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Pretty Poppies

March 9, 2017

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Pretty Poppies
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My colleagues on the DecoArt team produce some beautiful art but I am unfortunately no fine artist! So for this piece I’ve cheated and used rubber stamps to create a painterly effect! I wanted my background to be soft, so I used my Fluid Acrylics with lots and lots of water to mimic the effect of watercolour paints. You can do this with the Media paints as they are so highly pigmented you still get bags of colour even when you use them as a thin wash. I applied the paint to my background by dabbing it on with pieces of ordinary kitchen sponge – an economical and easy way to create a multi-tonal look. My flower ‘stems’ are simply drips of paint. See – no painting skills whatsoever required!!!

When stamping with paint, the key thing is not to get too much paint onto the stamp – otherwise you get a blob rather than a stamped impression. I spread my paint very thinly onto a palette and press the stamp into it, much as I would if using an inkpad. I find this method (as opposed to trying to apply the paint onto the stamp) gives me a thin, even coverage of paint. Also, don’t aim for perfection when stamping with paint – you won’t achieve it! And worst case scenario you can fill any gaps by painting them in with a fine brush.

Items needed:

  • Andy Skinner Stencils 8x8 - Creativity
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Pyrrole Red
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Viridian Green Hue
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - White Tinting Base
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Green Gold
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Phthalo Green-Yellow
  • Canvas Board
  • Poppies Stamp
  • Background/Text Stamps
  • Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Leaf Green Archival Ink
  • Black Posca Pen
  • White Gel Pen
  • Sponge


Use very dilute Fluid Acrylics in green and yellow tones and apply to the background with pieces of sponge (I use ordinary kitchen or bathroom sponges). Overlap and blend the colours.

Instruction #1 - s1
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Mix some Pyrrole Red paint with a little tiny bit of Tinting Base to make it opaque and spread it out thinly onto a palette.

Instruction #2 - s2
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Press the solid poppy stamp (the set has a solid layer and an outline layer for each flower) into the paint and then make an impression onto the canvas.

Instruction #3 - s3
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Repeat the stamping to print three flowers.

Instruction #4 - s4
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Stamp a script image repeatedly over the canvas in permanent green ink. Water down some Viridian paint and load a round brush well with the paint. Create drip stems by pressing the brush onto the canvas and letting the paint run. Add a little more paint to the top of each stem where it meets the flower head.

Instruction #5 - s5
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Make masks from the outline poppy stamps from copy paper.

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Place the masks and stamp the outline poppies onto the canvas with permanent black ink.

Instruction #7 - s740
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When dry, go over the outline of the stems with a Posca paint pen to give them definition. Fill in the flower centres with black paint if necessary (these solid areas likely won’t stamp too well on the textured canvas) and add some dots of white with a gel pen.

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Stencil a word in the same permanent green ink you used for the background stamping using the Creativity stencil.

Instruction #9 - s996
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Instruction #10 - poppydetail1
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Instruction #11 - poppydetail2
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Be sure to visit Katy Leitch Crafts  for more projects and to learn more about Katy.


Just LOVELY... truly. Your background is EYE CANDY to me - jvividly YUMMY. Love the script too. This project is so encouraging Katy because ANY ONE of us could do something similar. To me... art is art - however it is created. The most important thing is just to BREATHE (as you said!) and CREATE. Your creativity has given me great pleasure today... uplifted my spirits. To me... that's what it's all about. Thank you so much for sharing your BEAUTIFUL project. Xj.


March 10, 2017

Beautiful! You did an awesome job and I am looking forward to trying these stamps out for myself! TFS!

barb macaskill

March 13, 2017

Very beautiful!!

Sabrina Radican

March 13, 2017

the flowers are so pretty. Love the detailed directions for making them. thanks for sharing.

Mary Holshouser

March 13, 2017

So very pretty! Love how you did this!


March 13, 2017

I think you did an amazing job. Yes. Art is art. As long as you are creating and having fun and of course getting messy with deco art paints...and making it all come together to make something beautiful Your doing a wonderful job. I love all your details. You inspire more than you know. Hugs.

Amy Martin

March 13, 2017

I just love poppies. This project is amazing.

Sharon Gullikson

March 13, 2017 did awesome! I've never had great luck using paint on stamps, your's really came out perfect! Especially love the "stems"! lol Step outs are great, full of ideas and tech's...thanks.


March 13, 2017

Great use of the flower stamp. Very pretty canvas

Teresa Godines #6857

March 13, 2017

This is awesome! I need to give this a try. I even have that stamp, :)


March 13, 2017

Wow! This is gorgeous. I love those big poppies.

March 14, 2017

Katy, This canvas is absolutely stunning!! I love poppies and you have painted these so beautifully! Bravo! Hugs, Jackie ")

Jackie Neal

March 15, 2017

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