Decorative Gourd Art & Crafts Ideas : Tips for Painting on Gourds

Decorative Gourd Art & Crafts Ideas : Tips for Painting on Gourds


On behalf of Expert Village my name is Karen
LoCasale and I’m here to tell you about crafting with gourds. Painting a coloring, your gourds
whether dyes work really well they go on really quickly. You do want to use gloves because
they would stain your hands and there is no way to get them off other then you would have
to wait and let it wear off. They come in lots of different colors, bottles last for
about four or five dollars for a bottle of dye so it is pretty cheap as well. It is a
alcohol base dye so it does dry very, very quickly and it does cover a very large area
very quickly on the gourd as you can see. It is a very nice coloring. You can use little
bit of alcohol too, if it is too dark for you wipe a little bit off with a paper towel
but pretty much a gourd is very poorest so it is going to take whatever you put on to
it. Pretty much instantness so it is a good thing if you got some scraps. Your piece off
the top here is you cut something off or some old scarps when you bought your gourd it is
a good thing to grab some pieces so you can practice and get a idea what the colors are
going to look like on your gourd. But every gourd is going to be different so there, it
is always a experiment and surprise to find out you know exact how that color is going
to come out. Paintbrushes, I have a variety here it is kind of what your comfortable with,
there is no reason why we use paintbrushes any of them would do. Simple ones, for acrylic
painting up to the more fine one’s for the oil painting they would all work. Whether
you want a fine brush or a wide brush is going to depend on obviously your design and your
area that you are covering. Again the leather dye dries very quickly so you can go right
back on and paint your design right on top. Sometimes you would need to do a second coat
to get your coloring that you would like on there depending on your gourd itself and want
your base coat that you decide to go with. Sometimes it could take a couple of coats
to get it to look how you want it but that is again your artistic flare that you get
to play with. You can also use oil base paints as well either it works as well as the other.

4 Comments

  • fuckyocouch96

    January 26, 2010

    cool man. people make backbacks out of dried pumpkins and stuff. want to try that some time man.☮

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  • OrganicGarden123

    November 26, 2010

    Wow. All of this lady's ExpertVillage gourd videos are just awesome. So clear. Concise. Educational. Inspiring.

    Reply
  • Teresa Metheny

    June 2, 2012

    thank you for all the information, i love the videos, i am just starting to learn how to do this so they are very helpful. i was wondering if the gourd bowls that a person makes can be used for actual use of a bowl for food? If so how would you coat them to be safe?

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  • Bonnie Gibson

    September 26, 2012

    I totally disagree with using leather dyes on gourds. They look nice when first applied, but they fade quickly with sun exposure. Unless you are leaving your gourd art in a dark room be prepared for them to fade badly.

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