Are you ready for a Gourd-geous Pumpkin Project that’s the perfect activity for a fall weekend in? Every year we have a fall pumpkin project, and this year we decided to paint our own watercolor pumpkins. As with the previous projects I’ve shared here on the blog, our go-to resource for our watercolor project is Sarah Cray’s Let’s Make Art. There are so many options to choose from, and for many of the projects you can just download the outline if you have your own paints on hand. For this particular project we opted to buy one of the kits as each kit has plenty of paint for two people and has two sheets of watercolor paper as well.
For this particular project if you have your own paints and just want the outline for the project, you can download it here. For the project you’ll use a round 2 and a round 6, and depending on your preference a round 12!
Paint Colors for the Project:
It’s helpful to have a reference picture to look at, so feel free to use the photo above which includes a picture of one of Sarah’s completed pumpkins.
After creating your outline using the provided (or printed) outline and carbon paper, it’s time to start painting your pumpkin. I started off with tangerine and then added more water to the paint to get lighter values and added tangerine to rose red for darker values. Over the past few watercolor projects that we’ve done I’ve become so much more comfortable mixing my own colors and getting unique color combinations. So don’t be afraid to add a little more of one color in, change up the values etc. I like to keep a scrap piece of watercolor paper handy for testing out colors before I actually use them on my actual piece.
Once you’ve completed pumpkin and stem it’s time to start adding on your designs. You’ll draw them directly on your artwork with a white pencil before and then go over them with white paint.
Watch the video below and paint along with Sarah…