How to Paint Your Belly Like a Pumpkin

A fun way to celebrate the holidays, especially one like Halloween where costumes are the norm, is to paint you round pregnant belly. The obvious choice for All Hallow’s Eve this weekend? A pumpkin belly! If you’re not sure where to start, here is a guide to belly painting.

1. First you will want to select a safe paint to use on your belly. The easiest and cheapest choice is face paint, which this time of year is very easy to find at any discount store such as Walmart. The water should be water-based. Proud Body also sells a pregnant belly painting kit, which includes everything you need.

2. If you have not purchased a complete kit, you will want to buy paint brushes, a sponge and stencils. The sponge allows you to easily cover a large area with paint. You may or may not need a stencil to paint a pumpkin, depending on how artistic you are!

3. Find a real pumpkin or a photo to use as your guide. Unless you are confident in your ability to paint your own belly using a mirror, find an “artist” to do the painting. If you want your pumpkin to look good, you might enlist an adult. If you want it to look cute, you can ask your kids to do it, just be ready for a mess!

4. Start by painting a large round circle of orange on your belly and fill it in. If you want to make it look more realistic, blend some red and brown into the orange at the bottom of the pumpkin and blend, working your way up. Use a bit of yellow to add highlights.

5. Use brown paint to smudge in lines where the grooves of the pumpkin will be. Blend a little to shade. Go back over the lines with a thin line of black paint.

6. Use the black paint to draw and fill in the eyes and mouth. Use the black to draw the stem and leaves, then fill them in with green paint. You can add a few curly lines for vines if you wish.j

When you’re done, don’t forget to take pictures!

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About Kim Neyer

Kim is a freelance writer, photographer and stay at home mom to her one-year-old son, Micah. She has been married to her husband, Eric, since 2006. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, with a degree in English Writing. In her free time she likes to blog, edit photos, crochet, read, watch movies with her family, and play guitar.