As I was setting up the backdrop to take pictures of my artwork, Sam, my cat decided I was making a bed for him! So I added the gourd to the picture since he was posing so nicely!! The Alpaca gourd is woodburned, ink dyed and painted, with a real alpaca wool rim.
This gourd is ink dyed a rich green with woodburning, carving and painting. The lid was constructed from a gourd piece and wood and clay. Then it was painted with a faux copper paint and patina as was a design under the panda.
This gourd took me many hours to carve. There are four depictions of Golden Retrievers. After carving, it was ink dyed and painted. There is also some woodburning on it. It has inlaid beads around the bottom also.