Today I wanted to share a beautiful, simple technique that Tito taught me for carving relief patterns into pumpkins. It’s fun, quick and something a little different for your fall home decor.
For purposes of this tutorial I used a very small pumpkin – but this will work on any size.
You will need the same tools used for carving linoleum blocks. They’re easy to find at any art store and fairly affordable. I like to grab a few different tips while I’m at it, though I did this entire pumpkin with the tip that’s currently shown on the carving tool.
This pumpkin was a present for Tito – sort of a Hallowe’en valentine 🙂 So I started by writing ‘Amor’ on my pumpkin which is Spanish for ‘Love’.
I then got to work widening my letters and starting the filigree. Pumpkin gives the perfect resistance to carving, so even someone who does not have a steady hand can do fairly intricate carving. I like to work free-form, but you can also start your design by tracing it out with a pencil.
My inspiration for the design was based around the mendhi that my cousin Dolly had done on my hands in India. It’s a recurring theme in my work, even in my pottery.
I took my time and put in a lot of detail. It’s kind of meditative 😉
And voila! They make lovely home decorations and gifts – Tito loved his. We will enjoy having it on our kitchen counter this Autumn 🙂