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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pumpkin Canvas

Oh my goodness, I am SO excited to be making my first post as an eP Design Team member!! I just love working with paper, glue and paint . . . this project uses them all!! 

There is a corner down the street from us that always the  booth for 4th of July fireworks,  Christmas trees and the pumpkin patch.  I was super excited to see the lights going up, the inflatables wiggling in the wind and the rows of pumpkins being set up last weekend. We might not have the 'coolest' fall weather here in  Atlanta Georgia, but the pumpkin patch means that fall is here!! Yeah!!

Here is my pumpkin canvas decoration I made for the house this year!! I hope you enjoy it!! 

I started with a free printable from Pintrest and used Matte medium to glue it down.   

The white of the paper was a little bright so I added Titan Buff from Golden all around and a couple of smudges of orange! (Just stick your fingers in the paint and move it around on the canvas until it makes you happy!)

One of my favorite types of paper are the brown bags you get at the grocery store.  I store them (it really isn't hording if I plan to use them, right?) and use them sparingly.  I ripped this one up into the branches and the curly-cues for the canvas. 

 I cut several thin strips of the brown bag and coated them in matte-medium and curled them into corkscrew shapes.  You have to do one at a time, because the matte medium dries really quickly and there isn't much time to make a good corkscrew.  When the medium dries though, the paper stays in shape!  Love this!

Decoupage is a little bit stronger (but much goopier) than matte medium in my opinion, so I used it to glue the 'branches' down.  This way, the branches can bend out from the canvas and not fall off the canvas!

Random black paper from my stash made some random black bats to hang from the branches.  And I used twine to actually suspend them from where the branches pull away from the canvas. This way the bats move around in the wind! I stapled the bats to the twine and then added a dot of Helmar glue to make sure they didn't slide off!!

Next came the rub-ons and doodling to finish the canvas off!!

 Thank you so much for taking a look today!! I hope you have a chance to sit down and create a pumpkin canvas of your own this season!! 

Check out some of the awesome products I used from the eP store!!

- Karen


Kim said...

I love what you do with paper, Karen! Great project!!

toni said...

Great fun canvas! Love the way you've used the brown paper and that lovely fat pumpkin! We're getting into halloween a lot more now here in the UK. The shops are loaded with all sorts of halloween goodies, I bought a bag full of spider rings and another with skeleton hands! Have fun toni x

Tracy said...

Wooohooo gorgeous Karen, love how you created it!

Sue Lelli said...

Karen, this is FABULOUS! LOVE the brown bag branches and curley q's! LOVE the BG, too! Great creation!

Micki said...

Lovin' all that awesome texture on the canvas. Wonderful halloween project!!!!