This fall faux plastic pumpkins and I are having a moment! Like, “Ariel with the colour pink” moment. They’re everywhere and I love them for two reasons a) they’re not rotting from the inside out b) I can put all this effort into them and they’ll be around next year. At this point I’ve done // decoupage pumpkins // and because I love to paint, I’m doing a painted pumpkin!
The first pumpkin was also a standout star in my Fall Canadian Bloggers Home Tour and I think I’ve received more compliments about this one pumpkin than any other standout project. I mean seriously, who’da thought?!
In the past I’ve done a few hand painted projects // here // and // here // but they all kind of hinge on you having talent… I accept this is a major flaw in my posts. So this time, I’m making it really simple! We’re just doing falling leaves, a flower or two, and maybe a squirrel. I’ll be spending more time showing the steps involved in creating these three elements, so that you can take it from there.
What I love about this style of painting, also know as the Rifle Paper Co. inspired school of painting, is that it’s less formal and more whimsical. You can have fun with colour and shapes and perspectives. So if you’re a
sloppy painter free spirit with a paintbrush, this one is for you!
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- Americana Paints – I used the following colours:
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Poodle Skirt Pink
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Melon
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Coral Blush
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Brilliant Red
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Tuscan Red
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Georgia Clay
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Spiced Pumpkin
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Saffron Yellow
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Cadmium Yellow
- Americana Acrylic Paint 2oz-Frosted Plum
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Dark Chocolate
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, 2-Ounce, Slate Grey
- DecoArt Americana Gloss Enamel Paint, 2-Ounce, Black
- Fine tip brushes
- Plastic pumpkins – I purchased mine on clearance at Michaels this week, so take advantage while the sales are on!
- Americana Paints – I used the following colours:
A note on colour choice: I chose beautiful warm shades of red and yellow for the season, but you could easily do something in blues or purples and have it be perfectly seasonal.
You can also buy all of these paints at Michaels or online through amazon.
Step 1: Using Dark Chocolate, paint a series of branches in overlapping arabesques. Add extra branches and offshoots to fill the space. Keep in mind that you will be adding leaves all around the branches, so don’t space them too closely.
Step 2: Paint your first leaf using Georgia Clay
Step 2: Paint your flower bud using Frosted Plum.
Step 3: Using Tuscan Red, paint your second leaf. This one is more like a sloppy maple leaf.
Step 4: Using Saffron Yellow, paint your third leaf on the branches. I wish I knew the name of the tree off which I am basing this leaf, either way, it’s simple and small.
Step 5: Using Brilliant Red, paint large anemones around the branches and to help fill spaces. These are like big red flowers. The real beauty of these ones comes with the finishing and contrasting details.
At this point your pumpkin should look like this! This is where you take stock, add blooms or leaves, and figure out where you’re going to put your finishing touches.
Step 6: Using a mix of Dark Chocolate and Saffron Yellow to create a light brown for a final leaf motif on the branches. This one looks like an oak leaf. Make sure you make enough for two coats, and for some wildlife critters!
Step 7: Using Dark Chocolate add three little twigs closely together. Sprinkle them throughout the leaves and buds on the branches. You’ll add different coloured berries to complement the leaves. You can make them as long or as short as you’d like. I use them to help fill space and add another colour. You’ll also add pinecones and acorns. They’re simple enough and don’t really need a gif.
OPTIONAL For wildlife – Step 8: Using grey, add the squirrel shapes; using the brown mix from step 6 add squirrels and birds.
Step 9: Wait till the first coat is dry, and then apply a second coat. You want the colour to be rich and deep, and you don’t want to see the white pumpkin beneath.
Step 10: After the second coat is dry, using Black and the Dark Chocolate, add the details on your leaves.
- For the first leaves (Georgia Clay) I used black to run the veins down the centre of the leaves.
- For the other leaves I used Dark Chocolate.
- For the anemone, you’ll add a black dot for the centre.
Step 11: Using a variety of pinks and corals, add an extra stroke to the leaves and the flower bud to create depth in the colour of the leaves.
Step 12: Enjoy your Painted Fall Pumpkin! Bow and gemstone are optional… but not really.