NorCal Gourd Classes

Northern California Gourd Art & Competition Festival

presented by the Folsom & Amador Gourd Artists

Classes Friday - Sunday
 September 29th - October 1st

Any questions please contact Carol Des Voigne at: caroldesv1@comcast.net 

Click here to download Class Handout and Registration Form

Friday Classes

FRI M (J) 1
How to make and use alcohol inks to enhance your work.

Joyce Campbell

Friday September 29, 2017 
9:00am-12:00pm

All Levels, especially valuable for beginners.
Cost: $40.00
These pigments and techniques can be used to make simple gifts to competition pieces. Simple inexpensive, fad resistant w/multiple techniques leading to vivid complex colors.

Students should bring to class: Apron if you want.

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FRI A (J) 2
How to make and use alcohol inks to enhance your work.

Joyce Campbell

Friday September 29, 2017 
1:00am-4:00pm

All Levels, especially valuable for beginners.
Cost: $40.00
These pigments and techniques can be used to make simple gifts to competition pieces. Simple inexpensive, fad resistant w/multiple techniques leading to vivid complex colors.

Students should bring to class: Apron if you want.

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FRI (B) 3
Getting to know the wood burning tool

Bettie Lake

Friday September 29, 2017 
9:00am-12:00pm

All levels
Cost: $65.00
Skews, knifes, balls, spears, loops, shaders, spooners, standard or replacement pens, gliding on and off, tight circles, a strop and aluminum oxide use. Dazed by the vocabulary and choices? Then join me and I will reveal the mystery behind the tools and techniques of wood burning on a gourd. You will learn what to do with every tip you own! No matter how long you have used your burner you will get tips you can use in this class! We will then focus on the ball and the writing tip. Both are used differently than the others. I will introduce you to a technique. I call “surface burning” which is done at low temperatures and allows you to shade different parts of your design. We will practice on shards so there is no finished gourd. This burning technique is applied to a gourd in the following class. Shading with the Writing and Ball Tips. To master the skill, take both of these classes.

Students should bring to class: wood burning tools and tips, including a writing tip and a ball tip. Medium sizes will work best. Paper, pencil and sketch book. Shards to practice on

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FRI A (B) 4
Composing and Abstract Design on a Gourd

Bettie Lake
Cost: $50.00
Friday September 29, 2017
1:00am-5:00pm

All levels

You like tangling because you don’t need to draw realistically, and it is pretty easy to create an abstract design on a three inch zentangle paper. But how do you get them on a gourd beyond putting them around the border? The gourd is a three-dimensional surface so composition rules are helpful. We will look at different ways the focal point works on a round surface and learn how to move the viewer’s eye around the gourd with lines and patterns. I will teach you my method for creating a great composition every time and give you tips on why certain things work or don’t. I will teach the four patterns on the gourd. I will also demonstrate how I use metallic markers and metallic pigment powder to add shimmer and highlights to the marker color.

Students should bring to class: wood burner & tips. Patterns you want to use.

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FRI (T) 5
Undulating Coils

Toni Best
Cost: $85.00
Friday September 29, 2017
9:30am – 4:00pm

All levels

Can student expect to finish this project within class time? YES

Students will coil about three rows of pine needles on the gourd and then start "couching" or appliqueing the next coils on what has already been woven. These new coils will be moving or "undulating" to create movement in the piece.

Students should bring to class: good sharp scissors, small needle nose pliers and small wire cutters.

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FRI (V) 6
Mini Black Lidded Gourd

Vickie Echols
Cost: $60.00
Friday September 29, 2017
9:30am – 4:00pm

All Levels

Can a student expect to finish this project within class time? YES (depends on the student)

This little basket is started around a black walnut slice. You will learn how to use raffia to create this mini Lidded basked. You will discover how to use a mini gourd as a handle for the lid. Shaping techniques will be emphasized to help you create your own unique basket. We will be using glycerinated pine needles that are gentle to your hands and allow greater flexibility. The finished basket is approximately 3X3

Students should bring to class: apron, sharp scissors, needle nose pliers.

Saturday Classes

SAT (B) 7
Double Shard Necklace

Bettie Lake
Cost: $65.00
Saturday September 30, 2017
9:00am-4:00pm

All Levels

Can student expect to finish this project within class time? YES (depends on the student)

Learn how I make my Jewelry. I will show you how to connect two shards together with wire and how the necklace chain attaches to the shards. We will first learn to draw the patterns and then learn how to get them on the shards. I will bring all the supplies for this project including my metallic markers and rub-ons for you to try. Wear it home or give it as a gift.

Student should bring to class – wood burning tools, pair of small long nosed pliers, ink dyes if you like and sketching paper and pencil.

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SAT (T) 8
Free Form

Toni Best
Cost: $85.00
Saturday September 30, 2017
9:30am-4:00pm

All Levels

Can student expect to finish this project within class time? YES

Student will each coil pine needles with waxed linen on a prepared cut Free Form gourd. Every piece will be unique and open to a myriad of ideas. Students are only limited by their imagination

Students should bring to class: apron, sharp scissors, needle nose pliers.

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SAT (V) 9
Double Handle Basket with Copper Beads

Vickie Echols
Cost: $70.00
Saturday September 30, 2017
9:30am-5:00pm

All levels

Can student expect to finish this project within class time? YES (depends on the student

This is a sweet little basket that is worked in one continuous coil. The pine needles are coiled around the gourd and we will learn a variety of stiches including how to work beads into our coiling. We will be making a double handle and learning how to give it extra support

Students should bring to class: apron, good sharp scissors, small needle nose pliers and small wire cutters.

Sunday Classes

 
SUN (B) 10
“Little Gem” Gourd

Bettie Lake
Cost: $65.00
Sunday October 1, 2017
9:30am-4:00pm

All Levels

The class begins with learning a few patterns from my book and others I enjoy using. I will show several different ways to create a design that flows around the gourd with depth and interests. After your design is wood burned we will add a dye technique that will add texture to the surface before you add more dye or paint. I will also show you how I use markers to enhance the color. As you finish I will share embellishments, beads, feathers and the things you can add to the top. You can bring your own and challenge me on how you might use it on your gourd. No two gourds will look alike so be ready to be amazed at the variety of results. You can’t fail with this one!

I will provide examples of my work for ideas, embellishments, Metallic markers and paints for you to try and helpful tools.

Students should bring to class: drawing paper and supplies you use for doodling, shards, wood burners with outing tip (optional), dyes, paints, markers and the accessories you like to use.

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SUN (T) 11
Filling the Gap

Toni Best
Cost: $85.00
Sunday October 1, 2017
9:30am-4:00pm

All Levels

Can student expect to finish this project within class time? YES

This class has two forms of weaving. Students will first coil pine needles with waxed linen on a prepared gourd. After coiling at least three coils, and creating a collar at the neck, the student completes the pine needles. They will then warp the opening in the front of the gourd with vertical waxed linen thread. The next part of the project is the weaving part of the project is the weaving with different yarns across the warp in front of the gourd. The student’s imagination plays a big part in this project.

Student should bring to class: apron, sharp scissors, needle nose pliers.

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SUN (V) 12
Rainbow Swirl

Vickie Echols
Cost: $77.00
Sunday October 1, 2017
9:30am-4:00pm

All Levels

Can student expect to finish this project within class time? YES (depends on the student)

You will learn how to stitch dyed pine needles onto a prepared gourd using artificial sinew to create a chain stitch. You will learn how to evenly divide the gourd into sections to create 3 swirling patterns. You will have the choice of colors to create your own rainbow design.

Students should bring to class: Good sharp scissors, small needle nose plyers and small wire cutters.

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