Learn how to paint a pumpkin on wood! This tutorial will show you how to add texture & lifelike details to your painted pumpkins.
Today, I’m going to show you how to paint a pumpkin on wood that looks super realistic. This technique achieves texture and movement in the most imperfect way. You’re going to love it! Let’s get started.
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Supplies you’ll need to when painting a pumpkin on a wooden surface:
- Pumpkin Cutout
- Fluff Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- French Linen Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Chocolate Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Small Squeegee
- October Club Couture Transfer from Chalk Couture
- Black Velvet Chalkology Paste
To begin, you’ll need a pumpkin cutout, your all over paint color and a squeegee. I used the color Fluff from Dixie Belle Chalk Paint and a Small Squeegee from Chalk Couture. The Pumpkin Cutout is from Twin Knobs Woodworks and can be purchase HERE.
Load your squeegee with the color Fluff and start painting the surface of the pumpkin. I applied this layer of paint randomly with the squeegee to achieve texture. If you prefer, you could use a paint brush for this coat instead of the squeegee.
Next, use the color French Linen to add light thin coats of detail to the pumpkin. When adding details to a pumpkin, use “C” shaped motions to add accents that mimic the natural shape of a pumpkin. This will make your finished product look more realistic.
Remember, this technique is not meant to be perfect and will achieve varying looks each time.
Finally, paint on the stem using the color Chocolate and a foam brush.
When painting the stem of a pumpkin, I like to add details onto the base of the stem to reflect the natural look of a pumpkin stem.
Next, let’s add a Chalk Couture Transfer!
For this project, I used the Exclusive October 2021 Club Couture Transfer from Chalk Couture.
When applying a Chalk Couture Transfer, you need to follow a few simple steps:
- Apply the transfer to the surface.
- Add a thin even layer of Chalkology Paste. I used the color Black Velvet for this project.
- Wipe away any excess paste.
- Remove the transfer to reveal the final look!
To finish everything off, I added a coordinating bow. You could also add some twine so that you can hang your piece on a door or wall.
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