Hi guys! If you read my last post, yes..I forgot to take my camera to the Fall Festival! I am the worst blogger ever! It was really nice, fun, and yummy though! Today I am sharing some pumpkins that I just completed. I am SO slow on the bandwagon that these aren't even going in my Etsy shop, they are just going up to my local booth at Main Street Antiques (Sweetwater TN).Let me say, I am not much of a traditional orange pumpkin gal..but these would mix in with orange pumpkins nicely! I got these faux pumpkins at Walmart..they were about $5 each. You could certainly use real pumpkins, but I wanted something that lasted! If I was using real pumpkins, I would pick some with flatter sides than these deeply lobed faux ones. These do not lend themselves to writing words on (which I had originally planned to do) I felt the deep ribs would throw off the text too much.
I hand painted these as the weather here lately (rainy) did not let me spray paint them..which would have been quicker. I'd use the spray paint for plastic if I was going that route. These have a coat of gesso and a couple coats of glossy white acrylic paint. If I did it again, I'd do TWO coats of gesso then the two coats of paint. To this one, I freehanded on some chevrons in black acrylic craft paint. I used regular but again, I'd use glossy if I did it again. I added a coat of Mod-Podge when the black paint was dry to make everything glossy. I just started at the top making a shallow V shaped strip on each rib working my way all around. Then I made another series of shallow Vs below the first ring at the width I wanted my chevrons to be. I then filled them in with paint. The I left a white stripe and added another black one working my way down the pumpkin. You could probably use a pencil to mark your chevrons before you paint, but it was just as easy to freehand it.
This one has a free hand painted vining motif...basic but pretty!