The inside of the bowls still need to be cleaned more.
But, I was dyeing to get started!
I found an awesome online shop out of North Carolina, that caters to the gourd enthusiast.
All kinds of cool products.
I couldn't wait to get them at the NC gourd festival or the VA gourd festival. I was ready to play!
So, I purchased some new dyes and applicators from them a while back and I have been letting them collect dust in my newly renovated studio.
I could stand it NO longer. I had to break them out... new packaging HAD to go!
So, I PLAYED!
This was really a first for me.
Typically I paint my gourds with acrylic paint and then give them a clear coat.
I tried dying some a while back with some left over fiber dye.
It didn't work out the way I had hoped. I had to use a LOT of dye and still got a very muted tint.
I really like how this koi turned out.
This bowl will get a few background touch ups and of course the inside...
but for the most part this one is ready to be waxed.
This one will need a little more work.
The background needs a second dose of dye and then I need to do some detail work.
However, I am pleased with the way this dye reacted to the gourd shell.
It's the human
behind the dye that needs a little more work.
All in all
not bad for a first go round.