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Robin Bryson and Vickie Echols Classes

Gourd Classes for all levels taught by instructors Robin Bryson and Vickie Echols

September 20 to 24, 2018—9am to 4pm

Location: Liz Meyer’s shop at 72 N. Boundary, Nampa, Idaho

Contact Corlis Kent: Text: 208-283-0659 or Email:

Deadline for Sign-Up and Payment:  July 14, 2018

Make check payable to the instructor.

Day 1: Thursday, September 20, 2018

Blended Alcohol Ink Iris, Robin Bryson  Cost: $65  Class Limit: 15

Description: Create a delicate Iris with the use of controlling the alcohol inks and enhanced with Pointillism (pen & ink dots). You will learn to mask off a section and apply the alcohol ink, then reverse the process and smoothly blending the colors, avoiding running over the design.

Provided: Pattern, tutorial, masking fluid, brushes, 91% rubbing Alcohol, and palette, Alcohol Ink colors: watermelon, white, yellow, sapphire blue, stream and purple twilight, Faber-Castell Pitt Pen

You Bring: A cut and clean ready gourd, the pattern size is 9” height and 8” wide the gourd should be at least 11” tall. (You may bring your alcohol ink dyes if you have them.)

Day 2: Friday, September 21, 2018

Infinity Twisted Rim Basket, Vickie Echols  Cost: $65 Class Limit: 15

Description: You will learn how to coil pine needles around the rim of a gourd and how to incorporate porcelain beads into your work. You will finish off the basket with a double twisted rim that blends seamlessly for the infinity look.

Provided: Glycerinated pine needles, porcelain beads, waxed linen, sewing needle and detailed tutorial (emailed after the class).

You Bring: Small needle nose pliers, fine tipped wire cutters for jewelry and sharp scissors. Bring a 6-7” gourd (cut & cleaned inside) do not drill holes. We will do that in class.

Day 3: Saturday, September 22, 2018

Rainbow Trout Enhanced with Pointillism, Robin Bryson Cost: $65 Class Limit: 15

Description: Students will be introduced to a step by step technique of blending ink dyes and Pointillism (pen & ink dots) enhancement.

Provided: Pattern ready to transfer, tutorial, ink dyes (white, pacific blue, sage, yellow, deep red, tan, brown), blending solution, micro brushes, Faber-Castell Pitt pen, semi-gloss finish and heat gun.

You Bring: A clean and cut ready gourd any shape. Pattern size is 71/2 “height by 61/2” wide. Gourd should be at least 9” height in case you would like to weave pine needles around the top and attach fishing fly hooks.

Day 4: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Faux Dichro Glass Wire Wrap, Vickie Echols Cost: $50 Class Size: 15

Description: You will learn how to use a melting pot and UTEE to create unique pieces of decorative glass. There will be lots of sparkling things to incorporate into your glass pieces. Wire wrapping will be added to finish off your creations.

Provided: Tumbled glass, UTEE, glitter, assorted colors of embossing enamels, gold leaf, renaissance foil, micro beads, iridescent papers and an assortment of wires.

You Bring: Small needle nose pliers, round nose plyers, fine tipped wire cutters for jewelry, long tweezers and sharp scissors.

Vickie Echols fell in love with gourds when she went to her first gourd festival in 2000. She was so inspired by what she saw that it has become her passion and full-time business. She is an award winning artist and instructor who enjoys her travels, to gourd festivals and basket guilds as well as private classes, around the U.S. Vickie describes her work as "Enhancing Nature". Vickie started teaching pine needle coiling on gourds and has been enjoying it for 18 years. Vickie took up pottery during high school and feels this has inspired her pine needle basketry. She uses stones, pine cones, beads, shells, driftwood and botanicals to incorporate into her distinctive baskets.

Talented Robin Bryson loved to draw when young and continued through college.  She was introduced to gourds in 1998 and fell in love with the non-conventional canvas.  Robin is self-taught in wood burning, carving, ink dye, alcohol ink, pen & ink and more recently Apoxie Sculpt.  She has been teaching since 2015.  She embraces each gourd as a challenge, with size, shape, and markings enhancing the design.

Earlier Event: September 8
Monthly Woodcraft meeting
Later Event: September 22
Woodcraft Woodworking Event