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!
Steps for DIY halloween pumpkin carving:
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.
What are your halloween decoration ideas for this year?
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