When I saw the Paint-A-Flower: Iceland Poppies Outline Stamp Set, I knew I wanted to create a field of poppies, but the idea in my mind had mossy greens. Maybe a few touches of lime here and there, but I don't know what I thought when I started to color the background green using the wrong color. Watch the video to find out what I did to fix it!
How to Watercolor Poppies:
- Apply the anti-static powder onto A2 Watercolor Cardstock.
- Stamp the image from Paint-A-Flower: Iceland Poppies Outline Stamp Set multiple times to cover the lower edge of the watercolor panel in Embossing Ink.
- Cover with Pure White Embossing Powder and heat set.
- Use Crimson Watercolor Brush Marker and apply it directly to the tips of the petals, exceeding it slightly inwards.
- Use Fresh Lemon Watercolor Brush Marker and apply it next to the flower center, exceeding it outwards, leaving a bit of area between the two pigments.
- Use a wet paintbrush to work the two pigments together to blend in the middle. Color all petals similarly.
Tip: Do not over-blend the two pigments or they will become one. We want a distinct red and yellow color to be visible.
- Use Limeade Watercolor Brush Marker to color the flower center and add a hint of Just Green Watercolor Brush Marker Pigment to add a shade.
- To color the stems, use Just Green Watercolor Brush Marker. Tip: Add pigment to the start and end of the stems, then use a wet paintbrush to blend. This will give you an ombre effect.
Watercoloring the Background:
- Start by adding Limeade Watercolor Brush Marker pigment directly to the lower portion of the panel and dilute it with water.
- I also added Just Green Watercolor Brush Marker pigment to this section.
- To reduce the vibrancy, I added a bit of Crimson Watercolor Brush Marker pigment. (This was my choice, you can omit this step).
- To give the panel a loose watercolor look, add water to the top half portion and diluted red, yellow, and green pigment until you are happy with the look.
- Dry the panel and add splatters of diluted green watercolor to the top portion. Clean off if there are too many.
- Add grass using the Just Green Watercolor Brush Marker on the lower portion. Use a paintbrush and the same pigment from a palette to get a variation in concentration.
- Dry the panel entirely and then add fine black paint splatters.
- Use the white pen from the Must-Have Gel Pen Set to fill in the stamens.
- Stamp the sentiment in Obsidian Pigment Ink.
Video: How to Watercolor Poppies
You can watch the video on how to watercolor poppies below or on YouTube. I will share how I toned down the green area on my card and tried to fix it!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial on how to watercolor poppies and will try the Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers. I love how pigmented they are. They are also quite water-reactive, which helps you do tons of excellent techniques with them!
Please remember not to give up on your coloring panels; keep trying, as I did in my video today. Even though I dislike the particular green and red shade together, I tried my best to work around it and make it work. So you can too! Thank you so much for stopping by!