It’s fall! It’s the season when you test your artistic chops out on that orange gourd—the pumpkin. For most, Halloween is all about the costumes and the candy. But for artists it’s the time to switch up your skill set and expand your creativity. Quite frankly, it’s your season to impress the neighbors—to dazzle them with an amazing front porch pièce de résistance.
Pumpkin is a spectacular medium. It is soft and pliable like a linoleum block, but has the illuminating quality of glass. It allows you to play with both shape and light. Creating a design that showcases both of these assets can give you a “wow” effect.
When brainstorming for your pumpkin carving design, think of how to incorporate everything a pumpkin has to offer— two tones of the flesh and skin, positive and negative space, multiple layers of illumination, texture and depth.
Use the right tools while pumpkin carving. Don’t treat your pumpkin like any old vegetable and hack away at it with a kitchen knife. Respect it for the canvas that it is. X-ACTO’s Basic Wood Carving set is a great place to start. The kit has a variety of large scale chiseling and carving tips giving you control and precision of your pumpkin carving.
With the right tools, planning, and design a pumpkin can be a great canvas to work out some creative energy. It’s a chance to think differently and explore new techniques. So go grab your gourd and “wow” the neighbors.