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 Judy Albertson says:

    Hello, I watch your videos but usually never leave comments but I just had to this time. I love the way your flowers look. They are simply amazing. The color variation just makes the flowers look so gorgeous. I just had to try to make the lines like you showed and it works. Thanks.

  2. Avatar MandaLJ says:

    Wow! Such beautiful water colouring! The hibiscus feather looks amazing!

  3. Avatar Jan says:

    You are so talented. Your cards are stunning. Thanks for the video.

  4. Avatar Dawn S says:

    Love the colors! Beautiful cards.

  5. Avatar Rachel says:

    Gorgeous card, love the watercoloring

  6. Avatar Patricia Quintas says:

    You are so TALENTED !!! Beautiful cards , I’d love to see more watercolour techniques.

  7. Avatar Judy says:

    Very nice, love both cards. Thanks for the video sharing how you colored the cards.

  8. Avatar Royleea love says:

    This feather is so gorgeous! Love it

  9. Avatar Denise Mlady says:

    These cards are just gorgeous! Love all the detail you added to the flowers and the feather. The Sketch lotus is my favorite from this release.

  10. Avatar Barb H. says:

    Wow…just gorgeous!

  11. Avatar Laura L Buehler says:

    Lovely cards. Everyone seems to have a different spin on the lotus flower stamp set, and every one of the spins is outstanding.

  12. Avatar Barbara Smith says:

    Your cards are so beautiful! Love that detail water color technique. Can’t wait to try it.

  13. Avatar Donna H says:

    Stunning card! Love the water coloring!

  14. Avatar Debbie D says:

    Thank you for all the tips. The detail watercoloring really made the card pop.

  15. Avatar Kristina Hein says:

    These are exquisite! Your watercoloring is always outstanding!

  16. Avatar evelyn says:

    I love the watercolor you used.

  17. Avatar Julia D. says:

    Oh my goodness, these cards are gorgeous! LOVE your watercoloring technique – such beautiful results!

  18. Avatar Katie VanSchenck says:

    You did a beautiful job coloring these! Such lovely cards

  19. Avatar Jeri says:

    Absolutely gorgeous watercoloring detail. Great tips for achieving the look you’ve accomplished.

  20. Avatar Rose Mary Smalley says:

    Your cards are both beautiful….as usual. But the one with the feathers…just struck a chord with me….I loved it very much..thank you so much.

  21. Avatar Sharon L. says:

    Very lovely cards. Like the information on varying your watercoloring.

  22. Avatar Marjorie DUMONTIER says:

    You’ve made such a fantastic floral card ! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

  23. Avatar Henriëtte says:

    I love the cards you made and what a great technique, I have never seen this before but will certainly give this a try. The second card you made is breathtaking in this technique, this is also my no. 1 favorite from this release. Thank you so much for your awesome tutorial and cards Nina-Marie.

  24. Avatar Gretchen Wilson says:

    The cards are beautiful and I love the striping on the coloring! Great technique!💜🤗

  25. Avatar Isabelle says:

    Your cards are beautiful ! I love the Earth has music stamps set and your colors are perfect for this stamp.

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