I recently became aware that people do some fantastic art work on
gourds. So I took a class, and have started doing some gourd work.
The simplest way to get a pattern onto a gourd is to make a copy from a
book and enlarge it to the correct size. Then use Glad “Press ‘n Seal”.
Apply the Press n Seal to your pattern and trace the pattern with a fine
point Sharpie pen. Remove the pattern and stick it onto the gourd, then
use a wood burning tool to transfer the pattern to the gourd. Scrape off
the Press ‘n Seal with your fingernails.
I have also used this method to put patterns onto bowls and flat work so
I can carve it. Here is a picture of a pattern that I just put
onto my gourd.
A lady in my carving club does stained glass, and she loaned me a
few of her books on the subject. I decided that I could do my gourd
in a style that would look like stained glass. That would mean that
all the subject matter would need to be textured and brightly
To accentuate this color scheme I decided to pierce the area around
There are any number of color schemes to use inside a gourd. To prep
the inside I painted it with 2 heavy coats of white glue, followed
by 2 different colors of spray paint. I then used several other
colors, applied with a piece of natural sponge. The effect is sort
of like metal.
Now that the piercing was done it needed some color in the
background. Most of the colors used on this piece are ink dyes
purchased from Welburn Gourd Farms.
I wanted panels on either side of the pattern that
would reinforce the idea of stained glass.