If you haven’t noticed already, I went through quite a drought on my blog as far as posts go. But now Halloween season is right around the corner, I have lots of fun pumpkin projects I plan to bring you! I have a lot more up my sleeve this season so stay tuned!
I’ve really been challenging myself to create some really outside-the-box pumpkins this year. It’s been fun and challenging. I would say 3 out of 5 have been miserable craft fails! But you have to go through those to get the good stuff. This crazy pumpkin was one of those…not what I originally intended, but the more I let it sit outside, the more it crackled, which was pretty cool. Here’s how I made it!
What you need for this project:
– Real or faux pumpkin
– Tempera paint
– Foam brush
– Paper towels
I started off coloring the entire pumpkin with crayon. Learn more about this process in my Crayon Pumpkin post I did a couple weeks ago!
Next up came the tempera paint. The tempera paint looked so cool over the crayon pumpkin. I first tried using it as a stain and this is the result. I’m pretty sure I would have gotten a small crackle if I left it that way.
Here’s what it looked like with a basic black stain rubbed off with a paper towel. I’m sure this would have crackled some as it dried, but I didn’t test it.
To get the crackle pumpkin, though, you need more coats. I went back in and added 3 coats. I want to note that I didn’t cover every nook and cranny of the pumpkin to get the crackle effect…a few of the colors still popped through underneath.
After letting it sit a week or so, it looked like this up close!
Some of the paint did flake off, but I figure if I wanted, I could always go back over it with a coating of paint!
Here’s an alternative version of this pumpkin. I applied about 4 coats of the tempera paint to this one, then went back in with a straight pen and scratched all over it. I call this one the “scratch art” pumpkin.
And here’s the other side. Some of the tempera paint did come off in big chunks on this one.
I love how they both turned out. Which one do you like better?
Until next time Swellions!