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No-Line Watercoloring in Real-Time

Happy Monday, all! So many of you enjoyed my video last week with no-line watercoloring tips and requested additional videos showing the technique in real-time. I’ve been wanting to paint images from Mama Elephant’s Wish Upon a Star stamp set since it came out so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity.

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

I stamped the image in Antique Linen Distress Ink on hot press watercolor paper. Then I protected the image with liquid masking fluid. While the masking fluid dried, I created a shadow study for the image. I used this shadow study as a guide when I eventually painted the image.

Once the masking fluid was dry, I painted a night sky (including adding stars with a splatter of white gouache). Then I removed the masking fluid.

Different colors of Distress Ink were used for the no-line watercoloring. I referred back to the shadow study multiple times while painting to make sure I was adding enough shadows and contrast.

To finish off the card, I stamped and white heat embossed a greeting from the stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by for today’s video!

Supplies

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

*Mama Elephant Wish Upon a Star stamp…
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Saunders Waterford Hot Press…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Maxi Guillotine Paper…
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Scor-Pal Scor-Buddy scoring board
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Simon Says Stamp Teflon Bone Folder
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MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
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*MISTI bar magnet
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Hardboard, 9×12
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3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
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Pebeo Drawing Gum masking fluid
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Xyron Adhesive Eraser
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Escoda Prado Watercolor Brush, Round 6
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Escoda Prado Watercolor Brush, Round 2
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Escoda Prado Watercolor Brush, Round 0
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*Art Impressions Watercolor Palette
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Holbein Gouache in White
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Winsor Newton White Gouache
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad in…
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Precision Heat Embossing Gun
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VersaMark Ink
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Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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14 Comments

  • Reply Tona May 13, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks for another great video! It’s like taking a painting class. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Christine May 14, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Such an adorable and inspiring card!

  • Reply Teresa Doyle May 14, 2019 at 4:53 am

    Absolutely amazing to watch. Your w/c’ing is fantastic Kristina. Beautiful card!

  • Reply Susie Lessard May 14, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Wonderful job on the last two no-line watercoloring video’s, Kristina! Yes, I still watch (she smiles) and learn! I ordered my Hot Press through Amazon because Dick Blick was out-of-stock right now. I thought the information you gave about when to use Hot Press vs Cold Press was good advice AND I loved the example of where the light hits on the subject – excellent. I think for many of us that’s a challenge – it is for me! I liked the idea of taking the extra time to map it out first. Thank you, Kristina.

  • Reply Pam K May 14, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Oh my goodness, Kristina, this is such a precious card! Thank you for your instruction and for your inspiration. I agree with others who like to watch in real time, techniques such as this. Layering the watercolor really makes a difference. Thanks again!

    Take care.

  • Reply Penny Klie May 14, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Such a beautiful card… and so generous of you to let us watch and learn as you paint in real time. Thank you!

  • Reply Angie Cammack May 14, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Just dreamy!! Thanks Kristina! I’ve been waiting for this. :)

  • Reply Henriëtte May 14, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    This was great to see Kristina, I love the way you made the cloud. Your card is adorable and although I love to paint with my Ditress Ink, I never made a card with no-line colouring. I have to give that a try.
    Thank you so much for this great tutorial.

  • Reply Julie L May 14, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    Great video—anything worthwhile takes time. No-line takes as much time as watercolor from an original design, but is so worth the effort.

  • Reply Heidi Gonzales May 14, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Kristina – As always a great card, so sweet! I enjoyed watching in real time, as it really shows the how to, behind the finished card. I have yet to try no-line coloring and I so enjoyed watching your process of this technique. I also appreciate the little tricks you shared about shading and planning. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work!

  • Reply Willireb May 14, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Thanks, thanks, thanks! I see that you need to dry in between layers. That’s probably why my coloring has been so smeary and unlikeable. The card is so happy and whimsical, I love it.

  • Reply Debbie P May 14, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    Beautiful love your card. Your videos are fantastic. Thank you for all the great tips.

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  • Reply Kristie Maynard May 15, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks for showing us again, in real time, how you do the no line watercoloring. It helps to see it like this. Adorable card.

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