Video: No Line Watercoloring Birthday Card

Hello! Today I wanted to try a new (for me) technique that you may or may not have seen. It's called no-line watercoloring and it's a way to color your stamps to get a really soft, blended watercolor look. I used the Party Pooper stamp set from The Alley Way stamps (plus a sentiment from It's My Party).

Here is the video below to watch how it's done!

You end up with a really soft, artsy look rather than a defined graphic look that you would normally get by stamping in black ink and coloring with something like Copic markers.

It is always fun to try out different styles and techniques like this one! And if you love the look of watercolor, this might be right up your alley.

As I mentioned, this was my first time trying this technique out, so it is far from perfect. BUT, I didn't mess up too horribly which means that YOU can definitely do it, too! :) Here are some tips that I figured out along the way that might help you:

  • The biggest tip I have is to make sure you have CONTRAST in the spaces where a line would divide your image. If you don't have enough contrast between light and dark, everything in your image will end up just blending together and won't have any definition.
  • You might want to work on one area, and then move to another that isn't adjacent so that the first one has time to dry and any new paint from the second area won't blend into the first.
  • I find it easier to control how much color I put down if I first scribble my pens onto an acrylic block, and pick up the ink from there.

I hope these tips are helpful, and if you have any others, be sure to share them in the comments below! :)