Fearless Friday, Painting Pilgrims and Thanksgiving Vignettes

Today we’re going to paint some easy pilgrim people

and other Thanksgiving things

so you can make place cards, paint a platter,

a pitcher or glasses,

or whatever you can think of!

This platter features a border of pilgrims, turkeys and pumpkins

and I am going to show you how easy it is to recreate

These Thanksgiving icons are just a series of shapes

This craft paint can be used for almost any surface, including glass

It is acrylic, cleans up with water and items can be cured

{baked in a 325 degree oven for 1 hour}

so that they are top rack dishwasher safe

{Follow directions on paint bottle}

To paint the pilgrims, let’s start with the face

I create a peachy complexion

with white mixed with just a touch of orange and yellow

I paint the round faces with a small regular brush, then

I switch to a small flat square brush to paint the rest of the figures

The trick is to use short, quick deliberate strokes,

3 straight strokes for her dress,

3 strokes curving in for his upper body,

and one stroke for each of his legs

You can see the progression of steps in the collage below

I like to practice my design on a piece of tin foil,

rather than paper,

because the slick surface is similar to glass or ceramics

Below you can see the shapes painted on paper,

along with a few strokes indicating pumpkins

and the large round shape that will become a turkey

Below are the steps for painting the turkey,

beginning with the large round body,

then a sort of question mark shape for the head and neck,

a red wattle, then lots of feathers and an eye

See the steps in the collage below

Practice a few times on paper or foil

before you start painting your piece,

and the great thing about painting on glass or ceramics is

that if you mess up,

you can simply rinse it or wipe it off before it dries,

and start again!

The pumpkins got a stroke of brown for stems

and a few twisty vines and green leaves

And that’s all there is to it!

See tutorial on painting pumpkins here

See another painted turkey tutorial here

Another thing you can do is use card stock

and make place cards for your table

So…have some Thanksgiving fun!

Be Fearless!

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Juicy Details

The paint is available in craft stores and on line here and here

Shop for plain glass pitchers, white platters and glassware at

Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Walmart

and on Amazon here, here, and here

Gobble Gobble!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday   Love Your Creativity  Over the Moon

Between Naps on the Porch,  Celebrate Your Story,

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

 Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl Turn About Tuesday 

 Full Plate Thursday  Centerpiece Wednesday Creative Crafts

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Creative Cumpulsions

28 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Painting Pilgrims and Thanksgiving Vignettes”
  1. Jenna, you make it look so easy! I should try letting EM paint some pumpkins and pilgrims. Happy Friday!

  2. thefrenchhutch says:

    I always enjoy seeing your tutorials. It’s fun to see each step it takes to get the desired shape. You make it look so easy as Miss Everyday Living says as well……..Happy November!

  3. These will brighten the table for sure!

  4. Martha says:

    You are so talented! I know if I tried mine would look like a 5 year old made it LOL 😀

  5. Rosie M. says:

    I LOVE your platter, Jenna! What a bright spot that would be on a Thanksgiving table!! Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I think it’s above my “capability grade”, but I may turn it over to my daughter who is an aspiring artist! I’d love to have one on my family Thanksgiving table when we can celebrate together again.

  6. Julie says:

    I love that you showed us how to paint the pilgrims for Thanksgiving! Hope you have a nice weekend Jenna.

  7. Jill Kuhn says:

    They look so festive Jenna! 🦃 Hard to believe Thanksgiving will be here soon!

  8. This is so easy and adorable…really love the pumpkins and the pilgrims…would be very cute on place cards, too! Hugs, Sandi

  9. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, these pilgrims are adorable! I especially love the pitcher you painted. Thanks for always sharing your artistic talents with us! Enjoy your weekend!

  10. Nancy says:

    So fun Jenna! Great tutorials! I am in need of Thanksgiving glasses. Thank you for the inspiration!
    Happy Weekend!

  11. These are so cute, Jenna. And such a departure in terms of technique from the other painting you do. What a cute table you’ll have this month!

  12. lghiggins says:

    Great tutorial. I believe even I might be able to do that!

  13. Mary says:

    Adorable Jenna! Your turkey makes me smile! ♥

  14. marilyn1998 says:

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  15. So much fun! Thanks for linking up with me.


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