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Wednesday WrapUp Another Contour: Poppies

Contour Pink Poppy Framed Print


I’ve enjoyed sharing Wednesday Wrap Up— a wrap up of my project tips for the past week or something I’ve learned that may also help others with the same  #warmup4art  hashtag. Today I share my continued enjoyment of contour drawing with the app Procreate inspired by the class I took on Skillshare by Cardwell and Ink Design: Procreate for Beginners: Botanical Contour line drawing, which is like my own Quick Splash MessagesFunky Florals, and Line Art / Off Kilter art styles.

This Week’s Inspiration

I remember art classes in elementary, middle, and high school of contour drawing– around the outside of an object to begin to see the shapes of things and how our eyes can fill in the rest. And so with art, we can provide a simple or complex shape, minimal or detailed color and shading– in ways that express our interpretations of our topics.

So I was inspired to take Cardwell and Ink Skillshare Contour Botanicals class and then adapt the idea of contour drawing with my own twist [white outline and shadow] and by Jennifer Nichol’s framing technique for making it watercolor paper-like on the edges.

And poppies in a contour format are such a delight to draw. I so enjoyed the outlining, coloring, shading, and deciding how to include interest with the background choices. I can relax with these while listening to the Harry Bosch novels by Michael Connelly on Audible.

 The Process

Contour Pink Poppy Mouse Pad


  • Procreate monoline, noise, studio pen;
  • Jennifer Nichols- Big Monoline for eraser and background pattern textures;
  • Watercolor Splash from Teela Cunningham.


My video wrap-up is a bit different this time– I narrated the drawing as it replays. I hope it provides a clearer idea of my process and encourages you to visit Priscilla’s or Jennifer’s websites to try their classes.

See links to mentioned artists here: Artist Resources

on Red Bubble— the Contour Watercolor Poppy products:

Try It

So, that wraps up this Wednesday Wrap Up. As we develop our skills every day we choose to make art every day, and stretch ourselves with strategies that match the style and effect of our goals. And sometimes our background of previous learning combined with the help of other artist teachers helps us adapt the process into our own style, as with the white outline and shadow in this piece. We find a style we love and can share with others. So keep going in two ways: make art every day and learn and share with others.

Thank you so much to Priscilla Cardy and Jennifer Nichols for their classes and sharing to help all of us improve and discover our own styles and processes. You may want to click the Artist Gems category on my blog for other teachers and artists who might inspire you.

I look forward to your sharing, and please continue to be a part of the  #warmup4art series to learn and enjoy our work together! See my sharing at IG @42Sheri and Twitter @42Sheri.

And, on Red Bubble— the Contour Watercolor Poppy products, which shows how a bit of playing around and adapting can lead to what to do with all those fun discoveries in your own art.

#warmup4art #makingarteveryday #poppy #poppies #contourpoppies #wildflower #contour #clmooc #maydoodle #cldoodle22 #ipadartwithjennifernichols #procreateit 

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