Paintings by Hellen
~~ Fine Art Gourds ~~
Southwest ~ Native American Indian Inspired ~ Wildlife ~ Western
Faux Leather Tooling ~ Pyrography Woodburning ~ Power Carving
Pine Needle Coiling ~ Closed Coiling ~ Antlers ~ Acrylic Painting
Colored Pencil Painting ~ Metal Coating & Patinas
Instructional Gourd Books ~ Gourd Classes ~ Gourd Retreats
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.
Paintings by Hellen ® 2121 Hickory Hollow Rd, Chandler,TX 75758
7Updated: November 17, 2013
Viewers as of November 17, 2013: 57,083
Galleries Representing Hellen
NOTE: I've recently removed my pieces from several galleries because of vaious reasons. I've been approached by several galleries in different states who would like represent me. Look for new locations to see my art in 2014.
140 East Exchange Avenue, Suite 132
Ft. Worth, TX 4142
The designs within this web site are original designs of Hellen Martin.
Under NO circumstances may they be used or reproduced in any form.
Click on the photo to be taken to that style of gourd art
Hellen Martin is a national/international gourd artist who prepares fine art utilizing her carving, painting, pyrographing, woodburning, closed coiling, and pine needle coiling skills. She incorporates antlers, beads, 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 painting, pine needle coiling, woodburning, and closed coiling. Since she applies her techniques on all her gourds, visit each page in order to view all her gourd art. 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 them with colored pencils that appear to be painted. She has also started adding warriors so they would have a companion. The Indian maidens are her favorite pieces to do.
So YOU Want to Start a Business
NOTE: Rivets can NOW be purchased from my Instructional Book page.
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.
Texture, Metal Coating, & Patinas
Book has 4 projects
This book is for Crafters/Artists who are and want to be Sole
Proprietors. It covers information for starting a business, Federal Taxes preparation, Bookkeeping, etc. and has IRS forms and the worksheets I use. CD and hardcopies of my worksheets are included. (93 pages + 13 pages of forms)
For Crafters and Artists who are or want to
be a Sole Proprietor.
Class: Carve Leaves without Sanding
Date: Friday - April 4
Time: 8 AM - 12 noon
Brief Description: Carve leaves with only two burs and NO sanding. Students will design their piece & then carve.
Class: Creating Texture the Easy Way
Date: Friday - April 4
Time: 1 PM - 5 PM
Brief Description: Carve a gourd to achieve a very nice texture on your gourd. It's easy and fun! Students will add color to their piece and stain the carving.
Class: Pine Needle Coiling
Date: Saturday - April 5
Time: 8 AM - 12 PM
Brief Description: Learn three ways of doing the "floating coil," coiling close to the holes for a cleaner look, and sewing the stitches straight on both sides.
NOTE: This will be the last time I teach this design.
Class: Faux Western Leather Tooling
Date: February 6, 2014 - Thursday
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Brief Description: Everything will be furnished except your heat controlled woodburner and face mask. Students will arrive to a fully designed gourd ready for them to work on. Students will leave with their gourd, dyes, and class booklet.
Class: Southwest Mountains
Date: February 7, 2014 - Friday
Time: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Brief Description: Bring your clean uncut gourd and carver/required burs to prepare this piece. You will design and carve your mountains. The piece will be colored using metal coating and patinas. I will furnish the 2 metal coatings and 1 patinas. You will leave with a finished piece and class booklet.
NOTE: Pine needle coiling will not be done.
Class: Carved Leaves without Sanding
Date: February 7, 2014 - Friday
Time: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Brief Description: Gourd will be funished. You bring your carver with required burs. You will design the gourd then carve it 2-3 levels. THERE IS NO SANDING DONE ON THIS PIECE! You will leave with the gourd and class booklet.
Louisiana Gourd Show
Date: April 3-5, 2014
Location: Willow Wood Multi Purpose Building
113 Willow Wood Drive
New Iberia, LA 70563
Wuertz Gourd Festival
Location: Pinal Fairgrounds
2487 East Hwy 287
Casa Grande, AZ 85194
Date: February 7-9, 2014
Date of Classes: February 6-9, 2014