Wednesday, July 4

Technique Class - No Line Colouring

Some clever person has come up with a fantastic technique to colour your images so that the outline is barely visible.  I think it gives a kind of painted look that reminds me a lot of decorative art.
In the examples I saw, the artists all stamped their images with a very light coloured ink.  I figured we could all do the same thing by printing our digital images in a very light grey tone.  (There's a quick How To at the bottom of this post.)




I really enjoyed this technique and loved the end result.  I found that it's important to have a lot of contrast between the different layers of the picture so that each individual element stands out, particularly if they are the same colour group, such as the petals of the poinsettia.  Give it a go... start simple and use a fairly large image so you can see what you're doing.  Have fun!



HOW TO: Open the image in Microsoft Word and resize it as desired.  Right click the image and select Format Picture from the drop down menu that appears. On the left hand side of the next menu that appears, select Picture Colour then click Presets, which will bring up several different colours for your image. The fourth choice along is called Washout, that is what you want to select to get a very light line.

28 comments:

Merry said...

Your colouring is so beautiful....thanks for the tips on this new technique.

Eret said...

Beccy, your coloring is amazing. It's really cool technique. Those candys looks so real without dark lines. Fantastic!
Hugs, Eret

Margaret said...

Love the technique and will definitely give it a try

Margaret xx

Mamma Mia said...

Wow Beccy!!!! Your projects look so fab! Thanks for sharing this technique with us, and I'm going to try this. Helen x

sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!! such a great technique Beccy, your colouring is absolutely stunning

Sue

Annie Anya said...

tERRIFIC TUT bECCY...THANKS..ANNIE♥

Viv said...

Been meaning to try this technique for a while. Your image looks amazing Beccy and cards too, I must have go at this soon, thanks for the info. I assumed it would have to be a stamped image, stupid me didn't think to print a digi one in a pale colour..... doh! :) Viv xx

Loz said...

This is STUNNING Beccy..Loz

Teresa said...

Great!!!

macma said...

Thanks for sharing the tip,'love all your digis

pescbrico said...

Oh, I love the result! :) Great idea to print it in light gray! HAve a wonderful day.

Becky said...

wow, these are beautiful.

Glenda Atkins said...

The colouring on the card is absolutely wonderful Beccy, the colours just pop out at you. Thanks for the tutorial!
hugs
glenda

Charlene Mitchell said...

Thanks Beccy. Will have to give this a try!

Renee said...

I tried this once but took a long, drawnout path to get to the finished results (layers on layers etc.) & decided it was too much work...BUT this is so simple....thanks tons...I loved the effect!

Pat said...

Been wondering how to do this. This has been very helpful.Thanks.

Jennie said...

Fabulous coloring!

luvthatstampin said...

Your coloring technique is outstanding, and what a great idea. I can never get over how clever an artist can be, and you took the cake!

New Brighton said...

Love your coloring! Thanks for the tutorial.

Sonia said...

Hi Becky
Thanks for this cool technique and your great tutorial.
-Sony
Sonia-Studio60

Katya said...

Your coloring is amazing! Thanks for the tutorial!
-Katya

Grenouille Greetings said...

Stupendous colourwork, Beccy! Beautiful cards! Hugs, Lesley

Stefanie Sidwell said...

What is the medium?

Beccy said...

Hi Stefanie,
I used Copic markers, which are alcohol based. You could probably use this technique with just about any medium though, making sure you choose a printing / stamping method that doesn't react with the product you're using.
Cheers,
Beccy

Sue M said...

Beautiful! Just getting into copics, looking for all the help I can get. This will be a challenge I am looking forward to.

Cait Premozich said...
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Beccy said...

Hi Cait,
I'm sorry, I really don't know how to change things in every computer program, only the ones I'm familiar with. I don't think Microsoft Paint has an option to print in washout, but perhaps your printer is able to do it? You'd have to check the manufacturer's instructions.
You can try this technique by using rubber stamps and a very light coloured ink... it works in exactly the same way.
Cheers,
Beccy

Conny said...

Thank you Beccy for yet another great tut.