Acrylic Painting: How to Paint a Field of Poppy Flowers - Easy Acrylic Painting for Beginners! | Elle Byers | Skillshare

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Acrylic Painting: How to Paint a Field of Poppy Flowers - Easy Acrylic Painting for Beginners!

teacher avatar Elle Byers, Artist and Teacher

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5 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. First Layer of Flowers

    • 3. Add the Green Field

    • 4. Continue Layering

    • 5. Finish the Flowers

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About This Class

Welcome to my new class, "Acrylic Painting: How to Paint a Field of Poppy Flowers - Easy Acrylic Painting for Beginners!"

I'm going to teach you how I painted this small abstract poppy field painting using only 4 colors of paint!  I will show you how I mix some of my favorite paint colors, the supplies I'm using, and how I layer my painting step by step!

Here are the supplies and paint colors I used for this painting:

6 x 8 inch canvas 
palette paper 
paint brushes 
water to clean brushes 
paper towels 
acrylic paint

Paint Colors:
Quinacridone Red
Titanium White 
Hansa Yellow Medium 
Turquoise Phthalo 

If you create a painting inspired by this class, I would love to see it! Click on the "Projects & Resources" tab to upload a photo of your work! 

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Elle Byers

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Hello, I'm Elle Byers. I'm an artist and a teacher.  My favorite medium is acrylic paint and my favorite subject is flowers!  Check out all of my Skillshare classes at the bottom of this page. 

If you want to see what I'm up to on a daily basis, you can follow me on Instagram.  My available paintings can be purchased on my website, 

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1. Introduction : Hi everyone. I'm l and I am going to teach you how to paint a small abstract poppy painting just like this one. I used a six by eight inch canvas, but a larger one would work as well. You will need some pallet paper or another type of palette, some water and paper towels to clean your brushes. I used only four colors for my painting today. I have titanium white, quinacridone, red, turquoise, Filo, and hence the yellow medium. You can use whatever three primary colors you have on hand plus weight. And I used three different sized brushes for this painting. They're all flat brushes. The largest one was size 12. I also used to size ten and a size six. For my smaller details, I will list all of the paint colors and supplies that I used below the video in the about section. So if you click on a boat under the video, you will see this supply list. And if you click on projects and resources, that's where you can upload a photo of your own painting. Alright, let's get started. 2. First Layer of Flowers: I am going to start with my flowers. I'm going to mix some different colors here, put down my primary colors and some white. Will need more yellow than they're going to warm up my red a little by just adding a tiny bit of orange. And my flowers are going to be small, but they're going to have a couple of different colors in them. Three or four different values. So I want darker, mid colors and then light colors. So I'm gonna put some orange kind of in the middle. And then also have some lighter values, like white. I'm gonna work right now with just my red because if I keep going with the yellow and white, my, my brush is going to just pick up all the light colors and I want to do some darker ones. So I'm gonna start with the red here. And my flour should get a little smaller as they go further into the distance. So as I go back, I'm going to have some smaller flowers. When I mix an orange that is not the exact same value as the red. That way it stands out. So Poppies, they're pretty simple, especially when you're painting them small like this. They're almost kind around. But it's okay if they're a little bit Angular. I guess technically the sunlight would be hitting the top of them, so I probably should be making the bottom darker and the top sides lighter. If you think about the way that they're hitting the sun or the sun is hitting them, I should say. Just wiping my brush-off. Mixing kind of an orange color, peachy orange. And I'm going to pick up some yellow. And that's what I'm going to put in the middle of these. And I'm just touching up my red to dark. And I really want the red on these to be prominent. I'm gonna make some also in a lighter color and put some of them more clustered together in some further apart. And it's okay to have some of them touching. It's how they would be in a field. I'm gonna make a couple of that lean purple. My spacing is random but yet not intentionally clustering more here. I want, I don't want any huge spaces, but over here, bigger space is a little more sparse. I think I'll add a little white, my fresh and England and little pink to these. I'm going to grab a clean brush and really do a couple of spots of bright, bright yellow. I kinda like some of these cluster together like that. You're not really sure where one ends and the next begins. Right? I'm gonna switch over to my blues and greens. 3. Add the Green Field: I'm going to start with a darker value. So I'm gonna go with my turquoise with a little bit of yellow so that it's a very dark green. And as this dries, I'll add in some lighter colors. I'm trying not to paint over all my flowers, but I can always go back and touch them up, which I'm sure I will. I'm really just trying to cover the canvas right now, not overly worried about color. And I think that I will have maybe some darker values over here on the left and ion maybe we'll do a little bit later on the rate. And a lot more yellow. To lighten it up, sort of change the color. I picked up a little red that wasn't dry, but I'm not worried about it. I'm going to be adding more details, so it's okay. Okay, now I'm going to be a little more intentional with some Mark's. Gonna do some darker areas around some of the flowers to be to make more shadows. And then the lighter areas will be areas where there is more sunlight. This is going to need to completely dry so that I can start to touch up my flowers and add more details on my field. Okay, I'm gonna stop fussing. And I'm going to let this thing dry completely. 4. Continue Layering : K My field leads needs more variations. So I think my, my flowers are gonna get a stem. And then I'm gonna take some of this turquoise. And just kinda dark and in some areas, moving my brush in different directions so that I'm not getting all of the same sort of brushstrokes. And as I move to a different part of the field, I'm just adding some different highlights. Oh, I think these different colors really helped a lot. Okay. A little bit more drying time. And then I'm just going to touch up My flower is liking this light green. I'm gonna do a little more of that. 5. Finish the Flowers: Hopefully that was an amp drying time. I'm going back to my primary colors here. Just need a little blue. I'm going to add some weight. Also. I'm just gonna go over read where I want my darkest threads to be. And so on. Most of the flowers that I'm doing with red, that's going to be closer to the bottom, maybe a little on the sides. And then I'm gonna make some orange a little bit or a lot of yellow. And I'm putting it mostly on the side. But I'm not trying to be exact with anything. So I say it aside on some of them that might not happen. We're going to add a little weight. And the mixing kind of a pink peach color. I'm not over mixing it because I want it to be a little bit streaky on the canvas. And I'm adding just small details of this color. I think the streaks will add a lot of interest. It's going to wipe my brush and pick up some of that yellow. Yellow should really brighten up some of these flowers. He might want to add a little white to it. You might wanna get a clean browser. Just wipe off the brush that you're using to get a more vibrant yellow. And then I'm gonna mix a tiny bit of blue into my read and go over the Dirk is parts of my more purpley flowers. I'm just trying to make sure I have them all. And that's it. That's my field of poppies. If you create something inspired by this tutorial today, please upload a photo of your work. I'd love to see it. Just click on projects and resources below the video and click Create Project. And that's where you can upload a photo of your work. Thanks for watching.