Use our easy instructions to carve a grown-up pumpkin--plus, get design inspiration from Northwest artist Jen Ament and from our design archive
We asked one of our favorite artists, Seattle-based linocut printmaker and painter Jennifer Ament, how she’d translate her
Northwest-influenced designs to pumpkin carvings—and were wowed by the results. Inspired by the landscape and wildlife near
her favorite spot at Lake Sammamish, Ament’s artful carvings trump the idea that Halloween decor has to feel kitschy. (And
serve as proof that it always works to find creative design ideas in our natural surroundings.)
Check out Jen's Northwest landscape and wildlife-inspired collection of linocut prints at jenniferament.com.
Materials: Washable marker, carving tool(s), pumpkins in interesting shapes and varying sizes
Pumpkins aren't only for the outdoors! Jen suggests arranging a few atop the dining room console or living room coffee table and accessorize with festive elements like feathers.
Create a spooky entryway that will delight trick-or-treaters! Jen's mask design is inspired by Truman Capote's famous masked ball.
This vignette was inspired by Jen's time boating at Lake Sammamish—where she and her family always see the same hawk.
A Sunset favorite: meandering patterns add a whimsical storybook appeal to your arrangement.
We like the subtle glow that slender foliage carvings add to a front porch.
Create a centerpiece-worthy embossed effect with no candle or seed scooping required. Arrange multiple silhouetted pumpkins along the center of an outdoor table. We added stones and leaves to complete the setting.
Orange twinkle lights illuminate our vignette. Cut a small hole for an electrical plug in the back of pumpkin, near its base, and feed indoor-outdoor twinkle lights inside pumpkin. From interior, poke individual lights into berry holes. (An electric drill fitted with a small bit helps create holes at the branch tips.)