You begin with a very abstract watercolor and after it has dried you go back with India ink and a bamboo skewer (? did she mean bamboo brush - not sure how you would paint with a skewer) and create flowers.
This is a great idea for any sort of DIY artwork: trace a simple graphic onto three canvases, and paint. So much more esthetically pleasing than if you were to just trace and paint onto one canvas. Plus i love the whale idea for a little boy room :)