Reach out for inspiration and learn something new, how to create beautiful art on Nature’s Canvas: a hard shelled gourd. Unlike their fall cousins, the soft shelled ornamental gourds, hard shelled gourds, once dehydrated properly, develop a wood-like outer shell. This surface can be painted, spray painted, dyed with ink dyes, colored with markers and colored pencils, wood burned, and drilled and cut into different shapes with a jigsaw. There are over 30 different varieties/shapes of gourds resulting in many opportunities to create a multitude of beautiful art pieces such as vases and bowls.