I remember the days where pumpkins were all orange. Now we can have velvet pumpkins, tapestry pumpkins, pumpkins that are blue, green, black, pink, and anything else you can dream up. I saw something recently that inspired me to make a painted buffalo check pumpkin. I was going to make it navy and white to go with our living room, but that would be too matchy matchy, if you know what I mean!
Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year. ~Trader Joe’s
So I decided to go with a khaki buffalo plaid instead. I love the look of khaki and black together, but then again, khaki goes with so many other colors. So what are you going to need:
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- Obviously a pumpkin. I used one I’ve had for years, but any pumpkin will do.
- Folk Art Chalk Paint in Sheepskin
- Americana Deco Art Craft Paint in Burlap
- Americana Deco Art Craft Paint in Khaki Tan
- Folk Art Craft Paint in Mushroom
- Delta Ceramcoat Craft Paint in Burnt Umber
- Folk Art Craft Paint in Hauser Green Medium
- Americana Deco Art Craft Paint in Mississippi Mud
- Assorted acrylic paint brushes
Paint your pumpkin with one or two coats of white or off-white chalk paint.
Decide how you want to divvy up your vertical stripes. The pumpkin I had didn’t have evenly spaced ridges, so I used a pencil to indicate where I would paint. I tried to have them about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart at the widest spot. I also put a P in the ridges I was going to paint, and left the others blank. I hope this makes since for you. Work it out so you won’t end up with two vertical spaces next to each other that both need painting! That would be a huge OOPS!
All the horizontal and vertical stripes were painted with Americana Burlap. I didn’t bother using painters tape because I wasn’t sure if it would even work on this surface with all the ridges and bumps. Don’t worry if your lines aren’t perfect, because mine sure are not!
I had already decided I was going to have my first horizontal stripe beginning right against the stem, so it wasn’t necessary to make it perfect at the very top. Before painting any of the horizontal stripes, use a measuring tape or ruler to lightly mark your spaces so they’ll be equally spaced apart.
My horizontal stripe was only about an inch out from the stem, but the rest were spaced 1 1/2 inches apart. After looking at everything, I decided to go back and paint another coat on both the vertical and the horizontal stripes.
Using Americana Khaki Tan, paint each intersection where the vertical and horizontal cross each other, as indicated in the photo above. Once everything is dried, go ahead and paint your stem, using all the colors mentioned above. I started with the Mushroom, then added a bit of green, some Burnt Umber and Mississippi Mud. Just randomly apply it and even mis a bit of the green into one of the other colors, having more of the green showing.
I can hardly wait to show you how I worked this into our fall mantel. I’ll be sharing that with you on Monday!