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Mixed Media Pumpkin Pic

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I decided to temporarily replace a five-year old photo of my grandkids with a mixed media piece of a fall pumpkin. The grandkids have grown so much, but I can’t say my art skills have!  I started with a 11×17″ sheet of mixed media paper, some ecru tissue paper, and scraps of other tan-colored papers.  I ModPodged these down to form a random brownish background for my pumpkin.

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I then added some details to the background using stamps and black ink (though I neglected to take a picture of this).

My next step was to sketch a pumpkin onto another sheet of paper.

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I cut it into sections and used these sections as templates to reproduce the shapes on orange and patterned scrapbook paper.

I decided the center piece was too white, so I scribbled on some orange Distress Crayon and smeared it all over with a baby wipe.

img_5888To add some depth to the pumpkin sections, I used a brown Distress Crayon to edge each piece and smear the crayon marks with another baby wipe.

Now that the pumpkin part was finalized, I prepared it for ModPodging onto the background sheet.

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Now came the hard part. I played and played with green stems and leaves to get them just right.

img_5904I continued to add leaves and tweak their appearance until I was happy with the effect. I added some depth to both the leaves and the stem with brown and green Distress Crayons, a white GelliRoll pen, and a black Posca pen.

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I added a few more stamped images, framed it, and have it proudly displayed in a place of honor in my living room. I’m already working on the Christmas picture that will replace it!

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More Autumn Memories

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Last week, I did a retrospective on some of my past posts related to autumn and Halloween. It’s fun to look back, and you may be inspired by some of these ideas. Here are a few more! Read the rest of this entry

Autumn Memories

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Over the past four years of this blog, I’ve posted much crafty crapsmanship related to fall and Halloween. In this post, I’m taking the lazy way out by revisiting a few. And maybe I’ll inspire you to try one!

FALL CANDLE DECOR

Crap 1

https://crapsmanship.com/2014/10/06/fall-candle-decor/

EASY HALLOWEEN DOOR HANGER

Crap 2

https://crapsmanship.com/2016/10/05/easy-halloween-door-hanger/

KICKED UP PUMPKIN

Crap 3

https://crapsmanship.com/2016/09/11/kicked-up-pumpkin-2/

PUMPKIN MUFFINS

Crap 4

https://crapsmanship.com/2015/11/04/pumpkin-muffins/

TRIO OF PUMPKINS

Crap 5

https://crapsmanship.com/2015/10/07/trio-of-pumpkins/

Fall Leaves

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Last week, I shared the pumpkin picture I painted for a display in my living room (https://crapsmanship.com/2018/09/23/pumpkin-pic/). I change the picture out every month or so to match the season. I also use this same strategy for a display in my guest bathroom, and this time I decided to use my 5″ x 7″ Gelli Plate to make a picture of fall leaves. Read the rest of this entry

My Craft Stash

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If you need a whole closet for your crafting crap, it might be argued that you’ve got too much stuff. But how else can you make what you want on a whim?! Though my crafting materials were once well-organized, I’ve been piling stuff upon stuff upon stuff, and the closet desperately needed a re-do. It didn’t help that we had hardwood floors installed in July and I’ve yet to clean up the additional stacks created by the moving process. Read the rest of this entry

Cork Monogram

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I have a cork-monogrammed R on top of my refrigerator, and I always get compliments on it. When my friend Jackie K. admired it, I knew I had to make one for her. Cork projects aren’t difficult to do — after all, who minds collecting corks?! — but certain materials make the job easier. Read the rest of this entry