Step 2: Time to paint
Now it's time to paint. As I generally need to look at something to be able to paint it, I look for designs in store ads, on Christmas cards, even holiday paper plates and napkins.
Usually the shape of the gourd dictates the figure you'll create.
Where will the face go? Will it need a hat or cap? I used acrylic craft paints from the craft store. They generally go on smoothly and cover well in one coat (except white). Gloss paint looks really good on the finished gourd, but can cost twice as much as flat paint. Paint the background or base coat first. Then smaller areas like the face, hands, beard, or hat. Details last.