Begin by painting your pumpkin. If you are spray painting, it is very important that it is done on a warm day and with adequate ventilation. The pumpkin must be room temperature; if it’s too cold then the paint will crackle and peel.
Spray a light coat, allow to dry for the amount of time indicated on the can, then add a second coat.
Now comes the fun part: decorating! I’m using Pen-Touch® markers, made by Sakura. I have these markers in white, silver, and gold, and they also come in a variety of tip sizes.
Begin by shaking the pen. Press the nib to a piece of scratch paper until the ink begins to flow. The ink is paint-like, but the nib gives you the precision of a pen.
You can really get creative with this. For this pumpkin, I’m making modern metallic gold flowers. Be careful of your hand placement when drawing, as the ink takes a few seconds to set on the painted surface.
These markers also show up beautifully on black. I’ve decided to draw a spiderweb on this pumpkin. It’s easy to do: start with a circle, then divide it into quarters by drawing a vertical and horizontal line through the center. Extend these lines around the front side of the pumpkin.
Divide the circle once more, drawing an X through the center.
Connect each line to the one adjacent to it by drawing a slightly curved line. Repeat to create a spiderweb.
No spiderweb would be complete without a spider! I’m making a little sign and spider from scrapbook paper. Brads and twine turn it into a hanging welcome sign.
Finally, I’m writing a spooky message on this black pumpkin. Have fun experimenting with patterns, like chevron, polka dots, and stripes.
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