Sunday, October 30, 2011

changing the pumpkin scene around here.

the other day my dad bribed us with a dinner at the spaghetti factory to carve a pumpkin for him to enter in a contest - he wins a seahawks jacket. i wanted to find something really unique to do so of course i headed right to google.com and without fail, trusty martha was there with the answer. who knew a linoleum cutter was the go-to pumpkin carving tool this year?
with her carve by color technique you basically do a lot more scraping then cutting and you ditch those $5.99 target tools and hit up lowes for the necessities. even though we totally bought the wrong looking but with the right name tool, it still worked fine for us. she suggests a lot of other crazy tools that we didn't need for our project.
after flipping through her stencils the last few days i was having a hard time settling on one that had enough 'wow' factor until today, when she added a new segment on pumpkin creatures and i immediately knew the spiders would be perfect!
tim and i teamed up on this, i did the cleaning out of the pumpkin and the drawing of the legs and tim sawed the gourds in half. this pumpkin we had was totally weird though, so stringy and hard to get a clean surface inside. we went with an opening in the bottom since we are going to light with a short string of white christmas lights wrapped around a jar - it gives the top a much better look.
we never cut all the way through on the spiders, we used the linoleum scraper to saw down superficially then to scrape off the skin till it was a depth we liked it. on the second one tim went even shallower so that the light was different on it. turned out so cool! it really was an easy technique to pick up even though the website doesn't give much instruction. we ended up doing three spiders, adding the third non-gourd one at the last minute to give it more depth.
either way you can always count on martha for cutting edge ideas! i have no idea the competition we are even up against - but it'll be fun to see how we fair, so stay tuned!