Gourds today, Print Block Carving tomorrow

I’ve been playing with everything that yells for attention.

A friend had dropped off some small (orange/tangerine size) dried gourds for our every other Tuesday doodling get together at Random Arts in Saluda, NC.  We all grabbed one or three with the intention of bringing them to our next meeting, doodled.

I completed two of them…

The first is a bird – the natural shape of this gourd

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I left the mold stains on and doodled around them.  The legs are electrician’s wire adhered to the body and a knot of wood.

The second is a prayer rattle…

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It’s about the size of a small tangerine. 3/4 was sanded, masked off with liquid mastic (first photo), brushed with a diluted Adirondack re-inker (Meadow) and then doodled. I put a few small tumbled amethyst stones inside and then attached a green agate donut and amethysts to close the top. This was a lot of fun and meditative – sitting by the creek on this beautiful day, doodling.

Now that these are behind me I can move on with my print carving.

Thanks for stopping by.


Gourd Bird