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RavenCorona Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Student General Artist
Your animal art is just superb.
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016
Hello, I don't know if you are willing to give away a trade secret, buuuut how do you prepare the gourds to prevent decay?
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
That's not a trade secret, so I'm happy to help! ^_^

There are two types of gourds - ornamental, and traditional. The difference in them is that "true" gourds grow a thick, wood-like shell. Now some "ornamental" gourds (they're the pretty colored ones you see in the Fall, they're orange, yellow, white and other mixed colors) sometimes do grow a shell but a lot of the times they're too thin. After you grow gourds, you have to wait 6 months to a year for them to dry. That's a long time, I know! During that time, you can tell the difference between the true and ornamental. If they get squishy, rotten, or their shape changes, then they can't be used. In the drying time, true gourds will appear to rot, but they're actually not. That fuzzy black and white mold, and browning or peeling, is a good thing! All gourds have an outer skin, and it's the skin that's molding. A gourd with a proper shell won't decay. After it's dry (when it's light, seeds shake inside, or doesn't feel wet/cold), then you can clean the skin off. Use water and a scrubbing pad to clean the moldy skin off. Underneath it should be a mottled light tan/brown color. What you're left with is a cleaned gourd that you can use in art and craft and it won't decay anymore. Treat it like wood, protect it from moisture etc, and the gourd shell won't ever degrade. :D

If you have any questions I'm happy to help! :wave:
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Amarantheans Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016
That is totally neat! I may have to find me some of these gourds! :la:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:la: Give gourd art a try! If you look they may be in unexpected places. I find them in flea markets, farmer's markets (sometimes people selling pumpkins will grow gourds too, but it's a 50/50 as to whether they're hard shelled or not), and even yard sales. If all else fails, you can buy already dry and clean gourds online at any gourd farmer's site. They're usually not that expensive if you get the smaller ones. :nod:
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Amarantheans Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2016
I will have to look into it :D
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Sabine62 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
Thank you for sharing your art on DA, Cara. I honestly am in awe of your talent and skills :clap:
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ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:hug: That means so much, thank you!!! <3 <3 <3
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Sabine62 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016
You're very welcome! :hug:
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