Monday, October 18

Pretty Painted Pumpkins

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Living in Southern California it is a challenge for me to get into the spirit of traditional fall decor. Though it is raining today, typically this time of year is beautiful- like hang out at the beach beautiful! So when it comes to October/Halloween decor I like to create things that actually feel more summery and will go with the airy cottage feel of our home. I decided that this year I would create pretty little pumpkins in pastel colors full of detail and design.


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I started with a a few pumpkins in different shapes and sizes.


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I painted the pumpkins with white acrylic paint


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and let dry.


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I then added another coat of paint in very light pastel colors.


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FYI- One of my FAVORITE supplies these days is Tulip's dimensional paint. It can be used for a variety of projects and the tiny applicator tips are perfect for adding small details and pattern to all kinds of projects.


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Using the dimensional paint, I began to freehand simple designs around the surface of the pumpkin.


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I added contrast by scratching into the surface with a toothpick.


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I added more and more details, around and around the pumpkin


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until the entire surface was filled.


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I added dimensional designs to a white pumpkin that I decided not to paint.


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And added contrast with a darker color of dimensional paint.


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I filled every surface of all the pumpkins- even the tiny ones got little polk dots :)


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Now I have a variety of pretty painted pumpkins to use in my "california style" fall decorating.


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15 comments:

  1. i love this idea halloween henna.it makes me wanna go to my front porch and decorate my pumpkin.i live in washington state we have true 4 seasons here every year.i like that you made it your own .great job.

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  2. Really gorgeous and so creative.

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  3. I NEED TO RUN OUT AND GET A PUMPKIN, SUCH BEAUTIFUL WORK!

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  4. Those are really stunning and I would have NEVER thought of that. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. I'm visiting from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. I LOVE these. Beautiful!! I bet Ballard Design's is going to hack your idea and have these in next year's catalog!!

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  6. These are gorgeous!!

    Just wanted to let you know that I am featuring you on “Top 10 Tuesday-- Pumpkin Decorating Ideas.”

    Please feel free to drop by and check it out and add a button or link to your post if you want! I will be promoting it at a lot of linky parties!

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  7. Those are beautiful!! You did an amazing job on the details!

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  9. Very lovely and inspirational! Thanks for the share!

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  10. Love them, really cute!

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  11. I love this and I have lots of this craft paint. I think this will be a family project!

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