Learn to Paint Whimsical Poppies | Painting for Beginners | Suzanne Kurilla | Skillshare

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Learn to Paint Whimsical Poppies | Painting for Beginners

teacher avatar Suzanne Kurilla, Watercolor & Acrylic Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Palette Knife Techniques

    • 3. Painting Poppies

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About This Class

In this class, I will show you how to get started with all of your supplies and walk you through step by step on how to build your layers throughout this painting. You will learn how to expand your painting skills and techniques. I will go over how to use a palette knife and demonstrate right on the canvas. This class is great for Artists of any level! This is a fun and easy way to learn how to paint flowers, with each stroke of paint you will create movement and fun textures! 


  1. Acrylic Paint
  2. Palette Knife
  3. Canvas
  4. Rag/Paper Towels
  5. Water
  6. Small Paint Brush

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Suzanne Kurilla

Watercolor & Acrylic Artist





    Some areas I specialize in are Watercolor & Acrylic Painting. I have worked with adults of various ages and artistic levels. I enjoy creating content and helping others on their creative journey.

You can find my work on Instagram and FREE mini-tutorials on YOUTUBE, ArtwithSuzanne!
Also, l have Art prints for purchase and more in my Society6 shop.  

Now on TikTok, mini tutorials, Artwithsuzanne. 

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1. Intro : thank you for joining it today. And for this tutorial, I have another acrylic painting and these air some poppy flowers that I will show you how to create with your palate. Nice. And there are some supplies there that I will also go over and I will let you know which brand that I use. If you were interested in that as well, there's a little bit of close up of the demonstration and what we will be working with. 2. Palette Knife Techniques: and first up to get started, I will go over real quick. Some of the supplies I am using acrylic paint and the brand that I am using If anyone was interested, it certainly doesn't matter. But it's the artist love. And these just happened to be the metallic paints and the colors I'm using for the background for gonna be white, green, blue and yellow. We're gonna go back and forth between mixing them. I have, like, a little bit for it out in my palette of each color, and we're gonna work on just covering everything up to get that first layer on. And then after I do that, I'm gonna work on the actual blending. So we're gonna start off with some green and yellow up in the corner, and the blue and white is gonna go a little bit towards the center for this guy. So there's a little bit of sky peeking through, and then all the the greens will be on the side in the battle, and then you're gonna use your palette knife and spread around in a few different directions. You can drag it down or you can drag it sideways. You can play around with, um, your textures There, you condone. Smooth it out a little bit where you can choose to leave a little bit of the lumps so you can get creative with that. What I'm doing here at the moment is that I put down a little bit of the green and the yellow and the blue and spread them out. And then I'm gonna go back in minutes. My, it's actually like it off white and blend it throughout the picture and spread it around - way , - I think, or the edges of the painting. I did go ahead with a brush to do that, the sections, because it was a little hard with the ballot knife so you can feel free to use either or if you would like to use a palette knife or your brush for your edges for the bottom portion. I'm just going in with a little bit of extra green and for the like, the grass and some of the stems from the flowers are going to come up through their self. I added a little bit more green with an upward stroke, and then I did the same thing on the other side as well, for balance and then a little tiny bit on the bottom. There in the middle 3. Painting Poppies: and now we're ready to start with the placement of the flowers. So I'm going to put down a little bit of red and spread it around for the pedals and of actually mixing orange and with the the red to make it nice and bright. Just add a little bit more color as well. So just red and orange at the moment. And then you can play with how long or thick you want the pedals to be. And then, like I said, we're going to space them around. Just be make make sure before you actually start that your background is completely dry because you don't want the red to mix in with your like white and green and everything, or it's gonna turn pink and brown, so make sure everything is fully dry before you get started. - For the center of each flower, I used a little bit of blue and yellow and to be a little bit more specific. If anybody was curious, it was the ultra marine blue and like a, um, se more of like a lemon yellow either lemon, or if you had a cadmium that would probably work toe just in case if anybody was looking for specifics for some of these centers, I didn't go in with a small brush and add a little extra paint for some texture, and it just clean things up a little bit Here. I'm going to get started with some of the stems. And for this particular painting, they are just very thin and wispy the parts of movement. I'm just going in with a little extra yellow just to touch things up. Just so it's nice and bright in all the centres, and I didn't mix a tiny bit of yellow in throughout the stems. Thank you so much for watching this tutorial and be sure to check back for more.