Today’s project comes from double inspiration….I needed to beef up the thank you cards in my stash, and I’ve been inspired by the California superbloom poppy photos I’ve been seeing! I thought some cheerful sketched yellow flowers would cheer up some mailboxes. 

You can use alcohol markers, waterbased markers (though on better paper than I used!), watercolor, pencil – anything you can make a basic shape from. Then add some loose pen lines. It’ not hard at all!

Tutorial: Inspired by the Superbloom: poppy card sketches

The first section here uses Copic markers – but later water-based marker and watercolor. You could do this in pretty much any medium!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

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In markers, watercolors, or pencils, create the general loose shape that you see in a single poppy. Use two colors so you can add just a little shading; keep the colors close together (not much contrast) so you can not stress out over blending. You can see I didn’t!

Then ink them up!

The small brush marker in my Copic Multliner SP set is available individually if you want to nab that one to try a varied line like I created. Practice with the pressure – the brush nib is very sensitive! Then use a small pen nib to add just a few flowing lines along the direction of the petals. The more “careful” you get with the details, the tighter the sketches will get…..keep it loose!

Water media

I wanted to use up the terrible watercolor block – it didn’t work with my fancy shmancy water-based markers, but they’d be great on other papers! (I’ve tested out some here.) The watercolor worked ok on the icky paper – but even the watercolor marker one that looked so bad at first came out nice on the card (below, center right).

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I’ve been making mini paintings in gouache – so. much. fun. The poppies video is over on Patreon, but you can go see all the paintings in my shop!

Would you try these?

Which medium will you use – alcohol markers? Water-based? Watercolor? So many would work great!


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1 Comment

  1. Gab

    These look fantastic Sandy!


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