October 22, 2012
I'm a Halloween Grinch. I don't generally get much into the Halloween spirit. I'm a total wimp about scary movies. I have no interest in going out to a bar dressed as a slutty bumble bee. I don't have children to go trick-or-treating with, and there's virtually no trick-or-treating in my building. FYI: In Manhattan when you trick-or-treat at a building, you go to the front desk to get a list of apartments accepting trick-or-treaters and then you ride the elevator going to those apartments. We live in an area of Manhattan that doesn't have a lot of kids, so even if we put ourselves on the list, we won't get more than 3 or 4 doorbell rings. So, most of the time I say "Bah, humbug" and ignore Halloween.
However, perhaps because of the costumed wedding, I'm feeling a bit more Halloween-y. So I decided to paint up some pumpkins.
But these pretty patterned pumpkins all have a surprise.
And here they all are turned around:
This next pumpkin was the first one I made and I was experimenting with how paint and pumpkin interacted.
For some reason, the paint is a lot more transparent on the pumpkin than I would have thought.
The final pumpkin was covered with black gesso and then I went to town with a white Sharpie and a Sakura Moonlight pen.
I had a lot of fun with these. The pumpkin stem is a great handle and allows you to keep your fingers out of the wet paint. The most frustrating thing about the process was that I couldn't use my heat gun to dry any of the paint because it's a pumpkin. And it seemed like a bad idea to cook the pumpkin if I wanted it to hang around for a while. So, I had to wait. Not my strong suit. :)
Are you a fan of Halloween? What do you do to decorate for the holiday?
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