How to Paint Watercolor Poppies

modern watercolor | taught by Carrie Luc

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"Took a two week watercolor course at my local art museum. I found myself confused and frustrated after the first day. Watched your videos and applied what I learned from you to the class. At the end of the two weeks, the teacher was astounded at my progress. Funny thing is I learned it all from you. lol. Thanks @watercolorMSfit"

- Lauren

Not Your Average Watercolor Class...

This isn't your average still-life or dull landscape watercolor. Nope! For years I've been breaking the rules and doing watercolor my way - which means working with bright vibrant colors and adding mixed media elements to spice things up - or even correct mistakes (gasp!). Yeah, watercolor is already hard enough - so this series is meant to break things down in a fun and easy to follow manner. Thus allowing you to paint along with me AND see my thought process from beginning to end during an illustration.

In this tutorial, I'll be walking you through how to paint three gorgeous poppies as well as some curious little moths to keep them company


Your Instructor

Carrie Luc
Carrie Luc

Hi, my name is Carrie! I’m the artist behind Watercolor Misfit. Strangely enough this whole idea started in the year 2012 with just an idea to post a single video to YouTube as a hobby. Since then, Watercolor Misfit has grown into a business and I couldn’t be happier! But I have to say, none of this could have happened without my wonderful husband who supported me along the way and my mischievous pup. I do hope you decided to take this next venture with me as I begin online teaching! I'm excited to impart all I know to any willing to break a few rules and color outside the lines!

Sneak Peek of What's Inside

Like I said earlier, this isn't your average watercolor course - where you sit and watch the artist paint with little instruction and vague details. These styles of classes frustrated me to no end - leaving me discouraged and with little empowerment to actually paint. This is why, in my course, I not only teach you how to paint these gorgeous poppies - but also the basics of inking, mixing colors, AND some basic rules for painting flowers.



I also wanted to give everyone the opportunity to learn watercolor! This is why I've included drawing templates which are easy to trace and take the stress of drawing your poppies off your mind. I mean we all know, the drawing is the most important part of a watercolor painting. This means you've already got the hardest part of this illustration done! Plus, I've given you 2 drawing templates to make the process that much easier. One for your basic outline and one for final details added at the end of your painting.


No worries, if you can paint a flat wash, and a gradient wash - you can paint this illustration. If not, see the "Extra Resources" section. Yep, you heard me right. I teach you everything else you need to know in the course. So, if your new to watercolor and willing to give it a try - by all means join the course!


I've also included a packet of worksheets to help you follow along with me during the course. I created these to make learning as easy and simple as possible all while having fun! I've included a Mixing Chart Worksheet to guide you in painting your poppy illustration PLUS an Inking Worksheet - which is crucial for learning how to ink your illustration. If you have ever wondered why your inked drawing might turn out looking like a coloring sheet vs. an inked illustration - I explain it all in this class on inking! Trust me, honing your inking skills is crucial to mastering a great illustration.


No worries, again! While it will be easier to follow along with me if you have the same supplies - please feel free to use your own paint sets. I purposefully made the course with this in mind. Instead of teaching you to use a particular paint color - I show you how to mix colors to create your own paint hues - which we use for the illustration. So, no worries if you can't afford all the supplies I mention!

Judith was concerned that her painting would not look the same because she did not have access to the same supplies, but that's ok. You really don't need the same supplies - it's how you use them. Here's what Judith sent me a few days later:


If you are curious what a student's work would like - here's a glimpse!

Dorothy was a newbie and was concerned her painting would not look like everyone else. But you can see it here:

"I've learned more from a 10 minute YouTube tutorial about watercolor than I did in 4 years of art school. Thanks @watercolorMSfit"

- Alyssa

"I was gonna go to bed at a reasonable hour, but then I caught @watercolorMSfit live streaming and now all I want to do is paint!

- Lisa

"Been drawing most my life, but never tried watercolor. Thanks Carrie for making it so simple to follow and entertaining for us "newbs" as you say."

- Richard

"Thanks Carrie for the well though out videos! I'm excited to try watercolor again!"

- Deborah

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a live event?
No this is not a live event. You can watch it anytime you wish - even if we are sleeping.
I'm a newbie - can I take this course?
Yes! Newbies are welcome. In fact I created this course for newbies, but advanced watercolorists will learn something too. You will need to be able to do flat washes and gradients however and you can watch these videos for free on my 30 Tips Beginner Series on Youtube.
I can't draw. Could I still take this course?
Yes! Drawing isn't needed - as long as you are a good tracer! I provide templates (or printable inked drawings) for you to trace on to watercolor paper. Thus, you can concentrate on the painting and leave the drawing to me :)
Is it possible to purchase the class and do it later or do it more than once?
Yes! You have lifetime access and you can print out the templates as many times as you want for your own use. So you can do it as many times as you want.
Do I have to use Watercolor Concentrates or Winsor and Newton Tube Paints for this project?
While you will find it easier to follow me with these paints, I have set up the tutorial in such a way where it would be easy for you to use your own paint sets (pans, tubes, any brand, etc.) during the project. An example of this is in episode 5 and 7 where we tackle color mixing. The colors are set up in the categories of highlights, mid-tones, and shadows. I then instruct you where to place these colors in your painting. Think of this tutorial similar to a paint by number project; but this time we are layering colors on top of each other.
Can I watch the course on my iPad or Android Tablet?
Yes! In the course under extra resources section, my husband (the more tech-y one) made a video demonstrating how to view the course with your IPAD or Android Tablet. He walks you through step by step to make it as easy as possible.
Is my personal information secure?
Yes, we are using the system, so your personal and payment information is secured. We never see your payment information for your security as well.
Are these videos downloadable?
At this time no sorry, the videos are not downloadable. The files are very large to ensure the quality is crystal clear so streaming them is faster. However, you can watch the videos on your PC, Mac, iPad, or Android Tablet at anytime.

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