Hello everyone! I am seriously ridiculously excited about sharing today’s project with you: black and white Hand Sketched Sharpie Pumpkins!! These little babies are a bit of a change for me because they are black and white – and if you are a regular reader you probably know I have a bit of a thing for colour!! But I LOVE the crisp contrast of the black and white and think they turned out to be really interesting and fun looking because of all the fabulous (hand sketched) patterns.
To make these you need:
- faux pumpkins
- white spray paint (primer and paint in one works well)
- OIL BASED Sharpie PAINT PEN in Black (or any other colour you would like to use)
- Black spray or craft paint for the stems
I picked my faux pumpkins up at the Dollar Tree. They started out looking like this:
My oldest son kindly helped me remove the tags, and I removed the plastic stems in order to paint them black. I then I treated the pumpkins to a few good coats of white satin Krylon dual (paint and primer in one) spray paint.
I let them dry thoroughly for 24 hours after finishing the last coat of white paint. As I mentioned, I used some flat black spray paint I had on hand to paint the green stems.
Then… I whipped out my new oil based sharpies that I picked up at a recent trip to Michaels. Use an oil sharpie (or even a black paint pen) because a regular water based sharpie won’t hold up to writing on a painted surface for very long (in my previous experience)….
To get ideas for the patterns I just searched online for different images that I thought I would like to try and then practiced sketching them on some scrap paper. I kept my sketches nearby when it was time to sketch my pumpkin designs and just went with it. They don’t have to be perfect! They are supposed to be unique and handmade looking!!
I love how they turned out… what do you think?
I haven’t decided if I prefer them in this big rustic carved bowl…
or running the length of our faux mantel:
It will be a tough choice! Hmmm… maybe I just need to make more. I have already thought of a few more patterns I could do…
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What do you think? How have you been decorating for fall? Are you starting to think about Halloween decorating yet? I would love to hear about it!