Working with Patterns
Working with gourd presents a challenge not encountered by most painters because of its round surface.  I have found that if you try fitting a flat pattern to a round gourd it will quickly drive you around the bend.  In self-defense I have learned that if I separate the pattern into smaller pieces, it's much easier to use.  For example if it's a house pattern, cut the windows and doors, etc. apart and apply where needed.

Below are two examples of adapting patterns to surfaces other than gourds. 

In the first example, a gourd was used for the cottage, and then the same design was applied to a wooden birdhouse.  Gourds were still used as accessories such a the mushrooms on the sides of the birdhouse.  The same bark was used on the roof of both.

In the second example, the gourd pattern was adapted to a bentwood cake cover.

These are both prime examples of what you can do with any pattern if you just think outside the box a little.

If you have any questions about adapting or transferring patterns, please email me.  I'll be happy to help.

The Fairy Gourdmother
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