Subject Matter




Gourd Jewelry

Doodling Borders Book

I am excited to share my new book. Unable to find patterns that I could easily draw and teach to beginners working with pens and wood burning tools on gourds, I decided to create my own! This book is for the gourd artist,the tangler and the doodler. I take you you step-by-step through the process of drawing twenty-five original patterns created with a simple square or triangle grid. They are unique because they can be easily wood burned on gourds or wood. I also share my shading technique to give your patterns more depth on paper. Using my easy drawing method you can improve your drawing skills while creating interesting patterns that will enhance your doodling and tangling projects. These patterns can be translated to work with any media.

Once you learn the patterns, you may use them as borders or fill any shape with them and watch the wonderful effect they have on your art work.


All the patterns are drawn in a grid of squares or triangles. Then you add a few lines and when the pattern is repeated you get a design that looks complicated.
Each pattern is given a page which includes directions,examples and tips on using the pattern on different surfaces.
Another chapter introduces the world of gourd art and talks about buying gourds,cleaning them and the tools all beginners should consider.
I also have a chapter on how to use my patterns in an abstract composition such as those found in zentangling. I include my method of shadowing and shading to givemy patterns more depth.Included are many great composition tips for beginners.
For those who are wood carvers, there are suggestions on tools that will help you succeed in using my patterns on wood.
I also provide directions on how I get the borders on the curved surface of a gourd. There are lots of pictures that illustrate the text.

The 56 page paperback book is available for $13 plus $5 for shipping. Just contact me by e-mail. Use Book Request in the subject line. I will respond with directions on payment and mailing.