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Creep-a-Day Challenge Day 28

Mother of the Year

This could easily be rendered into a cake. Hint-hint...


I bought this paper pulp pumpkin on clearance last year, not knowing what I'd make with it. As this month progressed, ideas ranged from a newspaper-covered pumpkin to a button-covered pumpkin to a googly eye-covered pumpkin.Staring at the naked pumpkin, the idea of the pumpkin being an egg sack both terrified and delighted me. The spider on top is the Mother of the Year for protecting her soon-to-be hatched hellions.

Supplies:
Paper pulp pumpkin
White acrylic paint
Black paint (I used a paint pen as well as acrylic)
Styrofoam ball
Crackle Glaze (I used Tim Holtz® Clear Distress Crackle Paint by Ranger®)

Tools:
Paint brush
Palette
Knife

The How:

I applied a thick layer of white paint over the pumpkin except for the stem. I only used one layer because I wanted a webby/woven appearance.


You won't need string for this one--this photo was before the spider idea took over my brain



















Thank goodness the egg sacs aren't this big in real life!





















I painted the stem black and made a circle of black around it for the body then in the grooves down the side of the pumpkin, I drew lines for the legs.



Meh...too one-dimensional




After staring at it a while, I didn't like the small body so I enlarged the black area and added a head and made the leg lines fuller.













Still unsatisfied, I took a Styrofoam ball and cut it in half. I applied black paint to the exterior of the ball and let it dry. Once dry, I applied a little white glue to the stem and shoved it into the flat side of the "body." The head painted on the pumpkin didn't look right so I sculpted a small roundish head out of the scrap of Styrofoam and painted it black. I attached it to the body via a black stir straw. I added two rhinestones for eyes and a spider was born!

To finish it off, I added a layer of crackle glaze just on the white part of the pumpkin. I think it turned out okay and I'm probably going to have weird dreams about spiders dragging their egg sacs across the bedroom floor. *shudders*
Her other babies can't wait to meet the newest hellions!

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