How to Paint Over Old Artwork (painted pumpkins)

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A couple weeks ago I was sorting through stuff for our community yard sale.

At the same time, I was crafting like a mad woman for my booth in a local craft show. It caused me to look at items I was ready to discard with a new eye because I needed more pieces.

Take these prints for instance. They were adorable in their time, but I decided to remake them into suitable decor for that long stretch between September and December.
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I started off by brushing on a layer of Mod Podge to each print and then laid down pre-cut dictionary sheets. I like the matte Mod Podge.

Here's a DIY tip...the amount of Mod Podge you see above was a little too generous, lol! Go easy on the craft glue :) One nice thin coat is better than a puddle!

You can see that it took 4 sheets of dictionary paper to cover my artwork (I cut the bottom two down a little). I lined up the columns and glued it around the edges.

Then I added a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the dictionary paper.

(And here's where I forgot to take more sorry...sometimes when I'm in my groove, 
all else fades away!)

Too bad the housework doesn't fade away...just sayin!

However, I will tell you that I used Jen Rizzo's tutorial for how to paint a pumpkin to create my own. It's easy, fun and she walks you through the process. I've done it for so many projects now that I don't even need to refer to her instructions anymore.

So, with paint palette in hand and a slew of brushes, I painted two slightly different pumpkins onto my dried dictionary canvas.

Once those dried, I added big black polka dots, using a paint dauber. These just add some extra drama to the pieces.

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I love how the dictionary paper shows through but is a subtle background.

Paint a pumpkin over old artwork at

The backs still have their original hanging hardware, so they'll be really cute hung up in someone's home.

My 'new' artwork is going with me tomorrow to the Fall Festival at Merrol Hyde School where I will have a booth full of goodies. If you're local, I hope you'll stop by Shoppers Village and say 'hi'.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!

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  1. Hello! I'm new to this blog, but I love this project. You've gained a new follower for sure. :)

    1. Thanks Jessie, I'm so happy to have you following along.

  2. These turned out so cute. You have awesome painting skills! Love the black dots too. Thank you for sharing these and your cute turkey tray at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Deborah

    1. Thank you Deborah, I almost got rid of them, so glad I repainted them ☺ Have a great weekend!


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