This week for Marker Geek Monday over on the Stamping Bella blog I indulged in a favourite technique I haven’t done for quite some time. I thought I would share the results here too.
No Line Colouring:
No Line Colouring is a colouring technique that you can do with any medium – I’m demonstrating it using Copic Markers and coloured pencils, but you can apply the same principles to whichever medium you prefer.
Instead of stamping an image using black ink, you use a pale colour of ink that blends into the colouring giving the impression of “no lines”. The result is a softer, more natural look.
I’ve done a fair amount of No Line colouring in the past, but haven’t made the time to do it more recently. I’m glad I took the opportunity to do so this past weekend, as the process proved quite therapeutic. Because there are no bold outlines to do the work of defining each area of the image, it requires a little more thought and concentration to colour and shade each area to create the form and define areas. The key to this technique is using shadows and highlights to separate and define details. As such, my brain spent less time wandering and more time focusing on the task at hand.
I didn’t film the colouring process, as I’m a little out of practice, and with so many little details I spent a lot of time with my head quite close to the paper, meaning you would mostly have enjoyed a close up of the top of my head. 😉 I will make time for some more No Line colouring soon, possibly with a less detailed image, so that I can film the process to share with you.
Here’s the finished card featuring my “No Line” coloured image:
Stamp Used: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Susie the Succulent (coordinating Cut It Out Die also available).
UK/Europe readers: Tracy at Dies to Die For has the stamp set in stock here: Susie the Succulent, along with the coordinating Cut It Out Die.
When choosing the image it just had to be Susie the Succulent – she’s one of my favourite images so far this year. If you are new to No Line colouring you might want to start with a simpler image that has less small detail areas. Or you could just jump in and challenge yourself – you have nothing to lose and lots to learn from the process!
Other Supplies Used:
- Make it Colour Blending Cardstock
- Memento Angel Pink Ink Pad * (US link*)
- My Favourite Things Hybrid Ink Black Licorice
- Prima Marketing Inc. Rose Quartz papers
- MISTI Stamping Tool* (US link*)
- Copic Sketch Markers* (US link*)
- Copic Colourless Blender Solution* (US link*)
- Mini Mister Bottle* (US link*)
- Faber Castell Polychromos Pencils* (US link*)
- Prismacolor Pencils* (US link*)
I took some photos during the colouring process and have popped them into a basic, quick guide for you. You will find a list of the Copic Markers I used towards the end of the post.
Step by Step Guide:
A closer look at the finished colouring:
Copic Markers Used:
Background: C2 plus 0 colourless blender in a Mini Mister.
I also used a mixture of Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor pencils to smooth out some of the Copic colouring and to refine the details and add extra shading.
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