Friday, 9 October 2015


Hello again. Here, as promised, are the step outs for decorating the pumpkin. Hope you enjoy... In case you missed them, instructions for the papier mache pumpkin are on the previous post.

Here, to remind you, is the picture of the finished pumpkin I made for PaperArtsy last month

I used Emma Godfrey's Halloween set of stamps EEG11

So lets get started....

First I coated the pumpkin in a base layer of white gesso to give me a nice even base.

Of course, I used PaperArtsy Fresco Paints for my pumpkin because you get a really nice finish, they cover, layer and pour beautifully and they dry nice and quickly.  The colours I've used are, unsurprisingly, Pumpkin Soup (go figure!?), Tango, Tinned Peas and Green Olives.

When the gesso was dry I painted the whole pumpkin with a layer of Pumpkin Soup Fresco Paint.

While that was drying I stamped rows of words onto strips of tissue paper before glueing them to the pumpkin (apologies as I forgot to photograph this step because I'm a numpty). 

I stuck the tissue strips onto the pumpkin segments using mod podge to glue and seal them (you could use glue and seal, gel medium or PVA glue).

When the tissue was dry I painted a layer of  Tango Fresco Paint over the top, making sure to blend in around the edges of the tissue paper. I used a baby wipe to wipe back some of the paint over the wording.

Now for the really fun bit

I took the greens - lightest first - and carefully poured them from the top of the pumpkin near the stalk so that they ran down between each segment. Before the light green was dry I dripped some dark green over the top to give a nice contrast and then left it to dry.

Next, I painted some A4 card with the lighter green.  I die cut my leaves using a lovely Sizzix die I've had for absolutely ages.  I painted some quilling strips green and used those for the curly bits on top of the pumpkin.

Next, I stamped words from the stamp set and stamped randomly over the leaves and the quilling strips. I wrapped each quilling strip tightly around a screwdriver to get the curls.

I arranged the leaves and swirls so they tumbled across the top of the pumpkin

Last but not least I stamped and embossed the spiders and spider webs before fussy cutting and adding to the top of the pumpkin.

And there you have it. Job Done....

You can see I picked out a couple of the words on this one in black (just to see what it would look like if I'm honest). I think these would look great in a group. This one has turned out bigger than the first one because I was in a bit of a rush and didn't wait for the balloon to shrink down quite as much. I think they look much more convincing in different shapes and sizes though so I wouldn't get too bent out of shape about size etc.

OF COURSE you can pimp up your pumpkin any way you like but I hope this has given you some ideas. All the stamps and paints I used can be ordered from PaperArtsy or bought at your nearest PaperArtsy Stockist.



  1. Pumpkin magic missus! Thanks so much for sharing your technique in such detail - FAB

    FYI ................ STILL don't think I have a quarter of your patience!


  2. Your finished Pumpkin is stunning Lauren, I'm sure mine would look nothing like yours if I tried, you are very creative - thank you for sharing the process.

  3. It looks amazing Lauren! Those drips of green paint make me so happy!
    Have a fab weekend!
    Alison xx

  4. Such a lot of talented creative work in this Lauren and thanks for sharing your tutorial with us all
    x catherine

  5. A joy to see the decorative stages in all their glory. Love the layers of green paint dribbling down, love the tissue paper words, the twirly papers - it really is a fantastic creation, Lauren... thank you so much for generously sharing all the how-to information in such great detail.
    Alison xx