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 Ang says:

    The colors of your cards are so beautiful.

  2. Avatar Jessica Jonasson says:

    Hi Nina-Marie, you are so talented. Such lovely painting and colors. That Lotus stamp is sooo pretty. Thx for sharing.

  3. Avatar Tracy Timm says:

    Love the Lotus Flowers!

  4. Avatar CINDY Aguirre says:

    Beautiful card! Thanks for your watercoloring tips!

  5. Avatar Jacquie says:

    Very cool watercolor technique – thanks for sharing!

  6. Avatar Debbie Varnes says:

    So beautiful! You make watercoloring look so easy. These two cards are gorgeous!

  7. Avatar Donna Kalinowsky says:

    Loved watching the video of your dry brush technique as you painted the lotus flowers. The result looks like colored pencil because each stroke is filled with pigment. Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. Avatar Lynn says:

    Beautiful watercoloring – thanks for sharing!

  9. Avatar Marianne says:

    Interesting technique, and I adore your hibiscus card!

  10. Avatar Jackie S says:

    Stunning coloring Nina. Thank you for the video

  11. Avatar Linnea Sundstrom says:

    great tutorial, Nina. luv the effect, especially for the feather!

  12. Avatar Cindi F says:

    Beautiful cards! I love your colors and designs.

  13. Avatar Gayle C says:

    Beautiful cards and watercoloring

  14. Avatar Jen Carroll says:

    Such beautiful cards and great tips in the video. Learned so much, as always. Thank you.

  15. Avatar Jeannie F says:

    Nina, you inspire me! Your cards are so beautiful. I always learn so much watching your tutorials. Thank you!

  16. Your cards are stunning! I’ve never tried detailed water coloring, but I may have to give it a try after seeing the amazing results you can achieve.

  17. Avatar Cheryl Rigney says:

    Both of your cards are gorgeous!! I thoroughly enjoyed your video. I will definitely be giving this technique a try.

  18. My world, girl, your talent has no boundaries! You create such amazing and breathtaking stuff!

  19. Avatar Cynthia Koop says:

    So outstanding!! I love both cards but the Earth Has Music card is so beautiful!

  20. Avatar Joyce says:

    Love the colours and your great tutorial! Thank you.

  21. Avatar Mary Holshouser says:

    Love the flowers nestled on the leaf.
    Beautiful coloring on the cards.
    thanks for sharing

    • Avatar Mary Holshouser says:

      Sorry – I should have said feather. it’s still
      beautiful. My mind and fingers didn’t get in sync.
      thanks again.

  22. Avatar Eva laney says:

    Oh my goodness both of your cards are amazingly beautiful. I love all of the awesome detail you have created!

  23. Avatar Cynthia Cole says:

    Your cards are always so beautiful!

  24. Avatar Tracey L Randolph says:

    Your watercolor cards are beautiful! This is something I haven’t tried yet, but might have to try!

  25. Avatar Shirley Qu says:

    Your cards are so beautiful. I love the colors and your coloring is excellent.

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