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

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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!

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.

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.


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.

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.


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, 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 Sue D says:

    So pretty–love your coloring.

  2. Avatar Heather Nelson says:

    Stunning! Gorgeous coloring and cards!

  3. Avatar Kathy P says:

    Thank you so much, Nina, for your excellent detailed video showing us how to achiever those gorgeous lines in the flowers and leaves. I am definitely going to give your ideas a try, and if my work turns out half as lovely as yours, I’ll be happy! Loving this release today!

  4. Avatar Jennifer Montanti says:

    Beautiful cards! Thank you for the watercoloring tips!

  5. Avatar Danielle Dietz says:

    Both cards are pretty but I especially love the second card!

  6. Avatar Cindyellen Robinson says:

    wow. i am seriously impressed. that is some talent you have there, on those cards. those hibiscus glow. thank you for sharing that, it’s special

  7. Avatar Miriam Prantner says:

    The watercoloring on these cards is just WOW! So much texture and detail, I love these!

  8. Avatar Joanie says:

    I so enjoy all the sharing. Thank you

  9. Avatar Cheriese H says:

    gorgeous! such a cool technique!

  10. Avatar Janet Trapp says:

    So fun! What great new products❣️💞

  11. Avatar Gayle Bartholomew says:

    Thanks for all the tips on watercoloring. Your card is absolutely beautiful.

  12. Avatar Cathy Lillie says:

    Wow, gorgeous cards! You have amazing artistic talents! I’m going to give your tips a try and see how I do with it. Coloring/painting are so intimidating to me but I’m going to keep trying. Thanks for the helpful video!

  13. Avatar Sharon says:

    I was unfamiliar with these watercolors. Thanks for showing how to use them.

  14. Avatar Nancy Ketcham says:

    Beautiful coloring on the flow6! Love both cards!

  15. Avatar Sherri says:

    Thanks for sharing your watercoloring Technique!

  16. Avatar Karrie Lasater says:

    Thank you for all the great tips on the water coloring! I thought you had water colored the background and then used colored pencils when I first looked at it. Beautiful job with the water colors! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Avatar FD91354 says:

    Stunning.. Simply stunning!

  18. Avatar Stephanie German says:

    Really beautiful cards. Thanks for the expertise!

  19. Avatar Lokleani Westover says:

    So creative with the water colors.

  20. Avatar Becky Green says:

    WOW, NINA! THANK YOU for the tips on water coloring! You did SUCH GORGEOUS WORK on your cards! I LOVED watching you work! I am in AWE of the feathers! I saw that set over on the SSS Blog & am LOVING the look of those stamps! This is a SUPER Release! (I took notes on your water coloring! ;) ) SUPER JOB, Nina!!!!

  21. Avatar Theresa Petermann says:

    fun, fun cards. thanks as always for sharing.

  22. Avatar Denise Ward says:

    Thanks for sharing this lovely card as well as the great video about how to watercolor. I know nothing about painting and need all the tips and information I can get.

  23. Avatar Kathy J in Ellicott City says:

    Beautiful cards!

  24. Avatar Virginia Cowie says:

    OMG, these are so beautiful! Love the tutorial, although you make it look so easy and I fear it may not be! Will give it a try.

  25. Avatar Kathy Dierking says:

    Beautiful painting!

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