Quilts Using Gilders Paste - NEW! - Five
beautiful gourd quilt designs contributed by: Loretta Berry, Beverly
Schneider, Joy Jackson, Latana Berneir and Jackie Westerbeck.
P. Collings, Kingsport, TN - Eagle Gourd - A Step-By-Step
- Spirit People - Gourd Design Article
- Using Gilders Paste as a Gourd Coloring Agent on Artificially
Quilts Using Gilders Paste
Gourdpatch Quilt combines the talents of 112 gourd artists
from the United States, Canada and Australia to create an extraordinary
project. Measuring 3' x 5' and representing more than 1,000
hours in its creation and construction, the
Gourdpatch Quilt has been touring national
and state gourd shows to provide public education about the
ancient and ageless art of gourd crafting.
Painting, pyrography, basketry, beading and carving
were just some of the techniques applied to the 4" x
4" flat sections of gourds before they
were painstakingly stitched together by Lynette
Dawson and daughter, Margaret Schroeder from Capac, Michigan
one unique tableau.
Loretta's gourd tile is pyroengraved and colored using Gilder's Paste. It took
Loretta 6 hours to complete her tile.
Beverly chose to leave the background of her tile the natural
gourd color. She pyroengraved the design and added color
with a combination of Prismacolor pencil, acrylic paint,
and Gilder's Paste. The tile is sealed with Krylon, triple
thick, crystal clear glaze. It took her 3 hours to complete
her art work.
Joy chose blue Morning Glories as her art subject, because
one of her fondest childhood memories is of herself and
father planting the flower seeds. Joy and her father
would check on the plant progression daily. Joy's gourd
tile is pyroengraved. Baroque Gilder's paste was then
applied for color. Her finishing touch is nine seed beads
sewn into the center of each open blossom. Joy has 5
hours invested in her gourd tile art.
Latana's gourd tile is pyroengraved, with Gilder's Paste Wax
for color. It took Latana 4 hours to complete her horse series
Quilt Design by
Jackie's gourd tile is pyroengraved, and colored with Gilder's
Paste Wax. It took Jackie 3 hours to complete her gourd
by Kay P. Collings
gourd – Eagle
can be painted on whole cleaned gourd OR cut off the top,
clean the inside and pine needle coil the top. See photos for examples
(See below for cleaning and coiling instructions.)
NOTE: Acrylic white or thinned Gilders Paste can be used for stars
|Gilders Paste colors needed for eagle:
|Gilders Paste colors needed for flag:
Brushes: No. 4, 6, 16 (I use Langnickel short bristle brushes)
Better Way Brush Cleaner
Howard Feed and Wax
Krylon Matte Spray
Approximately 1 hour to clean inside and outside (30 minutes
for outside only)
Approximately 1 hour to paint; drying time 8 hours; wax and spray 5 minutes.
If coiling the top, allow another 45 minutes.
1. Trace outline of eagle pattern on cleaned gourd
2. Woodburn – you
need only burn the outline, beak and eye as shown. Shading may be
burned or painted, whichever you prefer. I usually burn the shading
beak and around eye.
Also wood burn the outline only of the flag. Remember that the flag will be a
faint painting in the background; the eagle is the most important part and should
be more dominating overall.
3. Use Gilders Paste to paint the eagle. I use this paste directly from the
tin and I use short bristle brushes. If your paste is too thick to spread easily,
dip the brush TIP only in brush cleaner, wipe on a paper towel and then in
the paste. Too much cleaner will make the paste very thin.
Begin by painting the eagle beak and the area in front of the
eye with Canary Yellow and shade with Sandalwood.
4. Next paint the shaded areas on the eagle Black. Then paint the
brush – Using White, complete the eagle head by basing
in White– blend the White into the Black. Excessive blending
will cause mud so just put it on and blend gently. After the head
has been based with White, use the #6 brush and side load. Use
the brush on the side and make short choppy strokes for feathers.
7. Let dry completely for 8 hours. Using Howard Feed and Wax on a
soft cloth, wipe the entire gourd except the eagle. Spray the eagle
with Krylon 1311 matt spray.
paint the flag – remember
that the flag is not painted as bold as the eagle. I usually soften
the colors by dipping my brush
in paint cleaner, which thins the Gilders Paste as it goes on.
Paint the pole Antique Gold; the flag is painted with Iris Blue
blue area and Tulip Red and White for the stripes. I thin White
Gilders Paste or white acrylic paint and dip the tip of a toothpick
mixture and paint the stars. Keep in mind the flag is not a perfect
replica but a shadow behind the eagle.
Here are 2 examples of finished gourds and an example of a partly
finished gourd with a feather rim.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLEANING GOURD:
Soak whole gourd in warm sudsy water for approximately 10 minutes. Use
a copper pot
scrubber to remove the layer of mold and dirt. Set aside to completely dry
remove top – measure from bottom of gourd – draw
a circle around the gourd where you
want to cut the top.
Use a mini-saw to remove the top. Shake all loose membrane and
from the gourd. Use
a flat sea shell
to scrape and remove
the remaining pulp and membrane. (Note: gourd can be filled with warm
sudsy water to help remove the stubborn
parts inside. However,
DO NOT let gourd
sit with water inside for more than 2-3 hours.)
inside is clean, let the gourd completely dry before painting
or wood burning.
To complete a pine
needle rim or feather rim: Drill holes around top of cut and
cleaned gourd approximately 1/2 to 3/4 inches
apart. Thread sinew on a large needle. Weave in and out of
holes using 2 pine needles at a time until completely around and
the top of the gourd is covered. Excess ends may be left or trimmed.
Feathers are done using the same procedure.
cleaning tools and marking tools are available from gourd
An excellent source is www.welburngourds.com
- look under ‘tools and supplies’ to find
wood burning tools, cleaning tools, saws, and other
as well as
Spirit People Gourd Designs
by Diana Tollenaar
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People - Gourd Designs
by Diana Tollenaar
My creations have evolved through the years by experimenting with
many different products from leather dyes to my newest find Gilders
spirit people you see in this article are made up of various
snake and bottle gourds. The gourd sizes range from 24" to 42" in
first step is to clean and cut them. I try to visualize the gourds
as a complete image before drawing on them that is followed by woodburning.
second step would be the coloring process. The gourds are with
egg dyes and inner-mixing metallic powders with ink dyes to
achieve a semi-transparent look.
third step is to enhance the color by applying leather dyes.
This changes the blues, purples, yellows, and earth tone egg
dye colors to make them more vivid or dull them down.
fourth step is to lightly spray the piece with denatured alcohol
which clears away some of the dye to allow the colored layers
underneath to come through. Then I refine it by adding more
metallic inks. By doing this I achieve different layers, giving
it a three dimensional appearance and higher quality of detail.
Recently to my delight I found Artist Supplies & Products
booth at the Welburn Gourd Festival in Fallbrook,
I spoke with their representatives and they were
eager to show me the different applications Gilders
Paste can produce.
I purchased all 24 colors.
use Gilders Paste as my final application on certain areas. On my
Spirit Maidens I achieved the deep rich color of their hair using
Black Gilders Paste. Inner-mixing Violet and Cream and rubbing it
can give the flexibility of making it transparent or opaque. I have
total control over color combinations that I could not achieve before.
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Gilders Paste has also been used for shading. The arms and
legs are highlighted with Sandalwood and White. Gilders Paste
gives it more dimensions.
pastes are compatible with all my mediums from water soluble
products to acrylic and alcohol base. It is virtually odorless,
easy to clean up and dries quickly.
The final step is to apply several layers of exterior clear
acrylic spray. Then it is mounted onto a wood base filled with sand
for stability and the head is attached. I also use ornaments such
as silver pieces, feathers, beads, and turquoise.
one of my Spirit People are unique and therefore finding Gilders
Paste products gives me flexibility, compatibility with my other
products and, most important, good color retention and no fading.
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in this article are other examples of my creations using all the
Totems" Gourd Art
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Gilders Paste As A
Gourd Coloring Agent on Artfully Rendered
When I first began
creating art using gourds as my "canvas", I experimented with
every type of media out there! In my naivety, I thought I was the first
person to use pastels, the first to use water colors! Imagine my surprise
when I found out that pretty much everything has been tried...and they
all work! My quest for "new" and "different" continues,
and although I am certainly not the first to use paste wax, I may
the most vocal about the wonderful qualities coloring a gourd with
Baroque Art Gilders Paste brings forth.
The steps using Gilders Paste on all of my designs are first pyroengraved,
and I continue on from there:
all the design has been pyroengraved, a very, very LIGHT sanding with
steel wool is helpful. When pyroengraving, a shiny coating is produced
which doesn't take color well. Sanding will remove this film.
out come the Gilders Baroque Paste tins! The colors are so versatile
and easy to use that there literally is no limitation to them! I use
Turpenoid as a thinner for a more transparent look and for blending
two or more colors. For instance, Sandalwood, when used straight from
the can, is a very rich, dark color.
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a cloth is wrapped over your finger and dipped in turpenoid then rubbed
on the sandalwood in the can, and then you rub that mix onto the gourd,
the resultant color is a lighter, more reddish tone and very transparent.
So with just one color, you get a wide range of tones and effects. I've
used Canary Yellow and Coral Red mixed together to make a lovely orange
tone for the shadowy part of a sunflower, and it was perfect.
"Ivy League," gourd art
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notice the very narrow 'V's [within the brown, horizontal bands]. They
don't show up well in the photo, but they are done in Celtic Bronze,
and applied with a small brush!
"Powerful Totems" has silver 'V's that I applied with
a brush as well. I also use my plain fingertip, which gives an entirely
different look than a cloth over the finger. Additionally, I have foam
tipped applicator sticks for really tiny spots.
beauty of it is, though...you can safely go outside the lines with no
worry! Re-applying a bit of color to an area where another color strayed
will result in a return to your original color! Alternatively, Turpenoid
on a Q-tip rubbed over the errant color will make it disappear like
discovered that by using the cloth-over-finger method if I apply the
paste wax and continue to rub the area somewhat lightly, it will take
on a much higher gloss than if I allow it to dry first and then buff...sort
of like a military 'spit polish' effect, I think!
African Bronze is an outstanding color. You will not find any green
in any medium that has more life and natural luster than this! I've
used Gilder's Verdigris, but then touched it up with African Bronze
to retain that wonderful look.
In "Powerful Totems",
I wanted the Eagles heads to be transparent. White or any color containing
lots of white is difficult on a gourd because of the imperfections in
the gourd surface. Small "craters" tend to fill with the color,
and in the case of white become quite obvious and distracting. I discovered
that by using a very thin mixture of cream and turpenoid and rubbing
until the mixture just started to dry, and then barely touching it with
a clean dry cloth and rubbing ever so lightly, I got an even, very transparent
off white...just the right look for this Native American theme!
you have finished hand rubbing in all your Gilder's colors, you can
simply leave the gourd as is! However, if you prefer, it will also accept
spray acrylic sealers with NO alteration in appearance (except to add
gloss if you use the glossy sealer). No bleeding, dulling or anything
Other gourds using Baroque Art Gilders Paste by Latana's. Here are just
a few examples:
pictures shown here are just a small sampling of her work so be sure
to visit Latana's online
gallery to see her other fabulous creations!