Monday, October 26, 2009

Pumpkins Rock!

Here's a little project, using small, smooth rocks to make small, smooth pumpkins.
They can be used as a paper weight or......
I don't know what else they can be used for.
But I thought they were kinda cute!

Two finished rock pumpkins.
HOW TO DO THIS:
First I went to the beach and found some nice, smooth, small rocks. If you don't have a beach nearby, I don't know what you do.

Then I primed them with some Gesso. (I suppose any primer will do.)



I used Acrylic paints: an Orange, a yellow-orange, and black.


I painted them regular orange first. Then I did the streaks using orange and black mixed together to make a dark orange/brownish color.
Then I used the yellow-orange to brush in some highlights here and there.


Close up.


Then using a fine tip sharpy, I carefully drew on jack o'lantern faces in black.


I brushed on a shiny finish. I used gloss acrylic medium. I suppose any type of glossy, clear finish will do, like Shellac, Polyurethane, etc. Then I hot glue gunned a stick to the top for the stalk. I also cut a small oval of orange felt and glued it to the bottom so that it doesn't scratch anything.

That's it!

16 comments:

Deb Shucka said...

Too cute! With modification, this would be a fun classroom project.

brattcat said...

If I ever have grandchilden I am so doing this with them. You are always full of fun surprises, Elenka, and what a great teacher you are. You make the process clear and unintimidating. Thanks.

New England Girl said...

Those are adorable!! And they would be so cute scattered about the house. :)

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY said...

What a cute idea. This is such a great project. Great post!

I also love your pretty fall photos from your earlier post. Everything is such a pleasure to browse.

Take care.

Fearless Nester said...

Cute, cute, cute!! I love how you added the shading...it really fools the eye in the closeup!

Evansmom said...

What a great project. I wish I had a fraction of your talent.

Lois Grebowski said...

how cute!!!!!

jojo said...

cute and easy...only one little problem, no beach. I will have to go for a walk and look for some rocks...great idea. Thanks!

Debbie said...

What a fantastic idea!! You did a great job and I don't think I could have made them so beautiful. By the way...I just noticed your snowy Old Port painting and it depicts that area so nicely...well done! You are a wonderful artist!! I just read you previous post about fall in Maine and I loved it...it's all true...the cats are in slow-mo now and the fire in the fireplace...the cooking of comfort foods....I love it...my favorite time of year....thanks for showcasing it.:)

Kathleen said...

I would never of thought of this. Elenka, they are just so cute and festive. I love their faces. Beautiful work. Hugs, Kathleen

Alyson (New England Living) said...

That is so cool! I really love those. I'm going to try and make some.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

SO CREATIVE !! I love creative people! :)

Balisha said...

Hi...What a neat project. So cute and easy to do.
Balisha

annie'smom said...

I do have to say, as the recent recipient of one of these paperweights, they are absolutely adorable - not to mention incredibly creatively made! I've placed it in a place of honor in my house. Thanks, Elenka!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How cute, Elenka... You are just so creative. BUT--those rocks look almost good enough to eat. Think I'd break a tooth?????? ha ha

Hugs,
Betsy

Alicia said...

What a great idea!! I'm sure they'll last forever too!