Painting pumpkins has became a fun tradition for my family, specially for my teenage daughter. A couple of months ago we started to discuss which character we were going to do this October.
My daughter wanted to do Cheshire Cat and the characters from the “Inside Out” movie. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do but once I watched “the Book of Life” movie with all the explosion of colors and a great life’s message, I instantly knew I was going to do one of the characters of this gorgeously animated film. Yeah, I loved it!
Here are some of my recommendations for painting pumpkins:
- Pumpkins came in all colors, shapes and sizes. Before you buy your pumpkin check a few images of what you want to create to make sure you get the perfect pumpkin. I usually choose a pumpkin with a smooth surface. Also, place your pumpkin on a flat area to see if it will sit flat.
- Wash your pumpkin or wipe it down to clean any dust or dirt and let it dry before you paint it.
- Paint the entire pumpkin with a solid color, I usually paint them with white Acrylic paint.
- Print your design and trace it with pencil or permanent marker onto the pumpkin. You can use graphite paper (transfer paper) if you prefer.
- Paint your design using acrylic paints. I get my paints at Michaels. There are a lot of different brands to choose from. You also can find different types of paint like pearl, satin, neon, chalky, high gloss metallic and glow-in-the-dark that will give to your work that touch and special effect you want. I also get all my tools there, different size paintbrushes and sponges.
- Buying a lot of materials can add to your expenses….so, always remember to research for discounts/specials and bring a coupon with you. I never go to Michaels without one
- You can accessorize your pumpkin… cover it or add some glitter, sparkles, satin ribbons and everything you can image! I added to my pumpkin a hat created with a recycle science project tri-fold board, yellow and orange flowers and added some flameless tealight candles.
The most important is to have FUN….this is a great activity to do with your growing up kids or a group of friends. While I was painting my pumpkin my dear friend Patricia passed by and helped me paint while we had a cup of coffee and had some creative chatting.
I would love to hear about your painting or decoration ideas, leave a comment or leave your site url in the comment area below.
Have a Smiley Day!!!
Here are some of our previous pumpkin designs:
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|Halloween Activities: Painting Pumpkins|
Imagine the smell of a thousand flowers all in one place. Don’t imagine it…experience it at the Flower Mart in San Francisco…
There are only 5 wholesale flower markets in the US. The SF Flower Mart is the second largest in the country after the LA Flower Market. The SF Flower Mart contains over 50 local individual vendors offering quality premium flowers who specialise in all your floral needs with every flower imaginable.
The San Francisco Flower Mart is open to the public from 10:00am – 3:00pm Monday through Saturday. We visited the Market on a Saturday afternoon and many vendors were still open.
Usually by 9-10am most of the wholesale vendor start to shut down operation since they get there at 2am. Even though many vendors have left for the day, the smell of fresh-cut flowers was everywhere!!
If you have a friend in the flower business who own a badge, you can go inside as early as 2 a.m. and you will be able to find every type of flower possible.
This place is great for brides on a budget, brides looking for floral inspiration or if you are crafty and are planning to do your own floral arrangements. It is less expensive than purchasing them from a flower store.
While you are there pick up a fresh bouquet of blooms for a loved one and show someone that you care… why wait for a special occasion?
If you have never had the opportunity to visit the flower mart, it should definitely be on your San Francisco bucket list. I’ll definitely be back! Maybe for Valentine’s Day to get some roses or mistletoe and decorations for Christmas! What do you plan to pick up?
Have a Smiley Day!!!
The San Francisco Flower Mart
Address: 640 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107
General Public Hours (Non Badgeholders):
Mondays thru Saturdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Parking is available for 75 cents per 15 minutes.
Last year we attended the Berkeley Kite Festival held at Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, one of the country’s largest kite festivals. It was very nice to see hundreds of kites in different shapes, colors and sizes decorating the beautiful blue sky.
Summer is here and school’s out…Let’s go explore and take advantage of the many local adventures that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. If you’re looking for some family fun activities to do close to home, here is our “Bay Area Bucket List” with some ideas before the season ends that will allow you to create great memories with friends and family.
October is here and this means it is the season for pumpkins!!!! There is something about autumn that it is very easy to get into the fall spirit. Bring on the pumpkins, the apple picking, the baking, the pumpkin spice latte, the scarecrow decorations, crafts and Halloween celebrations!
Every year we carve pumpkins but pumpkins don’t last as long as we’d like and they always end up moldy after two or three days. Last year we started a new tradition to enjoy the pumpkins a little big longer …. Pumpkin Painting!!!
This is a great activity for the whole family. Our teen got a little creative, suggesting building Olaf from the movie Frozen (we all have to help with this) and the little one of the family did free style and made his own festive and unique design
This colorful, inspiring and beautiful mural adorns a building with a beautiful cause. The Women’s Building in San Francisco’s Mission District is a women-led community space that advocates self-determination, gender equality and social justice since 1971.
Location: 3543 18th St San Francisco, CA 94110
Yesterday we went to see the “Graced with Light” art installation at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. This stunning installation features 20 miles of multicolored silk ribbons that are suspended from the cathedral‘s ceiling arches as part of an ongoing installation by American visual artist Anne Patterson. “Graced With Light” was originally intended to end on July 2013, but has been extended to February 28, 2014 due to its popularity.