When I attended art classes at the university, one of the basic drawing classes included drawing random objects… including pumpkins. For six weeks, forty hours a week we draw pumpkins. Needless to say, I’ve avoided pumpkins and orange objects for a long time BUT blue pumpkins on the other hand… they’re simply magical.
The Crafter’s Workshop provided me with some product to create this project. The opinions I share are solely my own.
First, I drew through very very lightly with a light blue colored pencil. I didn’t want there to be any harsh edges when I started blending with the chalk pastels.
To color in the pumpkin, I laid down a layer of different color blues as well as some black for shading. If you wish to try this with chalk pastels, make sure you have a smooth but soft surface. Drawing on a hard surface, like I usually would on my glass mat, can produce harsh lines if you press down too much with the edge of the chalk. A cutting mat and few pieces of paper on top worked just fine for this little pumpkin.
Blending time! I’m a finger blender- I don’t like to use any blending tools if I don’t have to. I made sure I washed my hands thoroughly to get rid of any excess oil before I attempted this. In between blending colors, I added a few layers of more color where needed. Once the colors were blended, I went back on top with both a black charcoal and a white charcoal pencil to add details.
I sprayed the pumpkin with generic hairspray (an alternative to workable fixative) to prevent the drawing from smudging too much (it will still smudge if pushed but there won’t be any loose particles) before I cut it out.
Tip: Save that extra chalk dust! Tap it onto some scrap watercolor paper and smudge it in the background. It’s an easy way to add in layers and texture at the same time!
For the background, I drew and blended cloud outlines with plain white chalk onto black card stock. I then added a layer of diluted white acrylic “stardust” on top with a toothbrush in a flicking motion.
Once the pumpkin was pasted, I simply added some straight lines with a white paint marker and glued white stars at the end of them. Fini!
Renae Davis, The Crafter’s Workshop Design Team Member