Pumpkin Seed Catcher

By  Lynn Snyder 

  • Pumpkin Seed Catcher
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  • DecoArt Traditions Artist Acrylics: Brown Madder, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Carbon Black, Chrome Green Hue, Hansa Yellow, Medium White, Napthol Red, Napthol Red Light, Phthalo BlueRaw Sienna, Sapphire, Titanium White, Vermilion, Warm White, Yellow Oxide
  • Brushes: Filbert, #4, #6, #8; Flat Shader, 3/4”, 1-1/2”; Short Liner, #1; Liner, #10/0; Oval Mop, 1/2”
  • DecoArt Traditions Mediums: Glazing Medium; Multi-Surface Sealer; Texture Medium; Satin Varnish
  • Flat brush for basecoating, 1-1/2”
  • 3M Scotch Scrubby
  • Black cast iron metal hanger with wood sign (#202900), 10.5” diameter from Painter’s Paradise


  • Spray bottle with water

Pattern - Pumpkin Seed Catcher

  • Preparation
  • 1. Use 1-1/2" flat and mix of Medium White + Texture Medium + Multi-Surface Sealer (1:1:1) to coat surface using irregular strokes; do not smooth paint, allowing lumps and brush strokes to be noticeable. Let dry. Apply one coat Multi-Surface Sealer. Let dry.
  • 2. (Fig. 1) Apply brush mix of Burnt Umber and water to surface. (Note: Color should appear slightly transparent and streaky.) (Fig. 2) When dry, mist surface with water and rub with 3M scrubby; as Burnt Umber begins to come off, wipe with paper towel. Surface should appear like that of years of ground in dirt.

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    Fig. 2
  • 3. For metal hanger, seal with one coat Multi-Surface Sealer. Apply mix Warm White + Multi-Surface Sealer (1:1) to surface. Seal again with Multi-Surface Sealer. When dry, wash with Burnt Umber. Let dry and mist surface with water; begin scrubbing away brown color and wipe dust with paper towel. Apply final Multi-Surface Sealer coat.
  • 4. (Fig. 3) For ground, dip #8 filbert in water, pinch wipe, then load with Chrome Green Hue; add a little Glazing Medium to mix for transparency. Beginning at bottom of surface walk green approximately one-third of the way up. (Note: Background should be visible.) For sky, dress brush in same manner as ground using Sapphire and Glazing Medium; walk color a little more than one-third from top of surface leaving some streaks for interest. Pick up a pin-head size amount of Phthalo Blue on brush, blend on palette, and walk color into sky to deepen. For center area, dress brush again with Raw Sienna and Glazing Medium; wash color along horizon line and in spaces of grass. Do not bring color into sky area. Let dry. Apply one coat Glazing Medium.

    Fig. 3
  • 5. Print out pattern; transfer basic details onto surface.
  • Color Chart
  • 1. Flesh: Titanium White + Raw Sienna (1.25:2) + tiny (pin-head size) tch. of Napthol Red Light
  • 2. White: Flesh Mix + Titanium White (1:2)
  • 3. Black: Carbon Black + Burnt Umber (1:1)
  • 4. Brown: Burnt Umber + Yellow Oxide (1:1)
  • 5. Yellow: Raw Sienna + Yellow Oxide 1:tch)
  • Basecoating
  • 1. (Fig. 4) Scarecrow: Base hat and belt with Yellow mix. Base face with Flesh mix. Base eyes with White mix, nose Brown Madder and mouth Carbon Black. Use Black mix to base jacket and shoes. Use Chrome Green Hue to base pants and gloves. Base bird Sapphire. Base patches on jacket and left leg Brown Madder and patches on right leg with Yellow mix.

    Fig. 4
  • 2. Pumpkins and Cat (Refer to Fig. 5 for pumpkin placement): pumpkin A, Vermilion; pumpkins B and E, mix of Vermilion + Yellow Oxide (1:1); pumpkin C, mix of Vermilion + tch. of Burnt Sienna and Brown Madder; pumpkin D, mix of Vermilion + tch. of Brown Madder. (Fig. 6) Base Jack-O-Lantern faces with Black mix. Base stem Burnt Umber. Base tree trunk with Brown mix. Base cat with Black mix.

    Fig. 5

    Fig. 6
  • 3. Apply Glazing Medium.
  • Building Depth (Shading)
  • 1. Apply thin coat Extender over surface; wipe excess with paper towel. Side-load filbert with Burnt Umber (add a touch of Carbon Black to areas where Burnt Umber is not visible): shade scarecrow around face, inside area of hat brim, hat crown, and belt; shade pumpkins along outer edges, along bottom of pumpkins, and between sections of Pumpkin A (Fig. 6).
  • 2. Side-load #8 filbert with Chrome Green Hue; shade ground under trunk and scarecrow's feet blending into background. Add a touch of Carbon Black to brush to shade pants and gloves. (Fig. 7) Use Chrome Green Hue, Brown Madder, and Burnt Sienna + Glazing Medium to add "foliage".
  • 3. Figs. 7 and 8 For straw on scarecrow's body (omit hair), use liner and brush mix of Yellow Oxide and Raw Sienna. For straw hair and to darken straw on body, use dirty brush and brush mix of Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, and a touch of Carbon Black. Lighten hair with thin clusters of lighter mix to highlight. Base eyes Sapphire; highlight Titanium White. Base pupils Carbon Black. For cheeks, side-load #4 filbert with mix of Brown Madder + tch. of Burnt Umber; repeat if necessary. Add Titanium White highlight shines to eyes, nose, and cheeks.

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    Fig. 8
  • 4. Apply Glazing Medium.
  • Building Highlights
  • 1. Apply thin coat Extender over surface; wipe excess with paper towel.
  • 2. (Fig. 8) Side-load #6 filbert with Yellow Oxide and highlight outer edges of hat brim; pick up a little Medium White and highlight along top of hat crown. Repeat same for belt. Use 10/0 liner to highlight straw hair with same colors making strokes smaller as color gets lighter.
  • 3. Wash a little Chrome Green Hue on pants and gloves. Pick up a touch of Titanium White and Yellow Oxide to add short dabby highlight strokes.
  • 4. Wash brush mix of Burnt Umber + Raw Sienna on trunk; avoid edges. Pick up a little Titanium White to add short dabby highlight strokes.
  • 5. Highlight bird with mix of Sapphire + Titanium White. Base eye Titanium White and pupil Carbon Black; add Titanium White highlight dot. Base beak with Yellow mix.
  • 6. For cat, use Black mix and pick up Titanium White to paint eyebrows, whiskers, and mouth; add a little more Titanium White to highlight. Paint nose with mix of Napthol Red + White (1:1). Base eyes Chrome Green Hue; highlight Titanium White. Paint pupils Carbon Black; highlight Titanium White and add highlight dots.
  • 7. Wash shaded areas of all pumpkins with transparent Napthol Red Light. Use #6 filbert and mix of Vermilion + Hansa Yellow to wash over highlight areas; pick up a touch of Titanium White to add short dabby highlight strokes to brightest areas. Base vines Chrome Green Hue and highlight Titanium White.
  • 8. Apply Glazing Medium
  • Detailing
  • 1. Paint pumpkin seeds with White mix. Load thin liner with mix of Burnt Umber + tch. of Glazing Medium; outline areas of design that need emphasis, leaving breaks in lines for interest. Use same mix to stroke one side of some pumpkin seeds and to line flow of fountain.
  • 2. Reapply scarecrows cheeks with brush mix of Brown Madder + tch. of Glazing Medium. Use thinned Burnt Umber to add stitch lines to face. Add Carbon Black stitch lines around patches.
  • 3. Use #8 filbert and Burnt Umber to shade outer edges of sign, under scarecrow's arm and feet, under Pumpkin A, and under trunk.
  • Finishing
  • 1. Apply final coat of Glazing Medium. Apply two coats of varnish. To reduce shine, spread small puddle of Extender over surface; gently rub 0000 steel wool in circular motion to obtain matte finish.