Paint DIY dot art patterns on decorative pumpkins this season to add bright, cheerful accents to your porch or table with Americana® Acrylics.
- paper towels
- white paper
- double-ended stylus
- cotton swabs
- assorted brushes
- faux pumpkins
- hot glue stick
- 8 Flat Brush
- 3/4" Oval Brush
I chose these specific pumpkins because the colors went with the palette I chose. If you can't find any that work with this color palette, just basecoat the pumpkin first with Americana Acrylics and allow to dry before starting your dotting designs. [Let's recommend some colors to basecoat that woul
- Choose a variety of sizes and colors of pumpkins to work on.
- Gather the dotting tools you will be using. TIP: If you don't have dotting tools, such as double-ended styli, gather paintbrushes (to use the handle ends), glue sticks, cotton swabs, etc. Put dots onto a reference sheet to know the sizes of each tool before starting the designs.
- If your pumpkins have different-colored stems, paint each stem with Americana Acrylics Plantation Pine using a No. 8 flat brush in order to unify their appearance as a set. Allow the pumpkins to fully dry before beginning the dot designs.
- For the smallest, the yellow pumpkin, start a simple Mandala pattern, working from the stem out. Use the provided pattern 1 as a guide for color placement and dot sizes. Dot on Americana Colors: Plantation Pine, Antique Gold, Cotton Candy, Canyon Orange, Mulberry, and Cactus Flower with various sizes of tools. Allow to dry.
- For the largest, the white pumpkin, measure about halfway up and make a small pencil mark in the center of a ridge. Turn the pumpkin and make a small mark on each ridge in the same spot, all the way around. Start by placing a large colored dot on that central mark and work your way up and down gradually by size of dot, in each color: Plantation Pine, Antique Gold, Canyon Orange, Mulberry, Cotton Candy, and Cactus Flower. (Refer to the photo.)
- For the medium-sized pink pumpkin, refer to pattern 2 for dot sizes and color placement. Add the largest dots first in Plantation Pine and allow to dry. Then dot on the rest of the colors to make small flowers: Antique Gold, Canyon Orange, Mulberry, Cotton Candy, and Cactus Flower.
- Optional: Using a 3/4" oval brush, coat your pumpkins with DuraClear Ultra-Matte Varnish to add a topcoat of protection without altering the design. [Let's list the brush size.]
- Liven up your table, mantle, porch, or front steps with this DIY fall craft using dotting and Mandala designs with Americana Acrylic paints. So fun and easy!