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Poppy Pattern Design
Welsh Poppy – Mecanopsis cambrica
Inspiration for Poppy
A Welsh Poppy in a neighbours garden was the inspiration for this design. I love how the four petals unfold to create almost child-like, simple shapes.
My Poppy design mixes 9 different poppy shapes to create a relaxed pattern. I am usually fastidious about everything being straight and aligned so this pattern has taken me out of my comfort zone!
Styling the Stamens
I experimented with a range of my own brushes to create the stamens. The most successful were simple radial lines – unevenly spaced around a wobbly centre circle.
As the poppies were yellow, I started with these on a white background. Later variations change the colour of the poppies and the backgrounds too. I use a catalogue of my numbered, colours. There are currently 64x colours that I choose from. These are being added to almost on a daily basis. There are so many lovely colours to choose from!
Each of the patterns is coded, so I can recreate the colours. For example D-110-100, where D is the design number, 110 is cyan blue for the flowers, 100 is white for the background.