Suzy Meelhuysen's Profile

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Santas are done with non-traditional colors, or, to be more accurate, non-commercial. I love using subtle colors and subdued tones, with occasional jewel tones or the rare pastel shades. It takes me from 10 to 40 hours to complete a single gourd, and that does not include prep time or research.
Santa collectors will find a treasure trove of the unusual, with varied themes or just a jumble of presents, and Santas are adorned with everything from bells, stars and carved staffs to whimsical, crooked trees. Many of the Santas smoke magical fairie pipes that leave glittering magic in the air. The “smoke” holds the smells of Christmas; spices and pine trees, cookies and baking, and so on. More often than not, they wear slippers or mukluks instead of boots.
Wildlife is an occasional subject, and once in awhile a mountain man or two.
I also have a large selection of witches and…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 20
  • Joined May 17, 2010

Favorite materials

acrylic, paints, gourds, glitter

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Suzy's Santas etc, Gourd Art

About

Santas are done with non-traditional colors, or, to be more accurate, non-commercial. I love using subtle colors and subdued tones, with occasional jewel tones or the rare pastel shades. It takes me from 10 to 40 hours to complete a single gourd, and that does not include prep time or research.
Santa collectors will find a treasure trove of the unusual, with varied themes or just a jumble of presents, and Santas are adorned with everything from bells, stars and carved staffs to whimsical, crooked trees. Many of the Santas smoke magical fairie pipes that leave glittering magic in the air. The “smoke” holds the smells of Christmas; spices and pine trees, cookies and baking, and so on. More often than not, they wear slippers or mukluks instead of boots.
Wildlife is an occasional subject, and once in awhile a mountain man or two.
I also have a large selection of witches and Halloween items. Witches often dye their hair purple, pink, blue and more. Most wear charms, and some lean towards a goth look. Other Halloween gourds include ghouls and pumpkin art. They are just so fun!

Barnwood is a rustic canvas, fun and inexpensive for you! Birds, Santas, witches and ghouls are some of what you can expect to see.

materials:

I use craft acrylic paints on clean, dry gourds, sprayed with a matte finishing spray. Some are decorated with various glitters, mostly from the magic pipes smoked by Santa. Gourds are intact, so their seeds are confined to the inside of the gourd. Some gourds are stabilized using a “foot” made with wood filler so they are not so easy to tip over. I may add a base using a bit of sheet rock on the most unstable ones. The size in the description is the overall height, which includes the stem. Barnwood size is the wood only. Other art is the total height.

The reasons I don't duplicate any of my gourds: All my customers are assured of a one of a kind, unique purchase, knowing that no one else in the world has a piece of art like theirs, I simply have no way to duplicate them, as I could with a print, and I have never done more than one of anything in over 50 years of creating art. New change, I will duplicate barnwood if requested, with a margin of error for accuracy.

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