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An Introduction to Gourd Art

Posted on: January 21, 2007

Gourd Art

I haven’t had the chance to post in a few days but I’m really excited to take some time and talk about gourd art for awhile. If you’ve never heard of it, gourd art is the practice of creating works of art on dried gourd shells. This art is based on a technique called pointillism.

In gourd art, the surface of the gourd may be burned, sanded, carved, dyed or polished to create a different look as well as to be able to paint and otherwise decorate the gourd. If you don’t want to prepare them yourself, you can purchase those that are already cleaned, smoothed and prepared for creatingfine art gourds.

Gourd art is similar to or a type of pyrography. Pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks. These burn marks are done intentionally with a hot object such as a poker. You may have also heard of it called pokerwork or wood burning.

When it comes to decorating gourds, there is no end to what can be created. There are as many types of artists as there are types of gourds and what they do with this craft is astounding. Gourd art is no longer considered just a craft but an actual art form that is featured in museums across the world.

In addition to the actual art and design that is made on the gourd itself, people are also stretching their imaginations and doing many other great things with gourd art. For example, they are making bird houses, bird feeders and many other creative things from gourds.

The best part about of using gourds for art is that anyone can do it. Even if you didn’t know what a gourd was before this, you can decorate your own special creation. I’m going to be talking more about this is upcoming blog posts as well as give you some information on how to make your own gourd art and how to find out more about famous gourd art so stay tuned.

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5 Responses to "An Introduction to Gourd Art"

i am learning new things

I’m an artist that loves to use slate as my canvas ,I love the added texture and feel.You can see my work on my web site at
I will add you to my web site if you would add mine to yours. I would also loye to get your point of view.

Sincerely J.W. Falcon

I ran across your site and was excited to have access to such great information!

Gourd art is wonderful and I especially like it because it uses something natural as the base for a unique and decorative item.

Plus, it would look great with most types of western or southwestern decor, which happen to be a couple of favorite styles.

Thanks again for great info!

Thanks Gordon, Happy you found us!

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