Just imagine the whimsical English Cottage Bird house you could take home. We will turn a plain hard Kentucky gourd into a patio treasure for you. Join me by painting with oodles of acrylic colors to design your home for any happy bird.
You will be greeted in class with a white primed southern kettle gourd. This fellow will be approximately, 8-10 inch tall fat and has taken a full year to grow from a seed, cure in the winter weather to sitting in front of you in class Our day will be filled with step by step instructions, to create the brick walls, roof, windows, door and flowers. If you have ever done decorative painting or tole painting you will have your mind spinning with ideas. If you are a confident beginner you too will learn to add a spring tree and flowering vines to turn your gourd into a treasure for years.
Materials Fee $30 paid at beginning of class includes:
1 hard gourd – drilled for hanging, a front door and drain holes. The inside has been wire brushed cleaned, vacuumed and light sprayed with a sealer. Each gourd then has been painted with a primer of gesso.
Written instructions for the project plus after care of your gourd.
Plenty of acrylic paint colors
Painting stations at each desk.
Blue painters tape
I will have additional brushes for sale in recommended.
Supplies Needed to bring for Class:
Tip stylus/ dotter embossing tool (Joanns- $4.49)
Acrylic paint brushes:
Flat: 3/4 inch
Flat: size: 6 or 8
Round: size 2 or 3
Liner / script liner: 2
Paper and pencil
English cottage pictures such as Thomas Kinkade (just for image ideas)
Any favorite paint brushes you like
Hair dryer. I will have a couple… helps the paint dry quicker
This information is not meant to discourage or frighten anyone who wants to work with gourds. I prepare your gourd and I take specific precautions in cleaning the gourds. I wear a HEPA filter mask when I drill and clean the inside of the gourd. I use a brass wire brush on a drill and clean out all the mummified insides and seeds. I use a shop vac to vacuum and power blow out remaining dust. The gourds then get a soaking in a bleach water and then left to dry. They are then sprayed on inside with a fine mist of outdoor varnish sealer. This has never deterred a bird from renting one of my bird houses.
**Caution: the gourd birdhouses are not meant to be a child’s toy.
Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. To order supplies, contact Maria Ralaigh