This sounds like something I might like to do. However, I've never seen any done. Can anyone post some pictures?
One of the coolest sites to look at a variety of finished gourds is:
Here is a link that might be useful: Indiana Gourd Society
That's amazing. There's a brown bowl in one of those links that's very textured, for lack of a better word. How in the world!?? It's beautiful. Thank you for posting that for me. I enjoyed looking.
If you join one of the gourd groups on yahoo, those people there post alot of their work and very interesting, beautiful and whimsical.
Never miss a chance to show off your gourds... Here are some of mine. :)
Here is a link that might be useful: Casey's Gourds