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Hand Lettered Pumpkins

teacher avatar Alisiah Hug, Lefty Hand Letterer

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Choosing Your Pumpkin

    • 4. Choosing the Right Angle

    • 5. Sketching Your Quote

    • 6. First Draft on Pumpkin

    • 7. Final Draft with Permanent Pen

    • 8. Cleaning Up Your Design

    • 9. Project

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About This Class

Welcome! In this class, I will be walking you through how to create your own hand lettered pumpkin, with some tips and tricks along the way to make it even easier.

We'll cover choosing the right pumpkin, planning and sketching out your design, and how to do a low pressure first draft on your pumpkin before going over it with the permanent paint pen. This class will give you the exact step by step process, as well as some inspiration so you can create eye catching fall decor.

And if you like this class, be sure to check out some of my other classes and hit the follow button to be notified when I create a new one!


  • Pumpkin
  • Permanent Paint Pen (I'm using Pen Touch metallic paint pens, 1mm & 2mm)
  • Washable pen or marker (I'm using a Paper Mate Flair Pen and Crayola Marker)
  • Damp Cloth
  • Pencil with an eraser
  • (Optional) iPad Pro, stylus, & the app Procreate

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Alisiah Hug

Lefty Hand Letterer


Welcome! My name is Alisiah (uh-lissie-uh) and I am lefty hand letterer. I went to school for teaching, but along the way I fell in love with hand lettering and I am here on Skillshare to combine the two. My heart is to share impactful messages through hand lettering. Modern calligraphy is more than pretty writing, it is a platform from which to impact others. In my work I want there to be a message, some meaning behind the piece. For it to be a conversation starter, a reminder of encouragement, a tool to lift others up and empower them.

When I'm not teaching or hand lettering, I am probably dancing, anytime anywhere. I am addicted to learning, I love figuring out how things work or how to do new things. I will eat just about any ice cream that has cookie dough or cake b... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome to hand letter pumpkins. My name is Alicia, and I am a hand lettering and abstract artist. If you're new here. Welcome. I'm so glad. And if you've taken some of my other classes thanks for coming back in this class. I'll be walking you through how you can create your own hand lettered pumpkin as well as giving you a few tips and tricks to make it even easier. I hope that you were able to find the inspiration you need with this class to make some really fun. Fall lettered pumpkins. Let's get started. 2. Materials: for this class, you will need a pumpkin and we'll talk about how to choose a great one, and you will also need a permanent paid pen. So I'm using pen touch paint pence, and this is a one millimetre. It's a thinner one. I also have some thicker two millimeter ones. You can decide what works for you. There are also a variety of colors, from silver to gold copper. You'll also need a washable pen or marker. I have a paper mate flair pen here, as well as a Creole a marker. You will also need a damp cloth and optional you can grab an iPad. 3. Choosing Your Pumpkin: all right, so we're gonna talk a little bit about choosing a great pumpkin. So we want to pay attention to the pumpkins, ribs or those ridges on the poke It they're right. Here are the ribs of the pumpkin, and so I find that it's best when they're shallow or wider and if you can get both of those even better. But it really works best when the ridges air either shallow or wide. Where is that important? It's smoother, and it's easier for the pen to move seamlessly across the ridge. If there's a deeper rib, then the side of the pen touches the pumpkin, and that could mess up the line. So let's look at a few examples. So this 1st 1 the ribs are third decent with apart, and they're also pretty shallow. So this would make a good pumpkin to write on this next one again. They're also really shallow ridges. You can barely even see them, because there that's how shallow they are on this next one. Both these pumpkins have deeper ridges, but if you look, this one has wider Twitter ridges, and this one has a lot narrower. So the one with wider ridges would be a lot easier to write on. So this one also has narrow ridges, but they're really shallow, so it would still work to write on. So as long as you can get one of those either shallow wide if you find a pumpkin with both great. 4. Choosing the Right Angle: right now, this is optional, but I'm going to use the iPad with the AP pro great to sketch up my design. You can also just use paper and a pen that totally works. I like to use a photo of my pumpkin so I can literally just draw right on top of it. And so the next thing to consider is the angle that you're gonna be looking at your pumpkin from. Is it going to be below you? Is it going to be an eye level or is it gonna be about so some different pictures? This would be a pumpkin that's going to be below. So I'm gonna want toe right towards the top of it so I could actually see the writing, and then this is kind of shifting a little bit. This would be a little closer to eye level. That's why I want the writing to be more along the middle again. Still pretty eye level. And then this would be a little bit more looking at it from above, so I would want to write towards the bottom. So I think for my pumpkin, I'm gonna do a little bit above, so it's gonna be a little bit below and I'm gonna write towards the top of the poke. It 5. Sketching Your Quote: All right, So now we're going to choose our quote that we're going to sketch out, such as pies the limit. Hello, Harvest. Hello, pumpkin. I have a whole bunch here to kind of give you some ideas. Could you thinking you can use one of these? Or you could also look up some other ones. Pinterest can be a great place to look. They're lots of fun rhyming ones and so that I'm gonna choose one. And I think I'm going to go with sweet as pie. And so if you just have paper, you can sketch right on a paper. I'm going to sketch inappropriate right on my pumpkin. Since my marker is kind of around him, what would be look like a model line rating? I'm just going to sketch with a model. I'm brush inappropriate. So going to create a new layer above my photo? I'm just going to sketch out my quote. And now this doesn't have to be perfect because it's just a sketch. It's more kind of figuring out how I want the composition toe look. And the composition is how it's how the words are fitting together, how they're spaced. I find it's easier to sketch out the composition in advance instead of doing it on the spot . So they sing about pro grade is that it allows me to play around with the words I can move them, erased them, undo. So I find it a little bit easier than just sketching on paper. All right, so I think I like this composition and how is kind of late on the poke it. So now I'm going to use this sketch as my guide. 6. First Draft on Pumpkin: All right, so now I'm gonna go have my washable pen or marker. And so I have the Creole and the paper mate. Flair, Pen. Now, if you use a thicker marker like the Crayola marker, then you don't want to write on the side like this. How It's really thick. You want to try and do it on the thinner point. And the reason for that is that when you're tracing over it with the pay pin, it mixes with the marker. So if there's a lot of marker there, it can sometimes ruin the paint pen. And so the paper mate has a nice thin tip, which could be a nice alternative. And so I think that's the one I'm going to use for my pumpkin. All right, So actually like to put it in my lap and I have my composition in front of me, and then I'm gonna grab a rag and just wipe it down, and I find it's nice to hold it in my lap. I feel that I can stabilize it better and so well, on dry a little bit. So I'm gonna grab my pen, and I'm just going to sketch out my design and now this part doesn't have to be perfect because it's just acting as a guideline. We're gonna wash it off later now, because I'm a lefty after make sure that I'm not touching it on top because it's a washable pen. It will smudge if you touch it, so just be mindful of that. So the reason I like to do this first layer in a washable, um Penner marker is because I just like to have that visual, that visual guide of where I'm gonna be writing. So I find that if I try and just freehand with the permanent marker, it's more difficult. It's a lot harder to fix any mistakes because it's a permanent marker. All right, so now I have my sketch, and I have it placed at more of an eye level sort of you. If you were gonna be doing it from SE, if the pumpkin was going to be below you, you'd want to start reading up towards the top. If the public it was gonna be higher than I level, then you'd want to start from the middle going down. And so the ridges were pretty shallow, which made it really easy to just right over without too much difficulty. So we're just gonna let this strive for a couple minutes? 7. Final Draft with Permanent Pen: All right, So now we're going to start our final draft with the paint pen. Now you have a couple choices you could do a thinner one millimeter has that thinner tip for a thinner line where he could choose a two millimeter pen. This one's a bit thicker. Here they are, side by side. Can also decide which color you want. Think for this pumpkin. I'm going to go with the thicker two millimeter gold pen, so I think it's important before you start with a permanent pen to just take a breath and calm down. Make sure you go nice and slow and not rush it. The slower the better. And now you may also need Teoh. Um, check your marker. Sometimes if it's if it doesn't have enough ink, you can just grab a piece of paper and you can pump it a couple times. Just test it, then you can continue. I like to pick it up after every stroke, so I have to be careful with my hands, so they're not rubbing. I don't want to smudge the paint while it's wet. If needed, I can also turn it sideways and so see as it went over the ridge. It kind of messed up a little bit. So while the paint is still wet, you can actually grab a pencil eraser and it takes a bit of it. Takes a bit of scrubbing, but it will. Still, it erases better while it's still wet. So I'm just gonna erase this whole tale of the A and I'll try it again. You know, it's totally fine if your final pen doesn't match up exactly with the with the washable pen , cause I can. I will wash that off later. And so going over the ridge, it messed up again a little bit, so I'm going to erase it while it's still wet. This is why it's important to have a pumpkin where the ridges are shallow and wider apart. It makes it easier him a hand accidentally smudged it over here. - Various wasn't looking at it and actually not loving the way as looks in here. But it's been a little while, so it's gonna be a bit more difficult to erase. It's gonna take some scrubbing. It's possible, but it really is best when you can erase it while it's wet. So I'm just gonna work away at that. - So clearly it doesn't erase off quite a Z easily as it did when it was wet. - So now I'm just gonna go back over it. So as you can see, you can still see some orange, which is totally fine, because it will wash off while the permanent paint stays on. 8. Cleaning Up Your Design: I let the paint dry for 15 minutes and there were going to come and clean up our design. The great thing is, the washable pet wipes right off with a damp cloth while the permanent marker stays right there. So I take my damp cloth and I just wipe right over it. The gold is still there and the orange is gone. So don't going to do that for the rest of my design and that we just let it dry. You know, we have our final piece ready to display. 9. Project: Thank you so much for joining me. I hope you're feeling confident about being able to make your own hand lettered Punkin. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a question in the community tab below. The project for this class is to create your own hand lettered pumpkin so you can choose whatever size pumpkin you would like. And then you will practice creating your own design whether you do that on paper or digitally, like I showed you in procreate and then applying it to your pumpkin. And then I'd love it if you upload a picture of your pumpkin to the Project tab and I just cannot wait to see what you make. If you'd like to connect beyond skill share, you can find me on Instagram at Alysia. Megan Hug. If you love this class, be sure to check out some of my other classes and hit the follow button to be notified when I create new ones. Thanks again for joining me. And I hope to see you in another class