Live Laugh Love For The Season - Pumpkins

By  Betty Bowers 

  • Live Laugh Love Pumpkins


  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics, for all three: Antique Gold, Buttermilk, Deep Burgundy, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Raw Sienna, Warm White
  • Pumpkins: Black Plum, Cocoa, Espresso, Fawn, Georgia Clay, Hauser Medium Green, Lavender, Oxblood, Pumpkin, Rookwood Red
  • Brushes: Royal & Langnickel: Royal Soft-Grip Gold Taklon: Shader, Series SG150, #4, #6, #10; Angular, Series SG160, 1/4", 1/2"; Liner, Series SG595, #0; Script Liner, Series SG585, #20/0; White Bristle Stencil Brush, Series R1112, 1/4", 3/8"
  • Wood sign (5"x10") available through Betty Bowers
  • DecoArt Americana: Gel Stains in choice of color; Acrylic Sealer/Finisher, Matte
  • Black craft wire, 19-gauge
  • Fabric scrap or raffia


  • Drill & drill bit

Pattern - Live Laugh Love For The Season - Pumpkins

  • Preparation
  • 1. Drill two 1/16" holes through top of sign, 2" from side edges. Sand surface and wipe dust. Base top of signs Lamp Black. When dry, sand lightly and wipe dust.
  • 2. Print out patterns; transfer basic pattern lines onto each sign. Undercoat all elements Buttermilk. (Transfer details as needed.)
  • Left Pumpkin
  • 1. Base Oxblood; shade Black Plum and stipple Pumpkin highlights. Stipple cheeks Rookwood Red. Use Fawn to paint eyes and mouth. Use Lamp Black to paint nose and add detailing to eyes and mouth. Add Warm White "twinkles" to cheeks. Paint Fawn lines across nose. Paint stem Raw Sienna; highlight Warm White.
  • Middle Pumpkin
  • 1. Base Pumpkin; shade Georgia Clay. Stipple cheeks Deep Burgundy. Paint nose Rookwood Red. Base Antique Gold moons on cheeks; highlight Warm White. Use Lamp Black to paint eyes, eye detailing, and mouth. Add Fawn mouth lines. Paint stem Cocoa; shade Espresso and highlight Warm White. Use Hauser Med. Green to paint leaf and curly vines.
  • Right Pumpkin
  • 1. Base Georgia Clay; shade Rookwood Red and stipple Pumpkin highlights. Stipple cheeks Deep Burgundy. Paint nose Rookwood Red. Use Lamp Black to paint eyes, mouth and detailing. Add Warm White highlight dots to eyes. Add Fawn cheek dots. Paint stem Cocoa; highlight Warm White. Paint leaf and stem Hauser Med. Green.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Paint wording Fawn. Add random Yellow Ochre and Hauser Med. Green cluster dots. Paint stars and moon Cocoa. Paint twinkle stars Lavender. Spatter entire sign Warm White.
  • 2. Follow manufacturer's directions to stain back and sides of sign. Apply several sealer coats. Use wire to hang sign, bending and shaping as desired. Tie fabric scrap or raffia on hanger.