Fall 2014 is the first fall that I spend in my new home in Los Angeles. And obviously, I couldn’t avoid this halloween fever happening all around the place (especially, concerning fall decor on pinterest). So, I’ve armed with a 99c pumpkin from the neighborhood grocery store, pumpkin carving tools and brought one of my halloween pumpkin ideas into life. I actually really enjoy watching how people here take the seasonal decoration seriously – party decor supplies, halloween creepy costumes, spooky window displays are everywhere. And, DIY decor ideas are having a blast these days! With no further lyrics about “get your hands dirty and do it yourself”, see the result of my pumpkin for halloween!
1. First, I’ve drawn my pumpkin carving pattern with a marker. I didn’t want to go for any complicated lines, as it was going to be my first time of pumpkin carving ever and I wasn’t so confident in how it will go. It was more about reaching the texture I had in my head. So half-geometric, half-mandala inspired pattern was the direction I took in order to create a carving pattern.
2. Second, I used the linoleum carving tools and it worked pretty well on the “fresh” pumpkin skin. I chose the medium size of carving knife, but for finer lines I would certainly recommend using the thinner attachment (which obviously will lead to a more time consuming process). I usually use the Speedball linoleum cutter when I do linoleum block print projects.