How to Paint A Watercolor Pumpkin

Do these early autumn days have you wondering how to paint a watercolor pumpkin? 🎃 IMG_3570 (1)

Here is a beginner watercolor tutorial for painting pumpkins. Some people associate watercolor painting with the butterflies and flowers of spring and summer but I love to paint in autumn. You can see some of my recent fall-inspired apple and floral paintings on Instagram, plus how to paint the baby pumpkins in the image below. I always love to see the art that you create from my painting tutorials. Please send us your pics or tag us.

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  1. Start with an oval. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

2. Look at the placement of the base of the pumpkin stem on your pumpkin and add a small oval. Draw a simple outline of the stem paying special the star-like base of the stem.


3. Start to draw curved lines to define the segments of the pumpkin. The segment closest to you will be the widest and be curved on both sides.


4. Adjust any segments that appear too wide or narrow. Round out the bottom of each segment and erase the original oval if it is too visible.


5. The finished pumpkin sketch.

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Now, how to paint a watercolor pumpkin:

1. Paint one segment yellow with fairly wet paint on dry paper. Leave a highlight white and several unpainted spots for interest.

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2. Add red to the brush (thicker pigment, not too wet) and drop it in around the edge of the segment. Pull the color into the center a bit to blend but leave the area surrounding the highlight the most yellow.

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3. Continue on to each segment using the same method. The segments may blend into each other slightly where there is wet paint but that will add to the charm.

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4. Once all segments are painted, let the painting dry.

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5. You will want fairly sharp lines in the stem. First do a light wash of brownish black along the dark side of the stem.

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6. Once that has dried a bit, go back in with darker brown and add some detail lines to the woody stem.

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7. And now you know how to paint a watercolor pumpkin! IMG_3585 (1)

8. If you would like to add a shadow, Using only water on the brush, paint an area larger than the desired shadow, then drop in paint in blue or purple along the very edge of the pumpkin, letting the paint bleed into the wet shadow area but not far enough to create an edge.

If you would also like to see how I painted these looser, tiny pumpkins see the video I just posted on Instagram @JacindaStudio

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Can’t wait to see versions from you and your kiddos. Watercolor painting is the perfect new hobby to try right now!

Looking for another free watercolor painting tutorial?

Paint Watercolor Lemons & Bees Video Tutorial

How to Paint Watercolor Tropical Flowers Video Tutorial

How to Watercolor Paint a Butterfly

originally post 10/17




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I tried to sketch a pumpkin with this tutorial and it looked amazing! I did a pumpkin drawing before of Enoch the pumpkin mayor of Potter’s Field from Over the Garden Wall and it looked really funny. But with this drawing tutorial, my pumpkin sketch has improved.

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I love the way you used the colors. I will try this with my sister. Thank you for the step by step tutorial. It was really helpful. My sketch will probably look like oranges. I have always wanted to be really good at drawing.

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If you could upload the picture, I’m sure you would be pretty surprised that my 4 year old daughter was able to finish this drawing with your guidance! (though it’s still a bit smudged of color scattered around)


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