Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dia de los Muertos Pumpkin, Step-by-Step

Hello again!
 
Here's how I did the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) pumpkin...
 
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I began by folding a piece of typing paper in half and cutting out

a simple skull shape. I folded it a little to fit the curve of the pumpkin

and lightly traced around the pattern with a liner brush,

then base-coated the skull background with white acrylic ~

(I used Golden Liquid Acrylic).

While that was drying, I sketched my design on the paper pattern,

this time cutting out the eyes, mouth and nose shapes.

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I placed the cut-out shapes on the pumpkin and used a liner brush

and pink acrylic (thinned) to trace around them...

(I used pink paint instead of black as it would be easier to blend into

the finished design ~ also easier to cover up any stray lines later.)

I used the brush to free-hand "sketch" in the different elements;

Swirls, flowers, hearts ~ the more the merrier!

It looks pretty messy at this stage...but it all comes together!
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I filled in the main shapes with bright, light to medium colors.
 
Now for the fun!
 
Using slightly thinned black acrylic and a liner brush, I outlined all the shapes ~
 
I then used a small round brush for the larger areas and the negative shapes around the eyes.
 
I got "dotty" with a brush handle dipped in various colors!
 
You could just go wild with details...I had to keep reminding myself that
 
this was just a (perishable) pumpkin!
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Even though it's not going to last all that long, I wanted the skull to have a

nice gloss, so I put a coat of water-based sealer on the painted design only.

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It's a good thing the sealer was dry, Leo!

He has to check everything out.

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Now, this part is really short-lived... (Aren't many really good things fleeting, though?)

but it was fun ~ I had oodles of marigolds, and they are such a significant part

of Dia de los Muertos that I had to do it.

Just a tiny bit of hot-glue holds each flower-head in place.

And they did last until the next day!

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Leo didn't know what to think about this part...;^)
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Leo does love to pose! (This is his "Lassie" look.)
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And that's it!

Join me for Halloween tomorrow night!


Love,

 
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19 comments:

  1. WOW! It looks awesome! You are so talented! And, I love the pics of your adorable kitty checking it all out. So cute!

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  2. This is brilliant. It is such a shame that it won't last long, at least you have pictures. It is good to see something a little different to the usual Jack-o-Lanterns.
    Leo looks like he is the quality controller, and is taking his job very seriously!

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  3. Wow!
    I'm spechless!
    AMAZING!
    Happy Halloween!
    xoxo

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  4. This is the best decorated pumpkin I've seen on the web anywhere!

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  5. Incredible Anne! I thought this was on a foam pumpkin! All that work!!! And Leo is just adorable... love the look he is giving it in the marigold shot.

    Happy Halloween to you both!

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  6. Such a transformation on your pumpkin and I agree, you are very talented.
    It's Leo approved....
    Happy Halloween.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  7. Your work is amazing. and that header with your sweet kitty OMGOSH could win a magazine contest. LOVE it all and will send this to my friend who dressed up kind of like that today . HUGS

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  8. It's amazing! Pumpkins won't go bad here as long as one keeps the pumpkin in the house, and it is not carved. I still have a pumpkin from last year. I had it on a shelf in the living room, and it still looks fine.

    Is there a dry spot to display it?

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  9. i would have so much fun making one of these. i hope i remember this next year! it's great and so different!

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  10. Ah Anne - once again you have amazed me...your pumpkin is the best and Leo knows it. Wherever do you come up with these great ideas?? So fun too. Hope you had a wonderful birthday dear one! Take care and Happy Halloween!

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  11. Happy Halloween/Day of the Dead, Anne! That is flipping awesome! I think Mr. Kitty Leo Cat approves as well. Your Pumpkin paint job is quite beautiful. Bright blessings, Bird. http://birdsearthyspirit.blogspot.com/2013/10/blessed-samhainhalloween-and-halloween.html

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  12. Oh my they are absolutely beautiful. The colors are fabulous. You are very talented!!!

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  13. Amazing!! Love kitty in the pictures ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

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  14. You are so clever! that looks just amazing! Jane xx

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