Fluorescent Pumpkin

 

Last week, it was time to get ready for the Harvest Festival at E’s preschool again. They always have a pumpkin exhibition, and of course E wanted to contribute to it. {Last year, she pour painted her pumpkin.} We went to the pumpkin patch a couple of weeks ago in preparation and picked out pumpkins.

E had lots of fun washing them to get them ready to be decorated. She couldn’t wait to get the larger pumpkin on the table – and all she wanted to do was paint it with paintbrushes. It still turned out pretty special because at the last minute, she chose to make a Fluorescent Pumpkin!

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the black light on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

(E was 3 years and 11 months old.)

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To make a fluorescent pumpkin, you’ll need:

 

 

 

It all started simply enough – E used the fluorescent paint just like she would any other kind of paint.

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

She noticed that the blue paint was much lighter on the left of the area she’d painted than on the right. We talked about it for a bit, and she touched it to verify my explanation that the paint had already dried on the left-hand side.

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

She did about a quarter of the pumpkin that day, mostly painting stripes. I thought she did quite a good job compared to earlier attempts – I think the “stripes” on the pumpkin helped her, even though she didn’t follow them.

The next day, E wanted to come back to her project, and she asked Papa to paint with her. He mostly went along with her stripe theme.

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

Suddenly, it occurred to me to turn on the black light – and it was AMAZING!

This was before I’d closed the shutters all the way:

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

Once the shutters were closed, we were just blown away by the beauty of the glowing paint.

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

Papa suggested to try painting with two paintbrushes at once, and E really liked that.

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

She also tried some dots to take a break from the stripes, imitating what Papa had done earlier.

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

Even the paint cups looked AWESOME! I hadn’t realized that some of our paintbrushes even had fluorescent handles that made it even more fun.

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

The fluorescent pumpkin still looked nice without the black light

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

but with the black light on, it’s just amazing!

 

Pumpkin decoration: Make a fluorescent pumpkin with the blacklight on while painting - it looks SO COOL!

 

We’d had the fluorescent paint for a while, just never got around to using it. Now that we’ve tried it with such amazing results, I’m really motivated to find more uses for it – not necessarily just for art, either!

 

 

 

Have you tried fluorescent paint? Do you have any must-try ideas for it? Let me know in the comments, and feel free to leave a link if you’ve written about it!

 

 

 

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