Paint Super Simple 3D Poppies for Beginners
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Paint Super Simple 3D Poppies for Beginners

Paint in 3D Using only Thick Acrylic Paint and Cake Decorating Tips
5.0 (3 ratings)
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1,029 students enrolled
Created by Ruth Collis
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create a really simple 3D poppy painting
  • Know how to get the paint thick and where to get it
  • Know what tools to use to make the paint 3D
  • Cut the drying time in half twice with these 2 secrets for handling
  • Make an artistic background easy
  • Assemble and place the 3D paint flowers into the painting
  • Varnish a 3D painting easy
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  • Computer or device that can read PDF files with the free Acrobat reader & open clickable links to supplies
  • Internet connection to view these videos

~ Updated January 17, 2017 ~

This course is about painting poppies with thick acrylic paint and making them 3-dimensional by using cake decorating tips!

Some benefits of why you should take this poppy course:

  • Create poppies in 3-dimension
  • No drawing skills needed!
  • Learn how to double the poppy drying time and twice!
  • See your creations preserved in a fine art painting
  • Give as the most unique gift

The course is structured by telling how to make each part of the poppy including where to get materials, preparing a setup for successful flow of creation, getting the poppy shapes, and a simple drying technique that enables arrangement and envisioning. Find how to get an artistic background done easy, what archival glue is used, and making easy fun poppy centers.

The type of audience interested in this course would be:

  • Artists looking to gain dimension in their art
  • One who wants to be creative without having to copy a picture
  • Beginning texture painters
  • Those who want to do something different & amaze people
  • Cake decorators who would like their art in a permanent fine art form

Click to take this course and see how you can make a 3D poppy painting easily!

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginners who want to paint poppies in 3-dimension
  • For those who want to paint but feel they have little talent
  • For cake decorators who want their craft in a permanent fine art form of a painting
  • For diabetics who would like less sugar, yet still create a fun art form with paint
  • This course lists better deals for those living in the USA, but still lists where you can get other thicker paints outside the USA
  • This course is not intended for those who want to stick to more traditional forms of painting
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Curriculum For This Course
21 Lectures
What You Will Get Out of the Course
5 Lectures 05:04

This video covers the welcome, overview of the course, how to set up for good work flow, getting the poppy shapes, making a background, arranging and placement of the poppies, and review.

Preview 02:46

Download a digital chart for some good student paints to know what you are ordering ahead of time in getting that fairly close shade. This digital paint chart has more exact paint colors than on their website. You can request a hand-dipped chart from this manufacturer too. This is mostly for those who live in the USA.

Preview 1 page

If you're in the USA, learn where to get the thick paint cheaper than in the stores, and see some paint price and size comparisons. If you live outside the USA, you can still learn of some ideas on where to get thick paint.

Preview 01:42

This is a PDF download where you can click on the link and go right to the page for ordering this thick paint you can get in volume and for cheaper price than in the stores.

Where to Get the Thick Paint - Clickable Link
1 page

Here are some safety measures to take in using cake decorating tips for paint in the studio. Please keep all tools out of the kitchen and do not use again for food.

Preview 00:36
Preparing a Setup
5 Lectures 23:55

Learn how practice sheets will help you:

  • Create the 3D shapes
  • Arrange and place the composition
  • Minimize mistakes
  • Create an easy work flow
  • Prevent paint from drying on you needlessly
Preview 02:07

See how you can...

  • Set up a cheap drying area solution ahead of time
  • How to dry paintings fast
  • What can hold your supplies needed for painting in this 3D style
  • What you can do about excess unused paint that can save you money and make something really cool.
Preview 03:57

Set up pastry bags with tips secured in them before mixing paint so paint doesn't dry on you while putting these together. Learn how to set a bag up to prevent air bubbles later.

Prepare the Pastry Bags to Keep Air Bubbles Out


  • How to mix thick paint
  • How to avoid paint flakes from getting in your new mix
  • How to use the thick paint palettes
  • How to mix paint before the next mix dries out on you
  • Using tools to get the paint mixed faster
  • Getting around color shift a bit
Mixing the Thick Paint

Learn a different way to put paint in a pastry bag to reduce air bubbles for making the best squeezed shapes. This may not be conventional, but may work better.

Bagging the Paint
Making the Poppy Flower
1 Lecture 13:55


  • What tool to use to get the poppies
  • How several shapes are made for variety
  • How to prevent the least screw-ups
  • How to have consistent work-flow without paint drying on you too soon
  • How you can be a beginner and still get neat poppy shapes with a little practice.
Getting the Poppy Shape & Making it Curved
Stems & Leaves
1 Lecture 07:56

Learn a painter's approach to squeezing stems and leaves for these easy poppies. See an unconventional way to get these neat leaf shapes.

The Painter's Approach to Stems & Leaves
Arrangement & Envisioning
2 Lectures 14:44

View results of the dried poppies, pick good shapes out, and learn two big tips on how to speed the drying time for handling.

Dried Poppy Results & Another Secret Way to Speed Drying

Test your knowledge of a few different ways you can dry thick acrylic paint faster.

Test Knowledge of Speed Drying Thick Paint
1 question

See how the dried poppy shapes turned out, learn two ways to dry paint faster, a bit on arranging the poppies on canvas and envisioning placement.

Arranging Shapes & Envisioning Placement
Painting the Background
1 Lecture 03:13

See how to make an artistic background with a pulsating, rhythmic appeal, what colors were used to make the poppies stand out, painting a deeper edge canvas, and how to dry even the background faster if you don't want to wait.

Making an Artistic Background Easy
Final Placement
1 Lecture 01:58

After this lesson, you will know how to get all the poppy elements into place and adhered to the painting with an archival glue.

Arrange the Poppies, Stems, and Leaves into Place
Flower Centers
1 Lecture 06:26

See how to get some good center stamen shapes for the poppy and discover this easy sneaky way to add a large cake tip to a full bag of paint without having to re-mix the whole bag.

Create Easy Poppy Centers/Stamen
Touching Up
1 Lecture 08:01

See how to add highlights for depth in dimension, a neat outlining idea for the poppy petal edge, and see how to minimize brush lines in varnishing.

Add Highlights, Outline Idea, & Varnish
3 Lectures 01:55

The Supply List is already linked for you and suggestions are given on what stores to get them at nearby you.

Download Supplies List
2 pages

Review what was covered, getting your certificate, sharing your work, and providing feedback.

Congratulations & Review

Continue ways to learn thick painting with these resources and discoveries.

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About the Instructor
Ruth Collis
4.1 Average rating
62 Reviews
11,199 Students
5 Courses
3D Sculptural Painting Artist, Author, & Instructor

*You may like some special offers I have on my website!

I have explored what many mediums can do, painting my whole life and starting these fun textures before 1998. See examples of how these sculptural paintings have developed at my website that I also graphically designed. This "Thick Painting" style is made from using cool tools you might already have in your kitchen, & I have some pretty outrageous techniques to share so you can get fun effects. More about my experience:

  • Murals
  • Commissions
  • Certificate in Computer Graphics
  • AS degree
  • First painting as a business, was an international sale to Bristol, England
  • Developed drying on separate layers process for the fine art world.
  • .
  • Invented:
  • *3D Milky Way meteors (Aug 2016)
  • *Template designs to download, print out, and paint on - 2008
  • *"Braided Paint" - April 15, 2013
  • *First "Solid Round Ball Shape" from literal paint - April 28, 2013
  • *Developed "Peel Paintings" more in depth - March 14, 2015
  • *"Impasto Pieces" of paint you just glue on to a painting easy like a puzzle - July 8, 2015
  • *3D petal Rose with soft, no-poke thorns - Sept 9, 2015
  • *First ever free-standing coral sculpture that stays up without falling over, made entirely of thick acrylic paint. - Feb 29, 2016