Many Gourd artists have been anxiously awaiting this book. What are the characteristics of southwest design? I have really enjoyed this book. Even if you aren't a gourd artist yourself yet , it's worth buying just for the pleasure of reading it and looking at the pictures. Did China trip give you any inspirations? Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. What is the most fascinating thing about gourd art? I just got my copy of Bonnie Gibson's new book yesterday and I have not been able to put it down - it is just jam packed with good info as well as projects. I started working with gourds around 20 years ago. I enjoyed visiting China, and I have also been fortunate to travel to Europe, South America and Australia.
Gourds make the perfect three-dimensional canvas. Gourds make the perfect three-dimensional canvas. Find out how to choose the right gourd or grow your own ; what safety procedures to follow; how to clean, cut, and smooth the gourd; and which tools and decorative materials to use. Natives in many cultures grew them for use as containers, scoops, rattles, masks, and other ceremonial and functional vessels. Bonnie is one of the gourd world's greatest artists and she is willing to share every scrap of her knowledge with you.
If you don't see a book that listed that would be helpful to others, please so we can review it and perhaps add your selection. Was it hard and slow, or pretty easy? Gourd carving creates a lot of dust and is better done outdoors. In a similar way, an artist growing up in China would be influenced by the wonderful traditional arts of their region. A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club. I am a self taught gourd artist and am so inspired by Bonnie Gibson! And I wish she had more books. Plus great photos, detailed instructions on how to do several projects each very different.
Having skills and tools on hand from some of my earlier hobbies helped. Could you describe your workshop? She took art classes in high school, but she always felt more comfortable with 3 dimensional creations instead of the traditional paintings and drawings. You'll learn how to set up a practice board to experiment with strokes and settings before moving on to working projects with confidence. We had an unusually rainy, cool season and I found myself with an abundance 70+ gourds of every shape and size in my garden. We are hoping we can narrow down for you what the best gourd books are. We feel like the following books cover a scope of information both good for beginners as well as those seasoned in gourd crafts. The informationinstructions and methods are so easy to follow! It has a pinecone roof and green wire for hanging.
Gourds, Southwest Gourd techniques and projects from si If your thinking about doing artwork with gourds, this is the book with the nitty gritty that you need. Cut them, carve them, paint them, inlay them with stone, or embellish them with leather, fur, feathers, and botanicals: the magnificent possibilities are all featured in Gourds make the perfect three-dimensional canvas. The internet has definitely made a difference. Some of the techniques that you will learn in this book are woodburning, joining gourd pieces, power carving, painting, using air dry clay and metal leaf, using antlers, patterned basketry coiling, and creating wonderful lids with finials. This delightful book mixes both history and projects together. Every gourder needs this in their library! Have just had a few minutes here and there to dip into it, but am mightily impressed.
There is plenty to keep you busy here. Find out how to choose the right gourd or grow your own ; what safety procedures to follow; how to clean, cut, and smooth the gourd; and which tools and decorative materials to use. I have read other gourd books, but none have give the concise information, and the amount that this book has. Incidentally this happens to have one of the highest ratings on Amazon for a book that we've seen! Designed as an entry level book, this book covers a wide variety of topics from seeds to some advanced work. I'm just a bit disappointed.
I do painting inside in a small work area set aside for that, but the majority of my work takes place outside in an area that is open but has a roof overhead. Bonnie gives great detail for all the projects in the book as well as a great review of tools and techniques and how to use the tools. The projects range from a native rattle and butterfly birdhouse to ornamental treasure boxes and nested vases and bowls. When dry, they can be carved into vessels and other functional art. To keep it looking its best, dust with a soft cloth. In the past 15 years there has been an explosion of creativity in the United States, with people realizing that gourds could be moved into the fine art world by using them in new ways.
I do hand select the gourds I will use. My outside area has a protected space for large power tools band saw, belt sander and drill press and a large workbench with smaller tools power carving tools, woodburning tools, small saws and drills. Shape and thickness of the gourd shell are important considerations, and I also enjoy working with symmetrical gourds that are free from large flaws. Many of the patterns used by the artist are also provided. Find out how to choose the right gourd or grow your own ; what safety procedures to follow; how to clean, cut, and smooth the gourd; and which tools and decorative materials to use.