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Crafting with gourds : building, painting, and embellishing birdhouses, flowerpots, wind chimes, and more / Lora S. Irish.
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9781565239609
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Mount Joy : Fox Chapel Publishing, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
168 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
Contents:
Getting started -- Smooth projects -- Textured projects.
Abstract:
"Provides techniques for creating works of art from dried gourds. Includes instructions on how to pick a gourd, supplies needed, and detailed step-by-step project instructions"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

This complete artist's guide to gourd crafting provides authoritative advice on a wide range of color media, from craft acrylics and artist's oils to dyes, pastels, watercolors, marking pens, colored pencils, crayons, and more. Featuring bright and clear project photography, Crafting with Gourds explores a wide variety of coloration options for each gourd decoration method. Ten step-by-step projects show how create natural, seasonal décor using painting, carving and pyrography techniques. Author and nationally recognized artist Lora S. Irish explains all the basics of gourd art, including safety, cleaning, cutting, surface prep, transferring designs, and finishing. Readers will learn to make delightful centerpieces, candle lights, jars, vases, and decorative musical instruments, as well as birdhouses, feeders and fun little bee houses for the garden.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started
Thinking about Gourd Projectsp. 10
Suppliesp. 13
Gourd Preparationp. 26
Construction Skillsp. 32
Special Skillsp. 42
Chapter 2 Smooth Projects
Wind Chime Constructionp. 48
Dip Wind Chimep. 58
Drip Wind Chimep. 68
Drip Flowerpotp. 74
Dab Wind Chimep. 80
Dab Pitcherp. 86
Splatter Birdhousep. 100
Blown Birdp. 106
Netting Birdp. 112
Cloisonné Birdhousep. 118
Chapter 3 Textured Projects
Sculpture Paste Woolly Lambp. 132
Sculpture Paste Starburst Birdhousep. 140
Textile Birdhousep. 146
Crochet Bowlp. 154
Newspaper Collage Birdp. 158
Ready to Flyp. 166
About the Authorp. 167
Indexp. 168