Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Acrylic Painting Tutorial for Beginners

Nothing excites me more than seeing those cute orange squashes glorifying the front porches, windows, and lawns every October. Pumpkins are simply magical – and Jack-o-lantern pumpkins bring that extra sense of whimsy to an already amazing spooky holiday. So obviously, we’ll be making our own pumpkin you can use every single Halloween.

If you’re looking to add a little something cool and creepy to your home, this jack-o-lantern pumpkin painting is just the thing. Learn to paint a smiling jack-o-lantern with a large toothy smile and stems, in this easy step-by-step acrylic painting tutorial for beginners.

Learn to paint a cute jack-o-lantern pumpkin craft you can use as Halloween decor.

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Follow these step-by-step instructions on how to paint your very own jack-o-lantern pumpkin!

Paint the Pumpkin

STEP 1: Using a flat wash brush, combine equal parts yellow and red to make the color orange. Then cover your canvas entirely with that color.

STEP 2: With your rinsed flat wash brush, grab some white mixed with yellow, and create slight curved lines.

STEP 3: Using a detail round brush dipped with black, paint in your pumpkin face. I painted my jack-o-lantern with a big toothy smile with chin and rounded eyebrows. Have fun with this part and remember to keep those expressions super exaggerated.

I also added leaves and squiggly accents to give more depth and detail to my pumpkin.

Create the Pumpkin Stem

STEP 4: With three popsicle sticks, glue them together to create the stem of your pumpkin.

STEP 5: Using brown paint (or red+blue+yellow together), paint the popsicle stick stem.

STEP 6: Hot glue your pumpkin stem (and any additional items like pieces of twine) to the top back of the canvas.

Admire your Pumpkin Creation

Once you’re happy with your cute jack-o-lantern pumpkin, sit back and admire your work.

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