Gourd project instructions by Chris Pawlik
14 Fern & Alcohol Ink with Mask

#14 Fern -
Alcohol Ink and Mask
Designs available in pre-cut sheets for masking
#1 Fern $2.50
Sheet contains 6 - 3” Ferns and 2 - 2” Ferns
#2 Fern Small $2.50
Sheet contains 12 - 2” Ferns
#3 Fern 2  $2.50
Sheet contains 6 - 3” Ferns
#4 Fern 2 Small $2.50
Sheet contains 12 - 2” Ferns
#5 Maple $2.50
Sheet contains 8 - 2” Leaves
#6 Japanese Maple $2.50
Sheet contains 6 - 2” Leaves
#7 Ivy  $2.50
Sheet contains 8 - 2” Ferns
#8 Fancy Leaf $2.50
Sheet contains 6 - 2" leaves, 4 -  leaf buds**
#9 White Oak 3" $2.50
Sheet Contains 7 - 3” Leaves
#10 Ginkgo $2.50
Sheet contains 14 Mixed Size Leaves - Largest 2.27”Tall
#11 Oak 2 $2.50
Sheet contains 4 - 3” Leaves and 4 - 2” Leaves
#12 Oak 1 $2.50
Sheet contains 12 - 2” Leaves
Designs come pre-cut on ready to use 4.25" x 7" sheets for $2.50 or $3.50 each. 
Each design lists the size and the number of designs per sheet.  Online orders will be placed through PayPal. 
Quantities can be changed on the PayPal Screen. 
For large orders or shipping outside of the US, please contact me at info@northshoremi.com for more information.
This tutorial contains the step by step instructions for using masking shapes to protect the natural color of the gourd before applying alcohol inks.  It also shows how to apply the alcohol inks using a blending tool and how to achieve a mottled effect to the finished color.
This Tutorial is $10, comes with one #1 Fern Sheet and can be ordered below by selecting the check box.

#13 White Oak small $2.50
Sheet contains 10 - 2” Leaves
#14 Bamboo $2.50
Sheet contains 4 leaf groupings - largest is 2" plus 16 stem sections, 4 end sections and 6 single leaves**
#15 Aspen $2.50
Sheet contains 6 - 2” Leaves, 6 medium leaves and 2 small leaves
#16 Holly $2.50
Sheet contains 6 - 2” Leaves in two styles, 6 medium leaves, 6 small leaves and 16 berry set of 3*
#17 Poinsettia 1 $2.50
Sheet contains 6 - 2” Flowers and 10 leaves in two sizes* **
#18 Poinsettia 2 $2.50
Sheet contains 6 - 2” Flowers and 11 leaves in two sizes* **
#19 Cedar Fan $2.50
Sheet contains 5 - 2” Leaf fans -
Note due to the detail this design  you may only have one application use.
#20 Scrolls 1 $2.50
Sheet contains 5 - 3.49" Scroll shapes and 5 scroll pieces in two sizes
#21 Scrolls 2 $2.50
Sheet contains 6 - 2.5" scroll shapes
#22 Scrolls 3 $2.50
Sheet contains 6 4" scroll shapes
Mini Shapes
The shapes in this section are smaller versions of the shapes listed above, sizing ranges between ½” to 1” and come on a 4.25” x 5.5” sheet.
#23  Mini Maples $2.50
Sheet contains 40 leaves
#24  Mini Ivy $2.50
Sheet contains 36 leaves
#25  Mini Ginkgo $2.50
Sheet contains 26 leaves
#26  Mini Aspen $2.50
Sheet contains 24 leaves
#27  Mini Holly $2.50
Sheet contains 27 leaves and 16 berry sets*
#28  Mini Flowers & Leaves $2.50
Sheet contains 10 flowers and 20 leaves*
#29 Flowers & Leaves $2.50
Sheet contains 7 flowers and 9 leaves, largest flower is 2"*
#30 Hibiscus $2.50
Sheet contains 6 flower sets, 2" x 2.75"**
#31 Hibiscus small $2.50
Sheet contains 10 flower sets, 1.5" x 2"**
How to use mask shapes to the gourd
Instructions:

Make sure your gourd is clean and free of any dirt or skin. 

Masking the gourd

The masking material is sticky on the back and will adhere to the gourd. Carefully remove the mask shape you wish to use from the backing paper.  The Masked shapes are cut from a material intended for  one time use.  However if, you are careful in removing them once the color has been added to the gourd, placing them back on the backing paper, you may be able to use them again. 

Note: The masking material is extremely sticky and you must be careful not to let it stick to itself while lifting it from the backing material.  In most cases if the material does become stuck to itself, as long as you have not pressed down on the material.  It can be separated by carefully using a craft knife.

Small shapes can be lifted using a craft knife.  For larger shapes (the Fern shapes), as you start to remove the masked shape from the backing paper keep it close to the palm of your hand and turn your hand as you remove the shape.  This will help keep the shape flat and make it easier to work with and apply to the gourd.
Applying the masking shapes to the gourd

To apply the mask shape, let the tip of the mask touch the gourd and roll your hand down to the surface of the gourd, applying the mask. 

The mask can be adjusted by lifting it using a craft knife. 
Position the mask where you want on the gourd and carefully smooth out the mask.  Pay attention to the edges of the mask, making sure they are smooth, so the color does not run under the edge.

Once all your masking shapes have been applied,
look at each one and make sure all the edges are
flat to the surface of the gourd.

Color can now be added to the gourd using: Alcohol Ink on an applicator, thinly applied acrylics or watercolors.  I do not recommend using Alcohol Ink by dripping or being applied from the bottle.  An excessive amount of alcohol can cause the masking material to lift on the edges.

If you are using alcohol inks to color the gourd before applying the masking shapes, I suggest waiting 24 hours to allow the alcohol in the ink to evaporate.

The masking shapes can also be used over dried acrylic paint or gesso.  If applying acrylic over the masking shapes use only a thin coat to aid in the removal of the mask. 

If you have any question regarding using the masking shapes, please e-mail me at info@northshoremi.com

© 2000 –2017 Northshore Michigan  © The Decorative Gourd – Fruit with a little twist.
* All sheets come as one color, colors may vary.
** Multi part design

To receive a free sample masking shape, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to North Shore Michigan – Sample, PO Box 449 Anchorville, MI 48004. 
One free sample maskig shape per address.  Sample shape is randomly selected. 
Flower and leaf color added using colored pencilFlower and leaf color
added using 
colored pencil
Gourd  by Leonie White-Rushing.
Gourd done by Barbara JanesGourd done by Barbara JanesPhotos provided by Barbara James from the class she taught at the Iowa Gourd Society RetreatPhotos provided by Barbara James from the class she taught at the Iowa Gourd Society RetreatPhotos provided by Barbara James from the class she taught at the Iowa Gourd Society Retreat
Gourd done by Leonie White-Rushing.
Finished Sample Gallery
Finished Sample Gallery
Finished Sample Gallery
Finished Sample Gallery
Finished Sample Gallery
Finished Sample Gallery
Finished Sample Gallery
#32 Snow Flakes Small $2.50
Sheet contains 11 snow flakes 1.5"
Note due to the detail this design  you may only have one application use.
#33 Trees and Stars $2.50
Sheet contains 11 snow flakes 1.5"
#36 Snow Flakes Large $3.50
Sheet contains 11 snow flakes 2" 
Note due to the detail this design  you may only have one application use.
#37 Kokopelli $2.50
Sheet contains  12  2" Kokopelli's
Note due to the detail this design  you may only have one application use.
Gourd  by Leonie White-Rushing.Gourd  by Leonie White-Rushing.
Finished Sample Gallery
Gourd done by Leonie White-Rushing. Snow Flakes are used over a gourd that has been painted white before application.  Gourd done by Leonie White-Rushing.I Lo ve Snow by Barbara Janes
Finished Sample Gallery
Snow Flakes are used over a gourd that has been painted white.
Photo provided by Barbara James from the class she taught at the Iowa Gourd Society Retreat
If you would like to teach this technique to your gourd group,  please contact me directly for more details. 
#41 Butterflies $2.50
Sheet contains 8 shapes
#40 Butterflies and Dragonflies $2.50
Sheet contains 2 Dragonflies and 8 Butterflies
Same sheet used
in Judy Zeigler class.