As Halloween is coming I thought I would try some more “festive” pumpkins.  I struggled with this one a little bit because I picked a pumpkin that was a wee to small.  So in order to shadow the pumpkin I thought I would use tonight to show you how to take a picture of your own and make a stencil.

First thing you have to do is pick a picture…

Then you need to open the picture in photoshop in order to cut out the person or object you want to use….

Next you need to desaturate the picture (Image/Adjustments/Desaturate)….

In order to have the three shades (cut, shaved, orange) you need to posterize the photo (Image/Adjustments/Posterize) and lower it to three levels…

And then like magic you have the stencil you simply need to trace onto the pumpkin and cut.

Tips**  Avoid pictures that give you a lot of white area.  As well be sure that any black is not floating, it must be connected in one way to the edge of the pumpkin.  And finally pick a large enough pumpkin so you will be able to cut out the details.


My prediction on the captain for the year…..Mr. Henrik Sedin


Tomorrow marks the birthday of the legendary John Lennon.  If we were still with us today he would be blowing out 70 candles on his cake.  I can only imagine what other great songs he could have brought us if he hadn’t been killed at age 40.

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.

Happy Birthday

I struggled getting a good picture with the lights off.

Captain Canada

Although Vancouver no longer has a basketball team to call our own, we still have our well loved home town boy in Steve Nash.  This pre-season brought the Raptors and the Suns into town.  So I thought I would dedicate a pumpkin to our dear Steve.  Although as I was sitting carving the pumpkin and watching/listening to the game I wondered if it was a good idea.  Something about losing by 51 points to TORONTO seems so wrong!  Here’s hoping things change when the real season rolls around.

For this pumpkin I took a photo of Nash and with a few adjustments in Photo shop I was able to get  a stencil that allowed me to carve a pumpkin.  I will give more of a step by step process at a later date.

“People have always doubted whether I was good enough to play this game at this level. I thought I was, and I thought I could be. What other people thought was really always irrelevant to me.”  Steve Nash