Follow this simple tutorial to paint watercolor pumpkins for fall.
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Get ready for fall with this fun watercolor pumpkin tutorial.
What color should my pumpkin be?
Pumpkins come in a variety of colors.
They can be orange, yellow-orange, or fun colors like white or baby blue. I've even seen black pumpkins.
Of course, you can take artistic license and make your pumpkin whatever color you want. A pink pumpkin? Sounds great!
For white pumpkins, I like to include a bit of perylene green for shading. Purple would also be great.
Buff titanium works well to get a creamy white color.
(See more about painting white here.)
For realistic colored pumpkins, try muting the color by adding a touch of paint from a color opposite the color wheel. See more about color theory here.
For instance to get a muted orange, add a touch of blue to the mix.
Learn more about mixing orange here.
What shape should my pumpkin be?
Pumpkins also come in a variety of shapes. They are most commonly round, but they can also be short and wide or tall and thin.
It's okay if your pumpkin is a bit lumpy. It will look more realistic.
I have included a printable pumpkin template below to download and use for your watercolor pumpkin.
How to Paint Watercolor Pumpkins
- Sketch out your pumpkin.
- Lightly erase the sketch with an eraser.
- Paint the center of your pumpkin first, making the outer edges darker and the center more diluted. You can use a damp brush to soften the edges of the paint and blend it out.
- Skip the ridge next to it and paint the next one over, using the same technique as before (darker along edges.)
- Keep going, skipping every other section.
- When the first sections dry, go back and paint the ones you skipped.
- Let everything dry.
- Add another layer if needed to add more shadows and depth. I added shadows with perylene green paint.
- Let it dry.
- Paint the stem.
- When the stem is dry, add lines to indicate ridges. You can also add a curly vine.
- Add spots to the pumpkin body if desired.
- Dilute black paint and add a shadow beneath the pumpkin.
The pink pumpkin was created by mixing Naples yellow and quinacridone rose. These colors make the prettiest salmon pink color.
Download a Printable Pumpkin Template
Not sure how to draw a pumpkin? Download this pumpkin template with 3 different pumpkin shapes to draw.
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