Pumpkin painting combos 1. Ultramarine blue + burnt umber for a great black. (no black from a tube!) 2. Cadmium yellow medium + Naples yellow = a nice highlight color above an eyebrow or above a lip. 3. Cadmium red medium + cadmium orange = rosy cheeks, nose, or ears 4. Burnt sienna + cadmium red medium, applied under the eyebrows or below the bottom lip for the sense of a shadow on the pumpkin’s skin. Or makes spooky smudges under the eyes!
Since we like to decorate in early October, we found that our jack-o'-lanterns were looking pretty rough by October 31. So instead of carving early in the season, we paint faces on one side of the pumpkins; then, as we get a couple of days away from Halloween, we carve the other side for the big night.
One of my family's favorite creations was this pug pumpkin, or pugkin, a Halloween version of our dog, Ralph. To attach the eyes and ears, we made holes in each gourd with a hammer and nail and used pieces of wire coat hanger to join them (an adult's job). My daughter Zoe suggested we give it a tongue. We painted a leftover piece of pumpkin red and placed it in the mouth. The perfect finishing touch!
Lining the driveway with large pumpkins can get expensive, so we buy a dozen or so sugar pumpkins. These small squashes cost much less, plus painting them all fills up the kids' time. To give them more character, we cut slits for their mouths (an idea that came about one year when we didn't have time to carve full pumpkins). The little fellows end up looking fantastically creepy. We paint the interior of the mouths dark brown to give them extra depth.
Hanging Jack for your front entry! ...though I don't think it's a good idea to place the moss or whatever dry kindling that is at the bottom under a lit candle at the front of your home where it could burn the house or catch on a passing costume.
Halloween is a Lifestyle not a Holiday. You will find a little bit of everything here Halloween a course, also anything else that makes my heart smile. Like - anything paranormal, haunted buildings and houses, graveyards, black cats and more.Depeche...
When I go to the pumpkin patch with my family, I don't just look for the perfect, most orange pumpkin. I look for pumpkins and gourds that already have personality. I encourage my girls to look at some of the oddly shaped gourds and ask them what kind of character they see. Is there a sad, scary, or happy face there? Don't choose the pumpkins, let the pumpkins choose you!