Thank you so much for all of the love on my fall mantel with the pumpkin painting! I filmed the process so I wanted to share with you how to paint a DIY rustic pumpkin! If you are looking for my other paint a pumpkin on canvas tutorial, that post is here.
This pumpkin tutorial painting is so easy, even if you feel like you can’t really paint, you can do this because it doesn’t require any art talent at all! It’s different because it uses a chip brush and a palette knife, which creates a really cool texture. I love painting with palette knives. That’s how I created this abstract. With this pumpkin painting project, the more lopsided your pumpkin turns out, the better!
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This entire tutorial right now is in video format and takes about 24 minutes to watch the entire thing. I’ve broken it up into 3 separate videos because it wouldn’t let me download the entire thing. The front half of the stem painting portion is on the back end of the pumpkin painting portion (because I realized I cropped it weird and didn’t realize it until it was too late to fix it.). You can find supplies needed for the project here. There is a complete supply list at the end of the post. Right now the video is not closed captioned, but that will be coming soon. I have a quick recap of the steps listed below each video if you need a quick step by step refresh or clarification.
Part 1-Basecoating the Canvas
Use a heavy bodied acrylic paint and a chip brush to base coat over the entire canvas in black paint. While it’s still wet, draw a line with your palette knife where the top and the bottom of the pumpkin will be. You don’t have to let it dry before starting step 2.
Part 2- Painting the pumpkin
Pick up some white heavy bodied acrylic paint on your angled palette knife. Paint a football shape in the middle. Pick up more paint as needed. Paint a shallow letter “C” on each side of the football making the ribs. Fill in as much or as little as preferred. Add small touches of blue paint onto the ribs and off-white/cream colored paint to add depth and interest. Then add the stem by picking up raw umber and wiggling the paint onto the canvas at the top.
Part 3-Painting the Stem
Use the palette knife to wiggle raw umber paint into a stem-like shape. Add accent colors of sap green, burnt orange and white to highlight the stem. Add small touches of green and yellow ochre to highlight the pumpkin if desired as well.
The one thing I do want to make sure I highlight about painting a pumpkin, or any kind of art for that matter. Creating without comparison matters. I’ve taught a lot of workshops, well over 50 in the last 3 years. One thing I know. I don’t care what you think your talent or skill level is. Everyone’s art should look different and that should be celebrated. It shouldn’t look perfect, and that should also be celebrated. That’s what makes art so beautiful, how different it is. And the simple fact that you created it makes is beautiful… The. End. So find enjoyment in your creating and painting, and just play.
Supply list: Canvas size of choice, chip brush, angled palette knife, skinny palette knife, heavy body acrylic paint in white, off white, black,sap gree, burnt orange,raw umber, periwinkle blue, yellow ochre. Find supplies here.
You can also find the pillow version or art print/canvas version of this painting to purchase here.