Saturday, November 9, 2019

DIY Chinoiserie Painted Pumpkins

DIY Painted Pumkins

Happy Fall! Just in time for Thanksgiving... a quick tutorial on my DIY Chinoiserie Pumpkins!

Back in the Summer I spotted these beautiful ceramic pumpkins from Ballard Designs and knew I had to have them!  My living room has a Chinoiserie vibe and it sometimes clashes with Fall decor, so these pumpkins are a perfect balance.  But the price... $79.00 to $89.00

No thanks.  Plus they are ceramic and we have too many people (and a dog) to have breakable pumpkins. 


 So DIY it is and here are the details.
Now, I am no Bob Ross but I can appreciate the basic rules to painting.  Let the brush do its job.  
(I think I just made that up, but it works.)

faux pumpkins
craft paint -blue and white
thin paint brush
clear poly spray

1.  Start with some cheap foam pumpkins.  I bought the smaller one at Target, but had the larger one for years and it is from Joanne's.  You can even use white paint on those you already have for this project.  

2.  Start dipping your brush in the paint and practicing petals and strokes on paper first.   

-You can achieve a vine by just whisking the brush around with a flexible wrist.  

-The larger flowers work best if you start from the inside and work outward.

-The wispy spray flowers are the simplest and I think the best.  Start at the base of the flower and let the brush flow up leaving a "wispy" trail, then add the stem or vine.

3.  At the end you can highlight your flowers with white paint to accentuate the middle of certain stems.

4. Allow to dry and coat with some spray poly to seal the deal!

Now go get your Bob Ross on!