|At first I was considering some cornucopia clip art instead of a monogram for my decoupage, but nothing really seemed to go well with the turkey. I even saw one with bananas in it, which I guess might be "autumn harvest" food somewhere to someone.|
|Tear the finished edges and crumple your tissue, then tear into convenient sizes.|
They have that awful seam around their "equator" and instead of sanding and/or filling and making this even more complicated than I knew I eventually would make it, I just used the tried-and-true tissue paper method to give the whole thing a consistent, rustic-y, wrinkly surface. I used Mod Podge for this, but I'm sure white glue would've worked.
|I had saved a few of these food containers for another project and they came in very handy as a support for these while all the layers were trying.|
Then because I was going to use simple black/white clip art printed on white paper I painted them white. Unbeknownst to me, my white craft paint had dried up so I used some flat white house paint I had. It worked fine, but didn't dry as quickly as craft paint would have. It required two coats to cover all the orange and brown.
|Painted flat white; the "equatorial seam" is still obvious.|
While that was drying I found and re-sized some clip art images to print out. I also downloaded some appropriate fonts for the monogram; I love monograms, so I'm thankful that Eric share a last initial in common. If there is anyone reading this who doesn't know, that initial would be F. Once printed and cut out, I used good, old, reliable Mod Podge to attach them and then coat the whole surface. I did that to seal the ink and make a surface with a consistent porosity for the glazing step.
I used Proceed brand glazing medium (tinted raw sienna), because that's what I had. I am sure it made this take a bit longer, but I didn't have to make a special trip or buy any more craft materials to store. That brand of glazing medium is a bit shiny, so I then applied Modern Masters Dead Flat Varnish to protect and dull the surface. They're a warm white now; not nearly so stark/chalky white.
I think that the prevalence of wild turkeys around here has influenced my ideas about decorating for Thanksgiving. I am considering starting a collection of certain kinds of turkeys to decorate the piano with in upcoming years. A quick yet thorough search of a couple stores yielded no non-paper turkeys. NONE! Not even some turkeys that I didn't like the looks of. Huh. But I did find a clip art turkey I liked and decoupaged that feathery butt to a fake pumpkin!
I'm not exactly sure how I'll make them into a centerpiece or other table decoration, but I'll share our table settings when it's set up for dinner.
UPDATE: Clear on the other side of the country, my friend Crystal has transformed this same dollar store pumpkin! She used a similar process, but with a different and totally charming result. You should check out her blog post about hers here.
* I realize for some people Thanksgiving is as much, if not more, about football; no one cares if I'm there for that.
** You know, like Scrooge McDuck, but a turkey instead and not especially greedy.
*** An imitation fake pumpkin... is that meta or just redundant?