When using oil or Prismacolor pencils, blend by using a heat gun on the area after applying pencil, this softens the base of the pencil (oil or wax) and then you can blend with a stiff brush or paper stump.
If you are using a Sharpie to color on a gourd, heat set it before spraying with a finish to prevent the color from running
Growing Hard Shelled Gourds re-printed/re-posted with permission form the author, Helen Olena. (Pdf) Although this article was written for Pennsylvania much of it applies to Idaho and it is very informative
Christopher Koch gave us this next tip while teaching a class at the Rochester patch.
Apply liquid floor wax as a finish. He recommends three coats.
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