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Dotting With Dimension

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Patti Jo Newsom

Sunday, September 10th 

6 Hours

9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Class description


In this fun class, we will focus on creating an elegant gourd piece using mandala dotting techniques with acrylic paints. To give dimension to the design, we will "raise" some of the design elements. Gold and copper metallic colors are added in for a dramatic effect. After completing this project, you will be ready to branch out by using your dotting techniques on gourds for Christmas ornaments, dresser boxes, vases, and more. 

Mandala art involves repeating sections of the same design. We will concentrate on completing one, two or three repetitions--or as many sections as each student is able to complete in the allotted time. Students will take home everything they need to finish at home.

I will provide a class-ready gourd, dotting tools, paints, patterns, a detailed tutorial and everything else required for the project with the exception of the items specified below for each student to bring.

What you are required to bring


Students need to bring:

Paint brushes: #6 or 8 soft round or flat, #2 soft round, tiny soft detail brush with a pointed tip

A palette knife

A pencil

A good eraser


A heat gun (or hair blower). 

A hands-free magnifier is recommended in this class, but not required.  

To protect your gourd when traveling home, bring a small box like a shoebox that is at least 6 inches square--a lid is not required.

Class Cancellation Policy


If you need to cancel this class, you MUST contact us before August 25, 2023 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 25th, 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


Patti Jo Newsom is an active member of the American Gourd Society, Co-founder and Co-chair of the Nevada Gourd Society, Webmaster of the Nevada Gourd Society, and Director of the Pahrump Valley Gourd Patch. She is a certified Gare instructor and over the years she has experimented with a variety of artistic design techniques, painting on canvas, wood, and ceramics. For the past 13 years she has concentrated on her gourd art and teaching classes for those who want to learn her techniques.​

Questions about this class?


Patti Jo can be contacted at or 817-917-7873

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