Perfecting the Pumpkin

What’s better than a real pumpkin that eventually decays?  A craft pumpkin that keeps sprouting year after year!  The unfortunate circumstance is that some of us get bored looking at the same orange pumpkin year after year.  In light of this predicament I did what I always do; I painted it.  There are actually tons of ideas for recreating these, but my fondness for Chalk Paint has enticed me yet again.  The process is pretty straightforward, but here’s my strategy.

The Before.

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Step One: Tape the stem.  I am one messy gal and tend to color outside the lines, but if you’re nice and neat you can skip ahead.

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Step Two: Paint one-half of the top portion of the pumpkin. After painting around the stem, I try to used long brush strokes from the top to the bottom.  This technique encourages a smoother finish. Let it dry, which may take 20-30 minutes at most.DSC_0812

Step Three: Paint the other half and let it dry!

Step Four: Paint one-half of the bottom portion.  I paint from the base of the pumpkin up.  Once the area is covered I go back over from the top of the pumpkin down to smooth out the line for the painted sections.  Again, let it dry for about 20-30 minutes.

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Step Five: Paint the other bottom half and let it dry!

Step Six: Touch it up.  My original pumpkin was orange and my paint was an off-white shade, so I took some time on this.

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Step Seven: Wax on, wax off.  The soft wax is great finish and creates a nice sheen look, you can also use a polycrylic or spray-on finish.  If you are feeling advanced you can add some dark wax as well.  This furthers the realistic effect on the pumpkin and would suggest especially if you are doing an orange shade.  I choose to keep mine raw because I love chalk paint in it’s purest of forms.

Finished!

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Plastic pumpkins are available at most major craft stores; I purchased mine at Michael’s a few years ago.  The pumpkins can usually be found 50 to 60 percent off.  In regards to paint, I chose Old Ochre by Annie Sloan for my pumpkin.  I love how the shade turned out; it is reflective of a natural albino pumpkin.  As you determine your paint of choice I recommend using chalk paint over latex paint.  I have attempted pumpkin painting with latex paint in the past and much prefer the chalk paint.  It adheres to the pumpkin surpassingly better and also creates a smoother finish.

Happy pumpkin painting!

-Goldie

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