Time to Celebrate Halloween

28 October 2016

Here at Caroline Gardner HQ we’re all embracing autumn and getting ourselves ready for a fun-filled weekend...

We can hardly believe it’s October already! But with the leaves falling fast from the trees and the weather turning colder, it’s time to wrap up warm and enjoy everything the change in the seasons has to offer!

Not only do we gain an extra hour in bed this weekend, we will also be rifling through fancy dress boxes to find gruesome outfits and stocking our houses with sweet treats, much to the delight of trick or treaters that may come knocking!

Pumpkins have been popping up everywhere, but this year we decided to do something a little different! At Caroline Gardner we’re all about print and pattern, so we decided instead of carving our pumpkins, we would do what we do best... paint patterns on them! 

Carving has always been a popular way to prepare your pumpkin, but let’s be honest, it’s not only fiddly to do but also very messy! Painting a pumpkin lends itself to unlimited creativity and means that everyone can safely get involved no matter how big or small!

 Our trio of bright and bold pattern painted pumpkins

Here's a few tips so that you can paint your own pumpkin...

1.) Choose a pumpkin with a smooth surface - free from any bruises or scratches. This is so you have a good base surface to work on. 

2.) Clean and dry your pumpkin. Gently remove any dirt with a damp paper towel and use a dry cloth to thoroughly but gently dry your pumpkin. It must be completely dry before you can start painting.

3.) Not every type of paint can be used to decorate a pumpkin - we prefer to use acrylic but you could also use emulsion (regular wall paint) or spray paint. You can mix in some PVA glue to your poster paint to help it stick a little better too.

4.) Depending on the style you would like, we recommend painting your pumpkin all one colour first, using a large brush. This means you then have a base on which to apply your pattern. We chose white, as our top layer colours where pastel - it gave a good solid backdrop to the pattern on top.

5.) Get creative! Raid your craft box you could anything to decorate your pumpkin, stencils, glitter, decoupage or even stickers! We decided to paint free hand and really go for it.  All the smaller details were done with a fine tip brush.  

Our designers Bea and Miranda painting the pumpkins!   

The finished painted pumpkin from all sides!!


SUGAR AND SPICE AND ALL THINGS NICE!

Our orange and Geo print products are perfectly on trend this Halloween, so you can pick up something exciting rather than frightening...

Who says ‘Orange is the New Black’ - you can have it all? 

Shop our Autumn stationery >

Essential orange pencil case £14.00, Essential orange notebook £14.00, Tassel orange & metallic keyring £8.00

A5 Geo Notebook £11.00, Triple Pen Pack £18.00, Boxed Geo mug £10.95

We also have everything you need to wrap up warm... from cashmere hats to scarves and gloves - so don’t forget to visit our website to see what you can find!

 

About Caroline Gardner

Caroline Gardner is best known as one of the UK's leading and most prolific stationery and gift designers.

Her distinctive designs now stretch across various product categories, including paper, accessories and lifestyle, all linked by her design hand print of quirky use of colour and placement.

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