I found that permanent marker brushes and pens were ideal for turning these mini gourd ornaments into tiny birdhouses. Gourds are naturally porous so they really absorb the color well. Start with lighter colors and then gradually work in the darker colors for best results. If you want to add outlining, it's easily done using black permanent ink micro pens. When completed, the painted surface can then be protected with a coat clear sealer that has been applied with a small sponge. I hope you'll give gourd painting a try and whether you grow and harvest your own or support family farms right here in the U.S.A., you'll be amazed at what you can create with a little imagination!
It's time to break out the brushes and get this year's ornaments ready for Holiday annual decorating here that begins the day after Thanksgiving! Being naturally attracted to more "out of the box" surfaces to paint, I stumbled on these adorable little mini gourd ornaments that will be simply perfect for my small Christmas tree display. Each one of these real gourds is unique and on average range in size from 1.25" to 2". These along with many other varieties of Amish family farm grown gourds from Pennsylvania Dutch Country, in Lancaster County are available for sale through a co-op venture you can find online at amishgourds.com