This is part 4 of the DIY Happy Fall sign with pumpkins and cotton bolls. Be sure to view all lessons and create your own Happy Fall sign!
Have you enjoyed painting along on this DIY Happy Fall sign step by step?
We are almost done and you will have a complete sign. I will soon have a framing lesson to create a rustic, easy DIY frame for your signs. A frame just seems to give it a finishing touch.
Today we are going to work on the pumpkin stems.
New here and want to start from the beginning of this series? Here is Part 1 of DIY Happy Fall sign with pumpkins and cotton bolls.
This first video is a brief overview, the real time video you can paint along with is linked at the bottom of this post.
Load your #12 flat brush with a dark brown, I like burnt umber best but you can choose your favorite. If you prefer a smaller brush for better control use one of the other sizes in the multi pack found here.
Pumpkin stems can be lots of different colors so don’t think you have to paint them brown.
Follow the pattern lines for the stems and fill in with the brown. Nothing fancy just paint it in.
No need for perfection, stems are gnarly.
Continue painting stems making each one unique in size and shape. Some are short and stubby while others are longer.
Bring the stem down into the pumpkin ribs a touch. Start wider then end to a point.
Wipe or wash your brush clean and add a touch of Butter Pecan or Wicker white to your brush and add some highlights.
You can do this while the Burnt Umber is still slightly wet and blend it in or when it is dry. Try both ways and see what works for you.
In the video posted below you will see exactly where I highlight.
Now lets add the rest of the cotton boll stems using the chisel edge of the #12 flat brush or a liner, if that suits you better. They are easy enough. Just a long thin line.
I added some extra blades of grass beside for interest.
Next using the liner brush and inky paint stroke in some swirly lines. I will admit to being lousy at this but I always try.
The color is rather faint but I wanted them to be soft and subtle.
And that wraps up this fourth part of this series on painting a DIY Happy Fall sign with pumpkins and cotton bolls.
Next up the lettering.
Here is the real time video you can follow along with.
Want the pattern to print… here you go.
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