Thursday, September 22, 2016

Painting A Pumpkin

Halloween celebrations are getting closer. 

Dahlia continue to share their beauty, the turkey salts join in, a new to me canvas makes a good backdrop, the wooden crow is making another fall visit, and a vintage yellow and orange crocheted doily (picked up from one of my favourite thrift stores this week) are displayed on a wooden tray which corral this grouping of pumpkins (and a watermelon). 

Pumpkins and various squash were available on Wednesday at Hilltop Gardens Farm near Ashcroft. I picked out my first two pumpkins - a pale green/white and a small orange as well as some field tomatoes and small watermelons.

Stores have stocked big boxes of candy. The Pumpkin Patches are gearing up for the bus loads of school children and crowds of after school and weekend pumpkin seekers. Costumes crowd the aisles in some stores. Bloggers are sharing their creativity.

With a sweet little baby with pumpkin graphic from the Graphics Fairy and an small old frame found on the 'free table' at my favourite thrift shop I added a small halloween themed addition to my Halloween collection.

The crow is styrofoam with black feathers with beak/eyes, a dollar store buy.

The green frog, made of plaster, had lots of missing paint, he was repainted with Gypsy Green DIY paint and given a clear wax/polish and is doing much better now.

The pumpkin? During my tent and shed clean-outs in August I noticed we had several pieces of well weathered plywood, just what I needed to make a pumpkin sign. 

I made pumpkin patterns on brown paper (remember making Valentine hearts? - same idea). Next I traced 4 pumpkin shapes on the edge of the plywood (fewer cuts needed that way) and DH used the jigsaw to cut out one shape. 

Dry and weathered plywood is fussy to cut, it splinters, the dried out glue binding the layers together separates, repairs with fresh glue and clamps have to be made and so, only 1 pumpkin was ready to paint. Maybe the other 3 will get some orange and black, we will see.

CeCe Caldwell Kissimmee Orange and Beckley Coal were on hand.

I masked off the stem/sort of centre of the pumpkin shape and painted the black and orange areas.

Next I dry brushed black on the orange side before stencilling "gather friends" (didn't take a picture before adding the white outlining).

The stencil was 2" in height and I remembered to put pieces of paper around each letter as I stencilled so I wouldn't get paint outside of the letter shape.

I used my small outlining brush and CeCe Simply White to outline all the letters. Waxed when dried, polished the next day.

Very versatile wooden pumpkin - tried on several different settings - I think the one below is my favourite. I used a watercolour painting of fall leaves as the background.

The wire wreath has been getting a few changes with each sign I paint. I painted a bread board and didn't take before/during or after pictures so I am including it in this post too. Company was coming and I wanted to have something pretty to welcome them. When they left I took it over to my booths.

I added my two new signs and the small Graphics Fairy framed print to my Halloween bits and pieces in front of my showcase at Village Antiques Mall.

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  1. Joy - Love your rustic pumpkin!


  2. I am always so impressed with your creations! That pumpkin is wonderful!!
    There are no real pumpkins in the stores down here yet. I am so looking forward to a bit cooler weather and buying pumpkins and mums and marigolds. The heat has pretty much killed all the ones I had.
    Happy FALL, Joy!!

  3. You are so talented Joy ... love your plywood pumpkin. Enjoy your nice weather. Still very hot here in Texas.

  4. Joy, I love the pumpkin! Very creative to do both orange and black. I would not have thought to do that. I have some left over pieces of plyboard from my new she shed. I was thinking of asking hubby to cut me some pumpkins that I could polka dot. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. What a lovely pumpkin and love how easy it is to make. Adorable and so much better then a store bought. I would love for you to share this lovely project at a link party I am co-hosting. I hope to see you there.

  6. Such a cute pumpkin and lovely display, Joy! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  7. Very cute Fall and Halloween decor and the pumpkin sign is so fun with the colour block style!

  8. I admire your ability to "paint around the letters with white" and know that I could never keep such straight lines!! That pumpkin is extremely cute and clever. I love it.

  9. You are so talented! I love the signs you made. I'm excited about October getting here. I love October! I bet your signs will sell fast.

  10. Super cute pumpkin. Love the two colors and white edge on letters. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on G+! Have a great week!

  11. Very nice, Joy! I also love the green frog:).

  12. Good morning Joy, I am sorry this comment is so late. We are visiting our son and his family about a 6 hour drive from our home and he is moving into a new home with our help. There has been no time for my computer.

    You do take stenciling to a new level. A talent that is so pleasing and fun. I love the pumpkin and everything you do. Your DIY instructions are very good. Thank you for joining Blue Monday and your sweet comments.
    Have a wonderful week.

  13. So very cute, I love that burnt orange color! Thank you for sharing with us at the To grandma's house we go link party! Pinned!

  14. Loving the sign you made! It looks wonderful and that adorable little frog has me smiling from ear to ear. Too cute!

  15. The sign looks terrific, Joy! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle! Pinning.

  16. I love you post. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Over the Moon Link Party. You're my choice for Featured Blogger this week. Check out this week's post beginning Sunday evening through Thursday evening to grab your Featured Blogger badge.

  17. love the pumpkin, and good tip on adding paper around the stencil in use, its annoying when paint gets where one doesn't want it.


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