Poppy Dot Art Memorial Craft

Poppy Dot Art Memorial Craft

Posted by DecoArt on May 30th 2022

Paint a poppy in honor of someone special for Memorial Day


  • white transfer paper
  • canvas board
  • dotting tools
  • 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!)
  2. Instruction #1
  3. 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!)
  4. Instruction #2
  5. Pick a variety of brushes/tools to vary your dot sizes.
  6. Instruction #3
  7. Paint the canvas with a basecoat of Lamp Black using an oval or filbert brush.
  8. Instruction #4
  9. 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.)
  10. Instruction #5
  11. 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.
  12. Instruction #6
  13. Begin dotting the background with the largest tool using True Blue.
  14. Instruction #7
  15. Add smaller dots with the Desert Turquoise.
  16. Instruction #8
  17. Continue to fill in with even smaller dots of the light blue mixture. Continue to add dots until the background is filled with color.
  18. Instruction #9
  19. Use the two green colors to dot onto the stem.
  20. Instruction #10
  21. Dot some medium sized Deep Burgundy onto the poppy's petals.
  22. Instruction #11
  23. Add some smaller Deep Burgundy dots to fill in the petal/petal shadows.
  24. Instruction #12
  25. Use a slightly larger dotting tool to apply Primary Red to the petals.
  26. Instruction #13
  27. Dot some of the pink mixture onto highlight areas of the petals.
  28. Instruction #14
  29. With a small dotting tool (wooden skewer or toothpicks work great), dot pink around the petal in the foreground.
  30. Instruction #15
  31. Also, dot along the edge of the inner petal to highlight.
  32. Instruction #16
  33. Dot inner part of the poppy using Jack-O-Lantern Orange.
  34. Instruction #17
  35. Fill in areas around the orange by dotting on Bright Yellow.
  36. Instruction #18
  37. Dot some orange onto the petals as needed to fill in space.
  38. Instruction #19
  39. Using white, define highlighted areas and the center of the flower.
  40. Instruction #20
  41. 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.
  42. Instruction #21


Dot Art Poppy