Wild Arts Festival 2020By Artist Kim Black | Beaver Meadow Arts
The items in this Wild Arts Gallery are only sold directly through Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts Festival website. To purchase one of these items, use this link. The items in this gallery are just a small sampling of my work.
Feel free to visit the other galleries on my site to see a much larger selection. To purchase items from my other galleries or contact me, please go to the Home page or use the Contact form in the top menu.
My designs are first drawn on the gourd, then wood burned. I will often use carving to add texture to a design as well. The application of color comes next, using one or a combination of transparent ink dyes, metallic and acrylic paints. Sometimes I add gold leaf, inlaid stones or glass, conchos, pine needles or other botanicals as design elements. The possibilities are endless and each piece is unique.
A shard is a section cut from a gourd. Giant gourds such as African wine kettle are used for this purpose. Their flatter curvature allows pieces to be cut which are more suitable for framed or unframed shard art. After the mold has been removed from both the front and the back, I sand the shard front and edges until they are smooth. I draw the design and the use wood burning or carving to add texture. Color is added using transparent ink dyes and/or acrylic paint. Sometimes I will add gold leaf, inlaid stones, conchos, beads or botanicals as embellishments. Each shard receives three coats of sealer before I add a hanger or mount it in a shadow box-type frame. Gourd shards are available framed or unframed.
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The items in this gallery are just a small sampling of my work. Feel free to visit the other galleries on my site to see a much larger selection.