So here are my initial observations on pumpkin carving and how I did what I did...
My first attempt (for the TABI pumpkin carving competition)
For this one, I wrapped masking tape around a kitchen knife blade and just cut straight through the pumpkin for the main design. I then took some wood carving tools and scraped the top layer off the pumpkin to create the mini highlights.
My second attempt was going to be a phoenix, but after drawing the phoenix out carefully, all the felt tip came off when I gutted the pumpkin and the result was, well, not very phoenixy...
I suppose you just have to go with where the pumpkin takes you, but at least I got three red bubble images out of this pumpkin!
I did most of this with a kitchen knife, carving deeper for the light bits and keeping the skin for the dark lines.
Then I accidentally bought a third pumpkin. I told myself when I went to the supermarket I was not going to buy one, I have far too much to get done, I do not need this distraction. I need to finish writing chapter 13. I need to finish writing the whole novel. I need to paint some more stuff. Blah, blah, blah.
But I bought another pumpkin.
And I suddenly realised I had to carve Pamela Colman Smith into a pumpkin, even though a cat or a phoenix would be something I could put up on Red Bubble and maybe make 50p out of by Christmas...
I found that a craft knife was much better than a kitchen knife so most of this was done using a combination of a craft knife scalpel and the curved scraping tool from a moku hanga set.
Until then, I'll be heading back to writing, under Lydia's constant supervision.
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Pumpkin Carving Hints and Tips Index:
- Growing Your Own Pumpkins (Pumpkins Twenty to Twenty Two)
- Preparing a pumpkin for carving (Pumpkin Owls and Preparing the Pumpkin)
- Transferring a simple layered design onto a pumpkin (Pumpkins Two and Three: Fishing Boats)
- Stretching an image to avoid distortion when carving (Pumpkins Six, Seven and Eight, and dealing with curves on a pumpkin)
- Pumpkin carving tools (Pumpkins Twelve to Fifteen: Local scenes and my pumpkin tool box
- Lighting a carved pumpkin (Pumpkin Sunflower)
- Fixing Common Mistakes (Pumpkins Sixteen to Nineteen)
- After carving (Pumpkins Nine, Ten and Eleven: Celtic Knots and Life After Carving)
- Limping to the Finish Line: The Last Pumpkins of 2019
- 2019: An Overview
- 2018: A Pumpkin Journey Begins