Learn to paint a DIY Fall sign with pumpkins and Cotton bolls. This is the first part in a 5 part series.
Do you love hand painted signs for your Farmhouse or Cottage decor? I have created this painting lesson for you. You are going to love this DIY Fall sign with Pumpkins.
Create an entire sign step by step with this 5 part series. You will paint pumpkins, cotton bolls and take a crack at the lettering.
This is the first of the series. Why make it a series?
Because there is too many steps to make it one post and the video would be just too long.
Normally I would make these longer type posts into a workshop for sale rather than free.
I want to see how it goes this way. You do have to put up with the ads. They are a necessary evil that lets me produce free lessons for you.
But I shall also make this available as a purchasable workshop where you can download each video to keep. There would be no ads on the purchased workshop to get in the way.
The video embedded is a sped up version to give you an over view of the lesson. A real time video you can watch to follow along with is linked at the bottom of this post.
Lets get painting.
First start with a surface. This board I used measures 11.25 x 18. I actually am reusing a piece of pine board from a previous sign I had made.
If you want to find something close in size that is pre-cut I found this nice one on Amazon. You would have to adjust the pattern a bit but it would work great.
Also if you want to use a pine board like I did then your local building center store like Home Depot, Lowes or a lumberyard will cut a 1 x 12 pine board to size for you and you will have more pieces to use for other projects.
Base coat the piece with your background color of choice. On one of these signs below I used Plaid FolkArt Mushroom with Wicker White and on the other I used Boulder with Wicker white.
The back ground is easy enough. Just double load your 2 inch craft brush with your color of choice and white.
Brush the double loaded brush across the surface horizontally. The colors will blend as you stroke. Do not over blend, you want the variations in color for interest.
Note: you can do a solid color if you prefer
Related: Paint a Faux Wood Background
Let the background dry. You can speed it up with a hair dryer. Keep the blow dryer set to a low heat setting and keep the it back about 6 to 10 inches. Heating the paint is not a good thing.
Transfer the pattern to the surface using graphite paper. I used white graphite for this project.
Related: How to Transfer Patterns
Start with the very back pumpkin. The under painting of the coral pumpkin is Pure Orange.
Just fill in the segments with a #12 flat brush.
Let that dry.
Next up we will base paint the cotton bolls.
Use the 3/4″ scruffy brush that comes in the brush multi-pack. Load it with Boulder or Mushroom.
Related: Basic Brush Strokes
Tap lightly onto your surface, follow loosely the shapes of the pattern lines. Twist and turn the brush as you tamp on the paint. (see video linked below)
and that is the first portion of the DIY Happy Fall sign.
Get the pattern here
- Plaid Folk Art craft acrylics and Multi Surface:
- Wicker White
- Butter Pecan
- Boulder or Mushroom
- Burnt Umber
- Pure Orange
- Fire Coral
- Surface of Choice:
- I used a 1 x 12 pine board cut to 18 inch length
- Sealer: Varathane Spar Urethane (water base) in sheen of choice. I typically use Satin or Semi-Gloss
- Donna Dewberry One stroke Brush Set
- Base coat sign with background. Use a double loaded 2 inch brush and blend colors as you stroke the paint on the wood surface.
- Let Dry
- Using pattern transfer the design
- Paint under color of orange pumpkin
See next post or video for next part of this lesson.
Happy Fall Painting!
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