Painting Pumpkins with Kids

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

I have been waiting a year to post this!! The kids actually painted these pumpkins last year in art class, but I was too busy writing my book to edit the photos. And then all of a sudden it was Christmas. But now…here they are! Aren’t they so gorgeous?

I used this one trick which I will tell you about in a second to get the colors really bright. And then I brought out one extra element at the end.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

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Ok, so the trick is quite obvious now. Spray paint them white! I first covered the stems as best I could, then I used this spray paint and gave them a good spray.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

Tah-da! White pumpkins. Easy peasy. I put them on lazy-susans so the kids could paint all around a little easier without getting their hands all messy. Here is what you’ll need…

Supply List:

~ Pumpkins

~ Lazy susans (totally optional but helps so much)

~ Tempera paints (I love mixing these fluorescent colors with a little white to make them brighter and more opaque)

~ Brushes and jars for the paints

~ Round tissue paper dots

~ Elmer’s glue

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

The process:

~  Well this is an easy one. Just paint! The kids all automatically painted stripes, I think just following the stripes on the pumpkins.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

~ When they finished painting, I brought out the tissue dots and some glue. I imagined dots all over the pumpkins, but they all just did one line around the middle. This group usually doesn’t copy each other, so I think it was just the natural thing to do. I did suggest putting on more dots, but after 45 minutes of working on their pumpkins, they were done.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

I so very badly wanted to keep them all. And in fact, I did get to keep them for a few days until they dried, but then the parents came back and picked them up. I think this year I will do it again with my own kids so we can keep them!

After using this one trick, the kids paint vibrant and colorful pumpkins using acrylics and collaging with tissue paper.

And how cute is this smiling face with the pumpkin on her head? Happy to bring her masterpiece home.

One thing I didn’t do, which I think would have been a good idea, was cover them in Mod Podge after they had dried. It would have given them a nice sheen.

Happy pumpkin painting!

xo, Bar

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