You can paint these vivid poppies easily in a loose style,
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Breath fresh life into your watercolour painting style with the vibrant and colourful poppy field. Wet into wet.
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What Will I Learn?
  • Learn to paint wet into wet with confidence.
  • Learn to use strong colours with confidence.
  • Have a greater appreciation of the drying process.
  • Discover how easy it is to use masking fluid instead of a pencil for your drawing.
  • Learn how to paint more spontaneously.
  • Learn how easy it can be to correct mistakes.
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  • 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

Updated November 2016

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, so many people love their bright colours. So here is a painting process to show you how to watercolour paint a field of poppies easily.

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 ! 

What's most important is to enjoy your painting.

If, however, you don't enjoy it and are not happy you can claim a full refund within 30 days. No questions asked.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is for anyone who feels stuck with their painting style.
  • This is to help you become more confident with painting loosely.
  • This will help you paint happily with strong colours.
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Curriculum For This Course
16 Lectures
How to fine your way around.
11 Lectures 01:05:35

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

Where to find you downloads etc

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 00:28

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

Some extra resources and information you may find helpful.


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

Preview 14:38
A few of Nicola's TOP TIPS
5 Lectures 11:01

The following tips may sound simple, but then again, I don't know what you know, do I ?

Happy Painting

Common Sense really...but just in case....

In response to student comments I have filmed this film, which I hope will help you with drawing and painting shadows.

Identify the light source and be consistent - that's the key

The secret of creating shadows - be consistent

If you have a mount or matt beyond salvation, cut it in two and use it to look at you work in progress. It helps you take a more objective view.

It will help you not only decide how you might want to frame it, but also to check for any changes you might want to make to the composition or colour values.

Using an adjustable mount to study your painting

Apart from cutting such a mount in two to use as an adjustable mount to look at your paintings, if it's slightly marked or has more serious are a few ideas to help revive it rather than discard it

Embellishing or disguising a marked or damaged mount

This will also work for other tubes....toothpaste, tomato paste etc.

How to get the paint back in the tube, honestly !
About the Instructor
Nicola A Blakemore
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Professional Artist, Teacher and Creative Entrepreneur

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'.

Well I will hold your hand as you overcome these fears as I offer a friendly, relaxed and sensitive teaching style.

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

Here's a bit about me.

I originally trained as a graphic artist, and then followed a different career path working in the national media, travel and public relations in both London and Paris.

After sometime I returned to my creative roots full time, so to speak, and became a full time artist, teacher and creative entrepreneur.

The artist bit means I have worked in a variety of media, but am currently splashing about with watercolours. I love the magic they make when the pigments play with the water. And if you let them do their own thing, it's even better.

I have also painted murals in a child's bedroom or around a swimming pool, covering everything from fairies to Tuscan views. Painted furniture with decorative effects and designs and given walls specialist paint effects and stencils. All fun stuff for the discerning home owner

The teaching bit involved me teaching a 'Decorative Paint Effects' section of an interior design certificate course at Kidderminster College, Worcestershire, UK. Here they studied paint effects for walls and furniture, designing and cutting stencils, Period design elements and produced sample boards.

Then continuing the theme of teaching I have also tutored on many private workshops in the above subjects plus decoupage, gilding and trompe l'oeil (trick the eye painting).

Now, installed in the south of France I continue with all of the above but adding on-line courses to my creative portfolio. Flexibility is the name of the game in today's world

I have exhibited widely in the area.

Recently I was invited to plan and teach a creative summer school, offering a variety of artistic subjects, at one of the leading camping venues in the area. So, you never know some of these subjects might pop up as one of my courses on Udemy

I have had work featured in a national 'lifestyle' magazine and on BBC Radio 4 and Central TV in the UK