Saturday 26 October 2013

The Octopode Factory - Pumpkins

Well over here in the UK the Summer seems like a distant memory and winter is very much round the corner so making the most of the Autumn and the Halloween season is a must for me.
With that in mind the new challenge over at The Octopode Factory is 'Pumpkins'.
I have used another of the Tando-Creative Mixed Media Boards I am loving these they take paint and pretty much anything you can throw at them.
I thought Lily's Edward Scissor Hands image would add some humour and who else could carve a pumpkin as well as Edward?
I have also used the Set Of 3 Pumlkins, the images have all been coloured with Copics and clear embossed.
The back ground was painted with Decoart Americana Acrylic paints,I started with a citrus Green/Yellow, a layer of Decoart's Weathers Wood, this gives the really great cracks when another colour of paint is applied over the top, I went for a pumpkin orange.
I mixed some green acrylic paint with Decoart's Modelling paste and applied it through a shabby diamond stencil. When this was dry I swiped the edges with some archival ink and gave the whole thing a generous coating of Decoart's Triple Thick Gloss Glaze.
I added the chunky eyelet, the pumpkin brad and a suede thong to finish off.

We would love to see you join us over at The Octopode Factory for the challenge.You have just under two weeks to take part. As always there are some images up for grabs for the winner, you do not have to use an Octopode Image but if you do your name will go into the prize draw twice xx
Thanks for stopping by xx


  1. Glory be your backgrounds are utterly gorgeous. You really know how to compliment an image Mark. Jenny x

  2. I love Lily's images so this was always going to be a winner....but your colour scheme and deep gloss once again takes it to another level.

  3. A fabulous background and a great image, I love it.
    xxx Hazel.

  4. Absolutely fabulous ! Love it !
    Corrie x

  5. Great idea to have Edward cutting the pumpkins :) Love how colourful your tag is and the gorgeous crackled background just peeping through. I'll be glad when my blog challenge is over and I can go back to crafting in my spare time. Please kick me up the backside next year if i start to think about doing it again lol. Hope all is well down your way and that the storms haven't caused too much trouble, if at all. Pxx

  6. (Hope my comment went through, it played up at my end so not sure if you've got it?) Px

  7. Mark...this Octopode Halloween tag is perfection! I so love your ability to blend colors. They look fantastic! This Edward Scissorshands character is too cute. You've given him such personality! I love the harlequin background and the colorful pumpkins in the foreground. Great art ... as always! <3 Candy

  8. Wonderful creepy Halloween composition and so funny with the cutting pumpkins Edward !!
    Love the colorful background too.