An Easy Approach to Detail Watercolor + Simon’s Friendly Frolic Release Blog Hop

Hello creative friends, Happy Friday! Are you hopping along in the Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic release blog hop? I am so excited to be one of the stops in this 2-day hop (visit Simon’s blog tomorrow for day 2)!

If you have already been hopping along, you should have arrived from Amanda Korotkova’s blog. Full hop order is listed below!

An Easy Approach to Detail Watercolor + Simon's Friendly Frolic Release Blog Hop

In my video today, I will be breaking down my process for creating detailed watercolor effects. This may look like a hard thing to acheive, but I am hoping that my tutorial (at the top of this post), will show you that it actually is rather simple. I recommend these tips when creating with this technique:

  • Use a detail watercolor brush (a size 2 or smaller)
  • Practice your brushstrokes on a piece of scrap paper before going directly to your paper. This will also familiarize you with how your brush handles and the most comfortable way to hold it.
  • Pull watercolor from your half pans over a temporary palette and work with the small, damp puddle of pigment.
  • Make sure your brush is not oversaturate; use as little water as possible and shape your brush into a point as you dab the water off.

I’ll show you these keys in the video, which I have at the top of this post.

An Easy Approach to Detail Watercolor + Simon's Friendly Frolic Release Blog Hop

After watercoloring the Sketch Lotus Flowers with my detail watercoloring, I stamped a greeting using the Uplifting Sentiments stamp set; both of these are new stamp sets from Simon’s Friendly Frolic release. There are a few Hawaiian Sunset sequins scattered on the card, and my card base is stamped with the also-brand-new, Folk Dance cling stamp using white pigment ink on top of Velvet cardstock.

An Easy Approach to Detail Watercolor + Simon's Friendly Frolic Release Blog Hop
Supplies Used

Simon Says Stamps And Dies SKETCH…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps SKETCH LOTUS…
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Simon Says Stamp SKETCH LOTUS FLOWERS…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps UPLIFTING…
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Simon Says Stamp HAWAIIAN SUNSET…
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Simon Says Stamp ARCHED STITCHING…
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Daniel Smith CARBAZOLE VIOLET 5ML…
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Daniel Smith MOONGLOW 5ML Extra Fine…
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Daniel Smith OPERA PINK 5ML Extra…
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Daniel Smith TRANSPARENT BROWN OXIDE…
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Daniel Smith COBALT TURQUOISE 15ML…
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Daniel Smith NAPLES YELLOW 5ML Extra…
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE GOLD 5ML…
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Daniel Smith SAP GREEN 5ML Extra Fine…
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Daniel Smith COBALT VIOLET DEEP 15ML…
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Prima Marketing WOODLANDS Watercolor…
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Prima Marketing COMPLEXION Watercolor…
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Prima Marketing ESSENCE Watercolor…
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Prima Marketing ODYSSEY Watercolor…
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Prima Marketing TROPICALS Watercolor…
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Strathmore WATERCOLOR 9×12 PAD 24…
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Tonic MORNING DEW Grande Nuvo Crystal…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Pigment Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Bazzill VELVET Canvas Heavy Weight…
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Royal Langnickel ZEN WATERCOLOR BRUSH…
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Royal Langnickel ZEN WATERCOLOR BRUSH…
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping…
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An Easy Approach to Detail Watercolor + Simon's Friendly Frolic Release Blog Hop

I had so much fun with the detailed watercoloring, that I created a second card using the same technique! This time I challenged myself even more by using as few colors as possible to do my watercoloring. In total, I used only 6 different colors, and acheived new hues and tones by mixing my colors together.

An Easy Approach to Detail Watercolor + Simon's Friendly Frolic Release Blog Hop

The stunning hibiscus flowers are part of the new Earth Has Music stamp set that Simon released in their Friendly Frolic collection. I adore the images, which were all illustrated by the talented Stephanie Low. I kept the card super-simple, because this coloring was SO detailed. There is a sentiment from the Uplifting Sentiments set (a new favorite of mine now!), and I included a few sequins on this card too, which are from the Hawaiian Sunset confetti mix.

An Easy Approach to Detail Watercolor + Simon's Friendly Frolic Release Blog Hop
Supplies Used

Simon Says Clear Stamps EARTH HAS…
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Simon Says Clear Stamps UPLIFTING…
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Simon Says Stamp WONKY RECTANGLES…
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Daniel Smith SAP GREEN 5ML Extra Fine…
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Daniel Smith BORDEAUX 15ML Extra Fine…
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Daniel Smith OPERA PINK 5ML Extra…
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Daniel Smith QUINACRIDONE GOLD 5ML…
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Daniel Smith TRANSPARENT BROWN OXIDE…
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Daniel Smith MOONGLOW 5ML Extra Fine…
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Simon Says Stamp HAWAIIAN SUNSET…
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Tonic MORNING DEW Grande Nuvo Crystal…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Royal Langnickel ZEN WATERCOLOR BRUSH…
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Royal Langnickel ZEN WATERCOLOR BRUSH…
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MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping…
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ModaScrap FLY AND SCRAP 6×6 Paper…
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Keep Hopping

As with any blog hop, Simon is giving away a $25 gift card to every stop in this hop! All you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win! The more comments you leave along the hop, the more chances you have at winning a little shopping spree! :)

Simon will choose the winners at the end of the weekend and annouce them on Wednesday on the Simon blog.

I hope you enjoyed the cards I’ve shared today and are inspired to try this technique for yourself!

Don’t forget that there are lots more inspiration to see along the hop! Your next stop is my talented friend, Jessica Frost-Ballas!

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Cathy Zielske

Amanda Korotkova

Nina-Marie Trapani – you are here!

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Nichol Spohr

Suzy Plantamura

Heather Hoffman

Elena Salo

Ankita Gupta

Karin Åkesdotter

Stephanie Low

Thank you so much for visiting with me today! I will be back again very soon with more inspiration to share!

244 Responses

  1. Avatar Ro love says:

    Nina u are a card guru! Love what u did this time! I wanna be u when I grow up!

  2. Avatar Kathy Marine says:

    It is mesmerizing to watch you paint, Nina. It is beautiful as well as the hibiscus. Thank you for sharing your talents!

  3. Avatar Linda McD says:

    Love the look of this card.

  4. Avatar Royleea love says:

    Love love love this card!!!

  5. Avatar Faye Smith says:

    Lovely coloring!

  6. Avatar Rose says:

    Thank you for the tutorial & making it look like I could actually try thiis!

  7. Avatar Andrea Hastilow says:

    Both your cards are striking beautiful & delicate looking. Thank you for such an encouraging, detailed video. Your brush work is amazing, in awe of you. I’m going to try your ideas.

  8. Avatar atreece says:

    beautiful card and great inspiration.

  9. Avatar cyndi morris says:

    Gorgeous cards, Nina. You always inspire me, and this technique is no exception. This release has such beautiful florals, and you’ve created beautiful cards using them.

  10. Avatar Julie says:

    Great cards. I love the stamps in this release.

  11. Avatar Darlene Fellows says:

    Wow! Gorgeous cards! Thanks so much for the fantastic technique video. :)

  12. Avatar Karen Page says:

    Thank you for sharing this technique! That looked very doable :-) Looking forward to giving it a try!

  13. Avatar Beverly Johnson says:

    You always use such beautiful colors. Love what you did with that lotus flower. Awesome!

  14. Avatar Dayna Audirsch says:

    Beautiful work as usual! Love the softness of these cards!

  15. Avatar Brenda Kuder says:

    Beautiful cards! Thanks for sharing this technique.

  16. Avatar Dana M says:

    Stunning cards Nina! Gorgeous watercoloring as always and I love the subtle interest from your background panels.

  17. Avatar Jeanne Beam says:

    Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing your wonderful gtips on watercoloring.

  18. Avatar Donnalee Boisseau says:

    Wow! Stunning! Your coloring is always so beautiful!

  19. Avatar Stef Perry says:

    Thanks for sharing your detailed watercoloring technique in the video. The results you achieved look stunning!

  20. Avatar Linda K says:

    very pretty cards! love the new release!

  21. Avatar Sharon Brand says:

    These are beautiful!!!
    Thanks for the tips.

  22. Avatar Lynda J says:

    Gorgeous cards!

  23. Avatar Kelly B says:

    All I can say is WOW!

  24. Avatar Isabelle says:

    Your cards are beautiful ! You’ve used my two favorites from this release, thank you for the inspiration !

  25. Avatar Lindsay Dickason says:

    Thank you so much for your detailed tutorials. I am new to watercolors and this video has really shown me some good instruction. I especially like how encouraging you are, which certainly makes it less intimidating to start watercoloring. Thank you Nina!

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