You can paint these vivid POPPIES easily in a loose style.
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You can paint these vivid POPPIES easily in a loose style.

Breath fresh life into your watercolor painting style with the vibrant and colorful poppy field. Wet into wet.
4.8 (25 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
742 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2019
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn to paint wet into wet with confidence in watercolour paints.
  • Learn to use strong colours with confidence.
  • Have a greater appreciation of the drying process in watercolour painting.
  • Discover how easy it is to use masking fluid instead of a pencil for your drawing.
  • Learn how to paint more spontaneously using watercolour paints.
  • Learn how easy it can be to correct mistakes, even in watercolour paints.
  • Students will need a good quality watercolour paper 300 gm/ 140 lb.
  • A selection of watercolour paints.
  • A large watercolour brush like number 10
  • Two jars of clean water, kitchen towel and masking fluid
  • Students will want to learn how paint a watercolour painting with little drawing beforehand.

REVIEW: 'I really enjoyed this class. Lots of information on how to paint loose. I loved her manner of teaching.' Joan Hopper

Loosen up your watercolour painting style and learn how to create a spontaneous painting, quickly and easily. Put aside your expectations and go with the flow.

Lots of people ask me to demonstrate how to paint poppies with watercolour paints. So many people love their bright colours, so here is a painting process to show you how to paint a field of poppies easily even in watercolours..

Learn how to use the masking fluid as your sketching tool instead of a pencil, paint freely and intuitively, with plenty of water and colour and with a big brush. Learn how to let go of control  as you relax and let the watercolour paint and water work their magic. By working in this way you will develop a style that will be more original and eye catching, bringing freshness and drama to your watercolour paintings AND building your confidence

Follow me as I demonstrate how to work in stages and also how to correct mistakes. It happens to the best of us ! 

  • Why choose one of my courses?

    Because, as a self taught artist I understand how a lot of people feel about their creative work, sometimes anxious, sometimes overwhelmed and often that it's not 'good enough'. I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.

    I also have years of experience of teaching people of all levels both in person and via the internet.

    Do one of my courses and you will feel as if I am in the room with you every step of the way.

Enjoy your painting, love Nicola

Who this course is for:
  • This is for anyone who feels stuck with their watercolour painting style.
  • This is to help you become more confident with a looser watercolour painting style.
  • This will help you feel more comfortable with using stronger colours.
  • This will help students use more water with their watercolour paints.
  • This will help students be more aware of colour values when painting with watercolours.
Course content
Expand 11 lectures 01:02:35
+ How to fine your way around.
11 lectures 01:02:35

Make sure you read the helpful information you can find in the Student Support section on Udemy. Below is the link to take you there. I have also added a simple guide to get you started.


PDF  of screen shots to help you find your way

Preview 04:06

Here are a few encouraging words from Nicola about the objectives of this painting process.

It's not about the finished painting, it's about experimenting and trying something different....and enjoying the process.

Have fun, love Nicola

Preview 00:43

You will need:

  1. Watercolour paints, the colour for this are posted in the resource section after this lecture
  2. Two jars of water, one for cleaning your brush and one for mixing colours. That helps to keep your colours bright. Change frequently.
  3. Watercolour paper, the best quality you can afford at least 300 gm/140 lbs.
  4. Absorbent kitchen towel.
  5. Brushes, a flat chisel brush ( about number 12 ) and a round brush (about 8)
  6. Masking fluid
Preview 00:27

This short film explains how I am going to use masking fluid instead of a pencil to sketch the blades of grasses and poppy petals.

By doing this I can easily paint over it and the paper underneath will remain white giving me some highlights on the edges of the petals and adding texture to the grassy area.

Preview 01:09

Here I will show you how I apply the first layer.

Let's get some paint on the paper

Watch me as I put a little colour of the poppies, create a cluster of them in the distance and add more colour in the foreground.

Let's make a start on the poppies

Now that first layer is completely dry, we can go in with more colour and make some decisions on the distant landscape..

Preview 08:28

We are not far from the end no, so lets take this next step and review the picture together.

Remove the masking fluid and paint more into the poppies

Here you will learn how to deal with the little accident I had with my poppy splattering......I did it intentionally of course as a demonstration !

And we will also be finishing off.

Fixing and Finishing

This is a short film I took a while ago. It shows a beautiful field of poppies which I hope will inspire you.

Preview 07:04

Some extra resources and information you may find helpful.

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