Tuesday, October 04, 2011

sketchbook pumpkins

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It's no secret that sketching is a big part of my daily creative routine and this year I decided that I would use that concept in my fall pumpkin decorating. I am not big on traditional jack o' lanterns and I always like to find unique ways to decorate pumpkins and gourds.


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I started with a few pumpkins

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and using permanent markers, I began to fill the surface with sketched leaves.


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Once the surface was filled with leaves I used white acrylic paint and painted around the leaves so the leaves would pop in orange. While the paint was wet I scratched into the surface to add texture.


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Last, I painted the stem white and touched up the edges of the leaves with more dark lines.


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I even decorated a larger pumpkin and reversed the color- white leaves and orange background.
They are oh so pretty and perfect for the center of our dining room table!

35 comments:

Jenny said...

those are beautiful and really unique. thanks for sharing!

Nordljus said...

What a great idea! They look gorgeous. We don't really have a pumpkin decoration tradition over here, but it's very inspiring to try with other things. Thanks for sharing!

Marienke said...

They are very nice and the colors are so beautiful.
I'm immediately inspired to make autumn decorations myself.

1129 said...

I love your decorated pumpkins and I reblogged 3 of them at http://1129designorecchinigioielli.blogspot.com/2011/10/le-zucche-secondo-alisa-burke.html
I hope you don't mins, if you do I will delete my post :)
best
nicoletta

CREATIVE MIND said...

waooooooooooooooooooooo
awesome as usual :)
love it *(*

Heather said...

oooh so festive!

The Dreaming Bear said...

So creative!!! Love 'em! When is that baby coming? Every time I click on your blog, there is a moment of anticipation!! Ha! Take care, D

Ayana said...

SOoo creative! I’m going to have to give this one a try!

menatra said...

Great idea! Love your tutorials, this is a project I think that even my 4 and 5 year old could do, thank you so much.

Jennifer Jill Araya said...

this is an amazing decorating idea. Thank you so much for sharing! I'd been debating about how to decorate our house for fall -- and I now know where I'm going to start. :)

Valerie Johnson said...

How incredibly cool!! Love, love, love!

petra said...

wow, they are realy great!
greetings Petra

randomcreative said...

This is such a creative idea! I love your freehand drawing style. The pumpkins will be perfect for this season.

JodieT said...

Those are so beautiful. I would hate to throw them out when they rot. I want to keep them permanently. Thank you for sharing!

Donna said...

Gorgeous !!!! I love this time of year and I may have to try my hand at these beauties ! Thanks for sharing :)

aimee said...

They look fab. but then i love anything u do xxx

martinealison said...

Très jolie réalisation, merci de nous faire partager sa progression;
Gros bisous

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Paint Girl Productions said...

I love it! Journaling and sketchbooking on untraditional surfaces are my favorite!

dandelion dreamer said...

Brilliant!

Ramirez said...

Very pretty. I don't like Jack-o-lanterns. I like to decorate the pumpkins but my kids love to carve them. Unfortunately they usually win. :)

Lesley said...

They look so beautiful when they are painted...

Sunflower Corner said...

I love how it seems that the leaves are blowing around the pumpkins!

Anonymous said...

what a great idea... it seems really simple to do and still it is the most beautiful halloween decoration i've ever seen <3 Annemie from Belguim

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You are such a amazing, the way you made all these pumpkins more colorful showing your intelligence, it was so amazing and one of the best project of you from all of others, the last pic was so better from all other in which stems are also colored,thanks for all this.

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Looking so beautiful and so unique i am glad to see them all,at first glance i didnt recognize what are they but after reading i cam,e to know that this great piece of work is done on pumpkins.Thanks for sharing.

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Wow sketch book on pumpkins, that's so amazing you paint all these pumpkins so gracefully all your efforts see here on pumpkins great work.

James Hutt said...

Nice to see all your work you work very well on pumpkins.

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Hey how you get all these ideas,whenever i came here i see some new post here,but seriously these pumpkins looking so gorgeous and i like your idea so much if we all starting doing this so many things we save to go in waste.

Crystal said...

Simply beautiful!!

Lizzie Beth said...

I've never thought to do anything like this before, this is a really great way to change up a traditional holiday decoration into something more modern; I love it. I've included it in my latest post of Halloween inspiration (www.look-to-find.blogspot.co.uk). Lizz xx

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Amazingly great..these pumpkins are looking so amazing..you color them very nice that I have no words to praise them

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