I started with a scrap 1" x 12" board. Once I had a drawing I liked, I traced it out of a file folder so it would be stiff enough for me to trace onto wood.
I originally made this a couple of years ago, but it needed repainted. I decided my pumpkin needed a new look. So I started by painting the main body orange. The stem was brown previously so I left as is for now.
You can see in this pic that it originally had a scrap wood nose, and I had originally painted on white eyes and mouth. This time I wanted to add more dimension with some type of eyes. I decided on round wood drawer pulls but I didn't like them as is. I ended up cutting the back off so they sat closer to the pumpkin. I glued them on and I like the dimension they give my project.
I used five colors on my pumpkin. Orange, brown, green, white and yellow. Now, I am by NO means a painter, so I looked on pinterest and the internet for paintings of pumpkins to get some ideas on how to paint it. This is how I did mine.
At this point I wasn't sure I had made the right choice, the brown, white and green seemed so bright and now what I was thinking. But as I blended more, added yellow and softened everything up it started looking better. I blended the nose in and added the eyes.
Here is my finished pumpkin. I personally adore it. I blended colors into the stem also, to create depth, I like his heady little eyes, his nose, everything. There isn't anything perfect about it, but I admire imperfection, so it's perfect for me.
I hope you'll leave a note if my pumpkin inspires you to create something fun.
Have fun and be creative!