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The Art Journaled Pumpkin

Video showing to art journal a pumpkin for Halloween- bright and happy rainbow colors!

It’s that time of year when people I know love to carve up a pumpkin. It probably won’t shock you to know that I’d rather paint a pumpkin than carve it. While they carved, I used paint to create a background on my pumpkin, just like I would if I was creating a background in an art journal.

Video showing to art journal a pumpkin for Halloween- bright and happy rainbow colors!

But paint was all I had at that moment. That gave me the opportunity to finish it later…and with the camera running so I could share the process with you! I added layers to it…and learned something very very wise (okay common sense) while using the glitter on the pumpkin.

Watch Art Journaled Pumpkin and Gelli Printing on YouTube.

Having just the right colors of paper for this was so easy thanks to the Gelli Plate® and a couple of stencils. The benefit to me of using the Gelli Plate® to create custom colored papers is that there are hints of pattern and texture that wouldn’t be there is I only used a paint brush.

Running these through the Xyron got the adhesive on them quickly so I could get right to building the banner on a scrap of bakers twine.

Video showing to art journal a pumpkin for Halloween- bright and happy rainbow colors!

I have to confess that after Halloween I am going to take the Halloween word off of it and just leave it with Happy as long as I can. I like having a glittered and playful pumpkin around the house!

Video showing to art journal a pumpkin for Halloween- bright and happy rainbow colors!

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  • Corrine October 25, 2015, 7:38 pm

    OMG how freakin fabulous is this. You rock it Carolyn. xox

  • Lisa Slagle October 25, 2015, 9:30 pm

    Such fun! I have to try gelli printing next! Which is your suggested project for a newbie to art-play? Thanks for so much colorinspiration!

  • PatGLex October 26, 2015, 10:23 am

    Ooh, I can see the pumpkin decked out for the major holidays — lights and some greens for Christmas, a heart banner for Valentine’s Day, bunny ears/eggs (?) for Easter…..now I need to see if I can get a plastic one to play with!

  • lorraine williamson October 27, 2015, 10:44 am

    love it great minds think a like a made my mixed media pumpkin had a lot of fun love art journaling and creating in new ways checking out your video thanks zen hugs and frankies purrs

  • Vicki Romaine October 29, 2015, 5:26 pm

    Only you would think of painting a pumpkin! A double thumbs up on this one. Can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas I imagine colorful stockings hanging by the chimney with care.

    I am going out and buying a small pumpkin.