Reasons I don’t carve pumpkins:
1. Smell. 2. Slime. 3. Smell. 4. Ewww.
Did I mention I don’t carve pumpkins? Yeah. No. It’s not happening.
As much as I admire those who brave the pumpkin slaughter in a decorative fashion, I’m not doing it. That said, I still wanted some pumpkins to put out on the front steps. Problem: these pumpkins are exposed to the elements — wind, rain, unseasonably-early frost. Answer: oil paint. But oil paint is crazy expensive and won’t dry until Downton Abbey is back (because British people are mean and make us wait until January). So what is a no-wait alternative to oil paint? Oil pastels.
Warning: you are going to want to make one of these.
Pentel oil pastels that are crazy easy to work with. They are like crayons on steroids. I could cover a whole pumpkin in a manner of minutes, and then some. The patchwork pattern here was taken from traditional Indian kantha quilts, but you could just doodle your heart out same as if it were a marker or a pencil or crayon.
Did I mention you can buy a giant box of them for under $10? I know.
Now, I had tried using pastels in art school and hated them because they were so chalky and the residue got on everything – these are much more self-contained. Kid friendly. They are still oil based so you’ll want to cover your workspace to save on cleanup, but really, y’all. These are good. Pumpkins and beyond.