By Prudy Vannier
are plentiful in Jamaica and used for a variety of household things.
This project is making a gourd basket decorated with bright Jamaican
lesson – Painting with washes
you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means
you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!
- Gourd: 4”
– 5” diameter, cut at the top and cleaned (available
from Sandlady’s Gourd Farm, 10295 N 700 W, Tangier, IN 47952.
Phone: 765-498-5428 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
- Drill with
tool (Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner Detailer #24414)
16-18 gauge wire
- Small pliers
- Wood beads
Americana® Acrylic Paint: Cadmium Yellow DA010, Cadmium Orange
DA014, Cadmium Red DA015, Boysenberry Pink DA029, Wild Orchid
DA233, Festive Green DA230
Brushes: ¾” flat, #8 round
- water basin
- paper towel
- Royal® graphite paper
- tracing paper
- Royal® palette paper
- Royal® stylus
1. Make sure the gourd is clean. Use the drill
to put holes for the handle at the top.
2. Draw flower shapes onto the gourd’s sides with your
pencil. There are several to choose from, or be very creative
and draw your own tropical flowers. Start with simple petal
shapes, and then add the center. If you prefer to use the
drawings as patterns, trace the flowers onto tracing paper.
Position a flower on the gourd, slide graphite paper under
it, then go over the lines with a stylus to transfer the design.
Repeat until you have flowers all around the gourd.
3. Use the woodburning tool to outline the flowers, carefully
following safety directions on the package. Add creative detail,
if you like, by striping the petals or adding dots.
4. Have small puddles of paint on your palette paper. With
the #8 round brush, add water to a corner of a puddle, making
it very thin. Load the brush with this and lightly sweep over
the petals of a flower to color. The paint has to be thin
enough that it doesn’t cover the woodburned design.
This type of transparent painting is called “washes”.
Use a different bright color for every flower.
5. Varnish by brushing over the gourd with satin varnish with
the ¾” flat.
6. Put one end of the wire through the hole in the top of
the gourd, add beads, and then use the pliers to curl the
end of the wire around the pencil or paint brush handle. Be
creative, curling and adding beads as much as you like, attaching
the other end to the opposite hole to create an artistic handle.
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