Saturday, October 6, 2012

Painted Pumpkins

This year, instead of wielding a knife try a paint brush.  Painting pumpkins is an excellent way of decorating for indoors as well as outside on the porch.

Jessica Dodell-Feder for Country Living Magazine interviewed Artist Liz Demos.  Liz shows us how to take plain pumpkins and make modern pieces of art that we would proudly display - even using beetles and spiders.
Black and White Painted Pumpkins

Alisa Burke not only says she is obsessed with geometric or tribal patterns but she has painted them on pumpkins to prove it.
Geometric Painted Pumpkins

Deco Art uses acrylic paints to showcase fall colors on these pumpkins.  The instructions say a foam or real pumpkin can be used with their paints.
Sparkle and Shine Pumpkins

My research on the artist, Judy Summers, did not bring up a specific website or additional information which is a shame because she is highly talented and I would have liked to share more about her with you.  In the meantime, you can find her at TagYerit (Tag You're It).
P.S. on this artist, if you find anything please let us know.
Bette Buckeye

Jean of Jean's Crafty Corner is able to stand on her own (she is the multi-award winning craft and scrapbooking artist) yet she humbly showcases her husband's work.  Isn't he great with these football players?  You should also see his other works of art - some he paints for the Farmer's Market and others that have been commissioned.
Football Players

Diane Koehler, the artist of Wonderful Arts n Crafts in Texas donated her time for a worthy cause - painting pumpkins helping with raising funds for breast cancer.  These are so fun and yet beautiful.
Painted Pumpkins

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and UF&Shands (University of Florida and Shands Hospitals) came together in 2011 to host their first Pink Pumpkin Painting Party.
Pink Pumpkins

Typically, there aren't many of us who would proudly say they have spiders climbing up their front porch, but who wouldn't be proud of these?  All You explains how we can copy or even expand on their idea.
Spider Stamped and Painted Pumpkins

If you like the idea of painted pumpkins but not really sure you want real ones, try Pottery Barn for faux, ceramic or mercury glass.

However, if you have the time and want your own creation you can find paintable and carvable faux pumpkins at Jo-Ann Stores, Hobby Lobby, and A.C. Moore.  Then you can keep or add to your collection year after year.

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