Sweet Life

I love everything pumpkin so my hubby kindly bought me a beautiful glass pumpkin for our wedding anniversary, which inspired me to create this pumpkin page – I hope you like it!

I started by colouring the foreground of the page with black DecoArt acrylic paint using a brayer. Then I used up leftover torn pieces of collage papers, sheet music, stamped tissue paper, napkin and design papers to create the background. It was fun to collage all the different papers together using Liquitex matte gel medium and I really like the spooky pumpkin patch look that resulted. When dry I painted Pébéo white gesso in the centre of the page blending it outwards towards the edges of the page.

The pumpkin was hand drawn and then cut out to make templates for different segments of the pumpkin. I used these templates to cut out different orange, white and black patterned Pion Design papers. Then I layered them together onto the page to create the large pumpkin using matte gel medium and left it to dry. I outlined each segment using a black Uni Pin marker and then shaded the edges of each segments using either Mango or Earl Grey Faber-Castell Gelato. The stalk of the pumpkin was created from recycled brown string which I coloured using two green Liquitex acrylic paints. When dry I doubled the string over and tightly twisted it together applying matte gel medium to stick the strands together. I stuck it in place using glue dots twisting and looping the stalk. To finish, I added a Kaisercraft sticker which reads “The Sweet Life”.

Here’s the beautiful glass pumpkin that my hubby kindly gifted me, isn’t it amazing (grin!).

I hope that you’re all staying safe and well!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (Black)
  • Ranger Mini Brayer
  • Leftover paper pieces (Tim Holtz Halloween Collage Paper, sheet music, dressmaking tissue paper stamped with a Gothic Book Finnabair stamp and black Archival Ink, napkin, design papers)
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Pion Design Paper (Trick or Treat PD8102, Midnight Spell PD8103, October Garden PD8104)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line Marker (Black 0.5mm)
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos (Mango, Earl Grey)
  • Recyled brown string
  • Liquitex Basic Acrylic Colour (Light Green Permanent, Phthalocyanine Green)
  • Stiz2 glue dots
  • Kaisercraft Sticker Sheet (Bombay Sunset SS339)

I’m pleased to join the lovely Chris aka Pearshapedchris, who is hosting the Hold The Line challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the lined design paper on the pumpkin.

I’m joining in the fun over at Country View Challenges and their Halloween challenge with the spooky pumpkin patch background.

I’m joining the Purple, Orange, Green! Eek! It’s Halloween! challenge over at the The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog with my spooky vintage pumpkin page.

I’m also pleased to join the Not A Card challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge with my art journal page.

I’m so pleased to be able to join in the Anything Goes over at Paperbabe Stamps with my pumpkin page.

I’m also joining in the fun over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their Layer It Up challenge with the collage background and pumpkin layers on my page.

I’m also happy to join LTCCB #51 – October Anything Goes challenge over at Love To Craft Challenge Blog with my pumpkin inspired art journal page too.

Don’t forget that you still have a few days left to join in the Halloween fun over at Try it on Tuesday too!

22 thoughts on “Sweet Life

  1. I love that glass pumpkin. It is beautiful. And your page is great. Nice making such a BIG pumpkin from different designed paper. I like that. And I especially like the texture in the stem. This is the perfect page for Chris’ challenge too. Thanks for joining in Jo. Hope you are enjoying your pumpkin beer this fall also, if you have any left. Happy weekend! Hugs-Erika

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  2. What a fun and unusual pumpkin. I really like that you shared how you made the segments of the pumpkin. The various layers made it so special and I know how much you love to fussy cut anything, too. This is an absolutely amazing entry for Chris’s theme at Art Journal Journey and a great idea for a Halloween inspired page.

    Your glass pumpkin is beautiful. I keep saying your husband is a real KEEPER. You are so blessed, dear Jo.

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  3. This is fabulous Jo, only thing is now I want a Pumpkin Spice Latte and since we are not going out at the moment there’s not much chance of that! Your glass pumpkin is beautiful, a real Cinderella’s coach! Thank so much for linking to my theme at AJJ, Hugs, Chrisx

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  4. oh wow your glass pumpkin from your husband is just gorgeous! what a thoughtful gift-hugs. and I love your journal page-looks like a quilted pumpkin Happy Monday hugs Kathy

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  5. I love the quilt like appearance of your pieced pumpkin, Jo! How wonderful your hubby picked up on your love of pumpkins and gifted you with this lovely glass pumpkin! Thanks again for joining us in our Purple, orange green! Eek it’s Halloween challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog!

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    • PS I’m not sure if my computer is loading all your photos, but I can see the thumbnail of your completed AJP in our linky. I only see a process photo and your glass pumpkin photo when I open your blog.

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  6. Must confess as I began to read I had to scroll down for a quick peek at your glass pumpkin. Oh my goodness, it is beautiful. No wonder you were inspired to do a page in your journal based upon it. What a lovely gift.
    Your page is equally lovely and reminds me of a piece of patchwork with those lovely shapes so carefully cut out and pieced together. Great background too and a good idea to use Gesso on the centre and fade it out. A lovely page again.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  7. Your pumpkin page is fabulous with all the pretty papers and the wonderful shape that mimics that beautiful glass pumpkin. Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog.

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