Pumpkins are such a fun Fall decor item. I just love to grow them and paint them too. They are easy enough for beginners and even kids. Come and paint a white pumpkin with me in acrylics!
Please see below for a link to how I paint orange pumpkins!
I am sharing how to paint a white pumpkin…I do love orange ones too but I had a surprise in my garden this year, little white pumpkins instead of zucchini! Read that story here
I have been enjoying my stash of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and this Heritage Orange over a base coat of Cameo just screams Fall and the white pumpkins are a great contrast to paint on it.
I finished it with a couple coats of the American Decor Cream Wax.
So here we go.
First lets start with a basic shape of a pumpkin.
I had already started this one without photographing, sorry, but the video does show a pumpkin just chalked out.
You don’t have to be round or even on the sides. Pumpkins are rarely symmetrical.
Fill in with white paint, brushing in the direction of the shape of the pumpkin
Use the size brush that fits the size of your painting.
Click here for a complete list of my most used painting supplies, I use these every time I paint
Most of these supplies should be available at your local craft store.
For this smaller pumpkin I used a #12 flat brush that comes in the set,
in the video I used a 3/4″ flat brush (comes in the set too) as the pumpkin was much larger.
You don’t have to let the white dry and it does not have to be completely opaque.
Double load your flat brush with White bottle acrylic and Avocado Green.
(in the video I used Burnt Umber instead of Avocado Green)
Work it into your brush, if the green (or brown) is too bright add some white to it.
Now brush on the ribs of the pumpkin
Follow the shape of the pumpkin but don’t worry about being perfect.
Remember to leave space at the top for the dimple of the stem.
(the video will go a long way in helping you see what I mean)
Paint the ribs on both sides
Go over the green with some white to blend it in.
Load a clean brush with Blending Gel or Floating Medium and side load some Burnt Umber.
Stroke in a U stroke under the stem to make a shadow dimple
With the Floating medium and Burnt Umber add some shading to give dimension
Add more shadowing underneath the pumpkin and highlight the stem along the top edge with a tough of white.I waxed this piece but you could also use a water based varathane or clear coat.
If you use an exterior varathane you can even display this outside, just be sure to coat all sides for better durability.
Enjoy your pumpkin painting.