It’s hard to believe what you can make with coffee filters, it’s one of my fave art materials. I also have an obsession with anything Merimekko so this Poppy Art project fills both my addictions!
This is a very fun and easy project with beautiful, eye-popping results. Kids and grownups will both love painting on coffee filters! We used liquid watercolors which provide a very rich, vibrant hue. I highly recommend getting some, but you can also use regular palette watercolors, too.
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Supplies needed for Poppy Art:
~ Coffee filters – 8″ (I ironed mine flat. Make sure you use low heat and cover the filters with a cloth, I don’t want you burning the house down!)
~ Liquid watercolors (we used red, orange, yellow, and black)
~ Paint brush, empty plastic egg carton, water, damp sponge
~ Printout of poppy photographs to observe while painting
~ Paper towel to put underneath the coffee filters to soak up the paint
~ Newspaper to cover the table or us a tray
~ Gray sulphite paper (we used 18″ x 24″)
~ Glue stick
How to make Poppy Art with Coffee Filters:
~ This is really all about observation and technique. I made mine differently than my 12year-old daughter. I started with the petals and then painted the black center last. She did it the opposite. I encouraged her to use both red and orange for the petals just to make them look more real.
~ Let them dry, then cut them out. Leave a little white around the flowers to make them pop on the gray paper.
~ Arrange them on your paper, making sure to have some hanging off the edge to give the appearance of a repeat pattern. Use the glue stick to glue them down. When you’ve finished gluing them down, trim the edges.
Definitely frame-worthy, don’t you think? Next I want to try painting dahlias. I see endless floral possibilities!
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