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I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise that I decided to be Grumpy Cat for Halloween. Here’s the making of Grumpy Cat:
The make-up credit goes to my friend, Sandra, who did an amazing job! We celebrated last Saturday and while our neighborhood was quiet enough, there was a decent 90’s cover band at the local which kept us entertained. It beats trying to fight for taxis in the city. Here’s a few of us, all doing our best Grumpy Cat impressions:
I think I won. Happy Halloween!
When I visited the pumpkin patch last Sunday, I knew I wanted to paint a pumpkin this year. Carving is fun, but it’s definitely not my forte; and while all of my craft supplies are in storage, I knew it would be very cheap to pick up everything I needed (like $6 cheap).
Of course I perused Pinterest for inspiration, but I ultimately found my guide while randomly google searching Grumpy Cat and stumbled across this fleece hat.
I loved that it was simple and very paint-by-numberish.
Here’s what I started out with:
- Small cream pumpkin ($3.50 at the patch)
- 6 AC Moore brand paint bottles ($0.59 each)
- Small set of pain brushes ($1.99 with a coupon!)
Next, I lightly sketched the outline onto my pumpkin. I tried a pencil, but had to use a pen in the end. I tried not to draw full lines, assuming it would come back to haunt me later.
And then I just started to fill in areas, allowing them to dry before painting anything else around them.
One painful part of this project was the paint didn’t really adhere to the pumpkin as well as I wanted to. It could have been because my paint was $0.59 or because the pumpkin is slick. Either way, I was determined to make it work. So I just kind of dabbed in the small areas to fill it in and did several coats. For the larger areas, I did strokes but definitely painted them 3-4 times to get the effect I wanted. Here’s my first run at the eyes:
I admit I was a little nervous this would quickly become a DIY fail, but a few coats later and I was up to this:
I know the white doesn’t look brilliant here, but bear with me. I pretty much had to stop at this point because it was getting late and it was a good chance for it to dry overnight. The next morning, I did a quick touch-up on the brown around the eyes and 2 more coats of the white to even it out a bit. And finally, I put in the small details like the outline around the ears, eyes, and nose/mouth.
I could have probably lined a few more areas, but I decided that less is more in this scenario. I know it’s not perfect, but I did say this was a DIY. In my opinion, it’s the small imperfections that make it perfect. So without further ado, my no carve Grumpy Cat Halloween pumpkin:
I think I’m in love!
It’s my birthday today and I LOVE celebrating, so please excuse the little party I’m having on my own blog for my own birthday. While I’m here, I also thought I’d share the awesome gift from BF this morning:
It’s a double-sided grumpy cat tea mug, complete with Irish sayings. Isn’t it perfect?! Squeeee!!