Beautifully Different – Pumpkin Carving

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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.

pumpkin carving

For purposes of this tutorial I used a very small pumpkin – but this will work on any size.

pumpkin carving

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.

pumpkin carving

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’.

pumpkin carving

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.

pumpkin carving

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.

pumpkin carving

I took my time and put in a lot of detail. It’s kind of meditative😉

pumpkin carving

And voila! They make lovely home decorations and gifts – Tito loved his. We will enjoy having it on our kitchen counter this Autumn:)