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Alcohol Dyes and Seagrass Weaving

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Janice Reich

Sunday, September 11

Half Day

9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Class description

BE BOLD! Go with the color! If you are looking to break “out of the mold” of using ordinary gourd dyes, acrylics or other mediums and getting away from set lines and patterns…….these alcohol inks are the way to go. This class will take you through the basics of using Trans Tint Alcohol Dyes. When the dyes are mixed, blended or washed together they can create a plethora of vibrant colors. You can daub, drip, sponge, paint and blend with these alcohol inks.

You will also learn how to finish the rim of the gourd with a nice Seagrass weave and an addition of an embellishment.

Students will be able to complete the technique of coloring with alcohol dyes, but some may not finish the weaving. Tutorial will allow them to easily finish the project at home.

The instructor will provide:

  • Prepped Gourd that is ready to start this project
  • Latex Gloves
  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Paper Towels / Newspaper
  • Wool Dauber/ Q Tips/ Sponge/ Brush
  • Trans Tint Dyes
  • Seagrass / Waxed Linen
  • Black/ Brown/ Spray Paint – inside of the gourd
  • Deft Lacquer Spray
  • 0000 Steel Wool

What you are asked to bring

Students need to bring:

  • Heat gun or Hair Dryer
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Embellishments such as asst. beads, findings, dried pods, pine cones, etc.
  • Darning Needles/ Tapestry #18 needle/ Upholstery Needle – need w/ a large eye
  • Clothes Pins or similar type clamping tools
  • Art Apron

Class Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel this class, you MUST contact us before August 30, 2022 in order to receive a refund. Note that NGS will withhold $10 to cover processing fees. To cancel, call Patti Jo Newsom at 817-917-7873 or email us at

If this class does not meet its minimum number of students by August 30th, the class will be cancelled, you will be contacted, and your registration fee will be refunded.

All classes are subject to change.       

About the Instructor

Janice's journey into art began late in life, but with a BAM! when she encountered her first gourd, a Mayan drum. Her interest grew in this odd, dried plant. Initially self-taught, Janice has continually added to her skills and knowledge by seeking out classes from some of the best in the field of both gourd art and other mediums. The composite of all these experiences is evident in her unique vision and attention to detail.

Questions about this class?

Contact Janice at or 970-560-1241.

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