"Love your western work the most but all your work is fantastic! Is there a book or instructions where I can learn the pattern work. It looks like tooled leather and is just fantastic! Would like to have you for a friend so will be…"
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I make pine needle and gourd baskets. Have been doing this for past 6 years. Member of Ky. Guild of Artists and Craftsmen, member of Kentucky Crafted.
Lynn yes this site is a very good one I sure enjoy all the talented people and their work.Can only hope I can be half a good gourder as most of these artist. Everyone is so nice. Getting ready to go to the Fl Gourd Festival and take some classes. I'm a snow birder brught some of my work with me so I've been busy creating. Happy Gourdinh
Lynn, when I did the glue/sand gourd, I just mixed a bunch of elmers glue and poured in some sand that I got at Hobby Lobby--the very fine craft sand. I added acrylic paint to get the color I wanted and just enough water to make it a very thick paste. I used a big 1/2" brush to glob it on and smooth it out. I let gravity make the drips (cover your area with wax paper or something as it does drip messy. For the one that "drips up", I put the gourd over a tall bottle and let the glue/sand run. For the "drip down", I used a heat tool to dry out the areas as I went so it wouldn't drip too much. You can control the drips by turning the gourd as you go. It was fun, and certainly there is no real technique to it. Good luck and post what you do. Feel free to ask any more questions too.
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