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If you have been reading my posts you are very aware that I am an avid GourdMaster Ink Dye user for my gourd art. Sometimes, though, I want more brilliant color, or the gourd is dark and the color is rather flat. So I have been experimenting around.

The gourd I was working on was a commissioned piece. She wanted tropical flowers all the way around. Of course the colors in tropical colors are so bright and happy and I wanted to be able to get those colors. I have often read about using colored pencils on gourds so I thought I would give it a try. Since I did not have any colored pencils I borrowed some from my artist friend Penny, who also loaned me her watercolor pencils as well.

Vi Commission Gourd ArtAfter sketching out and burning in the flowers, I wiped it all down with rubbing alchohol so that I could remove any oil or sap that may have been released during the burning.

I started with just colored pencil but really did not like the look of it. The gourd skin is not a super flat surface and the pencil skipped over bumps giving it an uneven colored appearance. Plus it did not lighten anything up. I tried white pencil as well, but did not like the results. So for this piece I switched over to applying a layer or two of white acrylic paint on the flower petals. Once it was dry, I again tried the colored pencil but still disliked the look.

So out came my Gourd Master/Memories ink dyes.

Now the very cool thing that happened was the ink dyes moistened the acrylic paint enough to start blending and coloring the white base. I pushed the paint around, adding more, blending here and there until I finally got what I liked.

Vi Commission Finished Gourd ArtGourd ArtGourd Art As you can see I did obtain some beautiful coloring on the flower petals of the Plumeria. In order to get the flowers to pop I only used the ink dyes on the leaves so that they stayed more muted.

I am in the process of trying the colored pencils again on another gourd and really not liking the results. Maybe when I clear coat it I will like it.

Try experimenting around with other painting mediums.


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About Dani Montoya

I have been working with gourds for over 5 years and have sold a good share of them which thrills me to death. Many times I hear customers and admirers that they would like to do this too, so I am compiling this website in the spirit of sharing my gifts and helping you learn. If there is something specific you want to learn about gourds drop me an email. I would love to hear from you.


Adding more color to your gourd art — 4 Comments

    • Thank you Brenda. My “go to” for finishing all my gourds is Krylon Clear Gloss. I have been using it for years and it performs perfectly. I use it on indoor gourds. If I was finishing a gourd for outdoor use I would use Spar Urethane.

  1. What brand of pencils did your pal lend you? Also, what brand of burner do you use? I love your work.

    • Steven, The Pencils I used were Prisma Color. I bought a set for myself but I probably will never work on a gourd with them again. My burner is the Razertip which I love!!!

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