Materials: Leather dyes: 3 progressively darker shades of tan or light brown
Permanent markers, black
Glue gun with glue sticks
Foam brushes or cotton dabbers
Rotary carving tool with small round bur tip
Woodburning tool if you want to woodburn lines into your pattern
Apply leather dye to entire gourd surface before you arrive or the first thing that you do.
Use a light tan dye and cover the whole gourd; let dry.
See Diagram A if you want to mark your gourd like the project or use your own design.
Apply glue to the lines of the gourd. Randomly add dots of glue for dramatic effect. Let the glue dry. This is the “batik” technique.
Add additional leather dye color. Use medium tan or light brown to the entire gourd and dab well into the glue areas.
Time to get the glue off: using hair dryer and moderate heat, simply warm the glue and pry it off with some sort of pointed tool. Avoid overheating the glue. Do one section at a time.
You can make patterned lines with the woodburner or carve dots with the bur on the rotary tool. I will bring the book to follow along.