Here’s a harvest pumpkin watercolor art project idea for kids and adults made with watercolors and the raised salt painting method.
Here’s a pumpkin painting idea for young and old alike! Creating harvest pumpkin art is an easy and engaging fall painting idea that is fun for kids and adults. Everyone will enjoy the salt painting technique used to create this raised watercolor art project.
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Fall Harvest Pumpkin Art Project for Kids and Adults
I’m in love with how this pumpkin painting art project turned out, but it is not how I imagined it at all–It turned out even better than I thought it would! Read about my daughter’s pumpkin painting below, or skip to the step-by-step raised salt pumpkin art tutorial in the next section.
My Daughter’s Pumpkin Watercolor Painting
My daughter is totally and utterly obsessed with pumpkins. She was instantly enamored with them when they first started showing up on doorsteps on our daily walks when she was an infant in the fall before Halloween.
She loves everything about them, including going to the pumpkin patch. And she also thinks that they MUST be orange.
She even has a pumpkin sensory bottle that she plays with all year–Halloween or not.
So this pumpkin art started out as a simple pumpkin salt painting similar to the jack-o’-lantern salt painting my daughter made without the pumpkin face because she wanted to paint a pumpkin. But neither of us realized how much we would learn about raised salt painting when we made it.
I knew the green watercolor paint would run into the orange a little, but since this was the first time my daughter had ever tried salt painting with pipettes, I didn’t know how heavy her hand would be.
She enjoyed using the pipettes and watching the colors run, but she was upset that the pumpkin wasn’t completely orange once she finished her pumpkin painting.
So she threw a fit when her pumpkin turned green. I tried to convince her that it looked great because it made her pumpkin art look more like a gourd, but that didn’t stop her from complaining. In the photo below, you can see how her harvest pumpkin painting looked once it was dry.
From Messy Pumpkin Art to Cindarella’s Pumpkin Painting
Then, all of a sudden, I had a fantastic idea. I placed a paintbrush and watercolors in front of my daughter and invited her to paint her pumpkin art again. But this time, I told her that she could paint with watercolors to fill in the outline of the pumpkin art.
She was thrilled–and we both LOVED how it turned out! You can see her finished harvest pumpkin painting in the photograph below.
What a beautiful Opps we created together! Beautiful Oops! is a children’s book that shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful.
Creating pumpkin art, and experimenting with a new watercolor painting method, allowed my daughter to experience her own beautiful oops. And it was lovely to witness my daughters’ initial anger turning into complete joy.
And you can use the tutorial below to paint a pumpkin too!
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Fall Harvest Pumpkin Painting Supplies
- Watercolor paper
- White glue
- Table salt
- Liquid watercolors OR Stockmar watercolor paints OR solid watercolor pallet
- Paintbrush or pipette
- Baking sheet
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How to Paint a Fall Harvest Pumpkin Step-by-Step Directions
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Preschoolers and younger elementary-aged children will need assistance with creating pumpkin art, while older children and adults can complete this project independently.
Step 1 – Draw a harvested pumpkin
- You can do this for your child or have them give it a go on their own. Copy the pumpkin we made, or do your own thing.
- It doesn’t need to be perfect because you will cover the pencil lines with white glue in the next step.
Step 2 – Trace the outline of the pumpkin art with white glue
- Trace the pumpkin outline with white glue.
- Children may need help with this step in the raised salt painting process.
- Keep the glue lines separate if you do not want the colors to run once you start painting the pumpkin art.
- The fall harvest pumpkin art photo collage tutorial below shows what happens when the salt and glue lines touch, and the story above shares what happened to my daughter’s pumpkin painting.
Step 3 – COVER The Lines of Glue (Pumpkin Outline) WITH SALT
- Place the pumpkin art outline on a baking sheet or tray.
- Cover the glue lines with salt–do not wait for the glue to dry.
Step 4 – Shake the excess salt Off the Pumpkin Outline.
- Gently shake the salt off the pumpkin outline onto a baking tray.
- Pour the remaining salt into a small bowl, mason jar, or storage container to save for your next raised salt painting project.
Step 5 – use a pipette or brush to apply watercolor paint to the salt lines and glue.
- If you use liquid watercolor, you can use a pipette to paint your pumpkin (like my daughter in the photos above and below) or a paintbrush.
- If you use a watercolor pallet, gently apply the paint with a paintbrush to the raised salt lines. Don’t forget that you will need a cup of water to rinse your paintbrush if you choose this pumpkin painting option.
- Enjoy the transformation of your art as the green runs into the orange. Or, keep the different colored salt and glue lines separated if you do not want the colors to run.
- You can see the green bleeding into the orange lines as my daughter applies green in the photo tutorial below.
- For more photos that show pumpkin salt painting in action, check out the step-by-step salt painting tutorials below:
Step 5 – Paint the pumpkin with watercolors to fill out Your beautiful fall harvest pumpkin Painting. (optional)
- Use a paintbrush and Stockmar watercolor paints, liquid watercolor paints, or a solid watercolor pallet to paint your fall harvest pumpkin once the salt paint is dry.
- Of course, my daughter picked orange to make her pumpkin orange again, and green for the leaves, but feel free to use whatever colors or combination of colors that you like!
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Pumpkin Watercolor Art Salt Painting Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial
You can see how to paint a raised salt pumpkin in the photo tutorial below.
My daughter loves painting on our DIY outdoor art table and mud kitchen. Click on the link to learn how easy it is to make your own!
Fall Harvest Pumpkin Watercolor Art Project
This harvest pumpkin watercolor art project is an easy painting idea for kids and adults. Kids from toddlers to teens can enjoy the salt painting technique used to create this raised watercolor fall decoration.
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