Painting PumpkinsPosted: October 11, 2011 | Author: Jena | Filed under: Artsy Fartsy, Experimentation, Holiday, Outside, Paint, Printing, sensory, Small Motor Skill | 7 Comments »
I caved and joined Pinterest. It’s only been a couple of days, and I can tell it will help me organize fun, inspiring finds on other blogs. This is one seasonal “craft” that I found while browsing around: Spray Painted Pumpkins from HAPPYmundane where you can find beauty in a soap dish…clean lines, simple idea, do-it-yourself, and the best part of all…the kids will be able flex the project to their own ideas and will love the use of tape and color.
We wrap the pumpkins up with random patterns of masking tape.
The Spray Painted Pumpkins from HAPPYmundane are beautiful, very POP, but I have serious hesitation with introducing a paint spray can to children. Have you ever seen a kid with a hose?
We use acrylic paint instead, starting with gesso, my thoughts being that it was more durable, permanent than poster paint and we have lots of it.
The kids work as a team to cover the pumpkins in paint after the gesso layer dries in the sun. They have been LOVING to mix colors to “see what will happen,” so there’s a lot of this going on as we paint.
We put the pumpkins back in the sun when we finish and move onto another project, but we’re all so eager to remove the tape and see how it turned out, that we quickly return. A little too early. While removing the tape, we discover wet gesso, but that doesn’t stop us. We keep peeling to a rather dark and eerie, mummy-like affect. We’re pretty happy with the way they came out. They live on our front step after I spray them with an acrylic glaze.