PUMP(KIN) IT UP for 2017

A few weeks ago I shared photos from the Thursday night my sister and I spent painting pumpkins at my dining table. These bunch of pumpkins were what resulted on my end.

I think about Halloween ALL YEAR LONG (it’s my second favorite holiday, after 4th of July). I tend to pin to my Halloween Pinterest board on a consistent, weekly basis – and I’m quite proud of the ideas that I’ve accumulated. Three images from that board were the sole inspiration for these few chic, mixed-media embellished pumpkins and you can see those images HERE, HERE, and HERE.

For me each year, painting pumpkins is this incredible, therapeutic season-driven release. It’s like my inward self check-in with a paint brush. In past years, I’ve need my painted pumpkin(s) to help me through the passing of a childhood pet, and the start of my new job w/ me & my BIG ideas.

This year (and really since moving into my apartment) my pumpkins have served as the main seasonal decor. Black, white, gold, grey, & pink is my preferred modern, feminine color palette of choice, and I love seeing how it’s evolved a bit passed the intense brights I was drawn to a couple of years ago.

I painted three bigs and six mini pumpkins. I used star stickers and studs and sequins and pom-poms and adhesive rhinestones, but it was the thick, opaque paint strokes on each on of these that was my favorite part of the process. Simply ‘color-on-pumpkin’ was the most relaxing, refreshing activity — and while I waited for a coat to dry on one pumpkin, I’d paint the crap out of another. It was SO. MUCH. FUN.

What’s trending in pumpkin painting now is to do it on a fakie pumpkin, and have it last you every Halloween for the rest of your life. My sister opted for that, since she literally creates masterpieces on them. This year, I kept to real deal pumpkins, but that grey, studded big one and that white pom-pom one has since left us. Both their bottoms started melting from underneath and it was DEF time to trash ’em.

Perhaps next year, I’ll invest in a few fakies and these chic designs could adorn my home for years and years to come…

I love that crescent moon pumpkin (as it reminds me of those amazing dancing crescents during the Solar Eclipse), but it also kind of looks like a croissant. Haa haa!

How ’bout you, babes? What are your Halloween decorating traditions?
Do you paint pumpkins, or do you carve?

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