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Free Poppies Coloring Page

Free poppies coloring page

Today’s project is a free poppies coloring page. August’s flowers of the month are gladiolus and poppy. I was in the mood to draw flowers today, so here it is.

Poppies may be August’s flower of the month, but they are also used as a symbol of remembrance. They are particularly associated with World War I.


Some of the heaviest fighting took place on the Western Front in Belgium Flanders, and their once beautiful landscape became a muddy battlefield. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian doctor and poet, visited the site in May of 1915. He was grieving the loss of a friend who had died in the war. The field was full of bright red poppies, and it inspired him to write the now famous poem, “In Flanders Fields.”

McCrae’s poem inspired American professor Moina Michael to write her own poem, We shall keep the faith.” This poem was published in 1918. Michael also campaigned to raise money for war veterans by making the poppy the international symbol of remembrance. She made and sold red silk poppies to raise funds. The sale of artificial poppies became so popular that the British Legion founded a factory in 1922. Disabled British service members staffed and managed the factory.

Red poppies honor the service men and women who lost their lives during the conflict. Purple poppies honor the animals who were killed during the war, and white poppies symbolize peace without violence.

You’re welcome to color your free poppies coloring page any color you wish. You’re also welcome to post your colored pages on your Facebook pages or in your coloring groups, with attribution given to Stephany Elsworth/Color with Steph. Please do not post uncolored pages on the web, even if they’re free. Thanks!


Why We Wear Poppies on Remembrance Day

How the Poppy Became the Symbol of Sacrifice


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Free Product: Forget Me Not Flower Coloring Page

forget me not

Here’s a free product! I love seeing people’s art after the pieces have been colored so feel free to post, but as always, please don’t post uncolored pictures, not even free ones, from my pages. Love you guys! Thanks for all your support!

“Forget Me Not” is a printable, instant download, free coloring page in PDF format. It prints at 8 1/2 x 11, which is standard letter size, in portrait orientation.

How to Download

You’ll need two things to access this drawing. First, you’re going to need a printer. It’s a black and white image, so it doesn’t need to be a color printer. Second, you’ll need to have a program that will open PDF files, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe Acrobat Reader is free to download, and they provide simple, readable directions showing you how to install it. If you don’t have Adobe Reader and don’t want to download it, or for some reason are unable to download it, you can set Google Chrome as your default PDF reader and open the file that way.

Paper Stock Choices

I created the coloring page by hand with pen and ink, and then I digitized the image, added the border, and converted it to PDF format. I recommend printing out the image on card stock for best results. My personal preference is Neenah 110 lb white paper, but 65 lb is good as well. Pound, in this instance, refers to the thickness of the paper. A thicker paper is less likely to cause you issues when you’re coloring, and it will hold up better if you decide to use a liquid medium such as watercolor markers. Click here to download the coloring page.


Terms of Use

The coloring pages on my site are for your enjoyment only. The files and images are not for resale, so please do not resell the digital files or paper copies. You are welcome to post any completed and colored versions of “Forget Me Not” on your website or in your online coloring groups with attribution given to Stephany Elsworth and/or Color With Steph.

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Free Product: Simple Pansy

This project is ideal for children or beginning colorists, but has enough detail for an advanced colorist to add value and shading.