I enjoy working with gourds because they provide the opportunity to use such a variety of techniques. I wood burn, carve, and cut them. To color them, I use inks dyes, oil pastels, acrylic paints and Inktense pencils. I often embellish them with pine needle coiling. My more common motifs include flowers, fish, butterflies, leaves, holly and poinsettias with autumn leaves being my "trademark".
I also love going to a gourd farm and digging in the musty dusty bins for just the right gourd and then working with the dirty mouldy piece of vegetation and converting it into something beautiful enough to put in someone's home.