Hi, my name is MyKayla Thyne and we are going to make a cute and simple Halloween painting. I have done many arts and crafts through my lesson plans at Lake Area Tech where I am studying child development. During October, your house should feel festive, and I can help make it that way. I'm going to show you steps to customize a perfect pumpkin canvas art. I took a creativity and imagination class last year and I have created customized paintings for individuals as well as to decorate my house. After your painting is finished, you will want to hang it for all to see.
Step 1: Supplies
Before we start the painting, you will need to gather a few items. You can use whatever size canvas you would like, but I am going to use an 11x14. Basic acrylic paint in the colors yellow, red, blue, black, and white will work to mix, but you can also buy the colors of the rainbow if you don’t want to mix your own colors. You will need a variety of paintbrush sizes, I will be using a 1”, 3/8”, and a 3/16” angled. If you do not want to sit and wait for your paint to dry, a basic blow-dryer will come in handy. Final items you need are a cup of water, paper towel, and paper plate.
Step 2: Making the Background
To start the background, pour some black paint on your paper plate. Using the 1” wide brush, paint the entire canvas black, including all sides. I paint the sides first. Make sure to fill your whole brush with paint and use plenty of it so there is no white canvas peeking out. While making the background, you don’t want to see your brush streaks, so you should completely swipe across the whole canvas. If your brush or paint is getting built up, simply rinse your brush out in the water and clean it on the paper towel and continue painting. If you would like some detail in the background, add blue or white to your plate. You can dip your black brush in a little white or blue and drag it around the black for some smoky fog detail.
Step 3: Using the Blow Dryer
If you are time limited, using a blow-dryer to help your canvas drying process is a great idea. If you start the rest of your canvas before your black background is dry, the black will mix in with everything. Using the high setting on your blow-dryer, dry the entire canvas. You can check to make sure it is completely dry by patting it with a paper towel. Do not continue painting until you know it is dry.
Step 4: Painting Your Pumpkins
Time for some pumpkins! Mix together your yellow and red paint until you get an orange color that you like. You could also change it up and do colorful painted pumpkins. Along the bottom of the canvas, using the 3/8” brush, create circles and ovals of various sizes for your pumpkins. This is a customized canvas, so do what you like! You can use a blow-dryer when they look how you want. Then it’s time for the design! Using black or yellow paint and the 3/16” brush, create whatever design you want on your pumpkin, whether a scary face, a ghost, or a pineapple! Get creative with your designs and faces to make it custom to you and your interests.
The brushes should clean out easily with water. Make sure you clean them while they are still wet with paint or they may not come clean. You can dispose of the cup of water, paper plate, and paper towel. Make sure to close your paints tightly so they do not get dried out.
Now that you have your night sky and pumpkins, customize it however else you would like. Write “Happy Halloween” or “Boo!” Add the moon, a bat, or some grass by your pumpkins. Do whatever feels right and when you have perfected it, let it dry completely. Once it is dry, find a spot to put it for everyone to see to decorate your house.