Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Wait a minute . . . that was last year’s theme, Gourds of Oz. But you can see where I might get them mixed up with this year’s theme: Paws for Gourds!
Wikipedia states, “A paw is the soft foot of a mammal, generally a quadruped, that has claws or nails.”
So let’s consider animals with paws. Of course, the first ones we usually think of are our domesticated four-legged furry family members, cats and dogs, which come in many breeds, shapes, sizes, and personalities.
But keep in mind, there are many more animals with paws. To get your creative juices flowing, here’s a few:
In the cat family we have tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars, cougars, cheetahs, lynxes, and ocelots. The dog family includes wolves, foxes, and jackals. Rabbits, bears, and raccoons all have paws, along with weasels and rodents. Belonging in the weasel family are ferrets, minks, polecats, badgers, skunks, otters, and wolverines. The most well-known of the rodent family are mice, rats, squirrels, prairie dogs, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, and hamsters.
So many possibilities to choose from to paint, wood burn, carve, and more on the surface of our favorite canvas, the gourd!
We can’t wait to see what you do with gourds and pieces of gourds sculpted, molded, carved, cut and fashioned into the animal of your choice.
We are looking forward to another fun year with our first-ever “Paws for Gourds” theme! Will there be a clear favorite ~ cats vs. dogs ~ or will we be out of our gourds with animals from the wild?