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How to Paint a DIY Rustic Pumpkin on Canvas

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!

You can paint this rustic DIY painted pumpkin canvas

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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.

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.

Watch Part 1- Base-coating the Canvas Before Painting Your Rustic Pumpkin


Part 2- Painting the pumpkin



Painting a rustic pumpkin DIYA few tips to painting your rustic pumpkin: Pick up some white heavy bodied acrylic paint on your angled palette knife.US ehte knife to drag the paint down the canvas on a slight angle in a  football shape in the middle then 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. Once you have the base painted, your ready to paint the stem!

Part 3-Watch : How to Paint a Pumpkin Stem

Fall mantelscape idea with pumpkin canvas

You can also find the pillow version or art print/canvas version of this painting to purchase here.


How to paint a rustic pumpkin on Canvas DIY