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 EttaVee and 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!