-foam paint brush
-spray acrylic sealer
I started by creating a chevron pattern around the center of my pumpkin. If you have a hard time keeping it even you can use a pencil to draw circles to use as a guide.
For the very top, since it is smaller, I just cut a point at the end of the tape and added it this way...
Once you have added your desired rows of tape it should look something like this...
...and then it is time to paint! (I started outside but it was quite chilly and I was afraid my paint would run under the tape, so I moved indoors.) Dab a thin layer of paint all over except the very bottom using the foam brush. Be sure to dab, not brush. After the first coat is dry (about 30 minutes) add a second coat.
Wait until the paint is completely dry and then carefully remove the tape.
To paint the bottom, rest the pumpkin on its side, wait for the paint to dry, and then flipped it to paint the other side.
Let the bottom dry overnight. Then, take your pumpkin outside and coat it with a light even coat of acrylic sealer. Wait about 10 minutes and then ad a second coat. The sealer will create a barrier between the paint and outdoor elements. You can buy this at any craft store and comes in matte and glossy finishes. I love the glossy finish on my pumpkin!
The finished product turned out great! I loved it so much I decided to display it indoors on my buffet, but I'm planning to make some more for my porch!