I have been working with gourds for several years. I have a degree in fine art with my main interest being in design and color. I had worked in several mediums prior to discovering the 3 dimensional challenge of working with gourds and thus combining both design and color to create a flowing and cohesive overall art piece.
I design all of my work on the gourd itself with pencil. I do not use transfers and all of the artwork is my own. I then wood burn the designs and color with leather dyes, acrylics, and inks. I use leather, bone beads, turquoise, and other natural embellishments to finish the piece. The finished work is then sprayed with a protective matte or satin fixative.