Find a workspace and start painting. The kitchen table is fine—cover it with newspaper or plastic sheeting and place a drop cloth on the floor to protect surfaces from any paint spills or splatter. Organize and lay out your painting tools and materials so that they are within easy reach. If possible, sketch your design on the pumpkin before you paint, using a pencil or marker. Stencils can be great tools to use when painting on a pumpkin. Additionally, if you need to create straight lines or other particular shapes for your design, you can use painter’s tape to mask the pumpkin’s surface so you only paint what and where you intend to and keep the design looking crisp.
If you plan on painting the pumpkin with a base color, do that first. Let it dry completely before tracing or stenciling. For painting a base color, try True Value EasyCare® Premium Décor Spray Enamel for quick and easy application.
You can accomplish the more intricate painting strokes using EasyCare® Premium Décor Enamel brush-on paint and a small paintbrush, foam brush or painting sponge. Apply your painted design and let the paint dry for the amount of time recommended on the can label.
Keep a wet rag handy to wipe up mistakes before the paint sets.