It’s the day we have all been waiting for! I don’t care what the calendar says, or the position of the moon, or when Target decides to display their fall scented candles, October 1st is my mental start date for all things fall! Even if it’s 87 degrees outside, my decor is going up and we are headed to the pumpkin patch. Before I start pumping crockpot meals through my veins I decided to try out a fun watercolor technique on a couple of white pumpkins I bought at Hobby Lobby. You can see my HL shopping video here… Why I feel the need to document these things, I’ll never know.
BUT DANG can we all agree faux pumpkins are expensive!?!
To start this watercolor pumpkin project you will need a pumpkin (real or fake will work), a ziplock baggie, a water dropper (like this one), several cheapie brushes, and a few of your favorite paints.
My personal favorite paints are from Heirloom Traditions Paints. On this project I used the colors Feathered Nest, Alexandrite, Squash, and Peppery. You use whatever your heart desires!
I did a few test runs of this project so I could share what I learned. The first thing you want to make sure your paint are very watered down. I took my water dropper and added 7-10 drops of water to each color and then stirred them with a stir stick. When I skipped this step the first time, although it turned out fine, it wasn’t the “watercolor” effect I was going for.
You also want to prop your pumpkin on top of something so you can work on the bottom. You don’t have to work from the bottom up but that is what I chose to do. You do YOU on your pumpkin!
Next I painted my ziplock bag with various colors of the watered down Heirloom Traditions Paint. I added several colors in sort of a patchy pattern.
Now you will want to start dropping water where you want the paint to be applied. This is what gives the technique it’s watercolor effect. Don’t skimp on this part.
You want big droplets, not runny barely there drops of water. Again. These are lessons learned from my mistakes just for you.
Once you have dropped your water over your pumpkin, not it’s time to smooth your painted plastic baggy onto the water droplets.
Once you lift the baggie up, WAH-LAH. Water color magic! You can reuse the same baggie with the leftover paint all around the pumpkin.
After the pumpkin dried I painted the stem gold.
You know, just because I can’t do a project with me some gohhhhld.
I added even more texture to the watercolor technique by dabbing on Metallic Lustre in Gold Rush by DecoArt. They sent this to me to try months ago and I wish I had cracked it open sooner. It was really fun to work with! You can use my affiliate link and purchase it on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2fHu31m
I wiped and dabbed the gold until I was satisfied.
Okay, really I was never satisfied, and I had to say out loud to myself “Allison, walk away from the gold paste. Control yourself. You are better than this.”
I really loved the effect it added, don’t you?
The top pumpkin is where I used the watered down paints and the bottom version is where I used the paint full strength. I would love to know which one you like best.
Again: full strength Heirloom Traditions Paints.
Watered Down Heirloom Traditions Paints.
What really send me over the edge is adding these boho beads to the top of the pumpkin.
It’s those little touches that take a design over the top.
Yummy. I could just eat that texture with a side of pumpkin pie.
Either way you choose, you can’t go wrong with this fun and easy project. Who doesn’t have a plastic bag and paints laying around?
If you are more of a visual person I “attempted” to create a Facebook Live of the process but I was trying out new lighting and it turned into a total disaster.
Please be gentle with me. I am learning.
What team of pumpkin are you on?
Leave it plain?
Add some flair with a no-carve decorated solution?
Or carve and scoop slime for the joy of it. (I can’t do the latter of the three because I have one kiddo with sensory sensitivities so slime is OUT for our family.)