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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".



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.



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



At 8:15am on February 27, 2013, Hellen Martin said…

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!

At 3:17pm on February 6, 2013, Brenda Jamison said…

Thanks a lot Kathleen. I appreciate all feed back, negative or positive I can get

At 2:00pm on October 17, 2012, Julie Glover said…
Hi Kathleen,

Michigan is at the most beautiful time of the year. Wonderful colors.

At 4:26am on August 25, 2012, Hellen Martin said…

WOW, your sculptures are awesome.  The clock is outstanding. I live in Chandler, TX. 

At 12:44pm on September 4, 2011, Darlene Propp said…

Welcome,  Kathleen. 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. And have fun!  The  GAE rules are located on the right side of the main page.   Darlene

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