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 Karen Hale says:

    Your watercoloring is stunning! The lotus stamp is at the top of my favorites from the new release.

  2. Avatar Gail Anderson says:

    Wow! Beautiful cards! Thanks for the video; it makes me want to try this technique.

  3. Fantastic cards. Love the these new products! Thanks so much for sharing…

  4. These cards are so beautiful and your watercolor is fantastic 😍

  5. Avatar Patt H. says:

    Absolutely gorgeous coloring on these beautiful flowers! Love the design also! Thanks for the coloring tips!!

  6. Avatar Jamie Kudary says:

    I’m new to stampin’ and blog hopping so I’m excited to see new ideas!

  7. Avatar Yolanda Gonzalez says:

    Gorgeous cards. Thanks so much for the video tutorial.

  8. Avatar Kathleen says:

    Beautiful water coloring!

  9. Avatar Tammy L says:

    These are so gorgeous! Thank you for the tutorial…the little details really make the cards! TFS

  10. Avatar Maureen Reiss says:

    Wow!!! These are some really Stunning cards!!! I love your coloring!!

  11. Avatar Colleen Howell says:

    The first card is beautiful with all the purples, my favorite color. The feather card was pretty to, not a big fan of feathers but the coloring you did on it was awesome.

  12. Avatar Mary G says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial – great information and tips!

  13. Avatar Katie M says:

    Your cards are incredible!

  14. Avatar Tina says:

    Nina, these are absolutely amazing cards. So detailed. Thanks for the detailed how-to too.

  15. Avatar Carolyn S says:

    Your cards are so gorgeous. Your instructions were wonderful – and I appreciate you encouraging everyone to give it a try.

  16. Avatar Lisa Achilles says:

    Love your cards.

  17. Avatar Merrill P says:

    Impressed with the attention to detail I see in flower/feather card; lovely.

  18. Avatar Laura Finn says:

    Nina, always love your ideas and videos! Beautiful flowers!
    Thanks

  19. Avatar Renate Harrison says:

    This cards are stunning, what a talent you have. Thanks for the video, it’s helping me with my goal of bettering my water coloring skills

  20. Avatar Lisa Byers says:

    You are so talented!! These cards are gorgeous!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

  21. Avatar Angie Hall says:

    Thanks for the great video demonstrating added details to water coloring.

  22. Avatar Sheila Bacon says:

    I watched your video and am so impressed with your style of painting and explanations that I signed up to get your tutorials. Thank you for inspiring me and creating such beautiful cards!!!

  23. Avatar Judyt28 says:

    Beautiful colours and designs for your cards.

  24. Avatar Denise Gollaher says:

    Thanks for all your inspiration. Great cards.

  25. Avatar L Williams says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous! I’ll definitely have to try out these techniques when I get the chance! You made these stamps really shine and look like original works! Well done :D

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