How to carve pumpkin for halloween

For this Halloween I decided to carve out a pumpkin in a different way, not our typical jack-o-lantern. It is a great family activity for the afternoon or even extend it to a multi-day activity. Here’s some simple steps:

Step 1: Select your pumpkin.

Once you’ve picked up your pumpkin, keep it in a cool dry place until you are ready to carve it. A carved pumpkin can only last a few days especially if you have lit a candle inside it.

Tip: Select your pumpkin with a design in mind. Use the natural shape of the pumpkin and stem and incorporate into your design.

Step 2: Select a simple design.

There are many sites online for free printable designs. Scale it to size to maximize the size of the design to make it easier to carve. Smaller designs are more challenging. Print it on paper.

Step 3: Use pins to keep your paper in place. 

Tip: Adjust the paper by making mini-folds (instead of bigger folds) to accommodate the curved surface of the pumpkin.
Start pinning! Basically you use a pin to trace the design from the paper and transfer it on to the pumpkin.

Step 4: Start carving using the pinned design.

You’ll end up with something like this. Can you see the design?

Tip: You can trace the design again using a pencil to make it easier to see.
Tip: I trace the entire outline first using an Exacto knife for more precise carving.
Step 5: Continue carving until you have carved out the design.
Tip: Use different size and tips of knife to make it easier to carve certain areas.
Tip: Using different thickness of the pumpkin flesh will determine how much light comes through. 
Tip: Cut through some parts of the design to let more light through and allow air.
Tip: Add texture by carving with the tip of the Exacto knife (see the “fur” on the cat”)
Tip: When lighting using a candle, use a tealight holder to keep the candle secure.
Tip: Keep the lid a little open to allow air for the candle to continue burning.

Do not leave your lit pumpkin unattended!

Extra!!  Wash and roast the pumpkin seeds and sprinkle with salt in a 350 degree oven until light brown!

Another successfull Artful Sunday

The Artful Sunday event this year for is a success! Despite the weather being so drizzly and a tad cold, I had a steady stream of people at my tent interested in my wares.  We arrived to set up at a little past 10AM and it was pretty much  non-stop for me talking with people. I managed to do a little bit of painting and showed my process to those who are interested. One of the people who bought a few of my art cards told me that she first saw me last year, missed my art show in Steveston last year and have been wanting to get a hold of me. Voila! Seeing me back at the Artful Sunday on a rainy August Sunday was both our lucky days. It was just a really nice thought that I actually have some fans/patrons. One of the new products I introduced this year are the magnetic bookmarks. Indeed it was my best seller in terms of quantity for this show. Here’s some pictures of my set up for this show.

These are among my best sellers!
Artful Sunday 2010
One of the new displays for my art pendants
My new (ever-evolving) display set up
Looking forward to another show at this Artful Sunday if there is cancellation for August 29 or September 5. I had fun talking to people about my process and my art. Thank you to all those who came by and especially those who supported the local artists.


Artful Sunday, Aug 8 noon to 5PM

I am excited to be a vendor participant for the Artful Sunday event this Sunday August 8th. The Artful Sunday event is every Sunday in August but I am participating only for the August 8th show. This is the poster I created for the event.

Stop by, come and say hi, I have lots of new art pendants, glass gem magnets, silhouette art cards with some never been published before, and some original art. Thank you for supporting local artists.
Artful Sundays (August 8, 15,  22, and 29)
1661 Napier Street, Vancouver, BC
(Napier and Commercial Drive)