This tutorial will help even beginning artists hand paint their own sign for their Fall home decor.
Hello, readers! It’s Molly from Just a Little Creativity, and I’m happy to be sharing here at The Crafty Blog Stalker again this month. Although it’s September, we’re still experiencing soaring temps here in Florida, not to mention watching the Gulf of Mexico for tropical storms and hurricanes.
That being said, I’m trying hard to focus on the upcoming Fall season. I love handmade decor, and painting is my favorite hobby, so I’ve created a tutorial for you that combines the two.
To complete this project, you’ll only need four colors of paint and a piece of wood, canvas, or a wood plank like this one that I used. You can do it, I promise!
- Black, white, orange, and green craft paints (or paint pens if you’d prefer)
- Wood or canvas
- Carbon paper
- Small liner & flat paint brushes
- Free “Happy Fall Y’all” printable typography quote (found in this post)
I found this wood plank on clearance at the craft store. It’s one of those things I stared at for a minute and thought “Oh, that would be cute for something”. But in the store, I couldn’t think what I’d even use it for. I purchased it anyway, and when my brain started turning towards Fall decor, I knew it would be perfect for this project.
Step by Step Tutorial
First, paint your wood black.
While that’s drying, go ahead and click & save this free typography image, and print it to fit the size of your wood or canvas.
Then, use the carbon paper to trace your typography image onto your wood. Make sure you press hard enough that you’ll see the image on the other side.
Using your small liner paint brush and white paint, fill in your typography. This is very much like coloring in a coloring book page, except it with letters.
You can use a paint pen to do this as well, but may not get the small lines you desire. You could even fill the letters by combining the use of paint pen and brush if you’re most comfortable doing this.
Now it’s time to paint the pumpkins. Using your orange paint and flat brush, make a medium sized oval(ish) shape and then fill it in with paint. For the small pumpkin, paint a small circle and fill it in too.
Using your green paint and a small liner brush (or your green paint pen) add some swirly vines and leaves.
Finally, use your flat brush, and add a few white lines into the pumpkin. This adds highlights and dimension to your pumpkins. Don’t let the orange paint dry before adding the white highlights. When it stays wet and you add your second color, it helps blend the colors together. And you can use your liner for even smaller white highlights.
When your hand painted sign is finished, it will look great in your home. And, you can proudly tell everyone you painted it yourself!
If you have any questions about painting, feel free to hop over to Just a Little Creativity and shoot me an email. I’ll be happy to help. I have a few more painting tutorials there as well, like this one on “How to Paint a Whimsical Owl“.
Have a great September readers!