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…
[ SSS ]
Daniel Smith TRANSPARENT BROWN OXIDE…
[ SSS ]
Daniel Smith MOONGLOW 5ML Extra Fine…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp HAWAIIAN SUNSET…
[ SSS ]
Tonic MORNING DEW Grande Nuvo Crystal…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
[ SSS ]
Royal Langnickel ZEN WATERCOLOR BRUSH…
[ SSS ]
Royal Langnickel ZEN WATERCOLOR BRUSH…
[ SSS ]
MINI MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping…
[ SSS ]
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 Terrie D. says:

    Your cards are so beautiful! I just love how you colored the images :) Thanks for sharing your watercoloring tips in the video!

  2. Avatar Sylvia Gale says:

    You are inspiring , what wonderful cards!

  3. Avatar barbara lassiter says:

    These are beautiful. Thanks for sharing this technique for adding more depth and color. Love the way it looks! It’s perfect for these new designs from SSS!

  4. Avatar Sheri Kempke says:

    Your cards are gorgeous–love this new release! Great job!

  5. Avatar Karen Chupka says:

    Your water coloring is beautiful. Loving the background you made too!

  6. Avatar Jill Sharp says:

    Pretty cards and great video. Thanks.

  7. Avatar Jaycee says:

    Beautiful watercoloring job. The second is my favorite. I think it is because I loved the greens in the leaves which helped the flowers to “pop”.

  8. Avatar Kimberly says:

    You are so amazing !!! You make it look easy!!! Flawless beauty! This is a GREAT design AND Product HOP!

  9. Avatar Becca Neeley says:

    Oh wow I LOVE this watercolor technique! It’s so simple but looks like it takes lots of skill and time. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous cards!

  10. Avatar Helen says:

    What beautifully colored card designs! These new stamps promise to be wonderful for card designs. tfs

  11. Avatar Vicky C says:

    Stunningly beautiful card, love the colouring! Always inspiring!

  12. Avatar Candy T says:

    Your cards are just beautiful. I learn so much from watching your tutorials. Thank you

  13. Wonderful watercoloring.
    Melissa
    “Sunshine HoneyBee”

  14. Avatar Jayell says:

    So pretty! Love this card.

  15. Avatar Anne Sturgeon says:

    So very beautiful. All this release has such possibilities. I love everything, so now comes decision time! Nicely done.

  16. Avatar Leanne in Cali says:

    Your flowers are so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing these fun new products with us!!

  17. Avatar Meghan Kennihan says:

    You are so detailed with your coloring! It’s incredible!

  18. Avatar DebbieP says:

    Love your technique and can’t wait to try it. Hibiscus is one of my favorite flowers, so I especially love that today.

  19. Love the cards so much. Thanks for the video tutorial!

  20. Avatar laura says:

    Excellent tutorial, especially in regards to the brush and practicing strokes…. those tips are golden.

  21. Avatar Diane Hunter says:

    I just got some new watercolors so I will try your tips to watercolor my cards. Yours are beautiful.

  22. Avatar Connie Magar says:

    Another unique use of this stamp. Love your style.

  23. Avatar BeverlyBL says:

    I love this big set and you did a beautiful job showcasing it. Thanks so much

  24. Avatar Marilyn says:

    Beautiful. Thx for the watercoloring tips

  25. Avatar Vivian says:

    Beautiful cards. I’m trying to learn water coloring so this is timely.

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