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Obviously you need to remove more material in order to allow light to shine though. You know that much. However, whenever I try I either can't get the husk thin enough, or I go too thin and bust through. What you need are depth checkers spaced around the surface of the lantern where you are trying to achieve this effect. Toothpicks would be an easy ...


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Basically the problem you are facing is that the pumpkin surface is glossy and non-porous. There is nothing for your paint to adhere to. You could try lightly sanding the areas you are going to paint with a fairly fine sandpaper. That will add 'tooth' to the surface, like the roughness of paper, that will hold the paint. Then you may be able to skip having ...


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In addition to John's answer, there are some options in the art supply world. In particular, Qor makes a watercolor ground that is good for watercolor, inks, and acrylics. The idea is similar to gesso and provides a base for painting on surfaces not otherwise usable for water-based media.


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I once did a pumpkin in this fashion of Archie from the comic books. It was a little bit less sophisticated than the above example, so I was able to get the husk thin enough without breaking through simply by feeling my hand along the back wall of the pumpkin while I was carving on the front. When it is thin enough for light to shine through, you start to ...


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Acrylic paint is soluble in water and pumpkins have a lot of water in them. You need a paint primer that is water resistant. Paint primer is an intermediary paint that coats a surface and once dry it allows another paint to be painted overtop of it. In your case I would try an epoxy primer to coat the surface of the pumpkin. Epoxy primers are water ...


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Well, yes you can... lots of people dip dye pumpkins using food coloring, though the outer skin of the pumpkin will not absorb the dyes as well as the flesh of the pumpkin. If you want to enhance the dye absorption on the surface, a very light sanding with a fine-grained sandpaper to lightly score the surface will probably help there. As you have the small ...


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I have owned and used a pumpkin carving tip on my dremmel before. It only takes away some of the layers of pumpkin peel and creates the effect!


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