March 22, 2018

No line colouring!

Hello everyone,

It has been hot and humid for past couple of days in Perth. Unusual weather especially after having a mild summer. Its the humidity that is killing me. I had massive headaches for past couple of days. But the good thing is I got some free time to kill. So I tried to so some no line colouring. Not a good thing to do with headaches, I know. I have to do something because I cannot rest. Today being a cooler day, I was able to take some photos and share what I did.

No cards here today but panels of no line colouring using different mediums and different papers. Disclaimer: I am not an expert on no line colouring. Like I said I am only practising colouring and sharing what I achieved and my opinion. I have used the same images in the same configuration on all the panels. The stamped image is from Simon Says Stamp Some Bunny Special stamp set. So without further adieu, here are the four panels.

We will start with the top left panel. That image is coloured using copic markers on white cardstock panel die cut using the second of wonky stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp Wonky Stitched rectangle die set. All panel are die cut using the exact same die and all images are stamped using Tattered Rose distress ink.

I used E000, E00 and E01 for the bunny, R20, R21 and R 24 for the hearts, B91 and B93 for the bucket the bunny is standing on and finally YG01 and YG23 for the grass. I went around the images using C1 marker for shadow effect. The sentiment also from the stamp set is stamped using Versafine Onyx Black ink. Here is a closeup.

I have a mix of lighter and darker shades of colours used on the image. Pretty happy with how it turned out.

Next up I have no line watercolouring on watercolour paper.

First of all, I used a scrap piece of watercolour paper. I don’t know what brand it is and this paper did not take water well. I had so much pilling issues with this paper. I should have used distress watercolour paper or Canson watercolour paper. My bad 🙁 Anyway, I love how the hearts turned out. But I did not loose the outline of the bunny. That is not no line colouring right? I want the outline to disappear. I think it is the watercolour paper issue. Will try again using better watercolour paper.

To colour the image, I used Zig Clean Color Brush pen. Shading has come out well and adding the blue on the background makes the image pop.

The next panel is colour pencil on white cardstock.

I used Faber Castell’s Polychromos pencils to colour the image. I only have few pencils and not many shades of a colour. So I used only one shade pink, blue, green and red pencil to colour the image. To get shading, I simply used more layers and pressure in the areas to get intense colour and shading. Again wrong paper. This paper was smooth and hence no tooth for the pigment to grab. Initially, the colouring was a disaster. The bunny was bright pink and adding layers was difficult. Then I used the white pencil and went over all the colouring to blend and soften the colour. That worked. Outline is still there to see although its the same colour as the body of the image.

I did go over the images using light grey pencil for shadow effect. Next time I will try on a cardstock with more tooth to it or even bristol paper.

Finally, polychromos on kraft cardstock.

I love the vibrant colours of the pencils on kraft cardstock. Those hearts are gorgeous and vibrant. The bunny turned out ok. Not thrilled with it. Again the outline is still there.Next time I probably will use versamark to stamp the images on kraft cardstock or even antique linen distress inks. The bucket, hearts and grass turned out good.

 I think, I lost patience by the time I coloured the bunny. So not happy with the result. I just wanted to share the outcome whether it is good or bad. This is a start for me. Hopefully with more practice, I will get better at it.

I felt I had more control over copic markers compared to the pencils or watercolour pens. Maybe because I had more shades of a particular colour in copic markers. Also choosing the right paper matters a lot. Definitely more toothed paper for pencils. Better quality watercolour paper for watercolour or even bristol paper is a good option for both. Which panel did you like the best?

Here are all the panels together again.

All supplies used are listed below.


It was something different today on my blog. Hope you enjoyed reading my experience and opinion. If you have any tip of videos I can watch and learn, please leave it in the comment.

Thanks for stopping by today.


  1. Fun comparison! I loved the colored pencil the best. Never thought to try no-line with pencils and can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

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