Talavera Pottery Inspired Painted Pumpkin and Gourds

It’s that time of year again! Fall crafting and decorating time, of course! Try your hand at painting a Talavera pumpkin!

talavera painted pottery

On a past trip to Mexico, I found the most beautiful Talavera pottery pieces, sold by the artists who created them. Talavera is a Mexican pottery style introduced to Mexico by the Spanish, centuries ago. Over time, Mexican artisans have put their own spin on the style, incorporating brighter colors and unique designs. I loved these particular serving dishes for the colors used, as well as the intricacy of the patterns. These special pieces were the inspiration for these painted gourds and pumpkin, painted in Talavera pottery style.

talavera pumpkin

Gather your supplies and learn to create these vibrant fall decorating pieces!

Here’s what you’ll need:

plaid paints

White craft pumpkin and gourds (available on Amazon)

Acrylic Paints, colors used:

  • FolkArt Ink Spot
  • Apple Barrel Nectarine
  • FolkArt Cloudy Day
  • FolkArt Midnight
  • FolkArt Yellow Ochre
  • FolkArt Camel
  • FolkArt Pure Orange
  • FolkArt Mossy Meadow

Assortment of detail paintbrushes

Mod Podge Matte Finish

Sharpie Marker

Pencil and Eraser

Step One

Using your pencil, lightly sketch the details of your design onto the surface of the pumpkin. Most craft pumpkins are made from a substance that can be easily erased, so don’t fret if you have to try a few times to get things looking the way you like!

sketch design onto gourd

Plan what colors will go on the different portions of your design. You can even sketch out your design on paper and shade it before you begin, if you’d like to see how your design will look when finished.

Step Two

Use a Sharpie marker to carefully fill in the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin in solid black.

sharpie to fill in the facial details

Step Three

Using detail brushes, begin painting the details onto the surface of the pumpkin. Allow it to dry overnight, and then seal with Mod Podge in Matte Finish.

details added with brushes

Display your finished Talavera inspired pumpkins and gourds to create a beautiful fall display with eucalyptus, sunflowers and other fall florals.


I am a Plaid Crafts Ambassador, and this post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts, who provided supplies used in this post to create the designs shared.

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