|Written by jswana|
Everyone likes carving a pumpkin and making it into a Jack-o-Lantern and most of us know how.¬† It used to be cutting the face out with a sharp knife, gutting it, (we oiled ours a little on the outside) cleaned it out¬† and putting a candle inside to¬† keep the spooky look going was somthing like the ultimate effect.¬† It wasn't necessarily easy though because it was a lot of gook too.¬† Using other methods for Halloween Pumpkins can be fun and produce wonderful effects as well............
PAINTING YOUR JACK-O-LANTERN:
Visit your Art Supply store and find a good Acrylic Paint for your Jack-O-Lantern.¬† Water colors and¬† just regular paint will not work, in fact will render a¬† mess. This is also an extremely child friendly craft under good guidance. Here is how you do it:
1.)¬† You will need acrylic paint, paint brush(es) of your choice, a clean pumpkin and some time.
If your pumpkin has dirt on it, sit it under warm water until the debris is off and then wipe down thoroughly and let sit until dry.¬† You don't have to gut this pumpkin unless you want it.¬† Leaving it whole is fine as a pumpkin lasts approximately 2 weeks in a cooler, darker place before showing signs of rotting.¬† Having a pumpkin in the kitchen area may show signs of rot sooner because of heat and more humidity.¬† They all vary.
2.)¬†¬† Following paint directions, paint your pumpkin into unique spookiness.¬† No one is going to have a pumpkin like this.¬† If you're really good at art, you will¬† not only have a ghoulish face, but haunted landscapes and other goblins on it.
3.)¬† If you're a little timid about just beginning to paint it without a guide, use a pencil and draw in that you want first and than paint it!
Placing stencils on your pumpkin is fun too, especially if you don't have much skill in painting faces on them.¬† Visiting your Art Supply Store and finding the appropriate Spray Paint for this¬† craft will make this a wonderful project.¬† Here is how you do it:
1.)¬† You will need Stencils and Spray Paint and well ventilated area.
Place your stencils strategically on the pumpkin and spray¬† in the color(s) you want.¬† Let dry and place in window.
FINDING DECALS FOR YOUR JACK-O-LANTERN:
You can buy spooky cut-outs, decals or Stickers for your Jack-o-Lantern that is so easy to do and create really wonderful scenes or faces on the pumpkin as well!¬† It saves a lot of time.¬† A very nice site for getting decals for your Pumpkin is listed below: