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Poppy Dot Art Memorial Craft

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Poppy Dot Art Memorial Craft
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Poppy Dot Art Memorial Craft

designed by crimson duvall

Paint a poppy in honor of someone special for Memorial Day

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Acrylic Paint Sets

  • Bold Colors Acrylic Paint Set (BD18AMBC)

Primers, Sealers, and Finishes

  • DuraClear® Gloss Varnish (DS19)

Other supplies

  • white transfer paper
  • canvas board (any size (this one is 4"x4"))
  • dotting tools (or different sized brushes or skewers)
  • multi well plastic paint palette


  1. The Bold Colors Acrylic Paint Set is perfect for this project. (Optional: varnish canvas with DuraClear Gloss Varnish when finished!)
    Step 0 Example
  2. Gather all of your supplies. Choose which size of canvas you want to work on. Pick out which colors to use from the set. I chose to use: Titanium White, Lamp Black, Deep Burgundy, Primary Red, Marigold, Bright Yellow, Kelly Green, True Blue, Ultramarine Blue and Desert Turquoise. (TIP: Use a palette with small wells to hold your paint. The small wells work great for dotting!)
    Step 1 Example
  3. Pick a variety of brushes/tools to vary your dot sizes.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Paint the canvas with a basecoat of Lamp Black using an oval or filbert brush.
    Step 3 Example
  5. If needed, print out the poppy pattern to trace onto canvas. (TIP: adjust print out to fit your canvas size.) (TIP: use white transfer paper or a light color pencil to draw your poppy design.)
    Step 4 Example
  6. A palette with small wells for paint works perfectly for dotting art! Pour all of your paint colors into the wells. Mix an additional green by adding Titanium white and a bit of Bright Yellow to the Kelly Green. (.5:1:2) Also, mix a pink color with 2:1 mixture of Primary Red to White. Lastly, mix a light blue mixture using Ultramarine Blue and White 2:1.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Begin dotting the background with the largest tool using True Blue.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Add smaller dots with the Desert Turquoise.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Continue to fill in with even smaller dots of the light blue mixture. Continue to add dots until the background is filled with color.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Use the two green colors to dot onto the stem.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Dot some medium sized Deep Burgundy onto the poppy's petals.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Add some smaller Deep Burgundy dots to fill in the petal/petal shadows.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Use a slightly larger dotting tool to apply Primary Red to the petals.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Dot some of the pink mixture onto highlight areas of the petals.
    Step 13 Example
  15. With a small dotting tool (wooden skewer or toothpicks work great), dot pink around the petal in the foreground.
    Step 14 Example
  16. Also, dot along the edge of the inner petal to highlight.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Dot inner part of the poppy using Jack-O-Lantern Orange.
    Step 16 Example
  18. Fill in areas around the orange by dotting on Bright Yellow.
    Step 17 Example
  19. Dot some orange onto the petals as needed to fill in space.
    Step 18 Example
  20. Using white, define highlighted areas and the center of the flower.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Allow to dry. (Optional: paint on a DuraClear Varnish to seal and protect.) This project is a beautiful way to create art mindfully and a time to remember and commemorate someone dear to you. The repetitive process of dot art is a very meditative movement and a calming activity.
    Step 20 Example
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