How To Paint Your Own Pennywise Pumpkin

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This Halloween season, Pennywise, from the movie IT is the go-to movie to see.  I’m seeing all kinds of articles on how you can rock this clown custom for Halloween 2017, but I thought I’d turn Pennywise into my kinda craft- a pumpkin, of course.  Let me just tell you, taking the above pic was pretty amusing.  Instead of scouting for models, I went scouting for gutters in my neighborhood. LOL. I think the end result turned out pretty sweet.  And fun fact, I’ve never seen this movie or the original that all my friends were scared of when I was a child of the 90’s.  I do recognize a viral character when I see it, and knew I had to get on the clown action.

What you’ll need:

– White medium-sized pumpkin
– Red, black, and white acrylic paints
– Tacky Glue
– Paintbrushes
– Red feather marabou boa
– Scissors

Before you begin:  I painted the off-white pumpkin with white acrylic paint to give the clown a more pale complexion.

Next pull up a pic of Pennywise for reference…I did my project freehand, but you can plot yours out with pencil if you’d like.

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I then painted my pumpkin as shown below…I started with a liner brush drawing the red on the lips, I then went back in around the lips adding outlines and shading.  Around the grin, I added lines to accentuate.

Next I drew the red lines that go from the grin to above the eyes. After I did that, I added in more additional shading detail and started to draw the eyes and frown lines.

I finished up the face with additional shading and red eyes. For finishing touches, I added some chin and face shape definition. Also clean up any messy details with white paint after everything has dried. My last step was to mix a little glue and paint to make faux cracks and gritty details to the forehead and face. The final step is to cut, then glue on the feather boa to the top of the pumpkin in a horseshoe fashion.

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This turned out pretty fun (and creepy).  When I get into the zone painting, I realize how much I enjoy it.

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Taking photos of this pumpkin may have been more fun than actually painting it.  For this one, I hid the pumpkin in some bushes and peeked through to get this shot.  Nothin’ quite like a creepy clown lurking in the shadows.

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And I thought the dead grass and wooden fence at sunset made for a nice backdrop as well.

Let me know what you think of my pumpkin and if it creeps you out.  And fun fact, I actually like clowns…I grew up with paintings of them in my room  as a toddler.  They were mainly the hobo and circus clowns type.  I don’t know if I should watch this movie or not and change my perception.

If you love this project, share it with your friends, and check out this cute stop motion video I did using the steps above to create this DIY project.  I made this little vid for the Darby Smart app! If you want ot make your own DIY vids easily using only your phone, give this app a try. Available now in the app store.

 

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Making your own Glowing Blacklight Slime

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Halloween is right around the corner and the blacklights are glowing bright! Scare up some fun for the kids (or the kids at heart) with a batch of glowing slime that shines brightest under blacklight. This slime only takes a few ingredients and will be the hit of the Halloween party!

What you need:
– Clear glue
– Neon glow paint
– Baking soda
– Saline solution
– Spoon and bowl for mixing

I created this project for Darby Smart, a DIY app you can download in the Apple iTunes app store. What makes this app so great is that you can shoot, edit, and post your own tutorial using the handy features in it! You can also follow my channel where I share more videos like this one and there’s a lot more artists in the app to discover as well.

DIY your own Pumpkin Slime and Jar

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If you’re planning a party this Halloween season for kids, this might be the perfect party gift they can make at the festivities and take home with them! In this tutorial (an exclusive I made for the Darby Smart app), I show you how to make the slime and the container in some super easy steps!

Here’s what you’ll need:
– Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue
– Baking Soda
– Orange Food Coloring
– Saline Solution
– Orange Glitter
– Green Multi-surface paint
– Small Mason Jar
– Black Puffy Paint
– Paintbrush

Watch the video below to see all the steps!

I did this tutorial for Darby Smart, where they partner with cool companies like Retail me Not to bring cool DIY videos to the masses. You can see more videos on the Darby Smart app from more awesome creators. Download it here and watch some cool videos and make your own.

How to make your own Pizza Bank

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True story: When I was in college, I remember scrambling up change to pay for a Papa John’s Pizza. I know it had to be REALLY annoying to the pizza guy when he showed up and was paid in quarters, dimes and nickels. So in the spirit of this, I created this funny pizza bank so you can store your change (and maybe some dollars) inside to save up for that next delivery. Watch the video below to see how you make it…

What you need:
– Old cleaning wipes container
– Puffy paint in pizza colors (yellow, red, gold, green, black)

If you like this simple tutorial, I share more on the Darby Smart app, which you can download now in the app store. Check out my channel and more creative designers on the app -and- make your own videos too!

How to Make Slime Tumbler Cup

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Since slime has trended up big this past year, you’ve probably seen all kinds of versions, from crunchy slime to galaxy slime to unicorn slime.  I decided to take slime to the next level by putting it inside a double-walled tumbler.  So you can tote around your slime with your fave drink and take it out to play whenever you want.

What you’ll need:
– Double-walled plastic tumbler
– Clear Gel Glue
– Lots of glitter and sequins in color of your choice
– Food coloring
– Saline Solution
– Baking Soda
– Spoon

I created this tutorial for Darby Smart, the makers of Darby app, an app you can get in the Apple iTunes store.  This app has thousands of DIY tutorials to inspire you and I have a channel on it where I share more fun videos like this.  See my tutorial below and go download the app so you can watch more!

Pin the tutorial below to save to make later and be sure to share this with your friends.

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Dexter’s Backyard Jungle Adventure

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Compensation was provided for this post by Purina

Did you know Purina Pro Plan has proclaimed June 15 is National “Take Your Cat on an Adventure” Day? If there’s one thing my tabby cat, Dexter, loves more than food, it’s having his own adventure in our backyard. As soon as I open the door, Dexter is always there to make amad dash outside. Our backyard is filled with everything he loves: a variety of trees, lots of grass, and tons of gardening supplies and fun DIY projects. Dexter definitely is the king of this backyard jungle.
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Dexter’s favorite thing to do in the backyard is roll around in the grass.  It’s like he’s swimming in a bathtub filled with very potent catnip. Talk about an ultimate sensory overload!
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Dexter doesn’t limit his passion for grass just to rolling in it…he sometimes goes in for the taste test.  Weeding is definitely an outdoor chore I need help with and I’m happy to put this guy to work and pay him in food. Haha!dexter-eating-proplan
Speaking of food,  I decided to treat Dexter to a little picnic outside with his favorite meal – Purina Pro Plan.  The yummy morsels definitely give him the fuel he needed for several more hours of play. Lately, he’s needed more energy to keep up with a feisty new backyard visitor.
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A couple months back we got a new puppy named Lazer and he’s definitely kept Dexter on his toes (or should I say paws?). While the two  aren’t BFF’s, Dexter is intrigued by his playful personality and is always up for a little pouncing action.dexter-pounce-new
It’s actually quite hilarious to watch Dexter get into pounce mode.  He lays flat like a snake on the ground and literally becomes “Lazer-focused”.  His eyes and ears are at high alert and his backside starts to twitch.  Meanwhile, Lazer usually is hopping around and taunting Dexter to come and get him.  It’s insanely cute to watch.dexter-and-lazer-playing
It was very hard to capture these two in action. They moved SO fast! The general vibe can be conveyed in the two photos above.  It’s pretty obvious they are the definition of a love/hate relationship.
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After all that heart-pumping action, Dexter hopped up into Dad’s chair for some relaxation. Luckily, Lazer still can’t jump high enough to reach the seat.  I know Dexter is in his element outdoors and William and I like to give him supervised playtime whenever we can.  Seeing him happy makes us happy and we love that he has safe space to roam and make his own.

Remember to mark June 15 on your calendars and celebrate your cat with a special adventure.Visit www.mygreatcatadventure.com to see other great cat adventures and learn more. Whether it’s taking him on a walk, hosting a kitty play date, or buying a new toy, it’s a reminder to keep our cats healthy and active!

Until next time Swellions!
Alexa (and Dexter)

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Purina Pro Plan. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

I wrote a Snapchat ebook!

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I’m so excited to share with you the new book that I co-authored with my good friend Jennifer Priest. It’s all about the latest most buzzed about social media app…Snapchat. Both Jennifer and I have taken the leap and hope you will too!

In the book we share everything from how to use Snapchat to WHY you need to be on Snapchat. Basically, it’s a deep dive into the app and we also share cool people to follow and a prompt of the day challenge.

Learn more about the book and order your copy over on Rainmakermediaworks.com and let me know what you think!  I’d love your feedback and insight. 🙂

OK, I have to go!  I have a snap story to work on.

Gary Vaynerchuk Printable Valentines

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It’s no joke, I love me some Gary Vee!  For those of you who have yet to discover Gary, he’s one of the smartest guys in social media and business. And I watch every episode of the #askgaryvee show on his Youtube rather religiously!  He even featured one of my questions…in this video:

So, Gary is always talking about “hustle” and how you have to hustle to get a question answered, so I made these cute little printable Valentine’s to sweeten my chance to get on the show!  For all you social media junkies and folks in the Vayner Nation  please print these out and share with all your office friends or share the ones I individually added below on your fave social sites.

Simply click here >>>>Gary Vaynerchuk Printable Valentine<<<<< to get a large scale 8.5 x 11 inch image that you can print out and give to your social media buddies!

And here’s the individual ones for sharing!

 

Galaxy Art Pumpkin DIY

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Here’s a fun and different idea for making a super cool DIY pumpkin this year!  Create a pumpkin that’s out of this world and looks like a galaxy nebula!  This look is fun and abstract and no two pumpkins will turn out exactly the same, but they are guaranteed to be super cool!!

FYI If you like this post, you’ll love my DIY Halloween page called Easy Pumpkin Ideas where you’ll find 10+ project DIYs! Check ’em out!
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What you need:
– Black Pumpkin (Mine is a Funkin from Hobby Lobby)
– Various Tulip fabric paints (mine have some definite messy/crafty love on them)
Tulip Fabric Spray in black and white (not shown)
Tulip Fashion Glitters (in coordinating colors to your paints)
– Paper plate or palette
– Cut sponges
– Brushes for making stars (optional)
– Image printed out or pulled up on your phone to go by.
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Here’s a quick stepout of my process.  Since this process is very loose and abstract, you can literally spend 10 minutes on it -or- and hour to get it “just right”.  I want to show you my basic tips, but I encourage you to read up on some more processes for success.

Before I began, I pulled some images of “Galaxy Art DIYs” up on my phone to see what other folks have created. You can also look up “Galaxy Nebula” for various space telescope photos for inspiration for your design.  I used these images as inspiration for my design, but I didn’t copy them exactly.

I started by sponging on a light blue base color on the top of the pumpkin, then I sponged in other colors around it blending them slightly.  I had no initial rhyme or reason for this, but I did know I wanted to keep my colors seperated a bit and not too blended together.  Next, I experimented with some fabric sprays. First I spritzed on some black fabric spray, which gave it a cool, organic look.  I then went over top and added a few splatters of the white.  Do this sparingly, because you don’t want too many as they will take away from your colorful design.

Note, you can also add “stars” by using the back of your paintbrush to dot on stars randomly all over the pumpkin. In my opinion, I liked the fabric spray look a lot better than the dotted stars look, but dotting on the stars will work perfectly if you don’t have fabric spray.

Admittedly, after I spritzed on the fabric sprays, I went back in and sponged a little of my pinks and blues back over.  This is where I talked about getting it “just right”. You are going to have to judge what looks right to your eye!  For a final touch, I sprinkled on glitter over the coordinating color of wet paint.  It really made my galaxy pop!

If you are still feeling unsure and want some more painting advice before you begin this process, I found this video tutorial very helpful by Tutorials by A (she’s awesome).

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Here’s a few closeups of my finished look.  I think it turned out so cool!
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What do you think? Do you want to give this galaxy art pumpkin a try??

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Glitter Drip Pumpkin DIY

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Hey everyone!  Since the Halloween and pumpkin season is upon us, I thought I’d show you how to dress up a plain black pumpkin with some super sparkle!  You know you want to!!!  All this project takes is glue & various colors of glitter to make a  sparkletastic pumpkin in no time!

Watch the project below via the Darby Smart app!  I’m a part of the #DarbyStars program where I share video projects on the Darby Smart app. You can download the app from the app store on your phone.

 

FYI If you like this post, you’ll love my DIY Halloween page called Easy Pumpkin Ideas where you’ll find 10+ project DIYs! Check ’em out!
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What you need for this project:
– Black pumpkin (mine was faux and from Target)
Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Glue
Tulip Fashion Glitters in a rainbow of colors
– Small paintbrush (For moving glue drips)
– Large bristle brush (for sweeping away excess glitter)
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Squeeze a big glob of glue on top of the pumpkin and spread it out with an old paintbrush.  You will need to guide the drips a little at first.
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Before you know it, you’re pumpkin will look awesome like this and ready for the glittery goodness!
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Grab your glitters and start shaking them over top to cover all your glue!
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Tilt your pumpkin up to get the drips on the side!
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After an intense glittering, session, your pumpkin will look like this!
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Let your pumpkin dry, then take a large bristle brush and sweep off all the excess glitter!  Also, you may notice that you have a few dried glue clupms here or there.  You can use your scissors to help “define” your dried glue drips. You’ll also be able to just peel off any dried glue smudges!
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And here’s the finished pumpkin!  Doesn’t it look fun?
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Here’s a look at the back.  The glue sagged a little bit after the glitter was applied but I still think it looks super cool!
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And a view from the top!
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Do you think you’ll be trying out this fun pumpkin!!!! I love how it turned out!
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And here’s a finished graphic for happy pinning and sharing on your fave social media site! Happy glittering everyone!

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