Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Harvest Art

Magazine article Vegetarian Times

Harvest Art

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Who needs more reason than Halloween to create a jack-o'-lantern? A gleefully grinning ghoul isn't even your only design option. Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell, author of How to Carve Pumpkins for Great Results and Decorating Pumpkins and Gourds, suggests "curious cats" as alternative designs, or such seasonal etchings as falling leaves.

Don't confine yourself to the traditional orange pumpkin, either, advises SchneebeliMorrell. "A white boer pumpkin bob dramatic with engravings, and the creamy color of a butternut squash is great for etching funky patterns," she says. Or you may find inspiration in the green speckled skin of a fig leaf gourd.

You can generally rely on what's in your kitchen- a pointy knife, plus a spoon or ice cream scoop- to create your basic jack-o'-lantern from a garden-variety pumpkin. But you may want to invest in a lino cutting tool to craft intricate patterns on tougher-skinned squashes and gourds and a flat-ended wood-carving tool to help remove firmer flesh- both are available at most art supply stores. …

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