Now that the holes were finished, I applied a little cherry stain that I already had and painted some designs on the gourds with acrylic paints, which I'm glad to say I found as I dug my way through my art closet. Since I like butterflies, I painted several, limiting the number since the owner of these gourds told me to keep it simple! Keep it simple?? I tried! The gourd makes a nice painting surface so it would be easy to make more complicated pieces.