Creations, Painting Witches and Pumpkins

“Feelin’ Witchy?”

treat bags

Let’s make some Halloween treat bags!

pumpkin treat bag

Painting pumpkins is just like Painting Tomatoes

PicMonkey Collage

Use orange and yellow orange or yellow and a fat round brush like a #8

Dip brush in one color and make a “C.”  Without cleaning your brush dip in the other color and make a backwards “C” and continue dipping and making “C”s for 2-3 more strokes to fill in the body of the pumpkin

pumpkin stem collage

For the stem I like to use a small flat, square tipped brush, with light and dark brown.

Load the brush with both colors and beginning from the pumpkin top make a quick stroke upwards in a curve, as in photo top right.

Reload brush with both colors and make a second stroke overlapping the first, starting slightly lower than the first stroke, photo lower right.

Next, load brush once more and make a third stroke overlapping the second, photo lower left.  Because you used 3 strokes, the top edge of the stem end will appear uneven, just like a real pumpkin.

Using 2 colors for the body and for the stem, gives the pumpkin highlights and depth

pumpkins 3

If you want to add extra detail, use a small thin brush and a dark brown

pumpkins 4

Make some thin swirly vines.  Add leaves with a little larger, fatter brush, dipping in green and yellow and making short, small fat strokes, turning brush tip as you finish the leaf to make a pointy end

pumpkin treat bag

Now for Wendi…she is a good witch…I like to keep Halloween happy, I’m not much on the creepy crawly stuff

wendi witch 6

First make a light orange round dot for her head using orange and white.  The dot is the same technique as in making the center in Painting Sunflowers, making a round stroke on one side and then the other and filling it in to the desired shape, top left and right below

witch Collage

Her dress is made with 3 black strokes, with a medium round brush,

1st stroke flares to the left, then second stroke to the right and third stroke down the middle as in photo upper right.  Remember, this is a witch, her hem is supposed to be jagged!

Then make two more strokes, on each side of the dress body for her arms

Her hat is made with a simple triangle and then pulling the brush in a wavy stroke across the bottom for the brim as in the above photo collage bottom left

I like to make her hair crazy, using a thin small brush, loading it with brown and yellow and making fast squiggly lines outward and upward.  Then small black Xs for her eyes, and orange dots with the paintbrush end for a little blush, in the above photo collage bottom right

wendi witch legs

Use a small flat square tip brush and make 2 white strokes straight down from her dress for her legs

Let the white dry and come back with a clean brush loaded with bright orange and make stripes

witch treat bag

You can decorate her dress with polka dots if you like and give her a star or moon on her hat

treat bags

See how easy that is?  I used brown lunch bags from the grocery store for these treat bags

Halloween treats

If you don’t feel like painting pumpkins or witches, you can try some simpler patterns like and polka dots  candy corn 

candy corn

Candy corn is easy, just  a wide orange stripe, topped with a yellow stripe and finished with a white round tip.

I painted the tip a pale orange so it would show up on the white paper.

A flat square brush, like the one used for Wendi’s legs, makes quick work of the stripes.  Then make the white tip with a small round brush.

Halloween bags

Add small accent dots with the tip of the brush handle dipped in paint

goodie bags

So you’d better get busy, Halloween is a mere 6 weeks away!

I hope you have some fun with this and send me some pictures to share of your creations!

Pssst…if  you want to paint some Candy Corn burlap place mats click here

burlap candy corn mats 1

To see a stitched Wendi Witch and the “how” to click here



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26 Responses to “Creations, Painting Witches and Pumpkins”
  1. I always love your painting tutorials. My hair this morning looks not unlike Wendi’s!

  2. Cute!! Another wonderful tutorial, Jenna!

  3. Rosie Moreno says:

    Oh, Jenna, you are so artistic! I looked at your tutorial on the “stitched Wendi” and marveled at your ability to create such an adorable craft. Your tutorials are always clear and doable. Thank you for sharing your talents….Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. Kim says:

    Jenna, you read my mind! I needed some gift bags and wanted to paint some white lunch bags, but now it’s too late. I don’t have time to get them done before tomorrow. But, I’ll need some later, so I can still use your tutorial. You truly make this look easy enough. It doesn’t always work out that well for me, but I’ll try! 🙂

  5. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    It’s fun to see the process Jenna! I really love your needlepoint:@)

  6. Mary says:

    Adorable treat bags Jenna, you make it look so quick & easy! I’ve had witches, the friendly kind 🙂 and pumpkins on the brain lately! Halloween is sneaking up on me this year. Love the needlepoint version too!

  7. Debbie says:

    This is such an adorable project! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  8. lulu says:

    These are too good to be only on bags. The designs would be adorable on tea towels or how about napkins? Jenna, you can do it so get busy!

  9. Robin says:

    How nice are You! Teaching us how to paint these adorable little figures and we’ll look like artists! Thank you!

  10. awesome Halloween gift bags! love the witch, pumpkins and candies 🙂

  11. Nici says:

    Your little treat bags are so cute! I love your step by step instructions for painting the pumpkins too! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party! Hope to see you again this week!

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