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Set the mood for a frightfully good time.

Trick or Treat Flashlight

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Things You'll Need
  • Plastic flashlight
  • Pumpkin pattern
  • Titanium white acrylic paint
  • Yellow orange acrylic paint
  • Orange acrylic paint
  • Pine green acrylic paint
  • Yellow green acrylic paint
  • Crimson acrylic paint
  • Carbon black acrylic paint
  • Charcoal acrylic paint
  • Fine iridescent glitter
  • All purpose sealer (paint medium)
  • Water-based polyurethane satin varnish (craft paint medium)
  • Clear glaze paint medium
  • 1/4" firm bristle brush for dry brushing
  • #2 short liner dry brush
  • 1" bristle brush for basecoating
How to Make
  • 1

    Prep the flashlight to hold the acrylic paint, by removing the top and applying tape on the sides to protect the edge and handle.

  • 2

    Spray two light coats of a plastic prep for medium coverage (avoid a heavy application or runs).

  • 3

    Allow prep coat to dry. Prepare the basecoat by mixing charcoal acrylic craft paint with all purpose sealer (approximately 2:1).

  • 4

    Apply a thick basecoat to create texture (a bristle brush works well for a textured base coat).

  • 5

    Allow to dry overnight.

  • 6

    Apply the pumpkin pattern using light transfer paper. Download (PDF)

  • 7

    Paint the pumpkin pattern on the flashlight by applying a petticoat of color.

  • 8

    Use a medium coat of color for best results. The more opaque the petticoat layer the brighter the finished color will be.

  • 9

    Paint the petticoat of color on the flashlight by brush-mixing it as it is applied, leaving a space around the design elements to allow the background color to remain as the shading.

  • 10

    Apply the petticoat layer of color to each area using the dark colors on the palette, add lighter colors to lighten as needed.

  • 11

    Use shape following strokes as you apply each layer.

  • 12

    Apply highlights using a dry brush technique, use a slightly stiff brush with no water or medium. Lightly brush the color onto the surface, allowing the texture to pull the color from the brush.

  • 13

    Gradually lighten the color and reduce the area the color is applied to build highlights.

  • 14

    Use crimson plus orange paints to apply a base color to the pumpkin.

  • 15

    Use pine green to basecoat the stem and leaves.

  • 16

    Basecoat the white of the eyes titanium white.

  • 17

    Paint the iris of the eyes pine green.

  • 18

    Basecoat the pupil last, using carbon black.

  • 19

    Begin dry brushing the pumpkin by picking up orange for the first layer.

  • 20

    Using the dirty brush, lighten the color and apply in a smaller area using yellow orange and a touch of titanium white.

  • 21

    Begin dry brushing again by picking up a small amount of pine green plus yellow green in the brush and blend together to apply the first highlight to each of the green areas.

  • 22

    Use the dirty brush again to lighten the color by using more yellow green and titanium white if needed and apply in a smaller area.

  • 23

    To apply stroke work and details to each of the leaves, use a liner brush with yellow green blended with titanium white.

  • 24

    To add glitz and sparkle, using the liner brush, apply a touch of fine iridescent glitter medium as desired (brush onto larger areas or pick up larger bits and touch on for greater highlights).

  • 25

    Apply a coat of clear glaze craft paint medium to 'lock down' the dry brushed background colors.

  • 26

    Apply three coats of water-based polyurethane satin varnish.

  • 27

    Set aside to dry.

    Note: Check your local craft supply store for materials.

Trick or Treat Flashlight

Trick or Treat Flashlight

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