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How to Paint a Poppy

By: Priscilla Hauser
Priscilla Hauser, FolkArt and Decorative painting expert, shows you how to paint a blended poppy using FolkArt Multi-Surface paints. She also teaches how to create an antiqued background using FolkArt Glazing Medium.
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Skill Level: Intermediate
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Supplies

FolkArt ® Mediums - Glazing Medium, 8 oz.
Item #991
Unique 3-in-1 product stains, antiques and faux finishes. Use with FolkArt ® Acrylics for unlimited color selection.

$5.09

FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Apple Red, 2 oz.
Item #2901
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
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 - Citrus Green, 2 oz.
Item #2915
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 - 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 - 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 - Wicker White, 2 oz.
Item #2894
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

Other Supplies
Tall Innkeeper Wood Plaque (3)
Brush Basin or container for water
Paper Towels
Foam Plate (for palette)
¾” Flat Brush (for basecoating)
1” Foam Applicator (for glazing)
No. 10 – 12 Flat Brush
Fine Grit Sandpaper
Stencil or Painter’s Tape
Tracing Paper
White Chalk
Dead Ballpoint Pen or Artist’s Stylus (optional)
Soft absorbent Rag (for glazing)
Old Toothbrush
Small Sea Sponge (section of one is OK)

Instructions

  1. Begin by basecoating each wood plaque Daffodil yellow, Pure Orange and Engine Red. Allow all basecoated surfaces to dry. Sand smooth once dry and reapply base color. Allow to dry.
  2. In foam plate brush mix (using foam applicator) FolkArt Glazing Medium with Bark Brown and Licorice. Apply glazing mixture to painted plaque and immediately while glazing medium is still wet, begin to wipe to remove excess. Remove more glazing medium in the middle to create a “halo” of color where the painted poppy will appear. Allow to dry.
  3. Trace and transfer the poppy pattern to the center of each canvas. Lay a sheet of tracing paper over the poppy pattern and trace the main pattern lines using a fine tip marker. Flip the tracing paper over and chalk the pattern lines on the back. Once again flip the pattern over and position in the center of the wood plaque chalk side down. If desired, you can use a piece of stencil tape to hold the pattern in place. Retrace the pattern lines using the handle end of a paintbrush, a dead ballpoint pen or an artist’s stylus.
  4. To paint the Red Poppy, load the flat brush with Engine Red and/or Apple Red and paint the back three petals. Allow to dry and reapply red.
  5. Load flat brush with a touch of Berry Wine and Licorice on the corner of the brush and shade the base of each petal (near the center) as well as along the sides where a petal falls underneath the next one.
  6. Highlight petals with Pure Orange and Daffodil Yellow.
  7. Paint the center of the Poppy with Licorice. While the paint is still wet, pull some of the Licorice into the base of each petal.
  8. Using a small section of a sea sponge loaded with Fresh Foliage and/or Citrus Green, lightly dab a green highlight on the poppy center.
  9. Complete the poppy petals by painting the forward center petal the same as the back petals.
  10. Using the flat brush loaded with Fresh Foliage, paint the poppy stem and blade leaves. Allow to dry.
  11. Add Thicket to the same brush and begin to paint darker shading to the stems and leaves. If desired, add Citrus Green to highlight.
  12. To give your painted poppy the added touch, lightly sponge Thicket to create a base for the stems and blade leaves using the sea sponge. Add a little sponged Thicket up the leaves randomly.
  13. The finishing touch is to flyspeck over the blade leaves and stems using an old toothbrush loaded with thinned Thicket, Licorice and even a touch of Fresh Foliage. Pull your thumb or finger across the loaded toothbrush and watch tiny flecks of color fly!

The Yellow and White Poppies are painted exactly the same way using the same techniques only switch out for the appropriate paint colors following the supply list.