Easy Marbled Wood Slice Pumpkin Paint Pouring Tutorial
Paint pouring (sometimes referred to as a “dirty pour”) is pretty trendy right now. I’ve been interested in doing it for awhile, but I didn’t want to spend money on expensive pouring mediums or special supplies. With a little bit of time and tampering, I found a way to get a pretty marbled paint look without using any supplies I didn’t already have! It’s really so easy, and it’s so much fun! I started experimenting with paint pouring on some Walnut Hollow wood coasters last month. You can see that tutorial here. I loved the poured paint on the bark edge rounds so much that I just had to have one for Autumn. I found a Basswood round with a flat bottom that I knew would make the perfect pumpkin!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Marbled Wood Slice Pumpkin:
- Walnut Hollow Basswood Country Round
- Painters Tape
- Decoupage Glue (I like the gloss finish for this)
- Acrylic Craft Paint (I use DecoArt because they’re my favorite!)
- A piece of stick or pumpkin stem
- Artificial Autumn Leaves
- Glue (I used E6000)
Smooth the tape down well so the paint won’t seep under the edges.
Thin and prepare the paints. You will need to thin the acrylic paint a little bit so it will move. As is, it is too thick. However, if you just add water to the paint to thin it, it won’t hold up, and breaks up too much. Instead of creating a beautiful marbled look, it all runs together and just gets muddy! This is where the Decoupage Glue comes in. To prepare your paint for pouring mix 1 part water, 2 parts decoupage glue, and 2 parts paint. For example, if you wanted to use 1 teaspoon of paint, you’d need 1 teaspoon of glue, and 1/2 teaspoon of water as well. This should thin the paint enough to move around, but still hold up when mixed with the other colors!
Mix at least three colors of paint (I prefer a light, a medium, and a dark color). I use small disposable cups and craft sticks to mix my colors. There are 7 colors of paint this time including a fun metallic copper and bronze!
Cover your work area before you start this step. This is a messy one! I use plastic wrap over my surface but you could use cardboard too. Pour the paint onto the wood slice! There’s no special way to do this. Just tip the cup over and let it all drip out onto the wood slice. Add all of your colors this way.
Pick up the wood slice with two hands, and gently tip it back and forth to allow the paint to run together and mix. Tip it as little or as much as you want until the paint is mixed to your liking but covers the whole wood slice.
Let the paint dry for a little while (about an hour) and then peel off the painters tape. If the paint is too wet it will just run over the edge where you removed the tape, but if it is too dry the paint won’t let go of the tape. If you accidentally wait too long to remove the tape and the paint dries, it’s not the end of the world! Just use a craft knife to cut along the edge of the tape, freeing it from the paint so you can pull it off!
Glue a stick to the top of your wood slice for a pumpkin stem, and glue autumn leaves to the base of the stick for decoration.
I love the pretty bright marbled paint colors with the rustic bark edge rounds so much! With the gloss decoupage, the paint dries with a slight glossy sheen to it. You could use a different finish if you preferred of course!
I made a video to show you the process. Sometimes it’s easier if you can actually see it happening! Subscribe to my youtube channel to see the videos I make as soon as they’re finished!
I am thinking about making another paint poured tray, but I can’t decide if I want to do Autumn colors or make it metallics, or maybe Christmas colors instead! Which colors do you think would be good in a pretty wood tray?