Gourd Art

Gourd ArtDani’s life as a gourd artist started years ago, quite by accident as most wonderful things do, when she and her husband moved to a small mountain town in the San Bernardino Mountains of Southern California. It was a peaceful place to live, surrounded by trees and wildlife. There was one thing that was in abundance in the mountain forest, and that was Pine Needles. The ground was soft with then but because of the fires that occur in the mountains every year they had to rake up all those pine needles.

As an artist, Dani saw the beauty in these tiny little pine needle bundles and wondered what she could do with them. A search on the internet revealed to her the art of PPet PortraitINE NEEDLE WEAVING. They were beautiful and she loved making them but they took forever to make.

One day an acquaintance gave her a tiny, homegrown gourd and said ‘why not try weaving your pine needles on this”. So she did and  fell instantly love, not just with the pine needle rim but with the whole idea of making gourds into art. The San Bernardino Mountains was only a short drive to Fallbrook California where the Welburn Gourd Farm was hosting an “International Gourd Festival”. Dani attended several of the classes and brought home everything she needed to paint, carve, wood burn and weave on gourds. A new passion was born.
Although Dani has done all kinds of designs, from floral to doodling,  her focus is on Southwestern. She loves Native American Inspired Art and it comes through in her gourd art. Her primary love is wood burning, followed by weaving dreamcatchers.  She has also done many Gourd Urns wood burning beloved pet portraits for lasting memorials. She has shipped her gourds as far away as Australia.

When Dani is not working with gourds she is making pottery. She has a pottery studio in a small town in Oklahoma where a corner of it is devoted to gourd art. She and her husband live on three acres with a big pond, two cocker Spaniels, noisy ducks and geese and a small orchard.

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Buffalo Head Gourd
Buffalo Head Gourd
Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
This rather large gourd (9" wide by 9" tall) has a detailed Bald Eagle in full flight wood burned into the hard shell of the gourd. It is framed in black and barn red with a barn red rim. Feathers, Leather, glass pony beads and copper wire add a touch of embellishment to the right side of the vase. The gourd has been colored with gourd dyes, long lasting and fade resistant. It was then sealed in a clear acrylic. The inside of the gourd has been cleaned and painted in black. Gourds that have been properly dried will last forever.
Howling Wolf Gourd Vase
Howling Wolf Gourd Vase
This rather large gourd vase has a wood burned wolf which I free handed. A southwestern motif was used to frame the wolf. The body of the gourd was dyed teal and feathers, leather and a turquoise color bead adorn the vase
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This playable drum is made from a gourd!!! Surprise your favorite musician or add this to your own collection of unusual and hand made instruments. The Drum Head is made of white goat skin and has been stretched snugly using black drum cord. The base of the drum has been decorated in a flower motif using a wood-burner, and carving away the skin of the gourd to reveal the white flesh around the flower. The flowers are slightly shimmery shades of yellow fading into orange towards the center. A small white pearl bead has been set in the very middle of each flower. Small black eyelets have also been used in the decoration at the top and the bottom of the carved area. The body is stained a rich mohagony color which almost resembles wood, The drum stand 12" tall and the head is 8". Designed to be played by tucking it under your arm, the bottom is open to allow the sound to escape. The paint used is especially designed for gourds and is colorfast and archival. If properly cared for this piece will last a lifetime. The inside and outside have been sealed as well.
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Gourd Luminaire with Dreamcatcher. Perfect for electric candle or LED Lights. Black, Turquoise and Brown. Standing 10" tall and 7" wide, a beautiful dreamcatcher is the focal point surrounded by a design with cutouts, painted in turquoise and brown. The dreamcatcher is made with Waxed Irish Linen in Barn Red, light blue and neutral. Three light blue glass beads adorn the dreamcatcher.
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Dreamcatcher in Green-Available
Dreamcatcher in Green-Available
This beautiful gourd piece would fit in well in a country home or in a southwestern or native American decor. The body of the gourd was stained with transparent dyes allowing the gourds natural coloring and mottling to show through. The dreamcatcher was weaved in waxed Irish linen thread.
Horse Head - SOLD
Horse Head - SOLD
This special commission was a surprise gift for a horse lover. The horse was hand wood burned in to the gourd, then the gourd skin was cut away, framing it. A "rope" was burned around the focal point. Real horsehair was woven around the top with leather.
Owl Basket - SOLD
Owl Basket - SOLD
This was a special commissioned piece. The gourd was cut to resemble a basket. The owl and surrounding tree were all woodburned into the gourd freehand. Transparent dyes were used to gently add color to the overall piece. Small feathers and a piece of real turquoise were added to the side as a embellishment
Lidded Gourd Vessel with Flowers-SOLD
Lidded Gourd Vessel with Flowers-SOLD
Hide your treasures inside this gourd vessel. It features flowers all the way around intertwined with leaves . Copper leaf frames the main flower as well as the lid. The black around the main flower was carved and then painted for an organic look.
CLASS PROJECT - Beaded Rim with Flowers and Butterfly
CLASS PROJECT - Beaded Rim with Flowers and Butterfly
This small gourd vessel is brilliant blue with a hint of shimmer. After weaving on a glass bead rim I carved flowers and a butterfly onto the gourd exposing the white flesh underneath.
Doodle Gourd 3-SOLD
Doodle Gourd 3-SOLD
When I start a Doodle Gourd I never know the path I will be taken. In this case I knew I was going to weave the dreamcatcher and I chose to stay with circles through-out the entire process. Thirteen Circles were woodburned into the gourd overlapping each other and then a design was burned inside the circles and painted either with Acrylic Paint or Transparent Ink Dyes. Some parts of the circle design was carved out of the skin exposing the flesh. Also carved was the rim treatment.
AVAILABLE FOR CUSTOM- Kingston- A memorial Urn
AVAILABLE FOR CUSTOM- Kingston- A memorial Urn
Kingston was a beloved companion. When he passed away his person wanted to memoralize him and keep him close so she commissioned a gourd urn. Kingston's likeness was wood burned into the gourd. A beautiful poem was written around the back in a meandering path, much like Kingston would have walked as he sniffed for treasures in the grass. The Urn is sealed with a cork.
SOLD-  Magestic Warrior Gourd Mask
SOLD- Magestic Warrior Gourd Mask
Bright and bold, this magestic warrior mask would be a beautiful focal piece for a native american, southwestern style home.
Thunderbird Gourd Vessel-AVAILABLE -
Thunderbird Gourd Vessel-AVAILABLE -
Southern styled gourd vessel is decorated with two thunderbirds, one on each side of a large "crack" that has been laced together with black leather cord. The thunderbirds wings are decorated with varigated leafing and turquiose cabachons.
SOLD Lamp - Kokopelli
SOLD Lamp - Kokopelli
Three Kokopellis dance and play their flutes around this gourd lamp. Turn on the included lamp and light gently glows through the carved "wave" and from the circles. Gorgeous whether it is turned on or not!! Comes with a cool burning LED Lamp with off/on switch.
Gourd Drum with Flower Motif- SOLD
Gourd Drum with Flower Motif- SOLD
This gourd drum stands 12" tall and the head is 8". Black drum cord holds the goat skin head in place. Yellow/Orange Flowers carved into the gourd is the prominent decor. Each flower has a small white bead in the middle.
SOLD - Fall Leaves with Dreamcatcher
SOLD - Fall Leaves with Dreamcatcher
This beautiful vase was the proto type for my Fall Leaf gourd class however I just had to add the dreamcatcher to round it all off. The gourd body is painted a beautiful deep black which really allows the leaves to pop!! The dreamcatcher is woven in the same fall colors and is adorned with glass beads and a "love" silver tag.
SOLD- Horse and Rope
SOLD- Horse and Rope
A regal horse has been forever captured on this intact gourd. This gourd has not been cut open and you can still hear the seeds inside of it. Rope and leaves are burned around the outside and painted in fall colors. More pictures are available
SOLD - Horse Head
SOLD - Horse Head
This beautiful and regal horse was pyrographed onto a gourd and the gourd shell surrounding his portrait was carved out revealing beautiful white gourd flesh. A rope was burned into the gourd encircling the portrait. The rim was finished with horsehair and leather
SOLD- Gecko
SOLD- Gecko
Gecko was burned and carved into this gourd with a piece of turquoise! The rim was weaved with Hong Kong Grass and brass tacks
SOLD- Feathers
SOLD- Feathers
Southwestern style feathers have been carved all the way around a dreamcatcher that was woven into the center of this gourd. Beige Heishi beads also encircle the motif
SOLD- American Eagle Wall Hanging
SOLD- American Eagle Wall Hanging
A gourd was cut in half to make this beautiful wall hanging flower vase. An american eagle was pyrographed (burned) into the gourd as well as feathers, A piece of turquiose was set inside the feather. See the Etsy listing for more pictures. The flowers in the picture have been changed out and can easily be changed out according to the season,
SOLD - Deer Head
SOLD - Deer Head
SOLD - Lion Drum
SOLD - Lion Drum
A regal Lion is burned into the gourd and then lightly painted. This is a playable drum. The head is goat skin and it has been stretched on very tight.
Pet Portrait -AVAILABLE FOR CUSTOM
Pet Portrait -AVAILABLE FOR CUSTOM
Show your love for your special companion, whether it is a dog, cat, horse, or an iguana, by having their portrait forever burned into a gourd.
SOLD- Fall Leaves
SOLD- Fall Leaves
Reminiscent of Autumn, this gourd captures the beautiful colors as the leaves turn.
SOLD- Birds and Bees
SOLD- Birds and Bees
Bird and Bee done is southwest style. The gourd was carved in a step. Dreamcatcher weaved on both sides with beads
SOLD-Doodle Gourd
SOLD-Doodle Gourd
I call this a Doodle Gourd. I just started to draw and burn in elements. After the elements were all burned in I painted and carved it. For me this was a totally spontaneous piece with no pre-conceived idea of what the finished product would look like.

GOURD ART TUTORIALS NOW AVAILABLE

If you ever wanted to try your hand at making a gourd drum or weave a beautiful DreamCatcher in a gourd I have just released tutorials on these two subject. Each instant download pdf  tutorial is filled with high quality color photos (as well as plenty of text) to walk and guide you through these two techniques.

Gourd Drum Project Tutorial

Gourd Drum Project Tutorial

Dreamcatcher Weave Gourd Vase Project

Dreamcatcher Weave Gourd Vase Project


This year, 2013, is my first year for attempting to grow my own. The photo above shows my success!!  Hum… these look like they will become wonderful drums!

Growing gourds

Two beautiful gourds in this years crops

I have a website devoted to gourd art at www.gourdgoddess.com where I show my latest work, write up how to’s and blog about techniques and supplies. You are always welcome there!

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Razertip Woodburner – Review

I get asked quite often about the equipment I use so I thought I would do a quick review on The RAZERTIP WoodBurner that I use.

Razertip WoodBurnerWhen I first got involved in gourds I was really taken with the woodburning part so I ran out to the local Hobby shop and picked up a $15.00 fixed tip woodburner, since I really did not know any better.

I plugged it in and tried desperately to replicate some of the fine lines and details I saw in the gourd art world. It took me about 10 minutes (it may have been 10 seconds but I gave it a fair shot)  to figure out that this was not the tool to use. It was sporatic and the line was thick and thin and I kept having to wait for the tip to heat up.

But I really wanted to burn!!

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Painting fall colored leaves on a gourd.

This is the time of year when I always feel drawn to do a traditional Fall Leaf gourd. I had this gourd sitting in my collection for many many years without a clue on what to do with it. This year the message came through loud and clear.

“I want to be a gourd bowl for someones thanksgiving table!!”

Its a rather large gourd and I envisioned it beautifully adorned with bright fall leaves and a fall flower arraignment in the bowl.

To begin I drew overlapping oak leaves all over it. Because of the amount of leaves and because I had them all overlapping and twisting and turning, just like in nature, I would draw some and then burn them in using my Razertip wood burner and the large skew, which is my “go to” blade for just about everything.

I did not cut the top out before doing this because I was uncertain at this point what I wanted to do. When I work I do not preplan anything. I will start with an idea and let it grow from there.  Read More


 

Fall Came early during the Fall Leaf Painting Class in Poteau OK

Here is southeast Oklahoma, the leaves are just beginning to turn. By next weekend I would say, the entire area will be brilliant with glowing shades of red, yellows, oranges and green. It lasts several weeks, and its one of my favorite times here.

Seeing all these colors are inspirational to gourd artists and a very traditional method of decorating them is painting fall leaves all over them!!

Just last week I held a class at the local community college where 13 folks painted oak or maple leaves all over gourds. Although I brought in a sample each student painted their gourds in their very own style, which I encourage. We had a ball and I hope they will cherish and display their new vase every fall.

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