Gourd Art Enthusiasts

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Susan Varner
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  • Newark, OH
  • United States
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  • Carolyn Reif-Lockwood
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Susan Varner replied to Bonnie Adams's discussion Does your Sharpie Marker Bleed when finishes are applied?
"Bonnie, thank you SO much for this!! You've just answered what must have been my biggest problem since I started "gourding" a couple of years or so back. The bleeding of Sharpies has had me almost tearing my hair out in frustration,…"
Jan 8, 2014
Susan Varner commented on Mary McQueen's photo

Cardinal ornaments

"Just adorable Mary!"
Jan 8, 2014
Susan Varner commented on Robert Dziura's photo

Floor lamp I - Gourdlight

"This is absolutely stunning - just as beautiful when switched off as it is turned on. Magnificent piece and well worth all the hard work!"
Jan 8, 2014
Susan Varner commented on Eileen Eddleman's photo


"I love the intersectioning of the circles... reminds me of technical drawing classes at school. :)"
Jan 8, 2014
Peggy Beauvais commented on Susan Varner's photo

Candle Votive Holder

"This is beautiful and you have inspired me!   Thanks for posting your pic."
Apr 21, 2013
Carolyn Reif-Lockwood left a comment for Susan Varner
"thank you!!!!  this comes at the perfect time. I really appreciate the info."
Nov 6, 2012
Susan Varner commented on GAE Challenge's photo


"Great idea! And it's come out looking wonderful! :)"
Nov 3, 2012
Susan Varner posted a status
"Passed a farm 5 minutes away yesterday - they charge just TWO BUCKS per dried gourd! Going back 2day with cash and garbage sacks - WOOT!!"
Nov 3, 2012
Susan Varner commented on GAE Challenge's photo


"Thank you Mary, he was a lot of fun to do. :) And thanks to GAE for my Turkey gift, lol!"
Nov 2, 2012
Susan Varner received a gift from GAE Challenge
Nov 1, 2012
Susan Varner commented on Susan Varner's photo

My Living Room, lol!

"Thank you Janet, I had to go and google "Angry Birds" - I'd never heard of them before, lol! The blue owl was actually very loosely based on the cover of a Rush album, "Fly by Night", which I used as inspiration for the…"
Oct 31, 2012
Susan Varner commented on Darlene McAllister's photo

Strawberry Gourd

"I'd never thought of doing an "upside-down" birdhouse - but why not? lol! This is a cute idea. :)"
Oct 27, 2012
Susan Varner commented on Mike Bachman's photo


"Too awesome for words! This is fanTASTic!"
Oct 27, 2012
Susan Varner commented on Karen Willingham's photo

Butterfly and flowers oh my!

"Speechless. That doesn't happen often."
Oct 27, 2012
Susan Varner commented on Karen Willingham's photo


"The pink is my favourite. I really must look into these Adirondack inks - the effect is so pretty."
Oct 27, 2012
Susan Varner commented on Maureen Hall's photo

globe lamp

"Absolutely brilliant Maureen! This is the best piece of gourt art I've ever seen, in my opinion anyway. LOVE it."
Oct 27, 2012

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What is your interest in gourds? Please be specific - one word answers will not be accepted. We block all potential spammers. YOU MUST use both your first and last name on your profile or we will not approve your membership.
I'm pretty new to gourd art, and pretty basic too, lol! I started painting gourd birdhouses a year or so ago, and am thoroughly enjoying it. Most of my designs are very basic, "cartoonish" designs, but I'm hoping to branch out into so pyrography and more "exotic" gourd art as time for practice allows.

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At 6:03am on November 6, 2012, Carolyn Reif-Lockwood said…

thank you!!!!  this comes at the perfect time. I really appreciate the info.

At 3:32pm on November 01, 2012, GAE Challenge gave Susan Varner a gift
Thank you for participating in the November 2012 GAE Challenge
At 3:39pm on October 20, 2012, Laura Anderson said…

Sue...I think your gourds are wonderful. don't sell yourself short. Yours were some of the gourds I looked that prompted me to join. I like your use of vibrant colors and the designs. I'm new to the art too so I appreciate others' work so much. 

At 9:59am on October 20, 2012, Bonnie Adams said…

Sue, The best  concensus going around is not to copy anyones anything, but to do what you do best, use the work of others only as inspiration so you can create something that is all your own. You'll feel much better about your own work if it's all your own, too. There are lots of items in the Forum about copyright if you want to see more on the subject.

If cartoon style is your style, capitalize on it! Your standards are shared by many of us!


comment from Susan Varner below:

When I see such fine detailing like this I wonder at how you gourd artists are such drawing artists too! Everything I've made so far has been "cartoon" style, big and chunky, because my drawing skills are pretty rubbish to say the least. I've thought about tracing an image and transferring it to a gourd, but that feels a bit like "cheating" - or am I just being too "strict" with myself because I'm new to this and setting myself standards that are too high? What's the general consensus about that Bonnie?

At 6:38am on October 18, 2012, Kim Bilek said…

"involved?" ha yeah you could say that...I do help Bonnie moderate the site ha...I have a delete button ;} I am a fulltime gourd artist- Enjoy! KB

At 7:26am on October 17, 2012, June Johnson said…

hello friend!  steal away!  we all do in here, well not exact things but ideas.  This is a wonderful site and the friends always help you out.  you are a much better painter than I so I will look forward to what u do.  btw, is that a gourd u r leaning on?

At 4:22pm on October 11, 2012, Darlene Propp said…

Welcome, Susan. We’re glad you’re here. There are many activities and discussions in which you may want to participate. Look around and join in. Add some photos of your own, but please no more than 25. And have fun! The GAE rules are located on the right side of the main page. Darlene


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