Monday, October 11, 2010

carving alternative

This is one of those things where I'm not sure that the after is really any better than the original. But I felt like doing something creative today so this is what I came up with. I was planning on having it look a little more simple and modern - but, heck, it's okay to be cutesy for holidays right?

I was planning on doing this with real pumkins and gourds - but I found these fake little things at walmart for a dollar, so I figured that if I was going to do the work I'd make it last.

Here's how I did it:
I measured the size letters I wanted for each pumpkin
Typed them up in Illustrator using this free font
Printed them out
Put the printed paper over contact paper and cut them out
Stuck the letters on the pumpkins
Covered the stems with masking tape

Then the plan was to spray paint them white... but my used can of spray paint ran out after only one. So I changed the plan and used the only acrylic paint that I had which is cream. Since it wasn't spray painted, you could see the brushstrokes and wasn't looking modern and clean anymore. I just went with it and made them look dirty/antique/halloweeny by mixing in a little brown paint around the letters, then outlining and doing cobweb type things with a sharpie.

Looking back I should have just bought a fresh can of spraypaint - then I would have the clean modern look I was going for and it would have been easier. But, heck, it's all done. No looking back now. And now we at least have a few fall decorations up.

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