A quick tutorial on how to marble paint a pumpkin!
Tis the season for trips to the pumpkin patch! On a recent visit, we scored some free mini pumpkins at the exit. Immediately, I thought of ways I could decorate them without using a knife to carve. Why? I have a fear that I will lose a finger in the process of making a Jack’o’latern. That and chopping carrots. Anyway, I had way too many ideas to morph these naturally cute gourds into something vibrant and gaudy.
And in an unusual twist, I decided to just do marbling. Granted each pumpkin I made is a different color, but all vivid so they match on some level.
The technique to do this was featured in an earlier blog of mine (Magical S’mores Bark.) In that, the candy recipe was inspired by marbling, and for this project, I actually utilized the marbling technique. What’s especially dope for this centuries old art style— you can do it with products you most likely have in your home right now!
What you’ll need to create your gourd masterpiece:
- A large bowl (that you don’t mind damaging)*
- Nail polish (at least 2 colors)
- Old newspapers or scrap paper (to let pumpkins dry on)
- Optional: Acrylic Paint and/or Spray Paint
*I used a large plastic bowl that I bought at the dollar store, and is now officially a crafting bowl as there is nail polish residue all over it.
Before I marbled the pumpkins, I painted each of them with waterproof acrylic paint, just to add some extra dimension of color:
Next, I tried 2 different methods to get the pumpkins marbled.
Method #1: Drip & Dip
For this method, fill the bowl with water. Then gradually pour each nail polish on to the top of the water, letting the water create a natural pattern, or use a toothpick to swirl them to make a marble pattern.
Once you have a desired pattern, slowly dip the pumpkin into the water and turn it until the pumpkin is covered. The nail polish will instantly cling to the pumpkin.
Once the pumpkin is covered, place it on some newspaper or scrap paper to dry. That’s it!
Method 2: Submerge & Pull
First, fill the bowl completely with water. Make sure all the caps are off the nail polishes. Then submerge the pumpkin completely under the water.
While holding the pumpkin down, drip the nail polish with your other hand all over the top of the water. Let the water make a natural pattern on it’s own, or manipulate it with a toothpick.
Then slowly pull the pumpkin out of the water, letting the polish cling to the pumpkin on it’s way out.
Set it on some newspaper or scraps, and let it dry. Bam!
I liked the way this method worked, as it easily covered the entire pumpkin from stem to bottom with the marbling.
While I was marbling a few pumpkins, I gave my little love a painted white pumpkin and a pack of washable markers to decorate her own.
As expected, she created a masterpiece:
All of the pumpkins were completed in the span of a couple hours, 95% of that time devoted to the paint/polish drying.
These would look dope as a centerpiece for a Halloween party table, on your stoop, or in the hallway of your apartment complex. 😉
What colors are you going to marble your pumpkins with? I’d love to see them!