Given the finished project that I just showed you here, you might be a little surprised by my inspiration picture:
Yeah, they don’t look much alike. I really liked the idea of one big pumpkin sitting on a chair, but I wanted to do a big white one instead of black. Mostly because I wanted to write (a lot of) “The Raven” on there with a Sharpie paint pen, in keeping with my Raven themed Halloween (see: Raven planters, Halloween tree with Nevermore banner, Raven-themed vignette).
So my plan was to acquire a giant white pumpkin and start writing. My plan was also that this would be really easy. Six stores later, the best I could come up with was three smallish white pumpkins. I was willing to accept either a real or a fake giant white pumpkin. What I was not willing to do, or at least what I was hoping not to have to do, was paint a pumpkin. I don’t know why, really; it wouldn’t have been that big of a deal. I was just convinced I could find what I wanted without painting.
Until I couldn’t.
So I decided to go with 3 different designs on 3 different pumpkins instead. The first was still writing out the beginning of “The Raven.” I used Sharpie oil based paint pens for all of these, by the way. I measured out and drew guidelines lightly in pencil, then just started writing. Writing on a pumpkin is a little tricky. They are bumpy. And my cursive is decent, but it’s pretty no-frills; I think this would have looked better were I a more flowery handwriting kind of person.
I went with a web and spider for pumpkin #2, and I have to say that’s the one I’m the least pleased with. I couldn’t think of anything I was particularly excited about for the last pumpkin, but I remembered that I had a gold sharpie sitting around, and decided to bust it out and just do some simple stripes. I felt a little lame going with something so basic, but I really like the end result.
I put them all in the chair and took pictures:
Then Gable the dog started getting just a little bit too interested in the pumpkins, and I remembered losing a few last year to curious dog teeth, so I moved my sharpie pumpkins outside:
We’re now at the midway point of our week full of Pumpkin-abulousness, in which I and ELEVEN other bloggers are posting are projects all week and THEN having a giant link party on Friday so we can see everyone else’s pumpkins, too. My Wednesday co-pumpkiners are:
And if you missed any of Monday or Tuesday’s posts, you can find them at:
And then tomorrow you can go take a look at: