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How to Draw a Chalk Pumpkin

Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin. Find it on Lily & Val Living! It’s no surprise that I love chalk art year round, but I think there’s something particularly special about it during the Fall season! Maybe it’s the black of the chalkboard combined with the orange of a pumpkin that I find so fitting. For all of you drawing chalkboards for your Haloween or Thanksgiving decor & projects, this tutorial is for you!

You will need:
A chalkboard
White chalk (Crayola White Anti-Dust is my favorite)
A pencil sharpener with two holes (the larger hole will fit and sharpen the chalk for better precision while you are drawing!)

First step for how to draw a chalk pumpkin. Tutorial on Lily & Val Living! Step 1: Begin by drawing an oval or circular shaped outline depending on how plump you want your pumpkin drawing to be. Add a thick stem within the outline.

Valerie McKeehan breaks down the steps for drawing a chalk art pumpkinStep 2: Smudge some chalk into the stem and begin drawing in the pumpkin ridges. I like starting with the segment in the middle, which is drawn in the shape of a skinny almond. Draw the rest of the ridges working your way out on the same curve and with similar spaces left in between each.  We’re still laying down our base shape.

Valerie McKeehan breaks down the steps for how to draw a chalk art pumpkin.Step 3: Now it’s time tweak, smudge, and add dimension! Chalk is nothing more than dust on a surface so you can create really lovely texture and shadowing by smudging the dust. Starting on the right side of the pumpkin, extend the ridges by adding chalk dust that will later be smudged. Once you pass the center ridge, add chalk dust to the left side of the ridges.

A chalk art tutorial from the author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering Step 4: Using your best tool (your fingers!), smudge the chalk so that it approaches the ridge beside it but doesn’t quite touch. Continue with each section of the pumpkin. The darkness on one side gives the appearance of shadowing between each ridge.

Valerie McKeehan breaks down the steps for how to draw a chalk art pumpkin on the Lily & Val Blog Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin. Step 5: Finish the bottom of the pumpkin by defining the sections and filling in the shadowing to match the previous step.

Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin. How to Draw a chalk pumpkin on Lily & Val Living Step 6: Add additional texture to the pumpkin with drawn lines and markings. I like to use a “hatch mark” pattern in some places just to give it more interest.

Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin. Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin. Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin.Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin. Step 7: Add more finishing touches, like jagged lines where the stem meets the pumpkin. Also, add the veins in the stem by sketching uneven, thin lines with light pressure.

Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin. Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin.Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin. Step 8: The pumpkin itself  is finished, but there are a few more add-ons that I love adding to pumpkin drawings! Draw rough lines under the pumpkin to ground it.

Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin. Step 9: Add vines and leaves to either side as if they are emerging from behind the pumpkin. Smudge chalk into the leaves for texture and draw their veins.

Learn chalk art on Lily & Val Living How to draw chalk art - a pumpkin tutorial by Valerie McKeehan And here is our finished pumpkin! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Be sure to get your copy of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering for all of my chalky tips, tricks, and techniques! Signed copies will be returning to lilyandval.com very soon! Happy Chalking!

Valerie McKeehan, author of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering, gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to draw a chalk pumpkin.

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    Reply Pam November 3, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Thank you for the easy to follow instructions! My chalk pumpkin turned out great. I love your book on Chalk Lettering. It has wonderful tips on how to make my chalk designs look better.

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    Reply Martha January 10, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    love your shop….just discovered it!!! LOVE your prints….you are gifted!!!
    thanks for the instructions! If only i had one of the chalkboards from my Catholic grade school!

    • Alivia Chapla
      Reply Alivia Chapla January 11, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Thank you so much, Martha! We’re glad you’re enjoying the designs. If you’re interested in trying your hand at chalk lettering, Valerie (the artist & owner of Lily & Val) has a how-to book that includes a fold-out chalkboard inside! It’s called The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering on lilyandval.com !

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    Reply Jana Nichols October 8, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Thanks for the fun fun tutorial! Now that I have my pumpkin made, how do I go about saving it? I drew it on black poster board and it turned out awesome. But I tried hair-spray to seal it and it seems to dissolve the chalk. Help! What do you suggest using instead?

    • Valerie McKeehan
      Reply Valerie McKeehan October 16, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Jana! I’m so glad it turned out well and you enjoyed the tutorial!! Ahh yes this is always the hard part – saving the chalk! Unfortunately, I haven’t found a sealant solution that works well. The same thing that you mentioned happens and the spray dissolves the chalk. When I want something to be more permanent I end up using a Chalk Ink Marker. I included one in the Chalk Lettering Tool Kit for this reason. I hope that helps! 🙂

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    Fitflops Sale

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    Reply Val September 8, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Wow! I wish I could show you how well the pumpkin turned out! You made a person who always considered herself an awful artist into a pro – at least in drawing your pumpkin! Thank you so much!

    • Valerie McKeehan
      Reply Valerie McKeehan September 26, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      Ahhh! that makes me so happy! Glad to hear it! Happy Fall!

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    Reply Carol September 26, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I’ll be waiting for your Christmas chalk art!

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    Reply nisha December 9, 2019 at 6:12 am

    Hello everyone!
    i just came across this drawing video. i thought you might like it so i’m sharing this.hope you all also find it useful
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