Prep the flashlight to hold the acrylic paint, by removing the top and applying tape on the sides to protect the edge and handle.
Spray two light coats of a plastic prep for medium coverage (avoid a heavy application or runs).
Allow prep coat to dry.
Prepare the basecoat by mixing charcoal acrylic craft paint with all purpose sealer (approximately 2:1).
Apply a thick basecoat to create texture (a bristle brush works well for a textured base coat).
Allow to dry overnight.
Apply the pumpkin pattern using light transfer paper.
Paint the pumpkin pattern on the flashlight by applying a petticoat of color.
Use a medium coat of color for best results. The more opaque the petticoat layer the brighter the finished color will be.
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.
Apply the petticoat layer of color to each area using the dark colors on the palette, add lighter colors to lighten as needed.
Use shape following strokes as you apply each layer.
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.
Gradually lighten the color and reduce the area the color is applied to build highlights.
Use crimson plus orange paints to apply a base color to the pumpkin.
Use pine green to basecoat the stem and leaves.
Basecoat the white of the eyes titanium white.
Paint the iris of the eyes pine green.
Basecoat the pupil last, using carbon black.
Begin dry brushing the pumpkin by picking up orange for the first layer.
Using the dirty brush, lighten the color and apply in a smaller area using yellow orange and a touch of titanium white.
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.
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.
To apply stroke work and details to each of the leaves, use a liner brush with yellow green blended with titanium white.
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).
Apply a coat of clear glaze craft paint medium to 'lock down' the dry brushed background colors.
Apply three coats of water-based polyurethane satin varnish.
Set aside to dry.
Note: Check your local craft supply store for materials.