My poor Mr. Rob. He’s always coming home after a morning of painting to show me his work to hear me say “it isn’t finished, is it?” Today I got a dose of my own medicine as I showed him my project and he got to inform me that I needed to get back to work :) After I got over being huffy I realized that he was right. My project wasn’t complete. And now that I have this amazingly pretty marbled gold drip pumpkin on my living room table I have to admit, Mr. Rob was right. It definitely wasn’t finished!
Now you may or may not have heard that I’ve been writing a book on alcohol inks that will be published this Winter. It’s going to be chock full of 36 super fun alcohol ink projects. During my time actually crafting the projects I think I convinced every employee at every craft store around that I was nuts returning day after day to buy even more alcohol ink with my 40% off coupon over and over and over again :)
In the end I used up a TON of inks but I have a TON left. When I saw the dozens of bottles while I started re-organizing my crafty stash a few days back and saw my box of inks I got the urge to make with them. And that’s how today’s pumpkin project was born. :)
For this project you will need:
- White funkin (fake pumpkin)
- Alcohol inks in orange, red, yellows
- 91% isopropyl alcohol
- Liquid gilding
It took me a while to figure out which inks I wanted to use together. In the end I used mostly Adirondack Poppyfield and Honeycomb from this set and then Sunset Orange available in this set. With a 40% off coupon you can get them for $6 a set from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, much cheaper than Amazon as linked (but at least you can see the sets available.)
Grab a piece of white felt and cut a small square. Don a pair of gloves and put dots of your chosen alcohol inks onto the felt.
Blot the ink onto the white pumpkin going over and over to help the colors mottle and marbleize. Add more drops of color to the felt as needed. When the colors become overly blown out you can replace the felt piece with a new one.
Continue covering the entire pumpkin. Notice the more times you stamp the alcohol ink onto alcohol ink the more lines and shapes you get forming in the finish.
To get a distinctly mottled look take 91% isopropyl alcohol and, from a good distance away, gently spray to distribute drops of ink onto the surface. Hold and move around the pumpkin as necessary so that the ink doesn’t wildly drip straight down to the bottom leaving you with streaks instead of interesting shapes. The area in the pic above I was too heavy handed with the spray. I allowed it to dry, went back over the area with the ink on felt and just started over entirely.
Now alcohol inks should be indelible but if you’re at all concerned about protecting your surfaces a quick spray with sealer, like acrylic top coat or polyurethane will definitely seal the deal. Just be sure to use glossy to keep the rich colors from your inks!
Paint the stem and surrounding area with your liquid gilding in gold and then place a heavily loaded brush on the edges to create drips. They’re naturally going to try to go down the crevices so you’ll have to work to make them go otherwise if that’s what you want.
Let this business dry OUTSIDE because the fumes on liquid gilding is NO JOKE. Just ask my headache. Ugh.
I love this pumpkin so much. I’m so glad that I didn’t leave it where I had and took Rob’s advice to keep on crafting on it.
Sitting next to my pumpkin lamp and one of Rob’s older paintings this guy looks quite at home, doesn’t he?
I love him.
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