Okay, I admit it. I love monograms. But for some reason I never take the time or money to have things monogrammed. I don’t know why. So when I started carving pumpkins this year I thought a monogrammed pumpkin was a perfect idea. You don’t need a pattern or fonts for this pumpkin. Just follow a few simple steps and you’ll have a pretty personalized pumpkin in no time.
Before carving, prep your pumpkin and gather your tools. For more helpful tips on carving, see the article, “How To Carve A Pumpkin.” Once your pumpkin is ready, grab your linoleum cutter and follow this simple steps:
Step 1: Carve a simple letter.
Don’t worry about the details, just get a basic letter shape on the pumpkin.
Step 2: Thicken and stylize your letter.
Gradually work outward, thickening the letter and adding any little details (or serifs) that look good to you. If you want a “typographic” style letter, just make the vertical parts thicker and the horizontal parts thinner.
Step 3: Draw a frame around your letter.
Start by simply carving a simple square around your letter, leaving enough space to add more.
Step 4: Thicken and stylize your frame.
Gradually working outward, thicken the frame, making some parts thicker and some thinner, and curving or extending the lines as you wish.
Step 5: Add some embellishments.
A squiggle here, a curlique there. It doesn’t really matter what you add, as long as it’s symmetrical. Start with one small thing and add until it seems done.
Step 6: Enjoy!
For more tips on preserving and displaying pumpkins, see the article, “How To Carve A Pumpkin.”
If you try this out, let me know!