Paint Orange Pumpkins in Acrylics

Paint orange pumpkins in acrylics. A step-by-step pumpkin painting tutorial easy enough for beginners. A free video is included.

Fall is the time to paint orange pumpkins in acrylics on just about anything in decor. Really you can do this any time of year but Autumn seems to be the time that pumpkins take center stage.

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Orange pumpkin painted in acrylics

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When I shared my Fall Scrabble Tile art I had a two-sided tile in place of the A.  One side had a Fall Leaf painting and the other an Orange Pumpkin.

If you need help with certain terms or techniques you will find this helpful Basic Strokes for Beginners

Full list of supplies I use every time I paint Basic supplies you will find useful

Supplies to paint orange pumpkins

One stroke brushes which include #12 Flat Brush.
Americana Decoart paints
Tangelo Orange
Georgia Clay
Banana Cream or you can use Folk Art Sunflower instead of Banana Cream
Folkart Burnt Umber
Folkart Floating Medium
Brush Caddy


First choose your surface of choice, on this one I used a 1×6 pine board cut into a square, you can also use stretched canvas

For a tutorial on getting the crackle effect visit this post :How to Use Crackle Medium

1.  Paint background color

2. Add crackle coat

3. Paint on top coat

4. Let crackle background dry thoroughly

Instructions for how to paint pumpkins

5. Sketch or trace on pattern of pumpkin

sketch of pumpkin

6. Double load the #12 Flat brush with the Tangelo Orange and Georgia Clay. (see this post if you don’t know what double load means) 

Stroke the Georgia Clay side along the outside edges of the pumpkin ridges and the Tangelo Orange toward the center.

Painting an orange pumpkin with acrylic paint

7. In the center paint both sides of it as you did the other pumpkin ridges then just fill in the very center with the Tangelo Orange. (if that seems confusing just view the video)

Paint center of pumpkin

8. While the paint is still wet load some Banana Cream into the brush (do not clean the brush first),  touch in and blend to create some highlighting.

Adding highlights to orange pumpkin acrylic painting

This will draw it forward creating dimension.

Highlight Center of pumpkin with lighter color acrylic paint

9. Clean the brush and squeeze dry with a soft cloth or paper towel.

10.  Double load the brush with Banana Cream (Sunflower) and Burnt Umber.  Stroke upwards to create the stem.

paint the pumpkin stem

11. Finish with a matte or satin Varathane finish or you can also use a wax. I really like DecoArts Creme Wax finish. It glides on like butter and buffs out to a wonderful heirloom finish. And it has no harsh odor.

In the video I show how to shadow around the outside edges and added a bit of white highlights but those are totally optional.  As well as after taking a second look at this pumpkin I thought the stem too narrow.  So in the video I show how I widen it and fix the base of it.
Now you have a gorgeous orange pumpkin!

I just finished a complete Pumpkin Leaf tutorial, go Here to see it! I used real pumpkin leaves to create the pattern.

Paint this today

Paint a Blue Pumpkin and White Roses!

Do you love Fall but prefer more neutral colors? This acrylic painting tutorial may be perfect for you. Paint a blue Pumpkin and white roses to create a fun fall, yet subdued painting for your decor!

Want to paint a patch of pumpkins in different colors and styles?
See these other Lessons:
Paint a Green pumpkin
How to Paint a Tiger Pumpkin
Paint a White Pumpkin

painting of green pumpkin
Add the stem to the painted tiger pumpkin

Happy Painting!

Please enjoy and share!

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      1. Thank you so much! I absolutely love your tutorials. They are very easy to follow. I am stuck on making leaves for my finished pumpkin paintings. Can you do a video with a pumpkin with leaves?


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