HOW TO LETTER A PUMPKIN

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 Pumpkins for your front porch!

Pumpkins for your front porch!

It's officially fall!  Here in Florida the temps are still in the low 90's (which is fine by me!) so it doesn't really feel like fall.  But that doesn't mean we can't decorate for it!  I LOVE decorating for fall.  Our previous home in Maine had a farmers porch, so I took advantage of going all out with fall decor! Our columns were wrapped in corn stalks, there were several hay bales that had pumpkins of all sizes on top of them, and yes of course they were lettered!  I lettered several orange pumpkins with Gather, Pumpkin, Welcome, Happy Fall, and Autumn.  But then I had a huge white pumpkin that I lettered our last name on and placed right by our front door.  

This year we are in Florida, and will be moving into our new home in a couple weeks, so the fall decor will have to wait.  But that's totally ok, Christmas is coming, and my BFF and I are going to be doing a trunk show with lots of fall and Christmas goodies to be had, so it's all good!For now I can get away with lettering 1 pumpkin!  

If you are a beginner letterer, it may look intimidating to letter an object that is not very flat and smooth, but it's easier than you think!  All you need is a pencil and a black oil based pen!  Here's the how to!

STEP 1: Grab a pencil and sketch out the lettering!

 Sketch out your name!

Sketch out your name!

Using a pencil (here's my favorite!)   sketch out your last name.  If you make any mistakes just use your eraser and start again! 

 Sketch sketch!

Sketch sketch!

 Sketching is done!

Sketching is done!

STEP 2: Trace with oil based pen

 Trace your lettering

Trace your lettering

 Let's use faux calligraphy!

Let's use faux calligraphy!

Using Tombow's Monotwin Permanent Marker , trace over your pencil lettering.  If you don't have this pen, a Sharpie or even a paint pen will work too.  If the pumpkin will go outside, just make sure it is not a water based pen.  On all your down strokes, use faux calligraphy.  Faux calligraphy is simply adding a second down stroke line and filling it in.  Repeat this process for each letter and it's down stroke.  Also, you'll notice my lines are a little shaky, this is from the surface of the pumpkin.  It may not be super smooth, but that's ok! Just retrace over your lines to help smooth the lines out.

 Fill in those down stroke lines!

Fill in those down stroke lines!

 This letter is done! Now repeat for all other letters!

This letter is done! Now repeat for all other letters!

STEP 3: erase your pencil lines!

After you've finished, just erase all your pencil lines! You're done!

 You're done! Easy Peasy!

You're done! Easy Peasy!

And that's it!  It is SO easy to letter a pumpkin!  Go crazy decorating your home, and then make some as gifts since the holidays are coming!  Happy Fall Y'all!!!

Have fun lettering!

Till next time,

Mandy