"if you find a piece of clipart on the internet can you incorporate it into your design? does every piece used need to be acknowledged? I have quite a bit of digital clipart i have purchased but always us it IN my design but not AS…"
Hi Monica, I sometimes will spray the gourd with a light coat of Deft Lacquer before painting. But most of the time I don't. I have used wood hardener but infrequently. If the gourd is rather thin ( 1/4" or less) I might. Of course, I usually don't carve gourds that thin. I prefer at least 1/2" or more. The thicker the better it is. Hope I have been able to help. Feel free to ask any questions.
Glad to have you on my friend's list. I get my gourds from Wuertz Farm mostly because they are an hour from me. I do order sometimes from Welburn too. I seal my gourds with Krylon and have always been pleased with the results.
I've only been working with gourds a couple of years, but crafting is the mother of invention. I weave,crochet, knit, paint, finish furniture andeven the cement walk way around the house. It all blends together, I was just looking to see how I could get the bamboo ink to give me that interesting effect of oil and alcohol mix. I started the black gourd about and finished three about the same time. Love your gourds!
Duh, Monica, just saw that you DID send your email. Sweety, I've just been busy with sis and like I said, went and got sick. Let me send you all that info tomorrow.....K? I just want to be sure I send the correct info and I'm still not thinking too clearly