Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I've been busy creating again :-)
I used my burnt orange gourd ink again on this little gourd. I looked at this gourd on the shelf and I thought it looked like a cute pumpkin so I dyed it a complimentary color of fall and then added some nice purple and white roses and buds. A few leaves and vines around here and there for a nice decorative touch.
It would make a great accent to any fall arrangement in the home or a centerpiece for parties and dinners during the autumn season.
I will be making some whimsical faces too but I wanted a nice simple but elegant touch for the upcoming season. I just love it!
This is a pic of the back side.
Thanks so much for checking in....
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I had completed this gourd a week ago but just didn't get an opportunity to update an entry here with some pics. I really like how this birdhouse came out and it was fun to create.
I hand strung the beads in and out of small holes that I drilled around the entrance hole to the house. I then painted a simple wooden vine and leaves to compliment the colors of the beads.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Below is a little tease of the new gourd I'm working on. It has a variety of beads hand strung including turquoise. It's turning out pretty great....come back and visit for the final reveal :-)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I've been working pretty hard in my craft room creating a few new gourd birdhouses out of my kettle gourds. I decided I wanted to make a house with a nice thatched roof look so this is my final product.
I used the berry gourd ink dye on this gourd and just love it. The color is very pretty but still soft and lets the natural gourd coloring show through. I can't wait to use the other colors expecially the orange for fall!
I added a few iridescent matte beads around the roof peak by hand sewing each one on. Just love the added touch!
This roof is made with cocoa liner.....it's very moldable and thick. It's fun to work with too.
Friday, June 12, 2009
In the meantime, I wanted to share a few new purchases with you. I have wanted to use gourd ink dyes for quite a while now but just haven't made the purchase. Well since I love the earthy rustic look of some of the fall colors I decided to make an order of some Gourd Master products. Wow these are just wonderful colors. There are so many to choose from I wanted them all!
The colors of the pigments powder here are: Spring Green, Red Russet, Antique Bronze and Pumpkin Orange. I also chose the folowing ink dyes: Sage, Berry, Blue Denim, Sienna and Deep Orange. You can put the pigment powders over the inks for a beautiful metallic luster. I also am trying the Protecting Wax instead of the spar varnish for a more muted rustic feel.
Please check back for pics of projects I have created with my new goodies!
Friday, April 17, 2009
I added 3 coats of exterior spar urethane (sanding lightly between each coat) for a very durable and long lasting finish. Since Michigan has such sever temperature changes, I always use the best product for the most extreme conditions.
This is a close-up of the flower detail.
Monday, April 6, 2009
This is our wonderful composter.....it may not be pretty it makes beautiful compost.
From coffee grounds and vegetable trimmings to this beautiful "Black Gold" compost. Who could ask for more and it's all free too!
After you have basecoated your entire gourd basecoat the crocus design with a light buttermilk color. I usually thin my paint and use 2-3 coats before it has good coverage.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
I usually like to make the top section with a decorative edge and coordinating color but you can paint the entire gourd one color if you prefer. I mark a decorative edge around the top approximately 3" down from the top.
I used DecoArt Americana acrylic paint in Hauser Dark Green for the base coat. Since this color is very dark it takes 2-3 coats for nice coverage. Once the base coat is on I highlight over the entire area with Lt. Avocado and Hauser Light Green. It give the gourd a nice mottled look like you are looking through a nice blurry wooded area.
I draw out the flowers on paper and cut out around the pattern. Transfer your pattern onto the gourd using graphite paper. I decided to put two sets of crocus blossoms on each side of the entrance hole (in reverse directions) and then a set of three blossoms centered in the back. All the designs will be located coming from the bottom edge of the gourd as if they are growing from the ground.
I'll post more steps in the next few days everyone!
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
I'm in the mood for spring so I've been working on some new gourd birdhouses. This is one of the new designs for a spring gourd birdhouse. I thought I would share some of the process with you. Please feel free to use any of my ideas and paint a birdhouse for yourself. Change up the design and colors too! I'd love to see what you create. Please post a comment with a link to your creation. I love to see all the beautiful creations from the gourd artists out there :-)
First step.....Selection and Preparation
I always choose my individual gourd for a specific project and design. I have chosen this one for a wren/finch birdhouse with a nice spring crocus design. Sand and seal your gourd before drilling and drawing on your design.
I mark my 4 holes on the bottom of the gourd for drainage just in case wind blows and water gets into the birdhouse. You don't want those little babies to drown!
Monday, February 2, 2009
After you have glued the spine you will need to add your decorative front and back covers.
Use the same gluing procedure getting out all the air bubbles with the bone folder as before. Then miter your corners. Run your bone folder around the craft board to make a slight indentation. This will help train your paper to fold up and around nice and neat. Go ahead and glue all edges of the front and back covers and smooth as before. Use the tip of the bone folder for a nice neat tuck at the mitered corners.
Now it's time to add the inside covers and inside spine. Just repeat the same process as the front of the mini album.
Once you have the spine glued then I run my bone folder down the edges and fold each cover back a forth a few times. Now it looks like a real book!
Punch two holes in the spine so you can attach a ribbon or fiber for the decorative handle. I use my cropadile for this since the crafty board is quite thick.
It should look like this.
Add your decorative handle by threading each end from the outside to the inside and tying a square knot. I add fray check to secure the knot.
I layer all my inside papers together and secure with 2 brads or eyelets. I attached two sequin flowers in the brushed silver brads for this book.
Now you have the front and back of all these paper sizes to scrapbook on. There's plenty of room for pictures and journaling and any other embellishements you choose to add.
Enjoy your book!