Painting Pumpkins – Halloween Decor

It all started off as a regular shopping trip kind of day, until I found the perfect pumpkin that was just begging for an American Paint Company makeover.   Purple Mountain Majesty has been a color I have wanted to try, but haven’t been brave enough to paint an entire piece with this bold color.

PURPLE MOUNTAIN MAJESTY A medium eggplant purple

The entire pumpkin was scrubbed in hot soapy water to remove any chemicals or dirt. Then I painted with two thin coats of Purple Mountain Majesty.  I made sure to allow the paint to dry completely between coats.  While the final coat was drying I brought out my cutter machine.  I found the perfect bat shape and enlarged the image to fill in the entire center of the pumpkin.  The image was cut out of an adhesive paper that I purchased at a hobby store.  I applied the stencil to the pumpkin. It is really important to make sure that the paint is completely dry when applying a stencil, otherwise the adhesive will pull off the paint.
To stencil, remember that less paint on your brush is best!  When  stenciling, to remove the majority of the paint, tap onto a paper towel first then tap the brush in place to paint the piece.  This does take longer, but the end result is nice clean lines with NO paint bleed underneath the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil and allow the whole piece to dry for several hours.
While I waited for the pumpkin to dry, I decided to coat the piece with the new Pewter Mica.
I poured about 6 tablespoons of Top Coat into a small cup and then added about 1/2-1 teaspoon of Pewter Mica Powder to the Top Coat.
I mixed this up thoroughly with a paint stick or whisk.  Applying in thin layers all over the pumpkin, I once again allowed each layer to dry completely.Once the Top Coat had dried, I took a crumpled up brown paper sack and buffed around the piece for a perfect finish.
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Now that I have this adorable pumpkin completed, I wish I would have used an artificial pumpkin so I could have enjoyed this for several more Halloweens!
Post courtesy of Discovery Antiques

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