To be honest, my head is still firmly in the summertime, however, the nights are drawing in, and the clocks have already gone back… which as usual, I forgot about and was weirded out when I noticed times not matching in my flat anymore! More often than not, I’m too busy to remember things like Halloween until October 31st when people ask me what I’m doing, and I reply with ‘oh crap, is that today?’
This year, I thought at the very least, I’ll carve a Halloween Pumpkin. The last time I did one was in 2012, and I was pretty pleased with it to be honest. I always like to outdo my previous efforts though, in anything. Plus I went to art college, so I should be decent at stuff like this right?
Last time around, I made stencils by folding a piece of paper in half and then cutting it out, in order to give me a completely symmetrical design. This year, I wanted to go with something more asymmetrical, so opted for freehand drawing it based on some of the ideas I got from Pinterest.
Buying a pumpkin was pretty straight forward. I went with the one that had the least yucky bits on the outside to give me a smooth clean canvas to work with. I then got my pencil out and started sketching out my design.
The worst part of pumpkin carving is always scooping out the insides. Seriously, it’s like an alien world in there! I spent a good 15 minutes trying to get rid of all the stringy bits off the inside. It wasn’t fun!
Once all scooped out, I got my craft knife out and put my art college education to work. I started by using a shallow cut to get through the skin and give a neat edge. I then went deeper, and cut away small chunks at a time. I’m not gonna lie, this took me a lot longer than I originally anticipated, but I’m definitely pleased with the result.
It’s been six years since I last carved a Halloween Pumpkin, but I definitely think I’ve levelled up in that time!