I love pumpkins for fall and Halloween and lately I feel like we have really started thinking out of the “carve a happy face” box when it comes to decorating pumpkins. I was recently introduced by a friend to the book Happy Abstracts by EttaVeeand this is my first project I tried from her book. I used her book as inspiration for this DIY Abstract Painted Pumpkin and I LOVE how it turned out. It’s so easy anyone can do it and Allie painted right along side me.
I created this video so that you can see the layering process of painting the pumpkin.
**In real life, I would allow some time between layers or colors so that the paint can dry a bit. I didn’t do that and some of the colors bled together a little bit more than I would have liked.
I just used flat brushes in different sizes, some basic acrylic craft paint, a Gold Sharpie paint pen, and a small, real pumpkin. You could use a fake pumpkin and then you could display it from year to year. This project would be really fun for kids too from about 5 years old and up. My 3 year old painted with me but her pumpkin just ended up pink somehow even thought she used all the same colors as me. 🙂
If you need more inspiration for your abstract painting, please watch this oldie but goodie that I made a few years ago that shows different ways to paint abstract ikat patterns. You could apple any of these patterns to a pumpkin and it would be SO cute!
The book Happy Abstracts gives guidance and ideas to make your abstract art looks just as amazing as hers!
If you do this project, please tag me and Instagram and Facebook! What is the most creative pumpkin you have ever done? Let me know in the comments below!