To kick off the month of the October and in the spirit of Halloween, I wanted to share my take on decorating pumpkins. I am not a big pumpkin carver and this year we will actually be on vacation during Halloween, so I thought I could paint and decorate pumpkins instead of making Jack-o-lanterns. This is a great way to get in the holiday spirit early, as painted pumpkins last a lot longer than carved ones. With my travel spirit in mind, I decided to create global inspired pumpkins from different locales and cultures. On Sunday, we had a great family pumpkin painting day and bbq with my siblings, nieces and nephew and my Pop. Here are a few of my creations with tips on how to create a few of them.
First I gathered supplies and a lot of pumpkins!
**I need to note, after painting all these pumpkins I realized that a primer and a sealer would have been useful as the paint did chip on the pumpkins once they were dry. I recommend adding that to your supply list before you start.**
The first pumpkin I created was a tribal inspired motif that reminded me of Africa.
The second pumpkin I decorated was inspired by India and all the lovely embellishments they have on everything!
My dad created this tropical pumpkin with only a sponge paint brush. He used the flat part of the brush to apply the overall color and the tip of the brush to create the sunset and palm trees.
Travel is my passion so the last pumpkin I created was of course, the globe! I layered 2 different blue colors on the pumpkin with a sponge brush, as the base, and then free-handed the outline of the continents with a marker, using a map as reference. I painted in the continents with a small brush and sponged green paint over the russet color to create depth. Lastly, I added white for Antarctica. I dig how it turned out.
I hope you enjoyed these easy pumpkin decorating ideas and that you share them with family and friends! Most important, I had a blast spending the day with family, being creative and festive and I wish the same for you in the coming months.