Acrylic Pumpkin Canvas Painting Tutorial

 

Here’s a fairly simple pumpkin painting tutorial.  Last year I had a few friends over and we had a little painting party using this method.  When I searched the internet for a pumpkin painting tutorial I ran across this from youtube. Thank you, Wild Beasts Productions!  I modified it for our own use and here’s my version:

Pumpkin Painting Tutorial

You will need the following acrylic craft paints:

  • Pumpkin orange
  • Background color of your choice (I used cobalt blue)
  • Yellow
  • White
  • Black
  • Barn Red
  • Green
  • Canvas or canvas board, this is 11 x 14.

I like to use paper plates for mixing colors.  It’s a good idea to have several brushes on hand for different parts of the painting.  Also, cover your work area, protect your clothing, and have some paper towels and a cup of water handy.

Hint:  When you blend a color leave some extra for touch-ups.

Here’s the basic shape sketched out on canvas board:

pumpkin pencil sketch

Paint background color of your choice, leaving pumpkin, leaves, and vine white; this may take a couple of coats.

Paint pumpkin body orange. Follow the direction of the curves if possible.  You will probably need two coats.  A sponge brush might make this go faster.

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Mix yellow, some orange and a little white to get a lighter yellow-orange and paint tops and edges of the pumpkin ribs, blending in as needed.

pumpkin paint tutorial

Mix barn red and some orange to get a maroon color and paint the bottom part of pumpkin to indicate shadows. Also the dark part of ribs (use fine brush here). Blend as needed.

pumpkin paint tutorial

Mix yellow, white and some orange to make a very light yellow-orange and apply to edges of ribs and top. Blend as needed.  Streaks are ok, they look impressionistic and “arty”. Like Van Gough.

pumpkin paint tutorial

 

On a new plate since you are probably out of room on the old one: for stem, some brown paint mixed with a drop of green.  Paint stem and vines.

pumpkin paint tutorial

Take some white and equal part brown. Mix and do some highlights along the stem.

pumpkin paint tutorial

Take some of the last light brown you just made and add more white. Do smaller highlights along the stem.

pumpkin paint tutorial

Paint leaves green; if you got orange paint where the leaf is, paint the area white first and let dry.  You can mix a little white with the green for better coverage.

pumpkin paint tutorial

Mix a very dark green (add a little brown or maroon to the green you have) and widely trace the left side of each leaf.

Use the last color mixed and add a little black to make it very dark, then lightly trace the left side of the leaves or wherever you think they would be in shadow.

Use a little bit of yellow and highlight the curve of leaves, and use a very fine brush to run a line down the middle for veins.

pumpkin paint tutorial

Step by step photos:

pumpkin painting tutorial from houseofingrams.com

Here are some of my friends’ results:

 

 

I hope you have fun with this tutorial!

Pumpkin Canvas Painting Tutorial from HouseofIngrams.com

Coop Home Goods Pillow Review

Pillows.

Everybody needs one for a good night’s sleep…and a neck that isn’t stiff and sore in the morning.

It was time to get a new pillow for my husband.   We considered a My Pillow (you know, you’ve seen those ads on TV) and I was just about to order one on Amazon…but while I was looking another pillow came up as an alternative and it has 15,284 reviews with an average of 4.3 stars.  That’s rather impressive.

Coop Home Goods Pillow

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The pillow in question is the Coop Home Goods – PREMIUM Adjustable Loft – Shredded Hypoallergenic Certipur Memory Foam Pillow with washable removable cover – 20 x 30 – Queen size.   It’s $59.99 and has a 100-day money back guarantee.   So we thought why not give it a whirl?  I ordered it and it arrived at my door two days later.  Thank you Amazon Prime!

This pillow is made in the USA with brand new memory foam.  The pillowcase is breathable to help keep you cool.  In addition to the 100 day trial period, it has a five-year warranty.

Some of the reviews did mention a chemical smell from the memory foam when the pillow is brand new, and yes, there is a smell.  Don’t go sleeping on it without running it through the dryer with a dryer sheet a couple of times to help the smell dissipate (as mentioned in the instructions that come with the pillow).

You can also adjust the fullness of the pillow by adding foam (they include a bag to add if you want) or removing foam if you want it softer/flatter.  The pillow cover is very nice.  It is a thick, quilted cover with a zipper.  And it’s luxuriously soft, made of bamboo-derived rayon.  This outer cover is washable, and there is an inner stretch liner to hold the shredded foam.  There is a nice little video on Amazon that shows you how to customize your pillow to your specific needs.  How cool is that?

So how does my husband like his new pillow?  After running it through the dryer on two 20-minute cycles on low heat with dryer sheets he tried the pillow out.  And slept like a LOG.  Except for when our Ring doorbell’s motion alert went off at 2:00 am that night…bugs set it off.

Every night since then he has gone to sleep quickly and slept all night long.  Last night some bugs set off the Ring again and I woke up, but he never budged.  So that’s how I know this is an amazing pillow and I am so glad we got it for him.

Our son at college has been having trouble sleeping as well and we got him a pillow to try.  I will update this to let you know what his experience is.  I am considering one for myself too.  Nifty pillows for everyone!!!  And oh my, I just noticed they have a knee pillow too…this might be my new favorite company.

Here are some pictures of what you will see when you get a Coop Pillow delivered to you.

Coop Home Goods pillow box

It comes in a box that certainly doesn’t look like a pillow would fit inside…

Coop Home Goods Pillow foam

When you open it you see a bag of shredded foam.

Coop Home Goods foam

Then you find the actual pillow tightly compressed in a plastic bag.

Coop Home Goods Pillow in bag

Coop Pillow in bag

Carefully open the plastic…

Coop Home Goods pillow inflating

And the pillow starts to inflate.

Coop Home Goods pillow in dryer

The directions tell you to put it in the dryer for 10 minutes with 2 dryer sheets to help it inflate and dissipate the smell.  I did twenty minutes on low heat.

Coop Home Goods pillow in dryer

Then you can stuff it into your favorite pillowcase—this may be a challenge because it puffs up a LOT.

Coop Home Goods Pillow

Adjust as needed over the next few days to make it your perfect pillow.

Disclaimer:  this post reflects our personal experience with this product and does not guarantee you will be as happy as we are… however, the company that sells these pillows offers a 100-day return.

 

Clean a Baseball Cap

Dirty hat
Dirty hat!

My older son has this hat he got in Boston several years ago.  It got pretty grungy/stinky so he asked me to see if I could clean it.  You don’t want to put hats in the washing machine or the dishwasher, they can be damaged.  So a hand wash was in order.

First, fill a clean dishpan with warm (not hot) water and put in half a scoop of OxiClean.  Make sure it is dissolved.

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Next, find a very soft toothbrush and grab some Dawn.  You need to spot treat the worst parts of the dirty hat.  Squirt some Dawn on the worst areas and GENTLY GENTLY tap/rub with the soft wetted toothbrush to work the detergent into the fiber.  Embroidery must be treated with extra care.  You can rub in with fingers if you are afraid the brush is too much.  Get all around the hat band, which is where they usually get most sweat stains.  This hat was grungy on the bill as well.

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Now, drop the hat into the OxiClean solution and swish it around then leave to soak…

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After just a few minutes, the water turned rather brown, so I drained it, refilled with fresh OxiClean and water, and resubmerged the hat.

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I weighted it with a dinner plate to keep it down.  NOW, let it soak for a few hours.  I went for about 3 but you could go much longer if needed.

Rinse well with slightly warm water, being careful of embroidery.  Hopefully, the hat looks and smells much better.  If not, repeat from step one.

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Blot the hat dry with towels, then stuff with a towel and set it to dry, under a fan is ideal.  After a while, you can remove the inner towel and let it finish drying.

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BOOM, you have a fresh clean hat!

I hope this is helpful!  Do you have any hat-cleaning hacks?  Drop them in the comment section!

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