How to Fake a Fake Pumpkin (Faux Painting Tutorial)

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Have you seen those neon orange fake pumpkins and nearly vomited because you wouldn’t dream of decorating with them. I mean, get real, everyone would know they were fake. Ah ha, but have you seen the price tags? $1 – $6? For that price you might just be willing to take a leap of faith with me, wouldn’t you? Awesome, because I’m going to show you how to faux paint a fake pumpkin so you can decorate with them year after year and hopefully fool your friends.

Materials:

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  • Fake pumpkins
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (French Linen, Country Grey, Pure White, Versailles, Duck Egg)
  • Acrylic craft paint – Brown and Green
  • Sea sponge
  • Stencil brush
  • Medium round brush
  • Fan brush
  • Palette knife for mixing
  • Container or palette for mixing

(Ignore the extra paint tubes and brushes above, the listed ones are all I used.)

Instructions:

Start by painting all the pumpkins with French Linen. Allow them to dry.

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Painting Realistic White Pumpkins:

It helped me to look up some pictures of real pumpkins to refer to.

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Using the stencil brush, paint a mixture of Country Grey and Pure White on one of the pumpkins.

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Before the paint dries, dab some of it off with the sea sponge. (Keep your sea sponge dry, not wet during the process.)

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Dip the stencil brush into the white paint and add paint on the outer most bumps on the pumpkins. This is adding highlights.

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Dab the highlights gently with the sea sponge to blend.

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Use the fan brush dipped in a small amount of Versailles to paint inside the pumpkin ridges. Dab the ridges with the sea sponge to blend.

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Have you ever seen a truly unblemished pumpkin? I think not, so it’s time to add some spots or marks on the pumpkin to truly fool your friends. Dip the end of the paint brush into brown paint and dot it onto the pumpkin. Blot the spot with a sea sponge and maybe even transfer a few new spots with the sponge.

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Paint French Linen around the base of the stem and into the grooves with the round paint brush.

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Paint brown and green paint onto the pumpkin stem. Blend slightly with the sea sponge.

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Can you spot my fake white pumpkin? Well, of course you can because I just showed you how to paint it. But, hopefully it will fool your friends!

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Painting Realistic Blue Pumpkins:

Painting blue pumpkins uses the same technique as painting the white pumpkins, only using a few different colors.

Use the stencil brush to paint duck egg blue onto another pumpkin. Dab the blue paint while it’s still wet with the sea sponge.

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Use the fan brush dipped in French linen and brown craft paint to fill in the ridges.

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Dab the paint with the dry sea sponge to blend.

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Add some highlights with a mixture of French Linen and Pure White. This serves two purposes. 1) It adds dimension. 2) It tones down the excess blue on the pumpkin.

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Paint the stem the same way you learned above.

To truly fool people, set up your fake pumpkins with some real pumpkins and real gourds. Sooo, can you spot the fakes?

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How many did you get right? The metallic gourd is simply spray-painted with copper spray paint. But, I did try my hand at faking a green and yellow gourd using the same technique as the pumpkins, but adding green to the top and yellow to the bottom.

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Okay, I’ll give you a second shot. Guess the fakes:

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How did you do this time? Ha, you can now apply for a job as an art forgery detective ;-).

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Now seriously, how many people will be viewing your pumpkins that close? Umm, next to no one. Normally they’ll view them from afar.

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Get your paints and palette out and go fakes some fakes! It will be our little secret.

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PHGFancySignDid you like this painting post? Ahhh, then I know you’ll like this Ballard Pear painting tutorial:

Or if you’re feeling like taking on a larger scale project…how about Faux painted bricks!

Or perhaps you’d like to perform some faux zinc painting magic:

 

Comments

  1. Those pumpkins are incredible! I’m not one to do the artsy thing, but I know people who are and will pass this on. Thanks.

  2. Awesomeness! I have a faker sitting in my garage right now, and a ton of paint…whoop!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial! Pumpkins are sooo expensive, especially if you need to buy a whole bunch. I love the “funny colored” ones too and they always seem to be more expensive. Going to catch some faux pumpkins on sale and/or clearance for next year. :)

    Have a great week!
    Amy
    http://www.homesweetthriftyhome.com

  4. If it helps anyone on a super tight budget like I am, I shared a similar tutorial last month with cheaper supplies. I know a a lot of you hard core DIYers probably have loads of annie sloan chalk paint hanging around, but I dont, and if it helps, I’ve shared the supplies I used too :)

    http://corinnaashley.com/how-to-paint-artificial-pumpkins-tutorial-tuesday/

  5. nicely done and the chalk paint probably also provides a finish similar to the real thing!

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