Red Spotted Purple Butterfly Bowl
The type of butterfly is a red spotted purple, which is named for its underside, but the top of the butterfly is a beautiful black and blue. Unique gourd bowl, the butterfly done in pyrography overlaid with metallic blue to give it a shimmering lifelike look. The leaf design is painted and carved. Top braided with leather. Interior coated with texture paint. Not food safe.
Size is 6" tall by 7 1/2" wide
This art is made from a real, natural gourd. Be sure to see the photo of a gourd growing in the garden before it is dried for artistic use. Once dried it will last as long as a piece of wood.
Please display away from direct sunlight. UV protectant sealer is applied to help prevent this, but it should be treated like any piece of valuable art. Not designed to hold water.
Each gourd is planned, researched, sketched, designed extensively before even beginning the piece.
To prepare, I clean and sand the gourd; the insides are coated with a protective layer of paint.
Then I freehand draw my original designs directly onto the gourd; then I use a wood burning pen to illustrate (pyrography) the image on the gourd.
I use mixed media to color the gourds.
For more information about the process of my art, visit this webpage.