It’s time for another dose of Marker Geek Monday to kick-start your crafty week! This time I’m indulging in a favourite technique I haven’t done for quite some time.
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.
Here’s the finished card featuring my “No Line” coloured image:
Stamp Used: Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Susie the Succulent
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!
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 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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