil based poly will yellow because of the oil base. Water based poly will not ever yellow. I use the H2O poly on everything. I don't like odors from oil bases, which gives me a migraine. Which is why I gave up oil painting and went to acrylics.…"
"I never use Minwax finishes on any of my art. The only polyrethane I have used that does not yellow are: Earth Safe Finishes and Jo Sonja. They are non-yellowing and since they are made for art work it is safe. I've used Jo Sonja for about 10…"
"Some finishes just yellow over time naturally - it can't be changed. Spar varnish, shellac, etc. are some of the fastest yellowing. You might have to try a different product. I'm sure someone will post their favorites here. I prefer Krylon…"
"Hello Mrs. Victoria ... I am in statesboro (hopulikit) and would enjoy sharing ideas. I've been a memeber only for about a week and just found you. I would love to see any of your work. I'm the official site amature...LOL."
"Colored pencils. That is new to me. How in the world does one convince the colors to stay in place when sealing or varnishing a completed work. Once upon a time, someone suggested hairspray after I attempted using soft pastel sticks. Bad idea.
"I love your use of colors. Do you prefer acrylic or oils?? If acrylic, have you found any one brand is better than another for gourds?? Do you sand prior to painting to give the paint a "grip". I like using oils, but the drying time is a…"
Ashley thanks for the kind words, I don't paint many of my pieces these days, I painted for almost 30 years and have evolved into using different mediums. However sometimes you can only get the color you want with paint.
I like pencil and ink but, when I do paint I use Americana ( delta) or ceram coat( deco arts) acrylics. Both are very good brands that give good coverage and hold up well. Light sanding will help when painting,some types of gourds have a waxier skin than others, if you are going to paint an entire gourd surface I would recommend using Gesso first (found in any art depatment). In the dinosaur days gesso only came in white and we gessoed the entire gourd.
Now gesso is available in clear which can easily be added to your paint without changing the intensity of its color, to give you more tooth and a harder paint than you would without. I use it in my basecoat colors, not needed in colors used for highlight and shading. Paint will often fleck off of a gourd surface without a bit of prep and a good sealer.
Welcome, Ashley. We’re glad you’re here. There are many activities and discussions for you to participate in. Look around and join in. And have fun! Please feel free to add a profile picture – and, of course, your own gourd photos. We are limited to 25 photos per person at a time, though, so if you want to add more than that, you’ll need to delete some older ones so there will be room for everyone’s pictures. Thanks, and again, welcome. Darlene