I’m pleased to say that the autumn trend is continuing on the blog. Yay! Today, I’m going to do a watercolor pumpkin tutorial in two different ways. Get your brushes out and enjoy!

Watercolor pumpkin tutorial | Inkstruck Studio

I know that orange pumpkins are amazing to look at and most importantly eat. If you love them, I have a tutorial over at Dawn Nicole Designs. But, I absolutely swoon over blue pumpkins. And one of the illustrations today is just that.

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Materials used for the watercolor pumpkin tutorial :-

  1. Sennelier watercolor paints
  2. Princeton Neptune watercolor brush(round) no.16 and silver black velvet brush in no.8 for details
  3. Watercolor paper

1.The loose blue watercolor pumpkin tutorial

To begin with, draw a rough outline in pencil. I love painting without using a pencil first but sometimes to get proportions right, it helps. But don’t go crazy getting every line right. I absolutely love the color of blue pumpkin. It reminds me of patina which is gorgeous. That moody blue makes me swoon. To get this color, mix a bit of sky blue with forest green.

Paint a thin wash. Lay down the details while the paint is still wet. By details I mean the edges and center to give the pumpkin depth. After all this watercolor pumpkin tutorial is focuses on the loose style of painting. Which I love !

Paint the stalk to finish and deepen the edges to your liking with gray.

Watercolor pumpkin tutorial | Inkstruck Studio

2.The Italian stripe watercolor pumpkin tutorial

This one may not be the prettiest around but it has so much character and it is definitely unique. The base color is lots of water and a tad bit of yellow ochre. The segment edges and stalk are a sort of dirty green. Mix forest green with a bit of gray to achieve this.Paint the stalk and allow it merge with the pumpkin. Paint one layer of edges while the base layer is really wet. Wait for it to dry a bit.

While the paper is damp to touch, paint the segment and pumpkin details. This includes rough and short stripes on the pumpkin. There are two reasons why the paper should be damp. If it’s wet, the paint will spread quite a lot not showing enough detail. If the paper is dry, the edges will not be soft.

And that’s it! Two fun styles to paint a pumpkin.Enjoyed this? Be sure to check two other styles by clicking the link below


Watercolor pumpkin tutorial | Inkstruck StudioWatercolor pumpkin tutorial | Inkstruck Studio

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I loved making it. Please don’t forget to share with #makeinkstruck on Instagram. I love it when you share 🙂

Cheers! You’re amazing.




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About zakkiya hamza @ inkstruck

Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.


  1. I must agree on preferring the blue pumpkins to orange ones – they are so pretty! On the first pumpkin, I like it with and without the gray outline too. I think without the outline would be nice for a softer, less “moody” look 🙂

    1. Hey Krista. They’re just so beautiful. Yea I agree with you on that. Like a loose painting, maybe a little more depth and no outline. That will make some pretty wall art. So glad you stopped by and thank you for supporting as always !

  2. Autumn is my absolute favorite time of the year!! Another awesome tutorial, thank you! I see this tutorial was posted on your blog a little over a year ago….so I am really hoping you continue on this year with much more autumn tutorials!!??Please do!! ?? Love your work!

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