For a while now, I’ve wanted to incorporate poppies in my art journaling. A gel-print background of sky and grass, and a poppy or two in the foreground. But as it happens, there are days when things just don’t work, and every time I tried my hand at poppies, it seemed like it was one such day.
Something finally clicked, I guess, because I now have a poppy art journal page. 🙂 It was totally not what I’d planned when I started (I realize I say this a lot 😉 ), but I really like it.
For these poppies, my lessons in coloring came from Jane Font’s video tutorial on painting impressionist poppies. I used one of the failed gel prints of leaves as my background, and started out by finger-painting a rough silhouette of poppy shapes in red. I worked on the shapes using a flat stick to add rough strokes of paint both horizontally and vertically, making sure the strokes extended out and away from the base shapes.
For the more shadowed upper / farther half, I added more browns along with red; for the central / closer part, more oranges with the red; and for the bottom, some browns and even a tinge of black. I defined some demarcation between petals using black, and finally added the seed head in black. I think the painting turned out more expressionist than impressionist?
For embellishment, I added some spatters in red and black, and eventually some whites too so they are visible on the poppies. My spatters weren’t appearing where I’d intended to, and I kept trying again and again before realizing that there are way too many of them now. 😉 Well, that’s fine.
I loved how this art journal page turned out, and I’m definitely making more poppies! I’ll probably find a different method to experiment with, though.