These are gourds that I bought one fall and let dry for over a year in my garage. A bit of washing and they looked pretty good. Amazing how all the mold comes off so easy. Wish I had taken photos so you could see how nasty they looked. The discoloration lends a bit of flair to the dried gourds. However, I knew that ultimately I wanted to seal them and maybe paint, stain or alter them in some way. Using Ranger inks, paints and clear embossing powder, these are my finished gourds.