Wilsons' Gourds are gourd folk artists based in Kell, Illinois. Decorative Gourds for both indoor and outdoor use.
Happy Thanksgiving Gourd Gallery
Turkeys with legs and feet and little jack o lanterns – Here is our Turkey designs that are painted with acrylics and balance with legs and feet and feather designs. The little pumpkins added to the display with their many faces. All was fun to make and paint with acrylics.
2011 Acrylic painted turkey with leaves design by Wilsons Gourds – Karen painted her folk art design turkey while Paul B. Wilson added the final touch of leaves instead of feathers to this updated turkey design in 2011. Later Karen did a turkey with polymer clay for facial features and added leaves. We have found while traveling vending that the leaves hold up better than feathers sometimes, but we are willing to do either with our turkeys. Karen was even thinking adding some sunflowers instead too. So anything goes on the turkeys!!!!
EXTRA EXTRA GOURD TURKEY ON DISPLAY!!!!! – A fun gourd to make into an extra extra large painted with acrylic turkey by Karen Wilson. Paul B. Wilson added the legs and feet that Karen painted also and feathers. A magnificent turkey just ready for Thanksgiving fun!!! Can now serve ham as turkey is done!!!! Treated with hand brushing on polyurethane semigloss two coats indoor/outdoor finish.
Thanksgiving Turkey Design 2nd place ribbon IL State Gourd Competition, Clinton, IL 2008 – Karen Wilson painted this turkey design with acrylics and hubby Paul B. Wilson added turkey feathers to this piece. Wilsons turkeys are favorites of their customers, sometimes they add regular type feathers, legs and feet, and have even added leaves instead of flowers. Recently Karen tried polymer clay for the beak , eyes, and facial features to the turkey design. So our turkeys are always unique and different.
Happy Thanksgiving from Wilsons Gourds 2011 – We were fortunate to have our friends Ken and Barbara Boucher come visit us and take a photo of our polymer clay turkey in the process of being finished. The turkey was finally dried from the polyurthene finish Paul applied and ready for his leaves instead of feathers in the back. Ken took the photo of us with two of our gourds that were just finished!!! Paul is holding the cow scene and Karen is holding the turkey. Both designs were painted by Karen. Happy Thanksgiving to all. God Bless all!!!!
Pilgrim designs by Karen Wilson – Here are some other pilgrim designs Karen Wilson painted. Features were also painted by Karen with acrylics. Both are finished by hand brushing on two coats of semigloss indoor/outdoor polyurethane finish.
Pilgrims are coming – Pilgrims bodies were painted with acrylics by Karen Wilson and facial features were worked on by Paul B. Wilson. They made a cute couple. Ready for Thanksgiving dinner. All are treated with polyurethane indoor/outdoor finish hand brushed on with two coats.
Fancy leaf and turkey bowl, and SW Indian design bowl by Wilsons Gourds – Karen used stencil type pieces and painted the design leaves and turkey with metallic acrylics paints. Paul B. Wilson painted his kokopelli SW Indian dsign with metallics. Beautiful artifical flowers were added to make wonderful centerpieces for the Thanksgiving table to enjoy. Two fun projects we enjoyed doing!!!
Fancy leaf bowl by Wilsons Gourds – Wilsons Gourds, Karen and Paul B. Wilson created this unique bowl design. Karen drew the leaf design and Paul cut them out into a bowl and balanced the bowl with wood knobs. Karen then proceded to paint with acrylics the leaf designs. It was sealed with a nontoxic polyurethane finish.