Gourds are wonderful palettes for all types of art, with a vast array of materials available for everything from decorating crafty, cute gourds to making serious gourd art. Through 300 color images and tutorials from several contributing artists, see how embellishments can add variety to your gourd designs. Beads, metal, wire, clay, antlers, and other art materials are used to give character to a gourd mask, dress up a gourd doll, or add the final touch to gourd jewelry and holiday-themed gourd decorations. There is projects for all skill levels, whether you are new to gourds or a seasoned gourd artist. With patterns and a gallery of completed works, this is a fun book that will stimulate your creativity and inspire ideas for embellishing your own gourds.
Marianne Barnes is wife of Jim; mother of Mike; step-mother of Jim and Terry; grandmother (Mema) of Michaela and Marissa; step-grandmother of Brad, Trever, and Tate; gourd artist; basket weaver; retired teacher; and author of two books. She lives with her husband and her adorable Shih Tzu, Sammy, in South Carolina. Marianne is very active in her church and sings in the choir. Marianne is a member of her local basket group and started a gourd patch that meets every month. She is also an active board member of the American Gourd Society. Marianne teaches gourd classes at John C Campbell, Belton Art Center, local patches, and national conventions. She has won many awards for her gourd art.

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