DIY Watercolor Pumpkins

I'm really excited to be sharing my first tutorial as a part of the Michael's Maker's program. Basically, each month, Michael's challenges all of us to a specific theme. This month's challenge is to decorate a craft pumpkin! Of course I ended out decorating mine with watercolors (big surprise!), and I love how they turned out. I actually first tried dip dying pumpkins (craft fail) and painting them with a brushstrokes patter (somewhat craft fail) as well as a few other ideas before I tried this one. And I'm so glad I did, because I love how these turned out, plus they are really fun and easy to make.

What you need:
1. Plastic craft pumpkins (there are so many options at Michael's, like these half pumpkins)
2. White spray paint (I used one that was a paint and primer and it worked well)
3. Watercolor paints (These tubes work well for this project)
4. Paper towels
5. Sponges
6. Sealant

Just in case you are curious, the colors I used for these pumpkins are:
1. Quniacridone Rose
2. Cerulean Blue
3. Purple

What you do:

1. Start by painting your pumpkins. If you try to paint watercolors on white plastic pumpkins, it probably won't stick. I used a flat white spray paint I picked up at Michael's that is a paint and primer in one. It worked very well!

2. Dab your sponge or paint brush in a little water and then in your watercolor paints. If your pumpkin is wet, the paint will spread all over, so you might want to start with a dry pumpkin.

3. Dab a circle of watercolor paint on your pumpkin. Hold the pumpkin so that the surface where you are painting is flat so that the paint doesn't drip too much.

4. Add water to the edges of your original dot to spread the paint. As the paint dries, you can lightly spread it around the pumpkin so that there are areas that are very light. I also left some areas completely white. If you don't like how it looks at any point, you can easily wipe off the paint with water and a paper towel.

5. If you want to add more paint in areas, let the first layer dry first. You could also paint your stem, but I left mine white.

6. You will need to seal these pumpkins when you are done. Clear spray paint or Mod Podge gloss spray work well (Thanks Lindsay for the suggestion!)

You can check out the other pumpkins that the Michael's Makers decorated below. I just love seeing what everyone comes up with!

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