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How to Layer Colored Pencils to Make a Pumpkin Shelf-Sitter for Your Fall Decor

How to Layer Colored Pencils to Make a Pumpkin Shelf-Sitter for Your Fall Decor

Colored Pencil Project.

Layer wax-based colored pencils on a black background for an easy addition to your fall decor.

colored pencil pumpkin project



Prismacolor pencil set
Black chipboard or heavy paper
Light-colored transfer paper
Fixative spray
Rustic wood easel plaque
Acrylic paint in teal and white
Reference image of pumpkin


 Cut black chipboard or heavy paper to 6 in. by 6 in. square.  The heavy surface is needed because you will be applying multiple layers of colored pencil and burnishing or rubbing it into the paper.  Transfer the outline of the pumpkin from your reference image to the black chipboard using light-colored transfer paper.

Color the lightest areas (highlights) on the pumpkin using yellow (PC916 shown).

color highlights


Working one section at a time, color the section using orange and orange-red pencils (PC918 and PC922).   Color right over the yellow and fill in the section using uneven back and forth strokes.

irregular back and forth strokes


Color with white (PC938) on top of the highlighted areas using irregular back and forth strokes.

add white highlights


Color over the entire section with orange using a scumbling or scribbled circles stroke to blend the colors.  At this point, you should have enough colored pencil on the paper to allow you the rub the colors together using the scribbling motion.  Work back and forth using the same colors until you are happy with the main colors and highlights in the section.

blended colors


Use a dark purple pencil to outline the dark “lines” or recessed areas on the pumpkin (PC932 shown).  Blend the purple into the section using the orange and red-orange pencils.

violet darks


Continue coloring the other sections of the pumpkin in the same fashion.

color additional sections


Color the highlights on the stem using a light green pencil (PC989 shown).

color stem highlights


Fill in the stem using a dark green color. Use purple and black (PC935) pencils to darken the shadows at the base of the stem.

fill in stem


Darken any recessed areas on the pumpkin as needed by adding additional black colored pencil.

darken recessed areas


Use a stencil and blue-green pencil (PC905) to add a background design to the drawing.

background pattern


Lightly spray the coloring with fixative spray.

Paint the wood plaque using teal acrylic paint.  Allow to dry.  Paint a second coat using white paint thinned with water.  Allow to dry.

paint wood plaque


Glue the pumpkin drawing to the plaque.

adhere drawing


Do More:

Here’s a fall moon project completed using the same colors and the same layered pencil technique.  The finished drawing is mounted in the recessed back of an 8 in. x 8 in. cradled wood panel trimmed with coordinating papers.

moon colored pencil project


Thanks for stopping by! Lee Ann

Lee Ann is a mixed media hobbyist who enjoys using her Cricut machine for art projects as well as decorations for her home and garden. She's a new empty-nester with 2 adult daughters. Now she and her husband are free to embark on that US pizza eating tour they always talked about. Lee Ann provides IT support to Craft-e-Corner.

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