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 email@example.com Love your people!
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.
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.
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".
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!
I’m personally inviting you to the Louisiana Gourd Society’s 1st Annual Show that will be held April 19-20, 2013 at the Claiborne Parish Fairgrounds located at 1563 Fairgrounds Drive in Haynesville, LA.
They will have classes both days, gourd art, competition, and kids korner. Visit their web site ….. www.louisianagourdsociety.org ….. for the class schedule and more information.
Tom and Zelda Hornsby, Bayou Gourds, will have gourds for you to purchase ….. www.bayougourds.com. Nedra Dennison, Sawdust Connection, will have a wide variety of her many supplies you can purchase ….. www.sawdustconnection.com. I will be teaching two classes and have a booth with my art and gourd books … www.paintingsbyhellen.com . There will also be other artists with their gourd art and supplies!!!
Come join us to have GOURD FUN! You can shop, take a class, browse the art competition, and see the fabulous gourd creations!
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