Poppy painting

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poppy painting

The red poppies flowering in my garden are the inspiration for this poppy painting.


Drawing the flower, adding the watercolour paint into the different shapes, watching the flower bloom on the paper. That’s what I love about creating!

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Sewing this flower wasn’t going to work, not in the way it did for the magnolia or the lily. But this painting still needed something.

I have loved the shape of poppy seed heads for a long time. Here was another chance to explore these wonderful things.


Ages ago I explored how to draw them, and realised that they are elliptical. I have pages of these drawings!

Back to the drawing board pad and the paint palette. Then the sewing machine.

My next decision was how to place the two seed heads onto the flower painting. Fortunately they needed to be cut out, and this allowed me to play.

This composition?

poppy painting

Or this one?

poppy painting

Or this one?


To settle on this composition

poppy painting

I felt that the stems needed to fade away. I cut it and washed watercolour paint into the stem.

Things don’t always go according to plan….. I ran out of thread in the bobbin as I was sewing down one side of the stem. This is a problem with sewing on paper, because the needle makes permanent holes. I had to go over it again ~ with a full bobbin! ~ making sure I went over exactly the same stitches.

This is the final poppy painting.

poppy painting

The painting would make a unique gift. It will be available in my Etsy shop very soon, or contact me.

  • $90.00
  • 21 x 30 cm
  • 8 x 11.5 inches
  • Arches watercolour paper, with a lovely textured surface

Like the look of my mixture of watercolour and sewing? Take a closer look at my magnolia.

4 Replies to “Poppy painting”

  1. Wow, this is very beautiful! My sister would love this I think. She likes popies so much! I find your technique with sewing very interesting! Have you considered to create a piece with deffodils? Those are my favorites… 😉

    1. Thanks Rita. 😘 Poppies are wonderful, in all their stages. I love the subtle colours of the seed pods.

      Sewing on paper is quite easy ~ ordinary sewing machine, ordinary needle. I am finding 300gsm paper is a good weight to take repeated sewing. You will have to give it a go sometime, when your life is less busy! Daffodils would be fun too. I tend to respond to the flowers around me, so I will have to wait quite a while to have fresh daffodils!

    1. I love process photos too. It gives me that behind the scenes peek on how things are created. i always appreciate your comments. 😘

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