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How to Paint Poppies and Roses in Watercolor and Mixed Media: Poppies and Roses

Poppies and roses mixed media painting

Poppies and Roses, mixed media on canvas

 

Poppies and Roses

Mixed media on canvas,

12 x 12 inches

 

It is difficult to paint from imagination starting with a blank canvas, it will be way easier if you start with an abstract background. Learn how to make this abstract background with watercolor and paint the poppies and roses with mixed media.

You will need

  • Canvas, I used 12 x 12 inches pre-streched canvas
  • Krylon workable fixative
  • Acrylic paint, I used Pebeo in titanium white and Payne’s grey
  • Nupastel color stick in black
  • Krylon workable fixative
  • Red Sakura Micron marker
  • White Oil Sharpie marker
  • Watercolor paint, I used Yarka watercolors.
  • Fluid Acrylic, I used Liquitex Ink in blue
  • An Ink Pen

Painting the abstract background

Watercolor and alcohol on canvas

Watercolor is painted on the canvas and alcohol is dripped while the wash is still wet. When the paint has dried, fix it with Krylon workable fixative spray so you can paint over it without the watercolor paint mixing up with the Acrylic, except if you want that kind of effect.

Outlining shapes and painting the negative space with white Acrylic

outlining shapes with nupastel

You can use a  Nupastel color stick, a graphite pencil or conte pierre noire to outline shapes you see in the abstract background. I am pretty sure charcoal would work too.

Painting the negative space with white acrylic

Paint all the negative space, that means everything except the shapes you outlined with white acrylic.Painting the negative space with white acrylic

Outlining shapes and painting the negative space with white Acrylic

Your painting will look something like this once you are done painting the negative space.

Increasing contrast by painting darker areas in Payne’s grey

Increasing contrast by painting darker areas in Payne's grey

 

You can add light washes of color for a subtle effect, here some Payne’s grey Acrylic paint that has been diluted in water for the vase.

Increasing contrast by painting darker areas in Payne's grey

 

Adding designs with markers and ink

 

Oil white sharpie marker

Start adding a bit of complexcity to your design like here stripes added on a stem with an Oil white sharpie marker

Oil white sharpie marker

Or dots.

Sakura micron pen

Sakura micron pen are used here to add a design on the white background.

pen and ink

You can also add designs with pen and Ink, using either fluid acrylic or ink.

Pen and ink

Pen and ink

Poppies and Roses, mixed media on canvas

The finished painting:

Poppies and Roses

Mixed media on canvas, 12 x 12 inches

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