Things you will need when painting a gourd with leather dye; foam brushes and paint brushes, gloves (will stain skin), an apron to protect your clothes (if you are messy like me!) and some water to clean off brushes. Also I found that when I accidently painted an area of the gourd that I didn't want to that the "magic" erase sponges removed it wonderfully.
The cottonwood leaf pattern was just traced from a leaf from my yard. I used a small paint brush to put on the colors of the leaf. Both gourds are covered with wood sanding sealer after they dried. I plan to try some spray polyurethane on future projects to see which I like best.
I hope to do more gourd work soon and hopefully for Christmas presents so I will post more as I complete them.