So what do 13 tortured pumpkins waiting for their final paint look like?
The pumpkins have been base coated with flat black latex paint then dry brushed with flat white latex.
The next step involves colorizing with some various color of oil stains…this is sort of experimental, something I’ve never done before.
If you are really a keen reader you notice that there are actually 14 pumpkins in the picture, the 14th pumpkin was made as a guinea pig, an experimental pumpkin on which I can play around with the color.
Congratulations go out to Scott Alan Dimmick, the winner of the “Build Me A Pumpkin” contest on the STOLLOWEEN Facebook page.
Scott’s name was randomly drawn from over 90 entries scoring him a custom built pumpkin of his liking. Scott’s concept was a “ground breaking, undead pumpkin, pushing itself out of the ground with its rotting vine arms.
Work has begun on the undead pumpkin including the first layers of strip mache and some concept sketches rendered in Photoshop to help guide me in the building process.
The illustrations are for reference only as during the construction more elaborate details will be added specifically the gnarly vines on the arms.
Building a prop for another Halloween enthusiast is sort of cool and you can check out Scott’s love for the holiday on his website called The Never Moor.
These three pumpkins were started a couple of weeks ago and are the result of mixing three of my different projects into one…the trash bag pumpkins, the new cardboard strip pumpkins and the screaming ½ skulls.
The progress so far is promising…these guys will eventually have eyeballs and get painted with an airbrush.
Another approach to making papier mache pumpkins using recycled cardboard to create a simple armature that can be papier mached.
This technique is great for making smaller pumpkins perfect for tabletop or mantle displays.
The armature technique is simple and very dependable allowing you to create your very pumpkin patch with relative ease.
Complete tutorial can be found here.
This year’s construction of our annual Halloween display called “The Papier Mache Nightmare” is behind schedule (as always it seems) due to a very busy last couple of months.
To everyone that has sent me questions via email please know that I am working on getting them answered and those of you that took time to send me nice comments please know that they were greatly appreciated.
Currently I’m hoping to finish all of my prop building by this weekend and the display is scheduled to be up on Friday, October 30th and Saturday, October 31st.
In the works are two large five foot Dungeon Rats named “Riff” and “Raff”, eight new pumpkins featuring some new techniques, cemetery columns and fence plus my modified Sentinels.
Things are progressing, look for photos of this year’s display and new tutorials sometime in November, until then please have a safe and fantastic Halloween 2009!