October 17, 2012

fifty shades of pumpkin painting

Last October, I shared something with you, dear readers. I, Laura Chapman, am a pumpkin painting enthusiast. Even that feels like the understatement of the year.

Plainly put. I love pumpkins. I love pumpkin spice lattes. I love pumpkin bread. Tonight, I'm making pumpkin lasagna for dinner (I'll let you know how it goes). But most of all, I love the hours I spend every October, taking an already beautiful pumpkin and making it into a piece of art.

The Chapmans have painted pumpkins as long as I can remember. In high school, I took control of the tradition and ever since, I regularly invite people to my home to try their hands at it.

With my love of books, you'd better believe I often pay tribute to them on my pumpkins.

My first literary pumpkin was Harry Potter. My second, made the same year for my mom's elementary school class, was Arthur.

Two years ago, I started a tradition of devoting one pumpkin a year to books. That year, I paid tribute to Twilight. Last year, it was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

But what to paint?

Are any of you really surprised that this year I decided to go a whole lot sexier? Yes, with 2012 being the year Laura met Christian Grey, then fell into a web of reading that still makes me blush, it only seemed right to paint something from E L James' Fifty Shades trio.

The choice was easy for me: the cover of one of the books. People can say what the will about these books, but I won't hear out anyone who disses these covers. Cohesively, they are well done, and the second book in particular, with the mask, is just gorgeous.

I had my idea. I had my acrylic paint (I stock up every other year). I had a hot glue gun. I had aluminum foil and sequence. Now, all I needed was a few extra supplies. Thanks to a quick trip to the craft store, I found them: silver corded ribbon and black plume feathers. (Mind you, they might have been navy blue in the book -- I can't remember, but I also couldn't find them, so black I chose.)

I painted layers of white paint, with a bit of glitter in it. I used grey paint to create a layer of detail and topped it off with glue and glitter. I made a plume with the feathers and a broach with aluminum foil, corded ribbon and sequence. Then I outlined it all with that corded ribbon.

Hours later, I had my masterpiece. Now I'm thrilled to introduce you to my Fifty Shades pumpkin.

Now, if I can only find someone to dress up as Christian Grey for Halloween...

I also gave a shot-out to my blog this year. With some careful lighting, a glass table and cut-outs, I'm pleased to call it my new fall Facebook banner.

Happy Halloween seasons from Change the Word!

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  1. Thanks so much for linking up with the Pumpkin Patch Blog Hop! I love your post and pinned it to my Pumpkin Board on Pinterest :)