How to paint a loose watercolor poppy

In this mini class with my good friend Jennifer Rose, she’s going to show you how to paint a loose watercolor poppy flower using a variety of techniques, including wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry.

Jennifer doesn’t start with an outline drawing for this painting, instead going straight in with her paint for a very loose result. 

No two poppies painted in this way will look the same, and you can have endless fun coming up with lots of different looking poppies.

Take a look at how to paint them:

I hope you’re feeling inspired by this mini class to give your own loose watercolor poppy a go.

Please do leave Jennifer and I a comment if you’ve enjoyed this class; we love hearing from you.

With love,

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14 Comments

  1. Stephen L on April 26, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Beautiful, Anna. I love all styles of great painting. Thank you for sharing this with us and providing another alternative approach to still life/botanicals. Your content is really the best instruction available anywhere, the only system that has enabled me to make beautiful, professional water colors. As an artist trained in oils, water colour had been elusive for so long. I can’t wait to get back to painting.

  2. Linda Phillips on April 26, 2022 at 5:08 pm

    This tutorial, as all of the tutorials you offer, are fun, easy to follow and they inspire me to grow in my creativity. Thank you for sharing your talent and artistic wisdom.

  3. Tova McMillan on April 26, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Love it!.Thankyou for the demo….

  4. Cindy on April 26, 2022 at 10:22 pm

    I just love the way you paint watercolors so “watercolory”! This keeps the medium fresh and exciting.

  5. Alexandra Helene Seland on April 27, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Beautiful.good instructions snd nice voice.

  6. Carolyn on April 27, 2022 at 7:42 am

    Love all of your beautiful paintings, Anna! Also, love Jennifer’s lovely loose poppy. It will be wonderful to paint with my daughter when she comes home to visit next week!
    You both are such amazing artists! Thank you for the lessons and inspiration’

    • Jennifer Rose on April 28, 2022 at 2:35 pm

      You’re welcome Carolyn! I’m so excited that this lovely new poppy tutorial has inspired you. I hope you and your daughter enjoy painting it together xx

      • Lisa on April 30, 2022 at 5:16 am

        Jennifer,
        I am unable to find your full tutorial on the loose poppy, I am a member of Anna’s school and looked through all the tutorials but didn’t find it. Please email me where to find the full tutorial. Thanks so much!

  7. Georgie on April 27, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    so much fun….thankyou!!!

  8. Debbie on April 27, 2022 at 4:40 pm

    This is so sweet and useful to see how these loose washes bleed into each other to get the pretty effects . Thankyou for posting. It’s so nice to watch even when there’s no time to have a go sometimes

    • Jennifer Rose on April 28, 2022 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you Debbie, I can’t wait to see your loose watercolour poppy soon 🙂

  9. Jennifer Rose on April 28, 2022 at 2:36 pm

    I can’t wait to see members results from this new fun tutorial! Jennifer Rose xx

  10. Persis on May 13, 2022 at 2:37 am

    Love it! Thanks for the good tips. They give me confidence 😀

  11. Kay on June 30, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Thanks Anna for you sharing the Single Poppy. I am ready to start to watercolor again. The instructions and tips provided were very helpful.

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