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NO CARVE PUMPKIN DECORATING
Out of all the seasonal holidays that you can decorate with nature, Autumn seems to be the most bountiful in Mother Nature’s materials. Orange and brown leaves, acorns and fresh berries can be found by just walking in your yard. That is, if you don’t happen to live in a tropical paradise year round like we do.
This year, I had to pull the Fall decorations out of the attic a little sooner than usual since we had the nice Hometalk crew come by the house to film a live home tour of our indoor and outdoor projects. That meant that I needed to get my fall decorating into gear and fast.
There was no time for carving pumpkins. This called for no carve pumpkin decorating.
Most everyone has great memories and traditions carving pumpkins with the little kiddos. We certainly did but now that the kids are grown and pumpkin decorating has gotten way more sophisticated, it isn’t all about what face or animal to carve on the pumpkin, it’s all about how pretty can I make this pumpkin look. Right? You hear me, girls!
I gave my hand at no carve pumpkin decorating and am sharing a fun idea with you today. (Some affiliate links are used in the post below- for more information on our disclosure policy please visit here.)
3 faux or real pumpkins
Grey craft Paint
Blush color craft Paint
Gold Metallic Paint Pen
Damp rag or paper towel
BLUSH, GREY & COPPER NO CARVE PUMPKINS
I must have been behind the eight ball on this blush, grey and copper home decor that is heavily trending on Pinterest. I truly just discovered it last week, you guys. Have you seen it? This color palette had me at hello and stopped me from surfing for anything else. While I drifted away momentarily re-designing the home office in my head with this gorgeous palette, I became just a tad overwhelmed with all that had to come together to make this happen within the next two weeks. Paint the walls blush, need to buy copper lighting, need to buy grey rug, you get my drift. So, I did what any normal human would do. I decided to buy some pumpkins and and paint them blush, grey & copper. Immediate gratification and very low cost. I highly recommend it.
Believe it or not, I had a hard time finding some real pumpkins to paint. Typically, I can find them right at the grocery store and don’t need to stop an additional place. Maybe because it was September? Too early? I didn’t understand since I see Christmas decorations everywhere. Finally, I found some. I have to give a shout out to our local grocery store, Winn Dixie. They had the most beautiful choices of pumpkins. I ended up buying these white baby beauties.
Too pretty to paint, right? I know, I thought about it but I kept thinking of that beautiful blush, grey and copper.
Plus, I knew I already had the copper spray paint (saving for the perfect project) and I always have some kind of grey paint on hand. The blush color was a stretch, but I found a pretty peachy pink in in a teeny tiny palette container in the craft room slash laundry room. It may have been old acrylic paint and there was literally a tablespoon left, if that.
The photo above shows the blush color already painted on the pumpkin. The grey that I used was from Deco Art in smoke grey. Sponge brushes work great for this. One coat of paint was enough for both but if you want a richer deeper color feel free to put two coats on.
Before I spray painted the last pumpkin in the Krylon Metallic Copper paint, I loosely taped the stem with Frog tape to avoid getting the spray paint on the pumpkin. Let me tell you, this copper color made me so instantly happy and it took only one coat.
So of course, since I am a hand letterer, I can’t just let them, beautiful as they are, set there without any words of inspiration on them.
The camera focused more on the pumpkin and less on the paint pen. The paint pen that I used is the Craft Smart oil based pen in Metallic gold. It can be picked up at your local craft store. If you look closely, you can see that I penciled in the lettering before I started lettering. I hardly ever follow the lines but for some reason it helps guide me then I erase the pencil marks later.
The grey and blush pumpkins took well to the gold paint pen but when it came to the gold paint on copper, I needed to be a bit more creative. The gold was not going to show up as clearly on the copper. My alternatives I had on hand were basically white or black/grey lettering on the copper spray paint. I tried a white oil based paint pen first and after going over it twice, I didnt think it was opaque enough. Good news, if you mess up, just have a damp cloth or paper towel near by. It takes the paint right off.
I liked the darker color better. The grey I used was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite. I used my Pental watercolor paint brush pen to apply.
And, here we have the famously trending blush,grey and copper no carve pumpkin decoration.
Even though I don’t have my blush, grey and copper office yet, this still gives me instant gratification for my new color palette adoration. How did pumpkins get so elegant?
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