We had another spectacularly perfect Brave Girl Camp last week. Ahh….it was so great. So so soooo great. But we’ll tell you about that later. What I want to tell you about now is about setting up. We all showed up (the staff, that is) on Tuesday morning at 8:30….all ready to start the day and make yummy & pretty things for the Brave Girls who would be arriving later that afternoon. So Kathy shows up with 2 of the most beautiful pumpkins I have ever seen. They’re TURQUOISE!
And they have layers and layers and pretty colors. They’re sooo perfect. We’d seen her late the night before and those pumpkins were orange. In her cool, collected, graceful way, she said she’d painted them early that morning. I don’t think she painted them while she was blow drying her hair, but we sometimes let jokes go too far and that’s what the joke became.
Anyway, I love these. I can’t wait to make some for my porch for Halloween & Thanksgiving. Won’t they be sooo much prettier than carved pumpkins?! I love them!!
Lucky for me (and for you if you’re as in-love with these as I am), Kathy & Terry took some time out at Brave Girl Camp to show us exactly how to do them….here’s the video! (There’s also a written/photographed tutorial below)….
If you’re like me, you want exact instructions….I don’t feel confident enough to pick my own colors even, so we’ve included links to items on Amazon.com in this tutorial, so you can see exactly what Kathy and Terry are using.
*Brave Girls Club is an affiliate of Amazon.com
First, you’ll have to choose your pumpkin. The pumpkins that Kathy painted while she was blow-drying her hair (hehe) are fake. They’re hollow, and they’ll last much much MUCH longer. But she got them all the way in the big city (Boise), and I wanted her to show you how she did it, but I didn’t want to go to Boise to get her another pumpkin to paint. So I got a real one from the grocery store. And it was $20 cheaper than the fake one. So that’s a bonus. We just won’t enjoy the real one as long.
The point is this will work on a real pumpkin OR a fake one. If you choose a real one, be sure to wash and dry it first.
Then paint the entire pumpkin turquoise….straight out of the tube. Nothing mixed in. For this, Kathy used heavy body acrylic paint, and said it worked really well and seemed to stay on the pumpkin better than regular acrylic paint would. BUT you could definitely use plain ol’ acrylic.
Also you’ll want to set your pumpkin up on something so you can paint all the way down the sides. We got fancy and set ours on a 6-pack of Dial soap.
Be sure to let it DRY before moving on. I know…it’s the hardest part of painting, but it won’t turn out right if you don’t wait.
Next dump a bunch of Mod Podge onto your palette (or paper plate in this instance), then choose some highlight and lowlight colors. Kathy used the same heavy body paint in aqua for the highlight color and bronze for the lowlight color. She also added a touch of yellow and a teeny tiny bit of deep magenta.
Put little blobs of paint around the edges of your Mod Podge, so you can mix it in as you go. You’ll want to use a little bit of paint mixed with a LOT of Mod Podge. This way the accent colors you add will end up being mostly translucent, and when it’s all done you’ll be able to see all the layers of color.
Following the lines on your pumpkin, use the lowlight color in the grooves and the highlight color in the high spots…wipe it using a wet paper towel or baby wipes, so the colors blend together. Add the other accent colors sparingly. Don’t worry about whether you’re doing it right or wrong. Just go for it and put colors on where they look good to you!
When you finish putting all your colors on, you’ll want to let it dry, then coat the entire thing with a layer of Mod Podge. (We used glossy….it made it all shiny and boootiful.)
And if you’re going to the trouble of painting an entire pumpkin, don’t forget about the little ol’ stem….Kathy used something called Rub and Buff in Antique Gold.
You could just as easily use brown or gold (or both) paint.
Whah-La!! Now set them out for the world to see your beautiful work!
Try other colors, too! Just pick a base color, then choose lowlight and highlight colors that relate….for red we used brown for the lowlight and orange for the highlight….