No Line Watercoloring: Unity {be inspired} Challenge #8

So I've kind of been on a "no line" kick here recently, experimenting with different ways to color images without the harsh black outline.  Last week I attempted this technique with my Copic markers (see my Unity {be inspired} #7 post to see how it turned out) and this week I've been using my Distress Markers to watercolor a soft no-line look.

 I borrowed this technique from the amazingly talented Kristina Werner and if you haven't seen her blog or checked out her tutorial videos, I highly recommend that you do!  Following her example I stamped my cake image from Unity May 2014 KOM in Antique Linen Distress Ink.  This way, the color will blend as you watercolor and fade into the image, leaving a very light outline.  I then scribbled Distress Markers on my work surface (I use the Precision Glass Cutting Mat from We R Memory Keepers and I LOVE it!) and spritzed some water right on there and used them as watercolors to color my image.  


Once I had finished painting my image I hit it with my heat tool to dry it and added some white polka dots to the background with my white gel pen.  I matted the watercolor piece on some kraft cardstock and used a scrap of text paper to line the front of my kraft card base.  I added a little washi tape to make it look like the image was taped to the card and finished up with a few sequins and some Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen - I can't resist the sparkle!


After I finished this card I realized that the colors I had chosen fit perfectly into this month's Unity {be inspired} Challenge!  It was fate at work :)  Love my Unity stamps and using them to play around with new techniques!  This card is going to my mother-in-law for her 60th birthday so I hope she enjoys it!

Thank you all for stopping by!  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think or if you decide to try some no line watercoloring!  Have a fabulous weekend! 


  1. Wow!! Looks like you got it figured out! I'll have to check out KW's tutorial. Beautiful job :) Love the print background too.

    1. Thank you, Caroline! Kristina's tutorials have helped me a ton so I hope you check them out!

  2. I love watercolors! Your idea and work are fabulous!