Poppy Tutorial by Carol Sykes

Poppy Tutorial

Push Pull Poppies

In this skills lesson, we will learn how to paint these beautiful poppies & leaves using a technique called 'push pull'

You will need to know the following skills before starting this lesson: 

  • How to transfer a pattern
  • How to paint a comma stroke

What you will need checklist

General painting supplies…
  • Paper Towel,
  • Wet Palette and water pot
  • White/Black Transfer paper
  • Tracing Paper
  • Black practice paper
  • A4 Black Mount practice board (or similar)
  • Pen/pencil
  • Dotting tool
  • ¼” Deerfoot Stippler
  • An old Round Brush (nearing the end of its life) – No 3 or 4
  • Liner Brush
DecoArt Americana Paints and Mediums…. 
  • Lamp Black
  • Tomato or Country Red
  • Tangelo Orange (or any bright orange)
  • Avocado Green
  • Hauser Light Green
  • Titanium (Snow) White
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What's included?

Video Icon 5 videos File Icon 6 files


What you will need info. sheet
772 KB
Step One Video Instruction: Push-pull-stroke practice
5 mins
Step One Worksheet: Push-pull stroke practice
5.34 MB
Step Two. Printable Poppy Design Pattern Sheet
1.88 MB
Step Three Video Instruction: Practice assembling the Poppies
8 mins
Step Three Worksheet: Practice assembling the poppies
8.32 MB
Step Four Video Instruction: Practice the Poppy Centres & Stems
4 mins
Step Five Video Instruction: Practice the leaves
3 mins
Step Five Worksheet: Practice the leaves
3.72 MB
Step Six Video Instruction: Assemble the whole design
16 mins
Step Six Worksheet: Assemble the whole design
6.09 MB


I've been a Folk It! Ambassador for nearly two years now and although I teach the wonderful brush stroke techniques of Folk Art to others (and absolutely LOVE doing so) I still have much to learn myself.  Cue the Folk It! online studio and their fab tutorials.  
I've painted poppies before but not like this, I've been waiting patiently for this particular tutorial for a while now so was thrilled when Folk It! announced it was live.  The wait was definitely worth it!  Everything you need to know so that you can paint this beautiful poppy design is provided - a list of supplies, poppy pattern and step by glorious step instructions for the design itself.  Carol breaks it all down into manageable sections.  Starting with the new 'push-pull brush stroke' Carol takes you through the poppy petal by petal, then the leaves before putting all of together to complete the whole design (my first practice in my art journal).  It's a lovely, transferrable design (gift box and light bottle) and all of the Folk It! tutorials are at unbeatable bargain prices so it's a win-win all round.
Vanessa Cooper