How to Paint a Watercolor Poppy

Learn how to paint a watercolor poppy with me! In this video I show you how I use my 3 step painting method to create a watercolor portrait of red watercolor poppies. You can give this a try even if you are a beginner. I show you how I combine basic watercolor techniques to quickly create a detailed portrait of poppy flowers. This entire botanical painting took me less than 30 mins to paint. I hope you give it a try too.

But first ...

In order to paint a poppy using my  3-step painting method, you need to learn about my 3-step painting method. Click here to learn how. with a bonus video and lesson included with this course.

Here is a list of all the materials that I used for creating my botanical paintings, you can find a more specific list of supplies and color below for creating your Poppy painting.

Watercolor Poppy Lesson

Printable resources
PDF format

Download the reference photo for the Poppy here.




Download the line drawings for the Poppy here.

Download the Poppy finished painting reference here.

JPEG format

Download the reference photo for the Poppy here.





Download the 8.5 x 11 line drawing for the Poppy here.

Download the 5 x 7 line drawing for the Poppy here.

Download the Poppy finished painting reference here.


Materials used in this class
Paper 140lb cold pressed paper by Fluid
Brushes #4, #2, and #0/2 round brushes
  • Scarlet lake
  • Pyrrol red (similar to Winsor red)
  • Alizaron crimson
  • Alizaron crimson + Permanent violet (similar to Winsor violet)
  • Flower Centers:

    • Neutral tint + a bit of light red
    • Neutral tint, light red, and a touch of permanent violet
  • Leaves
  • Cobalt green + sap green
  • Cobalt green + sap green ad a touch of lemon yellow
  • Cobalt green + sap green + Neutral tint

    Poppy Lesson

    Happy Painting,