Well, it took me about 2 weeks (a few hours here and there), but here it is! It was originally a green dyed one from Micheals. I tried to bleach the color out, but gave up on that - that's why it's two-toned.
jozeeben - the book is called "Gourd Crafts - 20 Great Projects to Dye, Paint, Carve, Bead, & Woodburn in a Weekend" by Ginger Summit. I got it for about $15 at a Borders bookstore - I think it's a very informative book . . .
My sister is graduating from LSU on 12/19/07. She's getting her BS in teaching, so I thought I'd decorate a few apples for her. Here they are so far . . . they each need another coat of paint, then a clear coat. I need to figure out how to make a worm for the green one . . . or maybe the red one . . . I'll snag some leaves from somewhere.
On my Apple Gourds I used some Silk leaves from some silk Roses...and since Apples don't have that "saw" edge to them, I trimmed them smooth...run a wire through them and twisted them around the stem of the gourd.
If I could paint well I would paint a "hole" with a worm coming out...with a smiling face on the worm. Jo
I wish I could find piggy-bank plugs - you know those rubber ones? On the green apple, after I put a layer of primer on it, it sounded like there was fluid inside, so I drilled a 1 1/2" hole in the bottom . . . ended up just being the seeds. If I could find those plugs, I'd make an opening for change at the top. But, all I've been able to find is the plugs that come with the banks at the hobby store. I'm still going to look for the right size cork, though . . . otherwise I'll put it on a plaque, and use that as a base.
Syrumani, they are beautiful!! I havent had one apple gourd to come out looking like an Apple!! They all came out either elongated or mishapen, the pretty ones never made it past the green stage before dying and shrivelling up, ( Sniffff)!!
I like Jos Idea of using silk leaves. You could also make them from Polymer clay, your silly little worm too! That would be a fun thing to do!!
I do have to say I didn't grow these gourds . . . my apple vines got started way too late in the season. I bought these off ebay. The green one has had a rough life. I started out by putting green on the gourd - paint got sucked in. So, I put the primer. Then some green. Didn't like the green, so I got a different green. Didn't like that green, so mixed some yellow in. Oh, then my son dropped it on the back porch, resulting in a horrible "y" shaped crack. Put some wood filler on, let it dry, then touched up. Could still see some crack. Put some spackle on and let dry. Much better! Still playing with the different paints, but I think one more coat of green mix paint will get it just right to look like granny smith (that's the goal, anyway).
I'm an inker myself, but it's been a few years since I've picked one up. Sadly, my old "Pigma Ball" tech pens dried up a long time ago, and I have not been able to find anything similar on the shelves these days. Sharpie fine points just won't do: they "bleed", making fuzzy edges, on paper AS WELL as on a gourd surface. Large Sharpie are disastrous in filling large black areas, too, as they will lend a PURPLE sheen
And I've tried a couple other gel-type and/or roller ball ink pens with no luck.
What type of pen/ink did YOU use on your gourd?
Ooh, jipsi, I'll keep that black sharpie issue in mind while I work on my next gourd.
Actually, I didn't use a pen/ink - I used those little bottles of acrylic paint you can pick up $0.50-$1.00 at most craft places. Two colors for each apple - darker on the first few layers, then the lighter color on top. Then just a quick once over with a clear acrylic spray.
DH got me a generic dremmel-type kit from Walmart for xmas (my idea - wanted to try it out before spending more $$). I picked an icky gourd (pits, gouges, etc), and sat down last night after the kids went to bed and I think I tried every single bit that came with it . . . This weekend I think I'll start on my next project . .
I’ve used Angeles shoe dye. I saw something that looked better. Has anyone used GourdMaster™ - Gourd Ink Dyes? If we can believe what they claim - better control, less waste and less fading, it might be better. What do you think? http://www.welburngourdfarm.com
LOL...no, not the apple gourd colors, I meant what INK or pen did you use to do the FIRST decorated gourd (pic, first post)?
Or did you woodburn it? Just now realized, after looking at the pic again, it might not be pen/ink after all...
Does anyone know the best PEN (not brush or calligraphy!) ink to use on gourds?
Something that won't smear, for one. And a clear crisp line result, with no bleeding or fuzzing (like the Sharpie finepoint -- yechh) is a MUST...
PS: Please, not a Guru or Empress (LOL)... I'm just a GG (Gourd Geek) like everyone else here! ;-D
There was a clip on a video that used masking tape to make the line before using the black ink.. that may help with the bleeding. I think they said that Ace Hardware was the only place that had the 1/4 inch masking tape.
Nicole, those apples look great. I want to make a couple too, my cattle panels will probably go up this spring.. I can hardly wait.
Also, I read somewhere that if you let the apple gourds set on the ground while they are growing, they will not elongate.. One year I grew about 4 and someone stole them..lol.. and they did grow setting on a planter just like the shape of apples. So don't let them hang, try placing them on a flat surface to get a flat bottom.
Doing them separately is the only way to be absolutely positive you get true seeds, but mine didn't just bloom once -- they would set some fruit, and then a few weeks later do it again. Just so you'll know!
Can you plant them in different areas? Then pollinate them by hand? There are several discussions of gourd sex in this forum.
Oh, I know. But, I just don't have the time or patience for hand pollination, and I have a postage stamp lot, so not enough room to do separate areas. I'll just have to pick one.
You know what? After careful consideration, I have decided that I will for this year I will grow all the gourds I want. I'll grow them for the gourd factor, not the seed factor. I'll just set aside some of each seeds, so that next year I can grow just one or two gourds total.