Fall decorating often includes pumpkins. You shouldn’t carve them yet, though, because the carved ones won’t last until Halloween. This leaves you with two choices. Use intact, un-carved, pumpkins as decorations. Or, if that sounds too plain, you could make their fancier by painting them. Here are some tips to help you paint a pumpkin.
Start with an idea.
The first thing you need to do is come up with a good idea. What kind of scene do you want to paint onto your pumpkin? You can be as imaginative as you like. Some prefer to paint a goofy face onto their pumpkin. Others will carefully paint an entire Halloween scene. Another option is to paint the image of your favorite cartoon character onto the pumpkin.
What if you don’t happen to be very artistic? You can still paint a pumpkin. Go online and search for the free pumpkin carving stencils that appear at this time of year. Print out one that you like. Use a scissors to cut out the necessary parts of the design. Use masking tape to make the template stick to your pumpkin.
Get the right supplies.
Acrylic paint works best. It will “stick” to the outside of a pumpkin. Another advantage to using this kind of paint is that it is water soluble. It can be easily washed off. If you make a mistake while painting your pumpkin you might be able to wash the paint off and start over. Acrylic paint also washes easily out of brushes and off of hands and fingers.
Ideally, you will want one paintbrush for each color that you are going to use. This prevents colors mixing into undesirable outcomes. After you have finished painting your pumpkin it is a good idea to leave it alone until the paint is completely dry. Want to make sure none of the paint flakes off? Spray the painted pumpkin with a clear fixative. Your local arts and crafts store should have some.
Don’t forget to have fun!
Many people feel intimidated about trying to make art. The point of painting a pumpkin is to have fun doing it. It doesn’t have to look like a professional artist painted it. Get your whole family involved and spend an evening painting pumpkins. The memory of the experience, and the fun you shared, is way more important than what the art on the pumpkins ended up looking like.
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