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10-03-2005, 04:59 PM

I have just started decorating gourds. I use acrylic paint on them and have done many different designs. I also use a gourd saw and drill. Does anyone else paint/decorate gourds? Here are a few of the gourds I've done...

Selket51 :wave:


10-03-2005, 06:17 PM
WOW! Not at all what I expected! These are gorgeous... do you varnish them or something? It looks like a lovely 'sealed' finish. Do you dry them out or empty them or something? Just wondering if they'd shrivel, haha! I'd buy some if you were in the UK, or if customs would let me bring 'em back. :) Love the 2nd and 3rd.


Charlie's Mum
10-03-2005, 06:48 PM
These are beautiful, and attract me! I'd love to do some but, as Tina has found out, there a very few over here!
I keep meaning to grow them, but always too late!!!

Leslie Pz
10-03-2005, 07:46 PM
Gourdeous! LOL!

10-03-2005, 08:31 PM
Please excuse my ignorance but....what is a gourd? :o

Your designs are very nice by the way...especially like number 2.

10-03-2005, 11:23 PM
Love your work. Just wondering what you are using for the little stands that are supporting the gourds? I just bought some gourds on eBay and am wanting to try something with them. I guess that the possibilities are endless but I am having "painter's block"


10-04-2005, 12:32 AM
Gourds are in the same family as pumpkins. They grow in many different shapes and different sizes.

Those are very well done! I like how you took advantage of each one's shape too. How long have you been doing this? Obviously... a long time :D!

10-04-2005, 04:50 AM
Thankyou Ann! ;)

So, if it's a food, will it not rot in time? Could you explain your process?
Fascinating stuff!

Lady Rando
10-04-2005, 09:02 AM
Gourds are really not edible. They dry out and their skin is hard, like wood. You can cut, carve, woodburn, paint them, just to name a few. Some gourds look like eggs, some have long necks, the variety is endless. Gourds can be used as bowls, drinking cups, or just be decorative.

Your gourds look great. They are fun to do.

10-04-2005, 11:33 AM
This is so cool. I love the first one with the curled stem. Do you allow the gourds to dry first? I think they're in season where I am right now, so I'd love to try this.

10-04-2005, 03:02 PM
Thankyou Tamara. ;)

10-29-2005, 11:59 PM
This gourd has no paint on it, the marks are all natural
to the gourd. I just sealed it with clear spray varnish. sometimes you are lucky and don't have to paint one.

Thank you for all the great comments regarding my gourds. I am a newbie at this art and loving it. Tamara is accurate in what she said. I am using Birdhouse Gourds at the moment. These are small pear shaped (some are odd shaped) gourds. I grew these in my garden last summer and left them to dry in the dark cool garage over the winter. They got this icky mould on them which is normal. I have cleaned a lot of them off by soaking them in water for several hours then taking a chore girl to them. It works good as long as the gourd has been soaking for a while, otherwise it's nearly impossible to clean. You can also clean green gourds (before they dry). I've even seen gourds put in mold and when they come out they have cool designs right in the gourd. My technique is to clean the gourd, paint it and/or either burn a design in it or etch it with a drill. Canning makes a great little kit just for this. However, they are out of gourd sanders, I've been waiting since Sept. for one. I do use a clear spray on art fixitive and clear varnish. I use the fixitive if I use watercolor on the gourd. With acrylic either will work as long as you put a clear varnish as the last coat. A few light coats are the best method. If anyone has any questions just email me at [email protected] Selket51

10-30-2005, 10:36 AM
I have always wanted to try this and I found a place near me that sells them. Every time I go by there...they are not open...I think this would be great fun. I know some people make birdhouses from them...what do you do with these lovely painted ones?

11-08-2005, 04:07 PM
:wave:Hi All: To cotopaxi, I used my lense cap as the stand for the gourds, but don't do that anymore, I now have a little piece of round wood as you can see in the picture of my latest gourds. The little bowl is also a gourd, but just the bottom part. After burning the designs in I used acrylic paint and good quality pencil crayon to color them in. This is a gift for my nephew and his fiance. He's flying off to South Africa on Friday to be with her. They will marry at Christmas time. So this will be a dual gift for them both.


11-08-2005, 06:03 PM
WOW!! These are really, REALLY nice!! :)

lani noa
11-08-2005, 07:17 PM
In Hawaii Gourds are used all the time and decorated in many artful ways. A good stand for a gourd is to take a coconut, cut it in half, cut off the end to the desired diameter and wallah, you have a stand. These coconut stands can be treated just like the gourds once they are sanded down and make very beautiful deocrative stands.

11-09-2005, 12:32 AM
I like the gourds that are pictured here.

This is a gourd I did earlier this year. It is about 12 inches in diameter.

After I cleaned out the inside I cut out the top in the shape of the top of adobe pueblos of the American Indians and woodburned the figures, etc. I then painted it with acrylics and sprayed with a gloss clear finish.

Comment if you would like.


01-23-2006, 12:10 PM
Thanks Becky, loved your website, those florals are beautiful. Selket

01-23-2006, 12:13 PM
John: I love your gourd, very nice indeed!

06-20-2007, 07:19 PM
Thanks Becky-Bob..its become a passion!

chammi kaiser
06-21-2007, 04:34 AM
They are beautifully done. In Africa , they are often painted with wonderful African designs. Yours look almost like porcelain. Wonderful.

06-24-2007, 12:07 PM
Now these are just gorgeous. I love, love, love them1 I will have to try some of these for sure. Thanks for posting these.

06-24-2007, 05:40 PM
Wonderful work...makes me want to plant some!

06-24-2007, 07:59 PM
The Queen of the Gourd Artists. One of her gourds sold for $20,000.00.