My 3 Monsters: Day 31: Happy Halloween! Creative Pumpkin Carving

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10.31.2011

Day 31: Happy Halloween! Creative Pumpkin Carving

Whew!  A craft project a day for 31 days and we're all still alive and kicking.  I love it!  Today I thought I'd share a fun pumpkin carving idea with you.  Technically this wasn't "PIN" spired, it was "PIN"-found after I already did it on my own and wanted to tie it in to close out this series.  I know I cheated, but I think you'll thank me.  As Sis was hollowing out her pumpkin last night preparing it for carving this morning she said, "I'm going to carve myself on this pumpkin.  I don't know how, but I'm doing it!"  I took the challenge, hopped on the computer and pulled up a picture of her in Gimp {or Photoshop if you're fancy}.  All you have to do is desaturate the colors in the picture to make it black and white.  Then you up the contrast to eliminate all the gray so you're left with a stark black and white graphic image.  Then you need to use the paintbrush tool to make sure you don't have any disconnected areas or areas that are too detailed.  Here's the original photo:


And here's the carving pattern I ended up with:

 Super fun, huh?  I simplified it a little more for her than I probably would have done for myself.{NOT because she couldn't handle it, but because she'll be in a bit of a hurry before school this morning.}  I did a search on Pinterest after the fact and found this tutorial from How-To Geek that gives a little more insight into the process.


I don't know why you would want a Bill Gates pumpkin, but the idea is really fun nonetheless.  I'll post a picture of her finished pumpkin when we get it done.  Thanks to those of you who stuck with me all month long.  Your sweet comments really kept me going when I wanted desperately to quit. Have a happy and safe Halloween!!

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