The recipe for my paste is 1 cup flour, 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon of salt. I wet both sides of each paper strip with my paste before adhering it to my balloon's surface then used a sponge brush to flatten the strip well. After applying four layers of pasted newspaper, I began to clump layered strips on the top to form my pumpkin's short stem.
I've let the newspaper dry over the inflated balloon for four days before using a knife to cut off my lid.
I added folded newspaper strips around the opening of my pumpkin and the rim of the lid to smooth the edges then let it sit to dry another two days. I planned to add paint and certainly don't want any mold to form in my project because of moisture left in my paper mache.
I began to paint layers of Lumiere metallic bronze and Ranger's flat orange acrylic paint to the outside and allowed more drying time. The inside is also painted.
I used black Stickles to add hand-drawn eyes, a nose and mouth. This pic seems to capture some of the amazing sparkle and texture that the Stickles glitter glue adds.
Now this fun, handmade jack-o-lantern holds some of the Halloween goodies that we'll hand out to our trick-or-treaters.
The swirly paper ivy adhered to the base and lid is a digital image cut from my QuicKutz Silhouette electronic cutter. I love that I can resize the ivy image to meet my needs. I've spritzed the paper vine with glimmer mist for shimmer.
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I'm entering this project into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday "Got Glitter!" (here)
All Sorts "Autumn Colors" (here)
Dream Valley "Halloween" (here)
Crafty Sentiments "Recycle It" (here)
Simon Says Stamp! "Autumn Leaves" (here)
Creative Inspirations "Happy Halloween!" (here)
Divas by Design "Use Some Orange" (here)
I'm so glad that you stopped by to visit!