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A Patchwork Pumpkin

by: Diane Salter
October 12, 2017

A Patchwork Pumpkin

I wanted to celebrate Fall (my favorite time of year) with my latest art project, so what else but with some pumpkin art.   And I decided to make the pumpkin my own by using my favorite way of making art with my painted papers in a patchwork style.

Items needed :

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Violet
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Burnt Sienna
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Sap Green
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cadmium Orange Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Cobalt Teal Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Antiquing Creams - Patina Green
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Crackle Glaze - Clear
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Modeling Paste - White
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Clear Matte Medium
  • Americana Premium Mediums - Gel Medium
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Alphabet Spaghetti
  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Industrial Elements
  • Americana Stencils 6x8 - Daisy Chain
  • Personally Yours - Urban Ink 6x9 - Beliefs
  • DecoArt Media Varnishes - Gloss Varnish
  • 10 x 10 Birch deep edge (1 1/2") cradle board
  • Brayer
  • Assorted paintbrushes
  • Stencil brush
  • 110lb cardstock
  • Brush tip black permanent pen
  • Washi Tape
  • Decorative Knobs

Instructions :

I started by painting 110lb cardstock papers for collage which becomes my 'palette'.  I chose my colors with the season of Fall in mind, using Andy Skinner's Alphabet Spaghetti and Industrial Elements stencils.  I also used some corrugated cardboard and a foam stamp for added texture--basically whatever you have at hand to create collage papers.  You can paint on any type of paper also--the possibilities are endless.

Looking for more textured papers, I embossed some papers with my embossing machine and I also had some textured wallpaper--once again adding my chosen paints on them.  The DecoArt acrylics are very rich and vibrant, so whichever colors you choose to use, you'll be happy with.

Another way I like to get some texture on my collage papers is with modeling paste through a stencil.  I used the Daisy Chain stencil.  I mixed some paint into the paste before I applied it to an already painted paper.  This is why I  like to use the 110lb cardstock--it stands up to anything.

Once I had a good selection of papers, I started my piece on my cradle board by collaging my papers onto it. The papers are fairly heavy because of the layer of paints on them, so it's good to spritz some water onto the back of them before you apply your matte or gel medium.  I applied gel medium to the back of them and also to the surface for good adhesion and this also helps to eliminate air bubbles once you brayer the paper down.  To seal the papers I applied the DecoArt matte medium over the top of them. I chose to use washi tape for a border and adhered it with the matte medium, since the tape tends to come up from the surface by itself.

Once everything was dry I applied the DecoArt Crackle Glaze to the yellow part of the piece and when that was dry,  I applied the Patina Green Antiquing Cream according to directions, and all of these wonderful little cracks appeared.

I set this aside, and drew a basic sketch of a pumpkin and crow to use as my template.

Next, I cut up my pumpkin template into sections to use for my painted papers, and also my crow.  For my crow, I painted one of my embossed papers with the Carbon Black paint.

Next, I placed the pumpkin and crow on my surface, and when I was satisfied with the placement, I adhered it in the same manner as I did with my first layer of papers.

For added details, I outlined the pumpkin and crow with a black brush tip marker pen, and also added highlighting and shadowing around the pumpkin with some titan buff and quinacridone gold.

I also added some details with my Beliefs stencil for the border and word sentiment.

I collaged one of my painted papers on to the sides instead of painting them.  When all was dry,  I sealed the entire piece with a couple coats of the DecoArt gloss varnish, which makes the colors pop even more.

My finishing touch was decorative knobs on the top of the board.

I hope I have inspired you to make your own pumpkin with your color choices, and to try making your own collage papers if you've never tried this before.  Once you get started painting papers, you won't want to stop.  Happy Fall everyone!

Be sure to visit My Art Journal for more projects and to learn more about Diane Salter.


This is such a cool piece. I love the patchwork pumpkin!

The Altered Paper

October 12, 2017

This is wonderful. Thank u for the tutorial. I'll give it a try.

Diane Grove

October 17, 2017

Diane, this is another Amazing Project. Thank you for sharing this tutorial.


October 17, 2017

So pretty Diane . You never fail to inspire me. I wish i could find these paints at Hobby Lobby which is my local art store. i don't often buy online. Hugs! deb


October 17, 2017

I love that each lump of the pumpkin is patchwork!! I would never have thought of that!! If I were that black bird... I would be protecting and claiming that pumpkin myself. It is just GORGEOUSLY FUN! WONDERFUL CREATIVITY Diane. Xj.


October 20, 2017

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