THE COLOR BLOCKED PUMPKIN
- Clean your pumpkins with soap and water to wipe off the dirt.
- Use masking tape to section off a round shape on the side of your pumpkin.
- Using acrylic crafting paint, paint small even strokes being careful to apply thin layers. Don't be impatient like I was. Let the first layer dry before you go on to the next.
- Once the first color is totally dry, section off another circle around your pumpkin, partially overlapping your first color.
- Repeat step 3, and ta da!
THE CHEVRON CARVED PUMPKIN
For my carved pumpkin I decided to use a chevron pattern. Make sure you have the right tools. Wouldn't you know that our really expensive serrated Japanese steel tomato knife wasn't the easiest to work with? I think it was too big. The carving set from your local big box store is probably a better bet. Oh well, next time.
- Again I used masking tape, this time as my stencil.
- Tape vertical lines from the stem of your pumpkin down to the bottom.
- Then tape shorter pieces diagonally between your vertical lines, going in the same direction.
- Alternate the direction of the diagonal tape between each vertical line.
- Once you're done taping, carve a circle around the stem of your pumpkin so that you can reach in there and clean it out.
- Carve out the diagonal rectangles you've created with your tape.
And there you go!