Pumpkin Painting!

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Are you tired of carving pumpkins? But you have to admit, roasted pumpkin seeds are pretty tasty!! Why not paint your pumpkin(s) this year? Let’s talk you through painting on a pumpkin.

First you have to decide if you are going to use a real pumpkin or an artificial one. A “real” pumpkin will give you this year of enjoyment and may last 8-12 weeks in temperatures of 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit. It might fair best in a shaded area over a sunny location. However, the artificial one will last year after year…if you have a place to store it!

Let’s start preparing the “real” pumpkin. If you raised it yourself, you’ll need to wash off any dirt. If you bought it at a market, you might want to wash it with Dawn dishwashing soap. No matter how you wash it, allow it to dry completely.

What kind of paint do you use on a pumpkin? Any acrylic paint will work as long as it is heavy-bodied with pigment. You can use acrylic paint markers to avoid the mess of paint. Maybe you would like to spray paint your pumpkin a solid color. Metallic spray paints give an elegance to your fall display.

The sky is the limit for designs on your pumpkin(s). Google “Images of pumpkin painting” to view all the creative designs waiting for you to drool over. If you sell your painted pumpkins, beware of the trademarks and copyrights of characters (i.e. Mickey Mouse, Nimo, Minions, etc.), sport leagues (Colts, Packers, Saints, etc.), collegiate logos (FSU, IU, etc.), and someone else’s work that is noted copyrighted. Why not buy a pumpkin for each family member to create and call their own work of art?

Use brushes made for the paint that you are using. You can transfer on a pattern using graphite paper to trace the pattern onto your pumpkin surface. You can even stencil designs onto the pumpkin surface. Let your paint dry completely and spray on a clear sealer or brush on a non-yellowing varnish.

You can add glitter for sparkle to your design, a bow to the stem, hats, hair, and more. Be creative and make your neighbors jealous of your “Boo-tiful” display.


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