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A Yellow Poppy

By: Priscilla Hauser
Priscilla Hauser
Priscilla Hauser

With "I can teach you to paint" as her motto, First Lady of Decorative Painting Priscilla Hauser has inspired thousands of decorative painters since taking her first tole painting class in the early 1960s.

In the beginning, Priscilla's path was quite different. "Mother and dad wouldn't pay for art school, so that's how I wound up in dental hygiene," she admits. Her interest in art prevailed, and she decided to learn how to paint. Her neighbors admired her work, and encouraged her to begin teaching classes in her garage. Classes outgrew her garage, and she opened Priscilla's Little Red Tole House.

In 1972, Priscilla gathered 21 people in Tulsa, and founded the National Society of Tole & Decorative Painting (today, the Society of Decorative Painting).

A world renowned teacher, author and decorative painter, Priscilla has published many books with Plaid, and is currently their spokeswoman for FolkArt.
Poppies are beautiful and often painted as red flowers. However, they can also be painted in shades of orange or white and even yellow!
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Supplies

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Wicker White, 2 oz.
Item #2894
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$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Pure Orange, 2 oz.
Item #2903
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Bark Brown, 2 oz.
Item #2907
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$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Daffodil Yellow, 2 oz.
Item #2912
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Thicket, 2 oz.
Item #2918
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Licorice, 2 oz.
Item #2934
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Fresh Foliage, 2 oz.
Item #2942
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe satin finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.

$1.99

Other Supplies
Brush basin or container for water
Paper towels
Foam plates for palette
Tracing paper
White chalk
No. 12 flat brush
No. 8 flat brush
No. 1 liner brush
Sea sponge
Old toothbrush

Instructions

  1. Trace and transfer the poppy pattern using white chalk.
  2. Colorbook paint the poppy petals Daffodil Yellow, allow to dry; and reapply to create opaque coverage.
  3. Colorbook paint the poppy stem and blade leaves with Fresh Foliage. Allow to dry.
  4. Double load the flat brush with Daffodil Yellow and Bark Brown. Begin shading each back poppy petal keeping the Bark Brown at the base of the petal as well as up the petal side that falls behind another petal.
  5. Still using the same flat brush, begin patting Bark Brown up into the yellow petal to soften and blend the two colors.
  6. Next, paint the poppy center with a mixture of Bark Brown and Licorice. Gently pat these two colors onto the flower center.
  7. While holding a flat brush straight up, lightly touch the bristles into the wet poppy center and gently pull and lift to drag the darker poppy center paint up into the back flower petals.
  8. Using the same flat brush, dab or tap on the upper right flower center a small amount of Fresh Foliage as a highlight.
  9. Repeat to shade the front poppy petal using same techniques as used to shade the back petals.
  10. Double load the large flat brush with Daffodil Yellow and Wicker White.
  11. Paint a highlight on the front petal beginning at the petal edge stroking towards the petal base.
  12. Load a No. 1 Liner brush with Pure Orange and paint small polka dots around the flower center. Paint the dots in a random fashion of a variety of sizes as well as placement. Allow some dots to fall onto the poppy petals as well as flower center.
  13. Load the flat brush with Thicket. Using the chisel edge of the brush, paint along the stem and blade leaves. Brush strokes can be pushed upward from the base of the leaf or pulled downwards from the tips of the leaves. Note: it is not necessary to retrace each leaf exactly over the Fresh Foliage base.
  14. Moisten a sea sponge with water, squeeze to remove excess. Dab sponge into Fresh Foliage and tap on a paper towel to blend color in the damp sponge.
  15. Dab up and down on poppy foliage in a random manner.
  16. Thin Thicket to an ink-like consistency with water. Load an old toothbrush with the thinned Thicket.
  17. Next step, flyspeck. While holding the loaded toothbrush with bristles down over artwork, run a thumb over the bristles. Tiny flecks of color will splatter over the stem and blade leaves.
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