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Pumpkin Competition »


Click HERE for some stencils for pumpkin carving.


The Competition


Ok folks we are going to be doing a pumpkin carving competition.

As we don’t want people cutting off fingers on the day it’s basically carve the pumpkin the night before and bring it with you on the day.

The three bride’s maids will be doing the judging after the meal and there will be some prizes up for grabs.


I have included some examples and instructions but if you need any help just give me a shout or why not discuss it in the forum. 


Pumpkin Carving Tips


Pumpkin Carving Tips:

· Choose a smooth pumpkin without nicks or bruises.

· Don’t carry a pumpkin by the stem; the stem might break, and pumpkins may bruise after they hit the ground.

· Use a pumpkin carving kit or the following household tools to carve the pumpkin – a large spoon, a sharp serrated knife, a pin or nail, and a paring knife

Armed with the appropriate pumpkin carving tools, Halloween stencil printouts, and a little elbow grease, anyone can create a lovely carved pumpkin. Just remember that pumpkin carving requires tools unsafe for young children, so make sure they are appropriately supervised at all times if they are helping out.


Whatever you cut away will be illuminated.

Your pumpkin can have four tones of natural colour.


· Black - where nothing was carved away.

· White/Yellow - where everything was carved away.

· Light orange - remove the skin and some of the pumpkin meat. This is how very detailed lines are done.

· Dark orange - remove the pumpkin meat from the rear, leaving the skin intact.

Shape is typically more important than colour; this means that you can obtain the best results with a pumpkin of high contrast.

Your patterns will always be the negative of the image you're trying to produce.

Simple patterns consist of solid shapes, with the areas around them cut out. This is exactly like how a shadow gets cast on the wall or even how something looks when there is a bright light behind it. Imagine someone behind a shower curtain.

More complex patterns consist of a back ground, which will be cut out, minus another pattern that is in the foreground.

All pattern shapes must be connected to the edge of the pumpkin, or, obviously, they will be disconnected and fall in the pumpkin.

To see where pieces should connect, squint at the pattern or redesign the pattern to show the same image from a different perspective.

Great patterns use light (cut out areas) for the moon, stars, fire, smoke, house lights, and evil looking eyes.

These areas of light can often convey the area in the negative space.

Patterns make high use of negative space.


For very complex images, like faces, they must be done very contrast to enhance attention to areas of shape. Light areas should be cut out, dark areas should be left.


Here are some examples for you.

But if you search on Google you will be able to find loads more.







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