Copper Metallic Gourd Embellishing

Last week I went to the craft store for a couple of those real-looking, styrofoam/carvable pumpkins to draw henna patterns on when I came across these fantastic dried gourds. They came stained in brown, green and gold. I bought two different sizes in brown, a metalic copper paint marker and copper dimensional fabric paint.

Yesterday evening, with the larger gourd and my henna reference books (you can google or bing for many great patterns as well,) I sat on the porch and doodled away to the sound of crows settling in for the night into the eucalyptus trees that line our driveway.The gourd was so smooth and dry that I had to put on a rubber glove just to keep a grip on it.
I’m not sure just yet how or where I will display this henna gourd, but it sure was fun to create.Henna patterns are extremely easy to do and to apply to so many surfaces other than skin, like THIS.
This morning I brought out the smaller gourd, the dimensional fabric paint and a reference book for a fancy initial. Using chalk, I freehand copied the H then drew over it with the paint.
It was a bit like cake decorating with an icing tube. About an hour later, after the dimesional paint dried in the sun, I wiped off any remaining chalk lines with a wet cotton swab. I added a few viney swirls and filled in areas of the lettering with the metalic paint marker. It’s very imperfect, but after all, it is hand drawn and kind of rustic looking.
Once my little monogrammed gourd was finished, I hot-glued it into my fall door wreath.Now, if only a little fall weather would come around, that would be perfect.

Reference Books I used:

Mehndi Designs
by Marty Noble

Akarshak Mehandi Designs

Decorative Alphabets

Thank you for all the wonderful comments on the wreath. However, I did not make it, I purchased it at Costco last year for $22. Flower arranging is something I’ve never been very good at.

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72 Responses to Copper Metallic Gourd Embellishing

  1. #1 - Sherryl says:

    This is wonderful – I have to try it!

  2. #2 - Anonymous says:

    Wow is that just gorgeous or what?
    Great job!
    Have a great day!

  3. #3 - Heather - - says:

    You are brilliant.

  4. #4 - Christie Cottage says:

    Another wonderful project!

  5. #5 - Myrna says:

    Words fail me…Bravo!
    p.s. look for an over-due email from me!

  6. #6 - Kathy says:

    Girl… You got it goin on with this project!! Loves fab. in your wreath, great job, xoxo~Kathy~ @ Sweet Up-North Mornings…

  7. #7 - Suzy says:

    Love them both!!!…but really love the henna!!!

    Thanks for sharing, I'm off to look for some of those!

  8. #8 - Bowlby says:

    Gorgeous! I love the way the wreath turned out.

  9. #9 - parasols and maryjanes says:

    So, so pretty. So fresh and clever looking.

  10. #10 - Betzie says:

    How neat! I was just thinking of doing some copper metallic embossing today and came upon your blog! So glad I did…great work and fun stuff here!

  11. #11 - Suzanne says:

    Once again, something unexpected and delightful! I'm always excited to see a new RSS feed from you and eagerly look to see what you've come up with. I really appreciate you sharing your creativity.

  12. #12 - Marsha's Mpressions says:

    Cathe, Just gorgeous! You are so so talented!!!

  13. #13 - GrannySmithGreen says:

    The lettering is just beautiful. It's all in the detail for me. Just lovely! Can't wait for fall!

  14. #14 - Erica says:

    This is gorgeous! If I could free-hand such stunning designs, I'd make one for myself.

  15. #15 - Whimsical Creations says:


  16. #16 - Jenn Klee says:

    These are just precious!

  17. #17 - Tania - Jet Designs says:

    Amazing Cathe – the colours of the gourd just complement your designs – you make it look all so simple!

  18. #18 - melissa deakin says:

    you are amazing.
    this is so incredibly gorgeous.
    LOVE it!

  19. #19 - bonFlourish says:

    I love it. The colors of the door, the wreath and the gourd are outrageous, you are so talented! I have to post about this beautiful project! Thank you for sharing your creative projects.

  20. #20 - Christine Edwards says:

    Wow, you never cease to amaze me. Henna patterns carved on a pumpkin? How incredibly creative. But I absolutely love the gourds and how they turned out. What a perfect accent to your fall wreath.

  21. #21 - zillah says:

    Love the gourd! I did a similar project a few years ago with the dimensional paint and mehndi designs on terra cotta flower pots– great to use for gifts. I never thought to use a metallic paint marker, though… so many new possibilities. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. #22 - Karen says:

    Those are gorgeous. I love gourds, I don't know why, but I've always thought they were neat. I could see a birdhouse with dutch designs on it. Great idea, I don't know where you find the time!

  23. #23 - Samantha says:

    I love these ideas! Brilliant!

  24. #24 - Room to Inspire says:

    Fabulous! I love them both!


  25. #25 - Erin Glee says:

    I have a bunch of dried gourds that I sponge-dab painted with Fall colors (and purple) years ago that need a "make-over". You have the greatest ideas… thank you for sharing!

  26. #26 - Pat B. says:

    Oh WOW!!!!! I have been stalking you for a while now. You just amaze me!! Is there anything that you aren't able to do?

    I read all the info in today's post & then went back to your previous posts on this subject to see if I could see the complete titles of each book along with the authors names so that I could look for these books. (I know that I have this type of art in me. I just need a little help to get it out.) So, would you mind sharing titles and authors for these and any other of this type book that you might suggest?

    Thanks tons,
    Pat B.

  27. #27 - SharDon Exclusives says:

    Clever, clever lady!!! What a great Idea! Now I MAY get in the mood for fall…tks for sharing your creative mind with us (creators in training)…sharon

  28. #28 - Laryssa Herbert says:

    Very pretty! The H looks so beautiful. Great job.

  29. #29 - Cathe Holden says:

    Pat B. thank you for asking about the books. I picked up two of them second-hand, but dug around and found them all with links for sale. I added them to the end of the blog post.

  30. #30 - CheekyLemur says:

    That looks great Cathe, you have inspired me to make a wreath to celebrate autumn. Here in the UK there is def an autumnal nip in the air

  31. #31 - PussDaddy says:

    That turned out awesome.


  32. #32 - FOR THE SAKE OF TIME says:

    This absolutly is breathtaking. How beautiful. You are so creative.

    Thanks for sharing.


  33. #33 - My name is PJ. says:

    This is unbelievable…yet you being the one to have done it? Quite believable! Huge fan of it, Cathe! Huge.

  34. #34 - Di's Quilting and Craft Blog says:

    The henna design gourd is the prettiest gourd I have ever seen.
    Love the ideas you share with us on your blog

  35. #35 - Mod Podge Amy says:

    Love! However, am slightly scared of the comments posted by Anonymous. 😀

  36. #36 - Janet says:

    I am so impressed and I have a couple of those gourds from a couple of years ago. I don't think of myself as very crafty, but with your inspiration I think I will give it a try! Thanks.

    Janet @ Housepeepers

  37. #37 - farmwife says:

    Once again so clever. Just love your ideas and your generosity. Thank you, I enjoy your postings so much.

  38. #38 - TidyMom says:

    Beautiful Cathe!!! and I LOVE that wreath too! the gourd added to it makes it "WOW"


  39. #39 - floatingink says:

    This is so beautiful, and so unusual.I'm thinking of a basket of small gourds decorated in this way–thanks for sharing this.

  40. #40 - Sheri Howard says:

    That is amazing, you are very talented! Thanks for sharing!

  41. #41 - jen says:

    You're wreath is so pretty!

  42. #42 - mamaslittlebabies says:

    I love, love the Mehndi Gourd! I can't wait to make one! xoxo

  43. #43 - Elenka says:

    THAT is FANTASTIC !!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  44. #44 - Saucy Chick Sherry says:

    Your henna hand painted gourds are beautiful. What a great idea you have. I have not ever seen this technique done before. Kudos to you and keep doing these.

  45. #45 - Artsy Aut says:

    Love that! What a great idea to put it in the wreath

  46. #46 - rebekah says:

    fantastic! Classy and beautiful!

  47. #47 - Lee W - The Way I See It says:

    love love love it!!!!

  48. #48 - maggiegracecreates says:

    Love the monogram one.

  49. #49 - Deb says:

    Perfection! This is a fantastic project!

  50. #50 - Ann Martin says:

    The gourds are lovely! I especially have a thing for the filigree monogram… no wait, the henna one… ack, can't decide!

  51. #51 - Julie Bouésso says:

    Wow, your hand painted designs turned out lovely! Cheers, Julie

  52. #52 - Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    I am always amazed by your art! Love all your ideas.

  53. #53 - Louise says:

    OOooh, wow! It looks amazing! That Mehndi designs book looks fascinating! x

  54. #54 - Embellished Bayou says:

    These are gorgeous, such a unique project! Thanks for sharing.

  55. #55 - Sabii Wabii says:

    Glad I found you. We're neighbors…Napa Valley here.

  56. #56 - Fanie! says:

    Hello Cathe, 🙂
    Just ot let you know I posted a small review + blog link about your blog on Art vs Craft.
    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! It is so creative and I'm a henna lover, as well!

  57. #57 - cindi says:

    these are absolutely beautiful! i love the colors and it's something i could actually do. thanks for showing us how.

  58. #58 - pam says:

    Brilliant! Beautiful! I especially love that you used the henna design over the whole surface.

    Gourds are the most organic and lovely canvas. I have several "gourd" posts planned for coming weeks and will most definitely be linking to you. Again, brilliant!

  59. #59 - Time Outdoors says:

    I just ran across your blog today and I am really enjoying browsing through it. Thanks again.. keep the new ideas coming.

  60. #60 - Joyce says:

    Cathe!!!! SO amazingly talented you are! Thanks for sharing…..

  61. #61 - Miss Mustard Seed says:

    The gourds are beautful! You are very talented and I can't wait to see your future projects.

  62. #62 - Denise says:

    You have gotten my creative juices flowing! You are a doodle-er supreme! I have posted about you on my blog this morning – with links of course. May I use one of your photos as well – either the Mendhi gourd or glove mold? I love, love, love them!

  63. #63 - paperhill says:

    that is super sweet! love it on the wreath!

  64. #64 - Little Lovables says:

    absolutely amazing post! love it!

    I used to do henna art several years ago (on people though) and it is so fun, love the designs!

  65. #65 - Pat B. says:


    Thank you so much for the book titles and links. You are so generous of both your time, but also your talent!!!

    Pat B.

  66. #66 - One Crazy Mama says:

    This is gorgeous! I love the wreath…just beautiful!

  67. #67 - Ashley Rae says:

    This turned out beautiful! it was def a great idea! 🙂

  68. #68 - deborah says:

    wow, that is so beautiful. I love the lettering book!

  69. #69 - a little bit biased says:

    Wow that is so cool! Beautiful too. Where did you get the gourd? Is it real or fake? Love it!

  70. #70 - Tom griffith says:

    Do you think airbush through a stencil would work on this object. You can check out my designs at i have heard from my customers on almost evry item except this one. Waiting for answer, Thom

  71. #71 - Beth Esrey says:

    For your henna gourd, did you use stain or ink to color the gourd itself and did you apply any protective coating to the gourd after you finished your design? Surfing pinterest for ideas as I grew and dried some gourds last fall. I have snake gourds and I want to playwith different ways to put patterns on them.
    Thank You!

  72. #72 - Valerie Engel says:

    thank you for sharing your technique – will be fun to try