Today I decided to try something new. I decided to make a mini jack-o-lantern…or something. It did not turn out like I pictured. First, I started with orange clay, making a pumpkin shape. I added a little lighter yellow color inside the pumpkin so when I started carving the face, you would see the yellow instead of just an empty shell. I then took a little brown acrylic paint. I applied it with a makeup sponge. Then immediately took a paper towel and wiped it off of the pumpkin. This gave some brown spots in the crevices. It made the pumpkin look a little “weathered”. Then I set it aside to finish drying while I worked on the “guts”.
For the pumpkin guts, I made a batch of yellow, orange, tan and translucent clay, mixed up and cooked for about five minutes. This allowed me to have the clay semi-baked, so I could cut up the clay to make it look like the inside of the pumpkin. So I added a little TLS and chalk to the cut up cooked clay to make it look like the inside of the pumpkin. I became a little impatient and didn’t give the TLS time to “melt” the baked clay a little more. You can tell in the picture that some of the baked clay did not get cut up enough. I noticed the lighter colored clay almost looks like noodles instead of stringy guts, but by that time it was too late. I set this aside.
Now, back to the actual pumpkin. I then cut out a brown rectangle piece to set the pumpkin scene on top. I had an extra newspaper so I added that to the scene with a little TLS. I then added the pumpkin. Finally, I put some pumpkin guts falling out of the top of the pumpkin and onto the sides. I even have a few pieces of the cut pumpkin attached in front of the pumpkin on the newspaper. It looks a little more like a pumpkin soup instead of the pumpkin guts.
Thanks so much for reading and if you have an opinion on what went wrong or any ideas, please comment.
Hope you enjoy!
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