It occurred to me at the first meeting where we received our cats that adding a poppy sculptural element to Poppycat might be a fun addition. After some research and experimentation and some help from Mentor, volunteer and fellow artist Jane Dorsey, here are some photos of the "challenging" process of adding a poppy, some leaves and stems to Poppy! (the word challenging here means there was some cursing and general anguish and worry in this part of the process) Thanks too to Scratchworks who makes a terrifically versatile clay product. But after some sanding, more gesso and some adapting to the learning curve, I think she looks pretty good!
After this part, once all the clay was applied, I sanded, gessoed and painted the clay additions. After that about three coats of titanium white acrylic paint was applied to the entire cat to cover the grey gesso (note to self...next time not so much grey tint.) And then the real fun began of batiking and painting and collaging the batik flowers onto Poppycat.