Bloomin’ Poppies in Pen


Step 1   My Watercolor  Plan is a new adventure for me—Not only Painting Flowers, but also Outlining in Ink.


Step 2   Blooms or Oozles (that is what they are called) on watercolor paper are made by brushing on a solid color of paint then dropping water by splatting or touching the paper before it dries.


Step 3   Pop in my flower colors (the 4 colors on my test sheet, Step 1), wet in wet, adding the dark purple, made from Quinacridone Red and Ultramarine Blue.


Step 4   Define petals with more purple. Start placing more background color with Quinacridone Gold and drop in Quinacridone Red while the Gold is wet.


Step 5   I’m ready for the ink. I use black and dark purple archival gel ink pens. Splatter the little dots of watercolor paint in Quinacridone Red and the purple mixture by tapping your watercolor brush. Finer splatter can be made using a toothbrush. Finished!   

I had so much fun trying this, hope you do, too!


I often use my Ottlite while painting, so there may be a slight difference in color for my final photo of the painting.

© 2011 by Kathryn Marks. All rights reserved


About Kathryn Marks

I'm a watercolor artist , but my most recent paintings are acrylic and watercolor acrylic collage. I love to paint bright rich colors with dark contrasts © 2019-2020 by Kathryn Marks. All rights reserved


  1. Diane Springer

    I always admired your work at the Broadway Gallery, and now I have found a way to keep up with your current work. I love this technique…thanks for sharing and for inspiring. Keep painting, Kathryn – you are so gifted!

  2. This is Gorgeous!!! I can feel magical poppy pixies hovering in the air in the final photo!

    You inspire me so much! :o)
    I will have to get out my watercolor paints again!

  3. Charlotte

    Love this Kathy!! Well if I’d just pick up my brush and practice I think maybe I can do this!!! Looks great!

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