STEP 2 - Prep Work
Clean/wash your pumpkin if necessary. Just a damp paper towel to take off the dirt will leave you with a beautiful orange pumpkin.
STEP 3 - Tools
As you finish one section at a time, it's time to punch out the negative space that will make the image come alive! Sometimes, depending on the size, you may have to make additional cuts in the pieces you want to push out (its fine!). This will allow you to eliminate smaller pieces and be less likely to break the design. You will feel, as you get to the end of your carving, that the pumpkin becomes less stable, and the image is delicate and could break. Be careful. You can always use toothpicks to prop up any pieces that may have broke!
Finished product. I will post a lit picture for full effect on Halloween!
Stay tuned for Carving 201, which will be a harder stencil. Same process.