My Halloween style is very black and white. There's just something so elegant about etchings of tombstones and skulls, am I right? This old school image transfer technique gives the pumpkin an imperfect, antiqued look that is just the thing to dress up your mantle or centerpiece.
First things first, find a good collection of Halloween-themed imagery, and print it out. I think black and white imagery works best with this technique. And while any printer works, a laser print will work best.
In recent years, “royalty-free images” have become pretty abundant on the internet. These are images that you can use without having to worry about paying fees. My favorite site to peruse for royalty-free imagery is thegraphicsfairy.com.
If any of your imagery has words, you’ll need to reflect the image before printing it out. If the word reads backwards on paper, it will read correctly when transferred.
GENTLY begin to rub away the paper with your finger. You’ll notice the black image has transferred to the pumpkin. This may take a few moments so be sure to keep the area damp.
Repeat on small areas until as much white has been removed as possible.
Keep the pumpkin clean by:
This is key to the best-looking finished product. If you aren’t sure how you did, check your pumpkin an hour or two after you finish. If you are still seeing a lot of excess white, repeat steps 5 & 6.
If you plan on keeping your decoupaged foam pumpkin for next year, you may want to spray it with a clear acrylic seal to protect the transferred images.