I love all colours of pumpkins. Orange, green, white … it doesn’t matter. But in Alberta, where it freezes early in the fall, you can’t use real pumpkins outside. So faux pumpkins are the solution for me. But I have only found them in orange and white.
I decided to try painting my own green pumpkins. I started by purchasing several shades of inexpensive craft paint – dark green, cream, a light green, a medium green and an aqua colour. I started by mixing a small amount of 3 of the colours. (please forgive the blurry photo)
I painted on one layer of paint and then sat back and decided that I needed to make the vertical indents of the pumpkin darker. So I made another blend of paint to accomplish that.
Then I continued to make a variety of blends and layered them over the pumpkin.
I painted the stem black to begin with.
And then I layered on taupe and grey paints in streaks.
To finish of the project, I used a layer of beeswax to bring out a waxier finish, much like true pumpkins. The first photo has wax on the right side.
I plunked them on a couple of urns outside my front door. You can see that I also have orange faux pumpkins as well.
I really like the way the painting turned out but I see now that they are a little too green. They should be more grey green to look more realistic. So next year I may be making a change…
- Glass Pumpkin Mantel
- The Dresser Reveal