10/8/2014 | DIY/Creative Ideas, Guest Post

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Patchwork Pumpkins with Oil Pastels

Pumpkin carving is one of the long-held traditions of the Halloween season. Unfortunately, carving pumpkins can be dangerous for small children, and the end results only last a week. How about an alternative way to decorate pumpkins that includes the whole family? By using Pentel Oil Pastels and a little imagination, it’s easy to create vivid, one-of-a-kind pumpkins that will be the envy of the neighborhood! Best of all, water-proof and weather-proof, so they can sit out on your porch the whole of autumn.

Let’s get started. 1-oil-pastels-pentel640

Materials:

  • Pumpkins (we used real pumpkins here, but foam pumpkins will also work great)
  • Pentel Oil Pastels
  • Optional: Artist’s Fixative Spray (hairspray will work just fine, or you can skip this step)
  • Cardboard or newsprint to cover your work surface

Note for those who are new to oil pastels: Oil pastels are just like regular crayons but much softer and the colors go on more vivid an opaque. Kids love working with them because they don’t require any special skills, and they can see the results of their work in no time. Fine artists like them because they are an easy and inexpensive way to bring color to paper or canvas. You can blend them with your fingers, or melt them with the heat of a candle. And while they are not a messy medium, they are oil based, so be sure to cover your work surface and avoid getting it on your clothing.

Step 1:To create a patchwork pattern inspired by Indian Kantha quilts, use your oil pastels to stack patches of color, one on top of the other, creating a vertical column down the side of the pumpkin. 2--pumpkin-demo-ps

Step 2: Create a second column by repeating step one using a different set of colors, then make another column using the first set of colors.

Step 3 Stagger and repeat, working your way around the surface of the pumpkin, making sure to cover the entire surface. 3-oil-pastel-pumpkin-640

Step 4: Choose one color, preferably one that is very dark or very light, then go back and draw vertical lines from bottom to stem. 4-oil-pastel-pumpkins-pentel

Step 5: Doesn’t that look great? Now let’s make a couple more! CLOSE-UP-oil-pastel-pumpkin-640

About the Author aunt peaches flower hatPeaches is the artist and author behind Aunt Peaches, dubbed “the Citizen Kane of craft blogs” by the Huffington Post. Always on the lookout for clever ideas, Peaches shares creative and inexpensive how-to projects for those who love where they live. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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October 14, 2014 at 7:06 pm

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October 20, 2014 at 10:15 am

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October 12, 2015 at 8:25 am

[…] Monday friends! This is a the season for too-many-craft-projects-and-not-enough-timea and these patchwork pumpkins I made last year are still at the top of my list. I’m also setting up Christmas trees and […]

[…] Monday friends! This is a the season for too-many-craft-projects-and-not-enough-timea and these patchwork pumpkins I made last year are still at the top of my list. I’m also setting up Christmas trees and […]

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