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Realistic poppy paint watercolor
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Poppies are such beautiful summer flowers.   The combination of their vibrant colours and their delicate papery poppies makes them a favorite to paint.

But when working in watercolour, how do you go about achieving those papery effects and getting them looking really real?

In this video I show you how I go about it:

I hope this inspires you to get your sketchbook out and give these papery effects a try. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments below!

  1. Jodi 12 months ago

    I loved the video!!

  2. Victoria de Carvalho 12 months ago

    You are amazing painter, I love , I learnt a lot with you. My money is very short now , but when I can will get the class online e books. For now just YouTube. Im paint just 2 years still learnig Thank you.

  3. Mary Ruthenburg 12 months ago

    I love your paintings and did one of your classes with wonderful results. Thank you!
    Mary Ruthenburg

  4. Mary Soto 12 months ago

    Thank you seems easy. I will do this. I want the 3D effect.

  5. Mary Soto 12 months ago

    I started watercolors 2 years ago. I have pictures paintinh all over. I can tell the difference. Thru now.. So I need all the ideas that are valid. Thanks again. Good work. Good teaching.

  6. Kathryn 12 months ago

    beautiful poppy. I’m going to try your method and will let you know how it turns out.

  7. Iva 12 months ago

    Thank you for your video! I painted poppy last week and I can compare – your is better!

  8. Iva 12 months ago

    Thank you for your video! I painted poppy last week and I can compare – your is better!

  9. Liz Robinson 12 months ago

    Really clear demo and description. Details of brush size and colour etc really helpful. A brilliant website.

    Many thanks…yes making time to paint is so important!


  10. Everett Leeds 12 months ago

    Hello Anna, you make it look so easy! Wonderful technique, wishing you every success.

  11. Cathy Veselka 12 months ago

    Thank you again – your videos are really helping!!

  12. Camille 12 months ago

    Lovely! That’s exactly what I am painting now, several ones, their little petals in the sunshine!

  13. Lydia 12 months ago

    That’s beautiful Anna. How would I paint that loose? Thanks.

  14. Liz Robinson 12 months ago

    Perfect demo. Thanks!

  15. jenny wilson 12 months ago

    Hello Anna ,I would like to buy your dvd ‘s of your flower paintings ,can you please let me know how to order them ? Thank you ,I love your beautiful paintings ,xxx jenny

  16. zobrist 12 months ago

    Thank you Anna
    Beautiful as always i will paint poppies and study your good video
    have a nice Summer!

  17. Kerry 12 months ago

    Beautiful…. such exquisite detail in your painting and articulate explanation in how to do this. Now for me to practice , practice and practice. 🙂 Thank you for sharing your beautiful technique.


  18. Neli Rahneva 12 months ago

    You are not only amazing painter, you are amazing person! I love all your videos I have seen!

  19. Wendy 12 months ago

    You are so talented it is Beautiful. My favourite flower. Can’t wait to have a go xx

  20. maria kellner 12 months ago

    Hi Anna,I would appreciate you taking a look at my product that i developed for glazing I always enjoy your clear demo’s.

  21. Hilda Barone 12 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful. You help me so much. Thankyou x

  22. Hilda Barone 12 months ago

    Absolutely beautiful. You help me so much with my watercolour flowers. Thankyou x

  23. Susan Baich 12 months ago

    I absolutely love, love your work! I am going to ask for your online classes for a birthday present from family and hope they buy it for me! I took your class through CRAFTSY and I am hooked! You are a wonderful teacher and I just know if I keep practicing I can get there.. I was not intimidated at all and really enjoyed the process, I loved that you walk through every step of the class leaving nothing to question! You are amazing! thank you!

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      Anna Mason 12 months ago

      Thanks so much Susan – I’m delighted for you that you’ve found a technique that ‘clicks’ for you. It would be lovely to share your painting progress with you so I do hope you’re able to join the School soon!

  24. suzanne linch 12 months ago

    Wonderful colour.Buy the book everyone.
    It is amazing, you cant go wrong.
    Thank you Anna

  25. Diane P 11 months ago

    This was great. I know what I am missing, patience.. I need to slow down… but this was fantastic, loved this video… My problem is keeping it so light to get that paper thin look… but I did it, not great, but not too bad neither. Thank you so much, Anna…

  26. Margaret Bemrose 4 months ago

    I loved the video Anna, your ;papery poppy is remarkable and watching your video inspires me to pick up my paint brush! I have recently bought a set of Winsor and Newton Cotman water colours and I am eager now to start painting!

  27. Natalie Ingaunis 2 months ago

    Wonderful tutorial. Thank you for sharing.

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