Butterflies and Dragonflies

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Patti Jo Newsom

Saturday, May 30th

Half Day

9:00 am - 12:30 pm


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Class description

Learn a new way to use alcohol inks to create a lovely wall plaque. In this fun class you will have your choice from 3 designs--a Dragonfly, a Monarch Butterfly, or a Blue Emperor Swallowtail Butterfly. The end result is a vibrant image with the look of batik cloth. Although this technique can easily be applied to gourds, for this class we will be using a 5x7 inch oval wooden plaque for our canvas. When done, we will glue the oval plaque inside an 8x10 inch box frame.

This class is for all levels of gourders. I will supply almost everything you need for the class, including:

1 5x7 oval plaque

1 8x10 box frame

All 3 patterns

A fine point black Sharpie

Leather dye and ink dyes

Acrylic paints

Mod Podge

Mini applicators

Krylon Fixative

Krylon Satin Spray sealer

Dropper bottles of alcohol

Micro Fiber Lace

Step-by-step instructions for each design

Make sure you check the the "What you are required to bring" section below.

What you are required to bring

Each student is required to bring the following items to class:

  • A very large soft bristle flat paint brush (about 3/4" wide)
  • A large soft bristle round paint brush - #6 or #8
  • A medium soft bristle round paint brush - #2 or #4
  • A small soft bristle round paint brush - #0 or #1
  • A heat tool, or hair dryer
  • If you choose to do the Monarch butterfly, bring a medium ball stylus tool if you have one.

Class Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel this class, you MUST contact us before May 15, 2020 in order to receive a refund. Note that NGS will withhold $5 to cover processing fees. To cancel, call Patti Jo Newsom at 817-917-7873 or email us at [email protected]

If this class does not meet its minimum number of students by May 15th, the class will be cancelled, you will be contacted, and your registration fee will be refunded.

All classes are subject to change.

About the instructor

Patti Jo Newsom is an active member of the American Gourd Society, Co-founder and Co-chair of the Nevada Gourd Society, Webmaster of the Nevada Gourd Society, and Director of the Pahrump Valley Gourd Patch. She is a certified Gare instructor and over the years she has experimented with a variety of artistic design techniques, painting on canvas, wood, and ceramics. For the past 12 years she has concentrated on her gourd art and teaching classes for those who want to learn her techniques.

Questions about this class?

Contact Patti Jo at [email protected] or 817-917-7873 

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