October 31 Screen

By  Barb Jones 

  • October 31 Screen


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Antique Maroon, Asphaltum, Burnt Orange, Buttermilk, Dried Basil Green, Jack-O-Lantern Orange, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Snow (Titanium) White, Tangelo Orange, Tangerine, Tomato Red, Traditional Raw Sienna
  • Brushes: Loew-Cornell: La Corneille Golden Taklon: Angular Shader, Series 7400, 1/4”, 3/8”; Jackie Shaw Liner, Series JS, #2; Script Liner, Series 7050, #18/0; Debbie Mitchell Stippler, Series DM, 1/4”, 3/8”; White Nylon: Flat Glaze, Series 798, 3/4”
  • Minwax Early American stain
  • Sawtooth hanger
  • Framing glazier points
  • Pumpkin Frame with Masonite backing (frame, 11”x11-1/2” with 6-1/4”x8” opening) available through Kim Hogue
  • Fiberglass Solar Screening available by the roll at most Home Improvement stores


  • Sharpie Black Permanent Double-ended Marker

Pattern - October 31 Screen

  • Preparation
  • 1. Cut screening to same size as masonite. Print out pattern; use fat end of marker to retrace pattern lines. Lay pattern under screening and use chalk pencil to outline basic pattern lines. (Note: While working on screen be careful not to rub off chalk.)
  • Artist's Tips
  • 1. Lay screen over newspaper or paper towels. Immediately after applying first paint coat, pick screen up and lay over paint bottles or wax paper to dry. Let newspaper/toweling dry or use new piece for second coat. (Note: Paint will seep through screen holes so dry newspaper/toweling is a must.) If you forget, allow paint to dry thoroughly then gently wash screen with water to remove newspaper/toweling.
  • Screen
  • 1. (Note: Refer to pattern for numbered pumpkins.) Base pumpkins #1 and #2 Jack-O-Lantern Orange. Base pumpkins #3 and #4 Burnt Orange. Base shoe and heel Asphaltum. Base pumpkin stems Traditional Raw Sienna. Use Lamp Black to paint eyes and nose on pumpkin #4; add tiny Buttermilk highlight dot on right side of eyes and nose.
  • 2. Shade Antique Maroon along left side of pumpkins #3 and #4. Shade Tomato Red along left side of pumpkins #1 and #2; use Antique Maroon to deepen shading on bottom left.
  • 3. Dry brush shoe and heel Traditional Raw Sienna and then Dried Basil Green. Use Tangerine to dry brush upper right side of pumpkins #1, #2, and #4; use layering technique to repeat with Buttermilk and then with Snow White.
  • 4. Use Lamp Black to outline boot and heel at least three times and then again with Buttermilk. Shade Lamp Black around inside edge of entire boot and heel, shading heavier at back of boot, on left side of heel, and upper top left side of boot. Use Buttermilk to dry brush upper middle, toe, and heel. Dip-dot buttons Buttermilk; line laces and ties. Overstroke with Lamp Black to soften.
  • 5. Use Lamp Black to outline each pumpkin and to add ribbing; outline eyes and nose, and line mouth on pumpkin #4. Overstroke all stems.
  • Frame
  • 1. Base front and back with one good coat Lamp Black. Let dry and sand; wipe dust. Use flat glaze and Tangelo Orange to slip-slap front and sides in an "X" pattern allowing black to show. Transfer wording. Use liner and Lamp Black to diagonally line inside of lettering and number in one direction keeping lines very close together; repeat in opposite direction. Outline each with Lamp Black at least three times; add dot after "Oct".
  • 2. Use clean old rag to wipe entire frame with stain. (Note: If using oil-based stain, let dry overnight.)
  • Finishing
  • 1. Place screen over masonite and insert in frame; use glazier pointes to secure in place. Attach sawtooth hanger.