Giant Red Poppy

Painting With Inks


Do you dream of unleashing your creativity and creating beautiful watercolour art?

Maybe you feel a little pang of envy when you admire gorgeous watercolour art on social media and think, ‘Wow, I wish I could express myself like that?’ Maybe you’re fascinated by watercolours but feel panic in your stomach when you think about working with a brush dipped in water? 

Something holds you back. A tiny voice warns that you might make a mess or even worse, that you’re crazy for even thinking you can paint. Using inks on canvas is your key to losing this fear and realising that water is actually your best friend when it comes to creating stunning art. 

From the delicate, luminous layers to the serendipitous ‘accidents’ that happen when the colours move, watercolour is an alluring and unique medium. It’s also one of the best starting points for new and aspiring artists. 

My free course will help you unlock your innate creativity and infinite possibilities with this gorgeous medium. It’s all about making a stroke, observing what happens, and making another. Learn how to precisely place each brushstroke of colour, drop colour into a wet shape, and trust the inks to do their magic. 

I passionately believe there is artist DNA in all of us. My absolute love in life is teaching, sharing and seeing my artists succeed to become artists in their own right. — Di Kelly

Take A Peak Inside

Start your artistic journey by bringing your own unique and beautiful poppy to life!

Inside this free mini-course, together we’ll learn how to:

Find the simple shapes hidden inside a red poppy image

Enlarge and transfer your drawing onto a large canvas

Work out a unique, original composition that intrigues the viewer

Mix colours

Let go of fear and drop rich ink colours into water shapes

Use colour vibration to create a shimmering, lively look

Create interesting textures

Adjust errors

Use pastels to add contrast and interest in the final stages

What you’ll get when you enrol:

7 video lessons in real-time, each demonstrating a step in the painting process, with subtitles and voice-over by Di Kelly

51 minutes of video

Gorgeous reference photographs to inspire your giant red poppy

A step-by-step formula that you can apply to your future watercolour paintings

A downloadable materials list

Printable instructions

All videos are bite-sized, easy-to-follow and designed to provide clear instructions. With each step, I encourage you to experiment, play and let your unique personal style come through.

Course Curriculum

  Giant Red Poppy Course Introduction
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  Section 1 - Drawing Up Your Poppy
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  Section 2 - Paint To Paper Techniques
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  Section 3 - Putting On The Cling Film To Create Wrinkles In The Petals
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  Section 4 - How To Draw Your Poppy On Canvas
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  Section 5 - How To Wet Your Poppy
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  Section 6 - Putting On The Clingfilm
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  Section 7 - Adding The Finishing Touches With Pastels And Crayons
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Artist Di Kelly has more than 38 years’ experience making magic with watercolour. She knew watercolour would be her favourite medium the very first moment she let ink drop and cascade into water. As she watched the colour spill across the paper to create a mysterious organic shape, she knew she was hooked. 

To this day, she is fascinated with the unique spontaneity of this graceful medium. Her love affair with watercolours led her to publish her first book, 'The Art Of Watering Colour’, a helpful guide to watercolours for budding artists. She’d love to help you fall in love with watercolour and its endless possibilities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The course is 100% free! I want to provide you with the opportunity to sample one of my courses so you can get a taste for my content and teaching style. My aim is that this is the first step to discover your inner artist. If you love the course do leave me a review and hopefully we will continue your journey with some of my other courses as well.

The course is an instant access course. When you sign up, you will receive access to all the course content immediately.

You’re free to work through the video lessons at your own pace. You also have unlimited access, forever.

The Giant Red Poppy course is designed to be the perfect stepping stone for anyone wanting to begin a watercolour journey. Suitable for beginners of all ages, it’s ideal for people looking to learn basic watercolour techniques and how to see the world like a watercolour artist.

The course covers finding simple organic shapes to create your own red poppy, deciding on your unique and original composition, and letting go of fear to drop rich ink colours into water shapes. I’ll also show you how to create colour vibration, textures and contrast with pastels once you’ve completed your watercolour poppy.

You’ll learn how to plan a composition and how to identify shapes and angles in an image (useful for any art project!) You’ll learn the most important watercolour techniques, including wet-in-wet and controlled washes. Most importantly, I hope you’ll discover a newfound self-confidence.

Art is a journey and artists are always learning, even professional ones. If there’s anything I want you to take away from my class, it’s to let yourself make mistakes (these are necessary, you will not progress without them!) and have fun. Laughter is the best antidote to making a mess of your work. My aim is to leave you feeling enlightened, empowered and encouraged.

Simply follow through the videos with the instruction worksheet.

You can take as long as you like to complete the course. The course offers 51 minutes of free video instruction, plus an instruction worksheet.

Watercolours are absolutely one of the easiest and most relaxing types of media to work with. At the end of the day, it’s a free course. You’ve got nothing to lose by taking the risk.

Watercolours are absolutely one of the easiest and most relaxing types of media to work with. At the end of the day, it’s a free course. You’ve got nothing to lose by taking the risk.

Great question! My philosophy is to build your artist kit gradually. All of the following materials have earned their place in my kit due to their usefulness and versatility. Here’s what I recommend:

- 1 x large white primed canvas in any size
- 500 ml bottles of ink in Magenta, Red, Phthalo Blue, and Yellow
- 1 x large mop brush
- 1 x large 8cm flat nylon brush
- 1 x rigger brush
- 1 x red pastel
- Assorted oil crayons in blue, aqua and mauve
- 1 x spray bottle
- 1 x granulation medium (optional)

Rest assured, the materials you’ll need don’t need to be expensive. You can look for second-hand materials or work with art equipment you have laying around the house. If you already have a canvas, inks or brushes at home, great — start with what you have and experiment.

If you look for second-hand materials, the costs might be as low as $30 or less. You may choose to invest in premium materials. In this case, you might expect to pay up to $200.

“I am a forever student of Di Kelly...

Di is a wonderfully talented artist and a natural and inspiring art teacher. Di takes the time and interest to bring out the best in all of her students. She is quick to praise her students’ work and instil confidence in them as aspiring artists."

— Christine Fegan

"I have been a student of Di Kelly for several years...

Di never hems you in, but rather encourages you to explore your talents and abilities. She guides and teaches individually even in a class situation."

— Karin Harper

"I have been a student of Di Kelly for several years...

Her creativity and enthusiasm are an inspiration. She encourages you to develop your own style while providing lessons and skills. Let’s aim to be loose and luscious in our painting."

— Robin Beveridge

Explore the world of watercolour with an accomplished artist

Art is a journey which never ends. That’s what makes it so wonderful.

Let’s take the journey together to deepen your confidence with watercolour and explore the amazing possibilities this very special medium has to offer. Enjoy the beautiful movement of watercolours and watch magical swirls and gorgeous unexpected effects happen before your eyes.