You really can't make a wonderful autumn display from those bright, not"real looking" pumpkins...you need to gilt them! I used gold leaf, silver leaf, and copper leaf sheets to do mine.
1. Make sure pumpkin is clean and dry. Then paint it with one or two coats of really dark chocolate brown acrylic paint.
2.If you want lettering, like my pumpkin with Boo on it or the dots like the above pumpkin, you must adhere sticky paper letters (found in the scrap booking department) or dots (used for marking merchandise in stores) in the desired pattern onto the pumpkin. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adhering stickers. Rub the stickers so there is no leakage for the next step.
3. Now paint the entire surface of the pumpkin with the "leafing sticky sizing". Let this dry until just tacky to the touch.
4. Carefully apply the sheets of leaf to the surface. I used all three colors together, or just one or two....it is nice to have a variety. Don't worry about covering every little bit of the pumpkin...it is pretty to have some of the brown peeking out here and there.
5. Rub the pumpkin with a soft cloth to adhere all of the leafing and to remove any residue.
6. Now apply a "glaze" over your work to soften the color and shininess (is this a word??) The glaze is just a watered down burnt umber, sepia brown color. Dab the glaze until you like the results...there you have it! I also did this treatment on dried gourds.
After you finish your pumpkins, I guarantee you will be looking around the house for more things to add a little shine and sparkle to....
I want to make it clear that this is not an original idea of mine...I first saw it in the September issue of Country Living. Then I was fortunate enough to meet with the designer and maker of all of the glorious pumpkins and gourds in that issue at the Country Fair market that we went to in Columbus, Ohio last month. She was so wonderful and sharing! All of the products that I used were from a paint supply company that Country Living magazine endorses. To learn more about the line go to http://www.caromalcolours.com/.
Here are the before pics just after I painted them brown and applied some stickers. Who would have thought????
Another idea we picked up at the Fair...these are real gourds that have been totally dried out. They were covered with spots of black mold and dirt. My Mom scrubbed them and applied a coat of Butchers Wax to them to give them a soft sheen. Stop by the shop to check these out!
This past Sunday, my daughter Stacey and I, tore pages from outdated encyclopedias and applied them to a wall in the shop. We used wallpaper paste to hold them in place. I them went back over the wall with a brown glaze to softly age the look. The other walls in this room were painted a "pumpkin" color and also given a soft glaze.
I love books and "library" looking things....looks pretty good, doesn't it?
Very "English" looking lamp with a crest on it...
Wanted to remind you that our Autumn Sale is still in progress...lots of items marked way down to make room for Christmas......
This leather sofa from Wesley Hall is wonderful...and it is 1/2 price right now! Sold
Table and chairs now half off..
This awesome chair, Wesley Hall...now 1/2 off.. sold
This louvered TV cabinet will hold the biggest of TV's Now 30% off...
Wesley hall sofa....under $1600..
Chocolate brown sofa with beige and brown ticking welt now under $1400.....
This comfy sectional marked way down....ok, I can't recall the exact price....but I know it is really a super deal! sold
Well, that's it for now....stop in and see us. Oh, mark your calenders for our Christmas Open House we will be closed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, November 4,5, and 6 to transform the store just for you!! Open house is on Friday November 7 and Saturday November 8. I realize that we usually have it the first weekend of November, but Friday falls on Halloween, and I just couldn't bring myself to have Open House on Halloween!! I'll post more about the event later. Bye for now. Take care. Sue