Pumpkin Decorating: Beyond The Triangle Eyes

It seems once you enter the world of acrylic mediums, there’s no turning back. They’re highly addictive because they alter paint in such neat ways. They create distortions, crackling effects, and produce all kinds of textures and finishes. This time, I was lured into trying out Pouring Medium to create some wonderful drippy marbling effects on white pumpkins. It turned out to look quite cool.


  • white pumpkins
  • acrylic paints in orange, black, white
  • Liquitex Pouring Medium
  • paint brushes
  • small bowls or paper cups for mixing paints
  • wooden skewer


1. Clean and dry an assortment of white pumpkins.

2. Liquitex Pouring Medium helps to make acrylic paint drip easily onto whatever surface you are working with. It also allows you to create interesting marbling effects, and enables the paint to dry to a flexible, glossy finish. To prepare paint, add a small amount of colour in a bowl. Add the pouring medium and mix well with a paint brush. Mix gently to avoid creating any bubbles. You only need a small amount of paint (approximately 20%) to pouring medium (approximately 80%). Do this for each colour you will be using.

3. There are several ways you can drip paint onto the pumpkins. You can load a paintbrush with colour, apply it around the stem and direct the paint to flow down the naturally occurring grooves on the pumpkin. You can also put the paint mix in a squeeze bottle. Finally, you can mix the colours in paper cups which can be squeezed to form a spout, making it easy to pour from.

4. Once the first colour has been added, others can be applied in the same way. To create marbling effects, simply use a pointy object like a wooden skewer to gently swirl the colours together. Allow to dry for at least a day, and expect the unexpected. Some of the colours and patterns will not be exactly the same once dry. If you look at the photos below, you’ll see there was much more orange paint on the large pumpkin, which ended up looking somewhat greenish once dry. Who knew!


Filed under Acrylic Mediums, Halloween, painting

34 responses to “Pumpkin Decorating: Beyond The Triangle Eyes

  1. This is such an awesome idea for a twist on the o’l Halloween pumpkin! Shall be trying this out! 😀

  2. Thanks so much and good luck with the pumpkins!

  3. These are so cool!! I am definitely going to give this a try!!

  4. How cool are these pumpkins! I hope you’ll link it up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party (fall ideas too).

  5. Love this! Would love for you to share this at our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party…just posted it! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/09/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_13.html

  6. Christina at I Gotta Create!

    Very cool effects with the paint. Great idea!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! ❤ Christina

  7. Wow! Very unique art medium! I have never heard of this before but it looks fabulous on your pumpkins.

  8. I love your pumpkins. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  9. Your pumpkins turned out super cute! What a fun idea. Thanks for linking up at TGIF! Have a great weekend,
    Beth =-)

  10. Cute and very different pumpkins!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  11. Your pumpkins are amazing!!! I love them. I have never tried the mediums in acrylic, but after seeing this I have to try this out. This will definitely be a feature next week!! Be on the look out. That is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent and for the great tutorial. HUGS

  12. Love your pumpkins, so unique! Also like the free flowing feel to them! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  13. Oh my goodness, You can mail these to me anytime! These are amazing! I can’t wait to try this technique. I love the painted look of the pumpkins. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a great day 🙂

  14. Oh, how neat!! I love it! You always have such great ideas for things! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  16. Chrissy

    Wow! These pumpkins are absolutely fantastic. I am definitely going to try this out. I am visiting from Life on Lakeshore Drive and now a follower.
    Have a great week,

  17. Hi! I am just stopping by to let you know that I featured your awesome pumpkins at Best of Show!! Thank you so much for sharing. I have a button waiting for you! 🙂

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  19. These pumpkins came out really awesome! You should enter your photos from this project into Craftbaby’s DIY a Pumpkin Challenge! 🙂


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