Patterned Pumpkins — Challenge # 19

How about we try something different with a pumpkin? I went for some graphic ‘pop’ with patterns, and my nine-year old joined in the fun.

Patterned Pumpkins

Patterned Pumpkin

We thumbed through my decorative sourcebooks (especially the Art Deco) for inspiration. Then we sketched a few quick ideas on a notepad. The pumpkin patterns are simply painted in cream-colored, acrylic craft paint. The two small pumpkins that she whipped out are flowing and fun!

A tablescape built around these will look fabulous. Jazzy. Different. And the pumpkins will last longer than the carved variety. (Don’t worry; we’ll still carve some glowing gourds come All Hallows’ Eve.)

So my daughter and I extend this Patterned Pumpkin challenge to you. Here’s what to do:

  1. Paint a pumpkin (or a family of them) in any pattern(s) and color(s) you choose.
  2. Get the painting done by Halloween-ish.
  3. Snap a photo of your Patterned Pumpkin(s).
  4. An adult age 18+ should do the entering, by Wednesday, November 4.
  5. Upload your photo and description of your designs here.

giftcard_gif_smThen I’ll randomly choose an Entrant to win a $30 Michael’s Gift Card! Just the ticket this crafty time of year.

And how cool to view your family’s pumpkins in perpetuity online. We can’t wait to see ‘em!

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Patterned Pumpkins -- Challenge # 19

  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 4, 2009
  • Ta-Da! Challenge Results: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Check out all 3 entries:

1. Renee Fritz in plymouth WI U.S.A2. Diane in Brentwood, CA USA
3. lana in west bloomfield, michigan, usa 


1. From Renee Fritz in plymouth WI U.S.A:

Renee Fritz's entry

freeform airbrush painted pumpkin face


2. From Diane in Brentwood, CA USA:

Diane's entry

I love the colors of fall so wanted to use them on my pumpkin. I found an oak leaf with an interesting shape and used it as a template to make the design, which I then painted in fall colors. Where the leaves overlapped, I mixed the two colors to give it a transparent look. I then carved a scrollwork pattern in between the leaves to give it some texture. I plan to use it as a centerpiece on my Thanksgiving table! Why let Halloween have all the fun?


3. From lana in west bloomfield, michigan, usa:

lana's entry

Its a clown. Not sure if it fits for whatever you\’re doing.

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