Sweet as a Rose

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Patti Jo Newsom

Sunday, September 11

Half Day

9:30 am - 03:00 pm


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Class description

The focus of this class is to introduce you to the art of relief carving. However, there are several other learning opportunities for you as well.

In this class, you will be carving a rose design on a 5-inch round gourd cutout piece. We'll use a wood burner to transfer the pattern to the plaque. After carving the design, we'll paint the design using the process of "dry brushing". Then we'll make the design "pop" by adding texture to the background. Lastly, I'll give you tips on mounting your plaque in a gourd or mounting it into a wall plaque (see photo above).

This class is for all levels of gourders, but students are required to have basic knowledge of how to use their rotary tool (carver) and how to change bits. How far along you will get on this project will depend on your level of expertise. Students who do not finish will be given any supplies they need to complete the project. In addition, everyone will be given a detailed, step-by-step set of instructions for this project.

I will supply the gourd cutout, pattern, dyes, paints, glues -- and everything needed for the project with the exception of what I have listed below for each student to bring.

What you are required to bring

  • A rotary tool (like Dremel or Gourd Master carver) with your carving bits including a sanding drum, a cutting  bit, and any diamond grit carving burrs you have. I will have bits you can buy if yours don't work for the project. (I will have a couple of rotary tools for students to share if you don't have one.) 
  • A wood burning tool (I will have 2 or 3 burning tools that students can share if you don't have one.)
  • Your paint brushes, including a large brush and a smaller soft bristle detail brush. I will have inexpensive brushes to sell if you don't have what you need.
  • A pencil and a good eraser
  • A heat tool
  • A dust mask
  • Eye protection (safety glasses or glasses that you normally wear)
  • Optional: A work apron or a big shirt to protect your clothing. (Nevada Gourd Society will have great work aprons for sale at the class check-in table or inside the Exhibit Hall.)

Class Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel this class, you MUST contact us before August 30, 2022 in order to receive a refund. Note that NGS will withhold $10 to cover processing fees. To cancel, call Patti Jo Newsom at 817-917-7873 or email us at [email protected]

If this class does not meet its minimum number of students by August 30th, the class will be cancelled, you will be contacted, and your registration fee will be refunded.

All classes are subject to change.

About the instructor

Patti Jo Newsom is an active member of the American Gourd Society, Co-founder and Co-chair of the Nevada Gourd Society, Webmaster of the Nevada Gourd Society, and Director of the Pahrump Valley Gourd Patch. She is a certified Gare instructor and over the years she has experimented with a variety of artistic design techniques, painting on canvas, wood, and ceramics. For the past 13 years she has concentrated on her gourd art and teaching classes for those who want to learn her techniques.

Questions about this class?

Contact Patti Jo at: [email protected] or 817-917-7873

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