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Organic Elegance - September 9, 2006

It is hard to believe there is a gourd under all that glamour but where else would you get these fabulous shapes. You’ll learn to cut and clean your gourd, then apply acrylic glimmer and metallic paints along with alcohol inks to create a dazzling finish. There are lots of color choices available for your delight. To complete the project, you’ll add metal leafing and then embellish with wire wrap, beads, feathers, ribbons, your choice.

Saturday September 9, 2006
12:00-5:00
Fee: $45.00 includes most supplies
Pre-register at Ben Franklin’s
398 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945

Organic Elegance II - September 21, 2006

This will be using the same supplies as above except we will be doing a gourd but not opening it, and I am adding a pendent using the same techniques. We will add a stamped piece of metal to the pendant for a fabulous piece of wearable art.

Thursday September 21, 2006
10:00-3:00
Fee: $45.00 includes most supplies
Pre-register at Creative Cards
10069 Joerschke Dr. Grass Valley, CA 95945

Gourd Carving and Wood Burning - September 23, 2206

You will learn to cut and clean your gourd, transfer patterns, plus carving and wood burning techniques. For those that do not have a high speed rotary tool or Dremel you can just do the wood burning. To complete the project we will be coloring our design with the new powder pigments to create rich lustrous colors or use acrylics to create a matte finish. Colored pencil technique will also be introduced. We’ll use the new gourd inks to color the background.

Saturday September 23, 2206
10:00-4:00
Fee: $55.00 Includes most supplies
Pre-register at Ben Franklin’s
398 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945

Petroglyphs and Pine Needle Coiling on Gourds - October 17, 2006

You will learn the basic cutting and cleaning techniques, then how to apply multiple layers of leather dye to create the look of ancient red rock cave walls. Next we’ll add several rows of pine needles to create a basket trim on the gourd and then add hand painted petroglyphs , feathers and beads to complete this stunning piece resembling an archeological artifact.

Tuesday October 17, 2006
10:00-4:00
Fee: $55.00 Includes most supplies
Pre-register at Ben Franklin’s
398 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945

Collage and Stamping on Gourds - October 26, 2006

You will have an opportunity to learn how to use stamps and metallic embossing to create designs and embellishments, which will be collaged onto a gourd shape of your choice. We will be using beautiful oriental papers, metallic and acrylic paints to create an original design. You can then add coins, beads and cords of your choice.

Thursday October 26, 2006
10:00-4:00
Fee: $55.00
Pre-register at Creative Cards
10069 Joerschke Dr. Grass Valley, CA 95945

Power Carving I and II - October 21 & 28, 2006

You’ll start out by cleaning and opening specially purchased thick gourds, then create your own design using patterns of your choice. Then you’ll learn to wood burn the designs, cut out around them and carve the backgrounds. The first class will include carving the ripple and the dimple design as well. For the 2nd class you will bring your gourd back and learn to carve the basket design and how to inlay a stone or beads. We’ll complete the gourd with acrylic paints and other mediums. This is so much fun, you won’t be able to stop, and no gourd will remain uncarved in your future.

Saturday October 21 and Saturday October 28
10:00-4:00
Fee: $55.00 for each class includes most supplies
Pre-register at Ben Franklin’s
398 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945

Boxes, Baskets and Oil Candles - November 11, 2006

This project will make a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table and an excellent gift. We will be transferring on patterns of fall leaves and grapes and anything else you might bring. Then we’ll wood burn them and paint them with watercolor pencils or a variety of new paint options. If there is time you might even carve the background.

Saturday November 11, 2006
10:00-4:00
Fee: $55.00
Pre-register at Ben Franklin’s
398 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945

Spirit Dolls - November 18, 2006

In this fun class you will learn to create a doll sculpture using two different gourds. We will create a face and hair and wood burn designs on the gourd for clothing. You can add fur, feathers, leather and beads. Your doll can be of any ethnicity or represent your own personality. We can carve it too if you wish.

Saturday November 18, 2006
10:00-4:00
Fee: $55.00 includes most supplies
Pre-register at Ben Franklin’s
398 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 95945

Holiday Ornaments or Centerpiece - December 2, 2006

We’ll be using a variety of mini gourds to create some exciting ornaments which will be fun in a basket on your table, hung on your tree or the talk of your ornament exchange party. We will be playing with all the new products so if you missed some of the above classes come do an abbreviated version of the technique. I’ll have lots of samples to inspire you. I’ll have larger gourds too if you wish to make a gift or centerpiece instead.

Saturday December 2, 2006
10:00-4:00
Fee: $55.00 includes most supplies
Pre-register at Ben Franklin’s
398 Sutton Way Grass Valley, CA 9594

 


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