Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Gourd Face Part 2

Today I'm showing part 2 of how my gourd face has progressed. Like some of you, I am an intuitive artist. I have an idea of what I want, and start in. As I work that original idea may change several times. I also get so into what I am doing that I forget to take photos. I tried and I think I did pretty well with that. You can see part 1 here.
 I have been working on the paper mache face. If you read  part 1 I made two, one with clay, one paper mache. The PM got clay too and a grout/plaster of paris.


Eyes are in. Now drilling for the nose.


Nose armature. There are many ways to achieve this. It's just how I do it.

 Add PM to hold in place.


Start putting in PM and shaping the nose


Nose is shaped and the mouth is in.


Normally I would make a PM past but I just didn't want to. It is an ordeal. So, to the clay.


The mouth is also covered.


At this point the head is heavy. I use whatever is in my art room to balance it. Once the clay dries it will sit straight.


This was going to be a cutesy face when I started, then I decided to make something dark for Rain's TAD. You all know I love dark.


This is a mixture of Plaster of Paris and tile grout. It is easy to make but one must work quickly.

Today I will sand, do more shaping and then airbrush paint and embellish this gourdy guy.

Be Safe Out There And Wear A Mask.

Honor and integrity in art, in life.


  1. I like how one eye is round and one is squinty.

  2. Your process of making the face is really fascinating, even for one like me who doesn't do things like that. I love seeing how you shape it.

    I hope you are feeling better!

    be safe... mae at

  3. Thanks for sharing your progress.

  4. So cute! 🧡

    Then again, so cool, too! 🙂👍🏻

  5. I have never seen gourd heads! This is fascinating! :)

  6. Nicole,

    You're so creative and talented. I can't wait to see how this turns out. :)

  7. Wow! Amazing work, many thanks for the step by step photographs.

    All the best Jan

  8. Ouch, that drilling-pic hurts! LOL.
    Love your work!

  9. wow you did such a hard work and result is incredible for sure :)

    i found difference between eyes scarier

  10. So much work Nicole! So cool! Big Hugs!

  11. Happy PPF. Thanks for dropping by my blog today Nicole


  12. After seeing the final piece I wouldn't have thought that this is how it progresses! Wonderful to see the work stage by stage.