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Kathleen Shumerski
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  • Conroe, TX
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Kathleen Shumerski's Discussions

Feathers

I am trying to remember a tutorial about making feathers out of gourd pieces. Does anyone remember this info? I want to make the feathers and than attach them to another gourd. Thanks for any infoContinue

Started Jul 12, 2016

Painting dots on the gourd
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Hello To All, I see all the little dots that are on the gourds and when I try to do them I get a funny looking top as I pull away with the paint. I want them to be flat not pointed. How do you do…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Michelle Jun 11, 2014.

Stiffy versus Paverpol
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I love the look of the drape fabrics but the Paverpol is pretty expensive. Can I use the Stiffy fabric hardner and get good results? or bite the bullet and get some Paverpol. Thanks for the input I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Judy Richie Apr 9, 2013.

Mask for woodburning
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Hello, I am very new to gourds. I just got my first gourds from Bugs Gourd Farm. Very nice folks. You folks are so talented. If I do wood burning do I need to wear a mask. Thanks in advance for the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Oz - Admin #2 Oct 27, 2011.

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Darla Hines commented on Kathleen Shumerski's photo
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"I bet that was the Holton's who the vendor was Barbie and Jimmie. I bet they have a web-site."
Mar 20
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"Thank you so much. When I bought them the vendor was busy so I had the correct change put it down  and did not get a chance to ask the name of them. I will check the pod lady."
Mar 20
Terry Noxel commented on Kathleen Shumerski's photo
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"I believe they are Hedge Apple Slices. You can get more of these from The Pod Lady (Betsey Sloan). www.thepodlady.com THE POD LADY Betsey Sloan | 828.349.0941 | basketsvt@aol.com"
Mar 20
Nancy J Overmyer commented on Kathleen Shumerski's photo
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"Look like dried slices of hedge apples - Osage orange"
Mar 19
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I bought these at Wertz festival . What kind of dried pod or something are they? Maybe a varnished apple slice? I love them but need more. The vendor was selling carving tools he was from Tx.
Mar 18
Kathleen Shumerski posted a discussion

Feathers

I am trying to remember a tutorial about making feathers out of gourd pieces. Does anyone remember this info? I want to make the feathers and than attach them to another gourd. Thanks for any infoSee More
Jul 12, 2016
Kathleen Shumerski replied to terri bischoff's discussion Working with polymer clay
"Hi Bonnie, I like Fix It because it has a much longer work time that Apoxie. I am glad to know if I need it I can let you know and get it from you."
Mar 28, 2016
terri bischoff left a comment for Kathleen Shumerski
"Thanks so much!"
Mar 27, 2016
Kathleen Shumerski replied to terri bischoff's discussion Working with polymer clay
"Hi, I use clay all the time on gourds. I love Fix It Sculpt. It has a longer work time than Apoxie Sculpt which is great also. I have used polymer on gourds but you have to remember it has to be baked to harden. I have baked gourd and all in a…"
Mar 26, 2016
Vicki McKenna commented on Kathleen Shumerski's photo
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"This is outstanding.  I like to sculpt also and can appreciate all the time put into this.  The person receiving this will really appreciate your workmanship."
Jul 12, 2014
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"It is functional. I got the "guts" for it from klockit . I wish I would have gotten a better inside and face and all but I was not sure it would work so I took the least expensive. Thank you for you nice comments I am working on burning…"
Jul 2, 2014
April Boyd commented on Kathleen Shumerski's photo
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"Is the clock functional or just decorative, I'm guessing functional"
Jul 2, 2014
April Boyd commented on Kathleen Shumerski's photo
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"What an incredible mind you have. Your work is beautiful! You don't need to paint or burn with your talent for sculpting. The clock is wonderful. great work."
Jul 2, 2014
Elizabeth Brunswick commented on Kathleen Shumerski's photo
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"This piece of work is incredable!"
Jun 24, 2014
Gloria Christian commented on Kathleen Shumerski's photo
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"Thank you for sharing a great piece of art with us. It is wonderful and anyone would love to own it."
Jun 19, 2014
Kathleen Shumerski commented on Kathleen Shumerski's photo
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"You are all very kind with your words. Thanks so much. I made this piece for someone's son I hope she likes it when she sees it, as does the son who is getting it."
Jun 15, 2014

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I have sculpted for sometime and than I saw Patricia Boyds work and was amazed at how she uses the gourds for the bodies. I fell in love. I am now trying to use the gourds for the bodies after I sculpt the arms and heads. Such fun.

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At 3:15pm on March 27, 2016, terri bischoff said…

Thanks so much!

At 9:04am on May 27, 2014, Darla Hines said…

We have our gourd meetings usually on the 2nd Saturday of each month. This month we're having a teacher come in for 2 days. If you would e-mail me I will e-mail you back with more info. Isn't it great how everyone does different things with their gourd art! My e-mail is tedlh@charter.net  Love your people!

At 5:32pm on May 26, 2014, Darla Hines said…

Wow, just saw that you are very close, I'm over in Magnolia. You should come to one of our Patch meetings.

At 3:37am on May 24, 2014, Gisele Cabral said…

I am going to try to make a doll gourd.  I do have one question.  Do you empty the gourd out, or just leave the stuff inside.  I have been looking around the net trying to figure out how to make one.  I guess i will have to try.

Thanks for your time.

At 1:13pm on January 19, 2014, Phyllis Sickles said…

Hi Kathleen,  I start with the Powertex cloth first.  I just place it where I think would be interesting and then begin carving.  I use old cotton t-shirts.  When I am ready to paint, I put two coats of gesso on the cloth so the texture of the shirt would not show as much.  I painted it with acrylics.  The view with the petroglyphs has the most cloth areas showing.  In fact the petroglyphs are surrounded by Powertex cloth.  It's quite messy to use but gives a neat look.

At 1:07pm on October 7, 2013, massimo leotardi said…

Yes, from America is too expensive, from Italy is reasonable, and as i'm originally from there, it wasn't difficult to find the right place,although the variaty are limited. You are very luky, there is a gourd paradise.

If you go on youtube, there are a lot video about wood burnig, quite useful.

Also if you want to see the rest of my work: "leotardidesign facebook".

Thanks

Massimo

At 12:24pm on October 7, 2013, massimo leotardi said…

Hi Kathleen,

thanks for your message.

Of course, I don't mind talking about techniques.

I basically use a wood burner,felt pens and alcohol based ink plu some acrilic colours, that you can buy from Amazon.

The gourd above is decorated 100% with the wood burner. I mix these materials in different combinations. The most difficult thing is actually to transport the pencil drawing on the gourd itself.

Some of the gourds have a cut out design which I produce using a stanley knife.

My biggest problem is to buy the gourds as in the uk nobody grows them so I have to buy them from Italy.

I hope this bit of info was usefull, if you want to know anything else please let me know.

Cheerse

Massimo

At 7:55pm on February 27, 2013, Brenda Jamison said…

Well thank you so much for the info and I will definently have to use some of them. I think your work is excellent!

At 3:25pm on February 27, 2013, Brenda Jamison said…

Well I think you do a wonderful job. I've tried apoxie sculpt and polyner clay, but neither are what I'm looking for. I'll have to try these. Thanks for the answer

At 9:51am on February 27, 2013, Hellen Martin said…

Man, do I know what you mean about oil/watercolor painters look down on arcylic painters.  ;o)  I had one oil painter with a really BIG attitude!  I told her I would bring in a piece and the gallery owner could say whether it was oil or acrylic painted.  Well, he said it was oil.  WRONG!  It was acrylic!  I looked at her and said, "I rest my case."  They even think less of using colored pencils!!!  ;o)  Their loss!

..... Hellen

 

 

 
 
 

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