I love the new “Blue Fall” decorating trend this year! The aquamarine turquoise blue is my favorite shade for Blue Fall. The plum color is gorgeous too! If you like Blue Fall, there is no need (nor is it practical) to change your red, yellow, orange, and brown autumn decorations. Adding a few blue, turquoise, and plum accents will be easy enough. My inspiration was a piece of fabric yardage I bought at Walmart. I envisioned my beautiful Morkie dog playing outside, among some oversized pumpkins, with leaves cascading down from the autumn sky.
- 6″ Clay flower pot and tray
- 1/4″ angle brush, liner brush
- acrylic gloss spray
- fall fabric- for inspiration
- Apple Barrel Pumpkin Orange, Dark Gray, Aquamarine, Caribbean, Sublime, Crimson, Snow White, Country Tan, Black, Light Yellow, and Summer Sky
My 6″ flower pot and tray were already painted, so I was able to get started with the details right away. I painted the flower pot a few months ago using Caribbean for the pot, and White for the tray. First, paint the basic shapes using the angle brush, Pumpkin Orange, Aquamarine, and Sublime. It may take a few coats to create opaque pumpkins and grass. I wiggled in a few leaves with the angle brush by mixing Dark Gray with Pumpkin Orange, then mixing Dark gray with Aquamarine as well. Do not paint extra coats of paint on the leaves. They should be translucent.
Once you have an opaque painting of the pumkins and grass, mix Pumpkin Orange with Light Yellow, then highlight the top of the orange pumpkin with the mixed colors. Don’t worry if the original Pumpkin Orange paint is dry. Blending the colors while they are wet is fine. Add Light Yellow highlights on top of that. Then, add some Crimson shading to the bottom of the pumpkin.
We’re going to do the same thing with the Aquamarine pumpkin. Blend Sublime with Aquamarine, and highlight the top of the pumpkin. Add more highlights with Summer Sky, then shade the bottom with Dark Gray.
Paint in the stems with angle brush and Sublime. Outline the stems with Dark Gray.
Paint lines on the pumpkins using the liner brush and Dark Gray, then paint some highlights using the angle brush and Snow White. Paint your initials and the year with Snow White and the liner brush.
Paint in some detailed grass using the liner brush, Light Yellow, Snow White, and Sublime.
Paint in the background color for your dog. I used Country Tan and the angle brush. If you don’t feel comfortable painting it freehand, you can print a photograph in the desired size, rub chalk on the back of it, then trace the pattern onto your pot with a pointed object. I used this method for tracing patterns in most of my tutorials, and will be using it for the “Blue Fall” letters in this tutorial. It is simple and effective. The only surface it doesn’t work on is fabric. Make sure your dog painting is opaque. You do not want the background to show through. It may take several coats of paint to achieve full coverage.
I painted the fur on my dog’s back with a mixture of Black and Country Tan, using short strokes with the angle brush. The hair/fur on his back is fairly short, so I went for a dappled look. I highlighted the left side of his back with White and Country Tan, and painted his back leg with Black and Country Tan.
Fill in any dark areas on the front legs, ears, or face with Black, using the liner brush. Paint the eyes, nose, and mouth with Black, using the liner brush. Now for the best part- paint in the fur on the face, legs, and tail with the liner brush. Start with the darkest color (Black), then use Country Tan and Snow White to highlight.
Paint in some Pumpkin Orange and Light Yellow grass around your dog with the liner brush, so that your dog isn’t “floating” on your flower pot. Paint a few more leaves and squiggly swirls using Pumpkin Orange, Aquamarine, Sublime, and etc.
Finally, print off a “Blue Fall” pattern using Microsoft Word. I used the Harrington font (the letters are sized at 100). Cut out the words, then rub colored chalk on the back. Trace the word pattern onto your pot with a pointed object. I generally use whatever is close by. In this case, I used the end of my liner brush.
The chalk should leave a nice, removable pattern on your pot. At first I painted the letters white, then realized they weren’t going to show up very well against the pumpkins. Use the liner brush and Black to paint the letters.
Let everything dry completely, then spray the flower pot and tray with acrylic gloss sealer. I recommend using several coats, allowing it to dry in the sun between coats.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
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