IT'S PUMPKIN TIME - The joys of autumn

As soon as autumn had arrived I promptly rushed to the market to get my pumpkins! :) I love the diversity of their shapes, colors and unusual patterns. However, for several years now I wanted to paint them in different patterns and colors that are not inherent to them, but I never did because they were so beautiful just as they are, so I couldn't get myself to do it. This year I could not resist, I bought a bunch and I've painted them all. :)

I always match our home decor to the seasons of the year, and use the colors that go along with them, but lately I'm in a pink mania, so my autumn became pink this year. :) I chose a couple of color schemes that agree with the colors in our apartment, in addition to pink&gold, there is also a black&gold combination.

The triangle pattern is done with the pieces of black electrical tape. The polka dot one, that looks like it has rivets on it, is actually pins with round heads painted in gold and pinned into a pumpkin. :)

I found that using brush when painting pumpkins always leaves brush marks, even sponge does not make a smooth texture. So I used spray paint instead. I love matt colors. This gold one is an exception, beacause it's looks just beautiful on pumpkin stems.

Here are some tips on how to spray your pumpkin:

* Spray paint the pumpkin stem
* When it's well dried, put the self adhesive paper tape over it, making sure that the tape parts do not cover any areas of pumpkin itself
* Now you can paint the body of the pumpkin. Apply the first coat taking care not to spray at close range. Also, don't spray too long at the same place to avoid formation of paint drops.
When it's well dried, repeat the same process to apply the second layer of the paint.

I got so caught up in painting with my golden spray, that I forgot to leave enough pumpkins for the black&white combination, that I really wanted. Finally, I painted only two which were left behind. :)

Black polka dots on the little white pumpkin are also made of black electrical tape. Stencil and spray would just not work on this kind of curved surface. Therefore, if you want some patterns in which self adhesive tapes can't help, I advise using brush and acrylic paint.

It is important to know that although the stems can be protected by self adhesive paper tape without damaging the colors, it does not apply to the color on the pumpkin itself. So I do not glue anything to a painted pumpkin if you do not plan for it to stay there. :)

Halloween is coming, BOO HOO HOO! :)

This year I got the inspiration to give my pumpkins some perky "scary" characters. Have I told you how much I love Halloween !? : D

My dear little spidy . :) His body is a little pumpkin sprayed in matt black paint. His legs are made of a black wire. Each spider leg is formed separately, and then pinned into a pumpkin. So much fun and so easy to make!

The little pumpkin ghost is even easier to make! The key is finding a pumpkin which shape will, painted in white, irresistibly resemble a ghost. Since ghosts "come" in so many shapes and forms, it is much easier to find the shape you need than you might think. :)

This cute bat pumpkin just had to have a carved face, instead of a drawn one, so its eyes can glow in the dark, daah! : D

Its wings and its ears are printed and glued onto the pumpkin, you can download the free printable here.

Since the bat pumpkin had a long stem (before it got its wings),  it irresistibly resembled a cartoon bomb. So I just added some sparks and got the cutest colorful bomblets. For free printable sparks click here. :)

The post full of Halloween ideas is yet to come, so stay tuned! :) I'm very anxious to share all of it with you next week. Until then, enjoy all of the autumn joys. :)
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