I spent last weekend painting pumpkins. What can I say, except that they inspire me. I’m still experimenting with doing black Indian ink over acrylic paintings. I think I’ve mostly mastered the technique but it doesn’t always work out the way I hope. Last weekend was the prime example.

Usually, when I leave the canvas blank the ink will soak in and not come off when I rinse the ink off. It’s a great way to get grainy looking outlines. This painting, however, did not work out that way. When I did the rinse, the ink came off completely forcing me to paint in the outline afterward. It’s all good though. I still achieved the look I was going for.


Sometimes, if I’m not using a full-bodied acrylic paint, the ink was will stick too much and not rinse off the way I want. The sap green colored paint for the green pumpkin was pretty runny and transparent, and I had to repaint pumpkin over the top of the ink wash because it wouldn’t come off. I left the background with the wash though, because I liked the contrast.

Pumpkin green

Pumpkins can sometimes retain their green coloring if they don’t fully ripen to orange. I came across this pumpkin at a pumpkin patch last year and it stuck in my memory. I used the runny sap green paint on this one too and had to repaint over the ink was to bring the details back out in this pumpkin.

Pumpkin green and orange

The square 12×12 canvas boards I bought in bulk off of Amazon really don’t like to release the ink wash when I try to rinse it. I have to add an extra layer of gesso before I paint so the ink will do what is supposed to. I learned this the hard way after this painting.

Pumpkin orange

All of these paintings make for great autumn, Halloween, or Thanksgiving decorating if that is something you are into. They are all available for purchase on my Etsy page along with many other fun finds.

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