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Gourd Art Ornaments - Unique Ornaments Hand-Made from Gourds

Unique hand-made gourd ornaments make wonderful keepsakes

My ornaments are not religious in nature so they can be used by just about anyone. Each year I make a limited number of ornaments each one is unique and I rarely repeat a design, except perhaps a Santa. Each ornament comes ready to hang.

I try to let the spirits move me when I create a new design for the ornaments. Some will have a southwestern flair and others might be whimsical or contemporary. I never quite know where I will be led until I sit down to work. Sometimes I have colors and mediums in mind that I want to work with that day or perhaps I have picked out a particular gourd that tells me what it wants to be sometimes I have no clue until I sit down with pencil in hand what will happen next.

I use a variety of small gourds such as egg, bottle, kettle, buffalo, banana and penguin gourds. They make wonderful ornaments and unlike store bought ornaments each gourd ornament is a collectible unique piece of art. Banana, bottle and penguin gourds make wonderful Santa's just by virtue of their shape. Penguin gourds are a bit bigger at the bottom than the banana gourd and the top often curves to one side so it makes a great Santa hat. Bottle gourds work great as well with the small bottle top as the face and the big rolly polly belly is the bottom of the bottle.

Photos are taken before the finish is applied to reduce glare. Once the finish is applied the colors will "pop" even more. 

Prices vary depending on size, type of gourd, materials and time involved in creating the design but generally range from $20.00 - $50.00. Each ornament is signed by the artist.

Each ornament may vary in size but will fit on most trees (except perhaps miniature table top trees). Once gourds are dry, they are light weight (weigh a few ounces) and will not bend or break a tree branch.

If you see an ornament that appeals to you please contact me to order.

Gourd ornaments are unique, inexpensive and make wonderful gifts.

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All of my artwork is copyright protected. It may not be copied, reproduced, used as a pattern, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior permission of the artist.


"Fusion "

First of the 2012 Ornaments. An original design done on an egg gourd. Simple but elegant. This design was inspired by Lampwork glass beads I've used for some of my gourds. The overall background of the ornament was done with three colors of Generation Green shimmers dabbed on over the entire surface. The colors were done with Lumiere metallic paint and Pitt pens. The hand-turned finial on top of the ornament is made from a figured wood that compliments the overall design. The photo was taken before the finish was applied to reduce glare. The colors and metallic really pop after the finish was applied. Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish.

Signed by the artist.

Priced: $25.00

Fusion a gourd ornament made on an egg gourd. 

 

Egg gourd ornament entitled "Splash".

"Splash "

This is the last of my 2011 Ornaments. This is an original design done on an egg gourd. I used black and turquoise acrylic paint for the overall design. A variety of brushes were used in a "pouncing" motion to achieve the  turquoise "splashes" around the gourd. The hand-turned finials are painted with pure gold metallic acrylic paint. The gold metallic designs was done with metallic pens with different size tips. The photo does not do justice to the vibrancy of the color or the metallic. Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish.

Signed by the artist

Price: $20.00

 

"Crown Royale "

An original design done on an egg gourd. Simple but elegant. I used a combination of JoSonja metallic paint and Memories metallic dye inks. Brass brads adorn the crown and a hand-turned finial is inserted in the top. Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish.

Signed by the artist.

Priced: $25.00

Casino Royale egg gourd ornament. 

 

Two feathers gourd ornament side 1.  Two feathers gourd ornament side 2. 

"Two Feathers"

This is an original design made on a small kettle gourd grown in my back yard. The design definitely evolved as I went. I had no idea what it was going to be until I started sketching. A simple border and feather turned into something far more elaborate as the ideas started floating around in my head as I was sketching. I used Memories Sepia dye ink for the background. The border, feathers, beads, etc. are done with a combination of Lumiere metallic and Jo Sonja paints. Sealed with a matte finish.

Signed by the artist.

Price: $45.00

SOLD

 

"Aquarius "

I grew up in the Age of Aquarius and flower children. I saw the play "Hair" with my parents who were shocked! I went to San Francisco and enjoyed the "live entertainment". I wore tie-dyed shirts and put flowers in my hair. It was quite an era. These ornaments are reminiscent of that era. Made with Adirondack alcohol inks. No two of these will be alike. Sealed with an acrylic semi-gloss finish.

Signed by the artist.

Priced: $20.00

The age of aquarius tie-died gourd ornament. another view of the aquarius tie-died ornament.

 

Southwest Sun gourd ornament done with ink dyes and carved designs.  Southwest Sun gourd ornament. 

"Southwest Sun"

This is the first of my 2011 ornaments. It is made on a small kettle gourd grown in my back yard. The dark designs were burned into the gourd using a ball stylus. Memories dye inks were used for all the color. Light color ink was used over the burned designs and darker colors used in other areas that would then be carved. When all the coloring was completed I carved the designs on the darker sections. Sealed with a matte finish.

Signed by the artist.

Price: $30.00

SOLD

 

"Them Bones "

Original designs done on buffalo gourds inspired by our dogs of course. The designs extend all the way around the gourds and have varying single and clustered bones throughout. Hand-painted and decorated with black acrylic paint and Jo Sonja metallic paints. Sealed with an acrylic matte finish.

Signed by the artist.

Price: $20.00

Them Bones Ornament inspired by my dogs.

 

Bubbles Ornament expressing my mood the day it was made.

"Bubbles "

Original design done on a buffalo gourd. The background is done with Jo Sonja black acrylic paint and the bubbles are painted with Generation Green Shimmer Opaque colors. The bubbles go around the gourd in a variety of single bubbles and clusters in bright shimmery colors such as emerald, teal, red, gold and turquoise. Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish.

Signed by the artist

Price: $20.00

 

"Mosaic "

An original design done on a buffalo gourd. Design was painted with Generation Green Shimmer Opaque colors. Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish

Signed by the artist.

Priced from:  $20.00

SOLD

Mosaic Ornament.

 

Santa gourd ornament.

"Santa "

This is a sample of a Santa ornament done on a gourd. Each Santa ornament is unique and one of a kind Santa design. Santa's are usually done on kettle, penguin, bottle or banana gourds and sizes vary. The designs go all around the ornament. The sizes range from 6 - 8 inches long. Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish.

Signed by the artist

Priced from:  $20.00 - $25.00

 

"Geo Sol "

Gourd Ornament

An original design done on a small bottle gourd. The design is burned and then painted with Memories dye inks, Lumiere metallic acrylic and Generation Green Shimmer Opaque. The design goes all around the ornament. Sealed with a satin finish. 

Signed by the artist.

Price: $20.00

Geo Sol ornament southwest them with contemporary design.

 

All That Glitters ornament.

"All That Glitters"

An original design done on a buffalo gourd. Made with several layers of Generation Green Shimmer Translucent and finished with silver glitter. Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish to protect and enhance the colors. . 

Signed by the artist.

Price: $20.00

 

"Mimbres "

An original design done on a buffalo gourd. Burned, hand-painted and decorated with Memories dye inks and acrylic-based paints. There are two main designs on the back and front and sun symbols on the sides. Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish

Signed by the artist.

Priced: $20.00

SOLD

Mimbres ornament side one. Mimbres ornament side two.

 

Geometrics ornament.

"Geometrics "

An original design done on a buffalo gourd. The design was burned into the gourd then painted with Generation Green Shimmer Opaque. Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish.

Signed by the artist.

Price:  $20.00

 

Autumn Leaves kettle gourd ornament. Autumn Leaves kettle gourd ornament on a coyote gourd.

"Autumn Leaves "

Gourd Ornaments & Decorations

These ornaments and decorations are made on a variety of gourds including buffalo, egg, kettle and bottle gourds. These are original designs that I sketch on the gourd burned. It is then hand-painted and colored with several shades of Memories dye inks which are blended to create the fiery colors of fall foliage. There is a maple leaf on each side and each leaf is slightly different in shape and colors...just as they are in nature! Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish.

Signed by the artist.

Price: $20.00

 

"Lady Bug "

An original design done on an egg gourd. Hand-painted and decorated with Memories dye inks and Jo Sonja acrylic paints. There is a design on both sides of the ornament. Sealed with a satin finish.

Signed by the artist.

Price: $20.00

Lady Bug ornament.

 

Southwest Sun gourd ornament.

"Southwest Sun Buffalo Gourd Ornament "

An original design done on a buffalo gourd. Made with Memories dye inks and Lumiere metallic acrylic. The design goes all around the ornament.  Sealed with an acrylic gloss finish.

Signed by the artist.

Price: $20.00

 

Santa Banana gourd ornament.

"Santa Banana "

Original designs painted with Jo Sonja acrylic paints. Each Santa ornament is unique. The Santa's are made on a variety of gourds such buffalo, bottle, penguin or banana gourds and sizes vary. The designs go all around the ornament. Sizes vary. Sealed with a satin finish.

Signed by the artist

Price: $20.00 - $25.00

 

Gourd ornament front. Gourd ornament side. Gourd ornament back.

Egg Gourd Christmas Ornament

First of the 2008 Collection.

Original design done on an egg gourd. Featured in my book, "The Art of Pyrography". Pyrography and painted with Jo Sonja acrylic paints.
Signed by the artist.

SOLD