Paintings by Hellen

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Chandler, TX
Because there are many gourd artists who are unable to attend classes, she decided to write gourd instructional books that will teach her techniques and share tips of information she has learned.  These books are very detailed and have Illustrations and/or step-by-step photos with written instructions.

​Hellen has taught students from Holland, Belgium, France, New Zealand, Germany, and USA.  She travels to many states to teach at gourd festivals and retreats as well as teaches private lessons in her home.  Each student receives a booklet with step-by-step photos/illustrations and detail written instructions to take home with them just in case they forget what they learned.
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Paintings by Hellen ® Chandler,TX 75758
Updated: November 22, 2015
Viewers as of November 22, 2015:  71,880
The designs within this web site are original designs of Hellen Martin.  
Under NO circumstances may they be used or reproduced in any form.
Hellen Martin is a national/international gourd artist.  She prepares her fine art on gourds utilizing her carving, painting pyrographingwoodburning,  closed coiling, and pine needle coiling skills. She adds a more modern look to her work using metal coating and various partinas.   She incorporates antlersbeads, and walnut slices on her pieces.  Her gourd art is unique and shows her love of her work and her Blackfoot and Comanche heritage. She has won numerous awards for her paintingpine needle coilingwoodburning, and closed coiling. Since she applies her techniques on all her gourds, visit each page in order to view all her gourd art.
Her style of woodburning faux leather tooling on gourds has become extremely popular in the gourd world. She wrote an instructional book that has allowed many gourd artists to learn this technique. Many of these artists have applied this technique with their own style that has thrilled her. Visit the Western page to view Hellen's faux leather tooling style and instructional books page to view the tooling books she has available.
Hellen's Indian Maidens are one of her trademarks.  Her maidens are known for having no facial features and vivid colored robes.  Most of the Indian maidens are painted, but she has also started doing some of them with colored pencils that appear to be painted.  She has also started adding warriors so they would have a companion. 
To add an additional American Indian design to her gourd art, she added the closed coiling to the rims.  It was so well received she wrote an instructional booklet of how to do the process so other gourd artists could enjoy this technique.

Would you like to take private 
lessons from Hellen?

I live outside of Chandler, TX which is about 22 miles from Tyler, TX.  If you are interested in taking private lessons, give me a call ... 817-907-3320 .... and we will work out a schedule convenient for you.  Private lessons are great because you get one-on-one attention, use my supplies/woodburner/carver before you actually purchase products, and printed information.

​Hellen has opened her home to students who want to take 2 days or more of classes. You can even bring up to 3 gourd friends. Just think, you don't have to drive from a hotel or find a place to eat.

Call (817-907-3320) or
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Hellen did Old World Santas that became collector pieces.  She stopped doing them because she became so involved with the Southwest and Native American inspired pieces.

Well, she received many requests over the last year asking her to do more.  Honestly, she missed doing them very much.

This is her first Santa for 2014 .... Russian Santa .... to start her collection again.  She did this piece before, but this one is actually done differently.  

As soon as she does more, she will make a separate page for them..
Upcoming Classes 

Sponsor:  Texas Gourd Society - 1st Retreat 
Location:  Camp Caper - Waring, TX
Date:  March 4-6, 2016
NOTE:  Must be a paid member of Texas Gourd Society in order
             to attend.


Only color on this piece is the yellow added to the Rose.  The woodburning adds all the depth needed with the tooling.  Hellen adds further depth with shading with paint throughout the piece. Two turquoise rivets are added to the woodburned flowers.  

This class teaches many levels of woodburning.

No saw was used on this piece.  Leaves were carved by using Welburn's Fili-Point bur!!  Used Welburn's ink dyes for the color.  Black was added at the bottom of the piece to bring out the colo of the leaves.

The hole for the candle was carved out using Welburn's Fili-Point bur.  Texture was added to create the texture.  Then, painted with metal paint and applied the patina.