• Darcy Edl

No-Line Watercoloring of Snowman's Gift

No-line watercolor is one of my favorite techniques. Watch a few videos by Kristina Werner or Kathy Racoosin, and I'll bet it will quickly become one of yours! This blog post is a step-by-step tutorial about my first actual project using Karin Brush markers. A video follows, which is set to music, that you can watch to see some of the processes. It's a short video, but I have some tips regarding the paper I used and applying the brush markers.

I started this project by adding the Rachelle Anne Miller digital stamp to a word document. I copied the image, flipped it horizontally, then cropped the outer edges to touch at the center. (pictured below) For all digital stamps, it's recommended that you print with a laser printer or take it to a print shop that has one on hand. Laser-printed materials don't bleed when color is applied. I happen to own a Brother HL-L2325DW that I purchased from Walmart for about $130.

The design was printed on Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper, one of my favorites papers to watercolor. However, I will say that when I applied that marker to the paper and then tried to activate it, it did not blend easily, taking quite a bit of water. Possibly the form, I will try other types in the future. During this project, I found the best way to blend on this paper was to use the blender brush that comes with the kit for small areas and by wetting the paper then dropping the pen directly to spread the ink. You will see this in the video below.

Once I painted the image, I wanted to make it appear like the snowman was standing on ice. I outlined the top design with an 02 Micro pen, leaving the lower image without a black outline. Placing a piece of vellum at the base, I wrapped it around the back and applied tape to secure it. I mounted the 3 x 8-inch paper to a piece of In The Navy cardstock from Gina K Designs and decided I wanted snowflakes. I found Studio Katia Snow Crystal gems in my stash and glued them down in various spots. Liking how that turned out, I also decided to add a seam of Nuvo Crystal Drops to make it look like snow gathered at the line between the images. The vellum gave the perfect visual of a reflection on the ice, not too bold or distracting.

What do you think of the final project?

Here is the video:

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Darcy Edl