General tips for painting your pumpkin
Draw a face, pattern, or freehand design onto your sealed pumpkin with a permanent marker (figure 2).
Use pattern templates, foam or adhesive stencils, or foam stamps to paint designs onto your pumpkin (figure 3).
Trace and gently transfer a computer font or clipart printouts or patterns onto your pumpkin using transfer paper and a pencil. Simply apply the graphite side of the transfer paper onto your pumpkin and place the image you want to trace on top. Use a pencil to trace the design and reveal (figure 4).
Use masking tape to create stripes or squares on your pumpkin for perfect lines and shapes.
If you plan on using DecoArt Craft Twinkles or Craft Twinkles Writers, make the sparkles pop by applying an undercoat to the area of a similar color before applying the Twinkles (figure 5).
Adults should spray finished pumpkins outside or in a well-ventilated area with Americana Matte Spray Sealer (figure 6). Lay down a piece of newspaper or paper before spraying to catch excess. To make a customized spray booth, cut off the top and one side off a large cardboard box and spray your pumpkin inside. This will prevent overspray and will keep fumes and spray in one place.
Always have wet wipes available to clean your hands or to wipe off any painting mistakes.
Fun ideas to try
Paint pumpkins solid colors for various characters (figure 7). Try these solid color pumpkin ideas on for size:
Purple - Dracula, monsters, bats
Green - witches, goblins, aliens
White - ghosts, puppies
Black - spiders, bats
Silver - robots, aliens
Brown - bears, owls, fox
Use a low-temp glue gun to add additional embellishments or accents to your painted pumpkin. Use yarn, raffia, or corn hucks for hair, and Styrofoam balls for eyes. Also try accents such as artificial leaves, chenille stems, pom pons, beads, sequins, scarves, and hats to create a one-of-a-kind pumpkin. You can also embed small objects such as sequins, rhinestones, or buttons using DecoArt's Foam Paint (figure 8).
Give a sparkling sheen to your finished pumpkin by sprinkling Glamour Dust on it while paint is wet (figure 9).
Create a non-traditional looking pumpkin by painting wacky shapes, stripes, and polka dots. Use a pouncer brush to make perfect polka dots (figure 10). Dip the pouncer in paint, dab off excess, and pounce onto surface.
Combine pumpkin carving and painting techniques for a truly original pumpkin design.
Pumpkins don't always grow perfectly. If a pumpkin will sit better on its side, see if you can use the stem as part of the face. (As a witch's nose, for example.) Study the shape. You may come up with a funny monster, puppy dog, alien, or bug.
Easily personalize your pumpkin with your name or giant initial for a fun touch. Transfer a computer letter font using transfer paper and pencil onto your pumpkin (figure 11).
Use Craft Foam to add easy, 3-dimensional effects to your pumpkins like wings, ears, hands, crowns, etc (figure 12).
Add decorative painting techniques and strokework to create elegant and stylish scrollwork pumpkins (figure 13).