dearest someday… » sincerely, jennifer johner

pretty pretty painted pumpkins..

I would have to say that the stencil/paint pumpkin project was a success!  What do you think?  Do you likey?

..just don’t look too closely… hee heee!

I have to admit, after the first attempt I was almost scared off completely!  The problem.. too much paint on the brush (call me a rookie), it worked its way under the stencil.. which was easy, since it couldn’t lay flat on the round pumpkin… and well, it made a great big smudgy mess.

Water and paper towel took it off quite nicely. ha ha!  ..and I made another attempt.  Quickly realizing that, no matter what.. a nice smooth line was just not likely.  Flat stencil on a curve.. it just wasn’t happening.

Like I said.. don’t look too close! ha!

Seriously though.. if you give this a try, basically no paint on the brush works best!  A few times, I caught myself trying to make the process faster by adding too much paint to the brush.. it just squishes it’s way underneath and ends up being more work in the end.  I found a dry-ish brush with lots of repeated dabs on top of one another worked the best for a nice even ‘non squishy’ coverage.

The black pumpkins caused me a bit more grief though.  I don’t know if it was because they were so small, and the stencil I was trying to use was so large… or if the it was because the white paint wasn’t loving the dark black.. probably a combo of both.  I ended up using a fine paint brush and touching it up after the stencilling was done.  The result was a sharper line, and more even coverage… worth the extra effort I think!

I can’t wait to get them out on the step!  I have to pick up some sort of spray sealer though, I don’t want any rain or snow to wash it all away… did I just say snow?  Yikes!  Hard to believe that we will likely see snow within the next month.. we usually see at least one snowfall by Halloween!  Eeeek!  I am so not ready for snow.

I wish fall lasted longer!

I also have to clean up the ummm dead flowers that are still on my step, and put the pots away.. they look kind of icky, I can’t believe I haven’t done that yet!  I think this weekend is going to be ‘yard clean up’ weekend. Not gonna lie.. not really looking forward to it! ha ha!

But.. if it means I can put out my new painted pumpkins.. well then, I guess it will be worth it, won’t it? Next up.. a new fall wreath for our front door!  Oh yes my friends.. I have gone crafty crazy!! ha ha!

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  • September 29, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    Jill - I love your painted pumpkins! I may have to try some myself! I really love the tallest white one and the vines on the one black one. Very nice!ReplyCancel

  • September 29, 2011 - 10:00 pm

    Paige Evans - I love this! Thanks for the great idea!ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2011 - 8:03 am

    Colleen - I love it! I think they came out great. You’ve inspired me to try it. I really love that circular stencil.ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2011 - 4:06 pm

    Lindsey - Freakin Amazing Jen!!! YOur craftiness blows me away!ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2011 - 4:07 pm

    Lindsey - Amazing Jen!! Your craftiness blows me away!ReplyCancel

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  • September 30, 2011 - 10:55 pm

    Dawn - oh yeah…I likey!ReplyCancel

  • October 5, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    Sarah @ Crafting and Creativity - Seriously! So darn cute!! I live in Edmonton & am also hesitant to do much fall decorating outside… it’s been a rainy, yucky week!ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2011 - 2:06 pm

    our fall outdoor decor, so far.. » dearest someday… - […] finally got the motivation to spray some sealer on the painted pumpkins today!  You would think it would have involved the whole process of going to the store and finding […]ReplyCancel

  • October 6, 2011 - 5:11 pm

    vanessa - Hi! New to your blog and just love it. . . especially the awesome photography. The pumpkins look fantastic :)ReplyCancel

  • October 10, 2011 - 2:41 pm

    Michael - Innkeeper - these are freakin’ adorable! i can’t tell you how much i love these. … and i was certain they were real pumpkins!

    i wanted to let you know i did a little post about you over on my blog! i’m just overwhelmed with your creativity and stunning photography!ReplyCancel

  • October 13, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    Sarah - I featured this today on my blog, come check it out:

    Sarah :)ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    hello pumpkin.. » dearest someday… - […] pumpkin painting post can be found here, and again […]ReplyCancel

  • September 19, 2012 - 7:55 pm

    GlamorousMommy - These are really pretty! I love them so much I featured them on my latest post for painting pumpkin inspiration!


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