Glam pumpkin painting with tribal design

Pumpkins are everywhere in fall. They are carved or painted with silly faces or haunting scenes. A pumpkin is a wonderful symbol of the autumn. It can represent Halloween, or Thanksgiving or the bounty of the harvest. Pumpkins are inherently beautiful and durable. Great beauties don't need a lot of artificial color. Decorating with a pumpkin doesn’t have to be childish or trendy. It can be more subtle with clean lines and neutral colors.
In this project, the resulting pumpkin will contribute a modern, sophisticated look to the home or office. Using a white pumpkin with gold-tone paint creates a glamorous element on the table or mantle. The tribal-looking pattern hints at native cultures, which often favored geometric designs. The effect is enigmatic. We used a real pumpkin, but there are some wonderful artificial pumpkins that could be decorated and used year after year.
- Clean work surface
- White pumpkin, 6-inch diameter
- Metallic Color Pin, STA brand — We used a gold color
DIY Everywhere
1. Choose a pumpkin. Clear skin and even sections work best.
2. Eyeball pumpkin to determine upper third of vertical surface of the pumpkin.
3. Begin making clear dots about one inch apart circling the pumpkin. Typically there will be two dots per section.
4. Make a second row of dots about 1 1/2 inches directly below the first.
5. On the top row of dots, place the pen in a crack, between dots and at the level of a dot.
6. Draw a line to up above a dot and down the other side forming an arch above the dot.
7. Repeat with the next dot. This will result in a zigzag line with a dot under each peak.
8. Continue this pattern circling the pumpkin.
9. On the bottom row of dots, place the pen in a crack as before but draw downward. Draw the zigzag below the dots.
9. Draw a straight line under the top row of dots, circling the pumpkin.
10. Draw a second line under the first line, leaving a small gap.
11. Connect the two lines at the crevasses by drawing a short vertical line.
12. Finish the piece by drawing a second, thicker, zigzag under the lower zigzag.

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