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DIY Your Own Pumpkin Topiary Porch Sitter
Today I am using an etched blank. I love how easy etched blanks make painting! However, if you’re up for a challenge or consider yourself an experienced painter you may opt for the blank that is not etched and that is totally fine. I like etched blanks because it makes painting simple. It’s like the paint-by-number kits that you did as a child.
Today, I’m painting a 20″ sized cutout blank of the pumpkin topiary porch sitter. I also have a 12″ option available in my shop. This smaller porch sitter would look adorable sitting on an outdoor table as an accent piece.
Grab Your Supplies and Let's Get Started!
It’s finally time to grab those paintbrushes and start painting, my favorite part!
First, I started at the base of my pumpkin topiary porch sitter.
I mixed the two gray paints together, (neutral and slate) then reached for my one inch flat tip brush.
By dipping my paintbrush in both gray colors at the same time I was able to achieve a faux galvanized metal look for my pumpkin bucket. I love the vintage country look it gives the porch sitter!
Don’t forget to paint your notched insert on both sides with the two gray colors as well.
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Painting Your Pumpkins
Next, move to bottom pumpkin. I switched to a smaller flat tip brush about 1/2inch in size and am using the sugared peach to coat the entire bottom pumpkin.
Next I used an angle tip brush and dipped it in sugared peach then the pebble paint color to create a shadow along the etched line on the bottom pumpkin. This creates some depth on our pumpkins, which keeps them from looking flat!
I added a little bit of white lightly in between my shading on my pumpkin to make those shadows stand out.
Now on to the middle pumpkin! Using the flat tip brush, I thinned the sea aqua paint out with white to make it less green and painted the entire middle pumpkin.
I then grabbed my angle tip brush again and dipped it in some white paint to shade my lines on top of the green.
Going back to my flat tip brush, I added the canyon orange colored paint to the top pumpkin. Using my angle brush I dipped the tip in burnt sienna paint, and the other side of the brush in the canyon orange so that I could shade my top pumpkin.
I followed the etched lines and then also the base of the pumpkin as well. I then used a little bit of white to highlight the inside portions of my pumpkin!
Let's Add Some Details & Finishing Touches!
To give my pumpkins some texture I used a stippling technique. I used the color of the pumpkin and mixed it with some white and then just dabbled my brush on my pumpkin.
I did most of the stippling technique, toward the top of the pumpkins. This created an effect that made the pumpkins appear bumpy, just like the ones I love at the patch!
Next, I painted my stem brown and added details. I used a thinner, round tip brush (size 3) with black paint.
After adding some water to my black paint so that it wasn’t a harsh black, I lightly outlined all of my pumpkins.
Next, I got some white paint and added a few highlight to my pumpkins. This is a great way to give the feel that light is bouncing off of the Pumpkin Topiary porch sitter.
I was so excited about this one I had to post about it on my TikTok account!
Finishing Up Your Pumpkin Topiary Porch Sitter
For time’s sake, I only painted the front of my pumpkin topiary porch sitter. However, the fun part about this porch sitter is that you get to paint both sides! You could even get creative and paint the back different than the front. The options are endless. I’d love to see what you decide!
Finally, as you are finishing I suggest adding DuraClear Gloss Varnish to your pumpkin topiary porch sitter to help it withstand weather as it sits on your porch.
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