Gourd Accepts Colored
sometimes moldy dried gourd into a work of fine art is a delight for
this artist. Karen uses a graphite pencil to freehand objects from the
drawing table onto the newly cleaned surface of the gourd. She then
woodburns whatever hard lines are needed before laying in contours with
warm gray colored pencil to shape the subject matter. At this point the
real fun begins as Karen applies layer after layer of colored pencil to
achieve the desired effect.
mostly done in colored pencil although on the rare occasion leather dye
or even shoe polish may be called for. Once the art work is finished,
Karen buffs the gourd with a clean dry cloth and sprays at least three
fine coats of an acrylic spray. The entire process takes any where from
days to months to complete, depending upon the size of the gourd and
complexity of the subject matter. She hopes that you can see that each
work is a labor of love.