My Pumpkin Painting Techniques

My Pumpkin Painting Techniques

It's the most hauntingly wonderful time of the year!!

You all know how much I love Halloween. I love all things ghoulish and spooky and dark and this time of year makes me so insanely happy. 

Even with the craziness of our move, J made sure we didn't miss out on out Halloween tradition. Every year, on the first weekend in October, we take a full day to drink spiked cider, decorate the house, and go pick out and paint our pumpkins. This year, it was done on the floor of our empty new house with Wild Orchards instead of homemade stuff, but it was still perfect. I love him for making sure we remember the important things, regardless of how hectic things are. 

I don't like to carve pumpkins. It's too messy and they never turn out the way I'd like. Maybe carving just isn't really my forte. But I love to paint pumpkins. They custom match the decor and overall theme I want for the season and they last much longer than when they've been punctured. 

I love the way our pumpkins came out this year, so I thought I'd give you a little look into some of our techniques. 

I love the way our pumpkins came out this year, so I thought I'd give you a little look into some of our techniques. 

My number one trick probably comes as no surprise: SPRAY PAINT. I'd spray paint everything if I thought I could get away with it. I LOVE spray paint and I'm sure the nice people at Home Depot think I'm some kind of serial graffiti artist with a bunch of destruction of property charges with how much I buy. 

I sprayed this pumpkin with white enamel spray paint which gives it a perpetually wet look (which convinced even me, as I sat and stared at it & wondered out loud to J why it was taking so damn long to dry). I then painted the stem black and made the stripes using Scotch Expressions Washi tape in metallic gold. 

 

Ah. My masterpiece. This pumpkin's stem was first spray painted with gold spray paint and once dried, wrapped to protect it while I painted the rest of it all black. I actually used black wall paint left over from a super secret project that I can't wait to show you, because I was almost out of black spray paint. I then used Elmer's Puzzle Glue that I mysteriously found in my craft box to glue sequins on in a polka dot pattern. I honestly don't remember ever buying puzzle glue, nor do I ever do puzzles with the intention of permanently gluing them into place, but...here we are. 

 

I used the white enamel spray paint on this pumpkin as well and painted it's stem black BECAUSE NO AREA MUST GO UNPAINTED. Obviously, a rule. This one was super easy, because I just waited for the paint to dry and then applied these awesome alphabet stickers from Target spelling out EEK! It's now sitting proudly on my spooky mantle.

 

I can't take any credit for this one, because my talented and extremely patient hubby painted this one. He used the same black wall paint and did the lettering using a white chalk bistro marker (found here). I was so impressed with how steady his hand is, because he did all the "Trick or Treat" lettering free-handed without the use of any stencils.

 

Happy Halloween Month! Can't wait for you all to see more Halloween made in The Makery!

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