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No-line Watercoloring Tips for Beginners (real time painting)

Hello all! Whew! Today’s video is long but packed with useful information about no-line watercoloring. I’ve heard many of you ask for more real-time watercoloring instruction, especially when it comes to slightly more advanced techniques like no-line watercoloring. For these cards I used the adorable Butterfly Kisses stamp set from Lawn Fawn. Aren’t these critters so cute?!

(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).

The whole idea behind no-line watercoloring is to take stamped images and make the stamped line disappear after you’ve colored it. So, you’ll want to stamp in a light ink and then get to the watercoloring. Most all of the instruction happens in the video, so for this blog post I’ll keep it to the basics…

  • I recommend using Antique Linen Distress Ink for stamping the images for no-line watercoloring.
  • I also recommend starting with Distress Inks for the actual watercoloring. Smooshing the ink pads on a slick smooth surface like the Watercolor Palette from Art Impressions works well. You can also use the Distress Ink reinkers that comes in bottles (one very small drop of ink on a palette should suffice).
  • Begin painting at the stamped lines with the strongest (darkest) amount of color. Swish your brush in water so you only have clean water on your brush. Pull the color away from the line with your brush.
  • Build layers of color.
  • Darker areas and contrast help define the image.

I hope today’s tips help you out! Thanks for stopping by!

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.

*Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses stamp set
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*Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses dies
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Fabriano Artistico Extra White, 5×7…
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Fabriano Artistico Extra White…
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MISTI Stamp Positioning Tool
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*MISTI bar magnet
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*Art Impressions Watercolor Palette
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Escoda Prado Watercolor Brush, Round 2
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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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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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Holbein Gouache in White
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3M Micropore Tape
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*Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting…
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T-Square Ruler
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3M Scotch Blue Masking Tape
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*Royal & Langnickel Zen Watercolor…
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Precision Heat Embossing Gun
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*Versafine Clair ink in Acorn
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3M Scotch Foam Tape
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Simon Says Stamp Teflon Bone Folder
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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