Look!! No Lines Mum!!

Zoe August 6, 2011 92
Look!! No Lines Mum!!

Hi Everyone,

Ok I don’t know why I picked that title but it sounded funny in my head… yeah I know … ME <- Nut! But that is OK, I can live with that.

But but but – I wanted to show you something… and seriously it has no lines!! Well not black ones anyway!!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

It all came about because Meesh (Michelle) challenged me to colouring ‘Sheer Lace’ in the MiC Private FB group

Side note: honestly if you are addicted to colouring and you have FB – you have to come play with us in there. The ladies are a hoot!!

My attempt at colouring Lace… well not so good. But then we were chatting about how it would be easier to just ‘draw’ the item of clothing on after you had coloured the image and then attempt the sheer look… and it hit me that it was all because of the black outlines of a stamped image!! I made a random comment about how I wanted to get some light memento ink and try colouring a light coloured stamp…

Two hours later I couldn’t stop thinking about my comment…ย  and then… I became OBSESSED!! I raided my inks trying to see what I had on hand…

I had completely forgotten I had this huge collection of Adirondack inks and so I grabbed ‘Cloudy Blue’, stamped Tilda with Watering Can and I began.

To be honest, it is the hardest image I have ever coloured!! I can not believe how much I have relied on those black lines!!

I had to have a very steady hand, and REALLY think about how I would break each element up and add the light and dark areas in such a way that there would be enough contrast between sections. It was scary when I first began because as soon as I added colour, the line was gone! Doing the hair was a disaster!! I actually have trouble with the hair on this character anyhow (haven’t quite figured it out yet) but add to that your lines disappearing and it is definitely a hair ripping moment!! lol

It was coloured with copics of course – but to really help define the lines I came in with prismcolor pencils to add sharpness and more definition and contrast.

However… through all that stress… the outcome is my favourite image ever! I am totally hooked on this idea and so completely obsessed that I had to colour another image…

This time… a whole scene. But I can’t show you that one until Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

So I just wanted to share and I HIGHLY recommend trying it. Even if you’re scared or don’t think you will do a good job. It doesn’t matter. Just try it, because I promise it will help you look at your colouring differently and look at your images in a new light. I promise!!!ย  Go on – try it now!! hehee

Thanks for stopping by!

Big Aussie Squeezes!

Zoe xxoo


  1. cgl1539 August 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Its just so gorgeous without the black lines, I cannot believe the difference it makes. And I cant believe no one I have seen has tried it before, its amazing. Cant wait to see your other image.

  2. Clare T August 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness Zoe! She is awesome!
    Hugs, Clare x

  3. Sandy Dehon August 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    This is the best coloring of a Tilda I have ever seen. Even though I have not mastered the use of Copics yet, I want to give this a go. Really beautiful Zoe.
    Sandy Dehon

  4. Donalda August 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm - Reply

    This is just beautiful dear and you never seize to amaze me hon, your coloring is just breathless !!! Hugs

  5. Janette August 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    It really is fabulous, would never have dreamed of doing this, but it looks amazing.xx

  6. Silvie August 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I’m speechless!!! You are such an amazing artist, Zoe! Tilda looks fantastic!!

  7. Alina August 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Zoe, you are amazing! And your coloured image is out of this world! Iยดll be back on Monday, and Iยดll probably be spechless! In fact, I know this for sure!

    Hugs, Alina

  8. Anonymous August 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm - Reply

    This is so cute and mindboggling pretty colouring!
    I love the hair! actually, I love the whole image, it looks like a sticker or wallpaper or something.
    You’ve exceeded yourself yet again!
    hugs Gea
    PS love the images I got from your shop!

  9. Melanie August 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Love it Zoe!! Your colouring is absolutely gorgeous. ๐Ÿ™‚ This concept has always intrigued me…I can remember my high school art teacher discouraging us from having heavy outlines in our sketches. Actually, a couple of weeks ago I had tried using a grey ink I have floating around here with an image, but it was NOT a nice shade of grey,and the image ended up in the scrap bin lol. Maybe I’ll need to do a little ink shopping! As always, thanks for the inspiration and for sharing your stunning work with us!

  10. Sharon Keanly August 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Oh my goodness me, this is absolutely superb! Stunning work once again. hugs from a very cold SA, Sharon

  11. gandra79 August 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    This is gorgeous!!! I have to try this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Christina C. August 6, 2011 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    OMG…Zoe….you are a brilliant artist!!! I love it!!!
    It is sooo inspirational and you have inspired me to try it!

  13. jacqui P August 7, 2011 at 12:10 am - Reply

    Oh My GOODNESS!!!! Zoe this is incredible!!! inspiring and totally…… I am going to try it straight away!!!! Lol!!!
    Can’t wait to see more!!!
    Jacqui P xx

  14. sue August 7, 2011 at 12:31 am - Reply

    i am very impressed-the shadowing, the coloring, i am amazed; i will keep practicing

  15. Mary Lou August 7, 2011 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Zoe ~~Tremendously beautiful!!! Your thinking is amazing and thanks so much for sharing your ideas and talent with us:) I am a “want to be artist” and you most certainly are my teacher and guide!!!
    Thanks so verymuch
    Bigg Hugz to you

  16. Sue S. August 7, 2011 at 12:42 am - Reply

    Wow. That is awesome. Puts a completely new and fresh look to stamped images. Must try, eventually!!
    Sue S.

  17. Carole S August 7, 2011 at 12:47 am - Reply

    This is great work, brilliant, I have just bought this paper, it came yeaterday so now I am excited to try it, but am not too good just now with M.S. etc, but am determained to get going with this, thanks for the inspiration, love Carole S. from Aberdeen Scotland.

  18. angelique August 7, 2011 at 12:53 am - Reply

    hiya sweetie
    amazingly done hunni
    i’m so jelous of your wonderful coloring
    is wish i could do that so pretty sweetie
    have a great weekend hun
    hugs angelique

  19. Maria Therese August 7, 2011 at 1:00 am - Reply


  20. lotta.sandra.pettersson August 7, 2011 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Oh my, this is AMAZING!

  21. Rhonda Miller August 7, 2011 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Wow, what a fabulous coloring job. TFS.

  22. E.T August 7, 2011 at 1:14 am - Reply

    this is just brilliant!

  23. gbgvslave August 7, 2011 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Oh wow!! Absolutely stunning! It looks like a book illustration, just fantastic! Paula ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Annette August 7, 2011 at 1:20 am - Reply

    I can’t believe what a difference the lack of black lines have made. Stunning and such a great idea. Love it. Can’t wait for Monday !!!


  25. Joey August 7, 2011 at 1:21 am - Reply

    Zoe this is AMAZING!!! Your colouring is stunning, love the whole idea of no solid black lines! Joey x

  26. Renata August 7, 2011 at 1:29 am - Reply

    OOOOHHHH,, this is awesome! Never seen it before! I know what I want to buy now and try it too!


  27. Dianne August 7, 2011 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe
    Wow gorgeous just love this
    Hugs Dianne xx ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. kkelley1308 August 7, 2011 at 1:44 am - Reply

    WOW…that is beautiful! Love how it turned out!

  29. Craftyanny August 7, 2011 at 1:58 am - Reply

    Now that’s really something!!! Love it Zoe, Tilda looks awesome
    Anne x

  30. Melanie McK August 7, 2011 at 2:01 am - Reply

    I pointed out that I thought an image which was colored brown on cream paper woukd look better stamped brown and was boo hoo’d. (an Aussie saying for having your suggestion rejected in a negative way) Stupidly I never tried. But.to color it in such a. Soft color is equivalent to painting it – just isn’t going to happen, yet.
    Ps. Zoe I’ve just seen a younger more beautiful Melanie in the comments, so Gold coast Mel is now Melanie McK! Damn, she probably colors better too.

  31. aunty sue August 7, 2011 at 2:18 am - Reply

    OMG this is stunning but then when isnt your work stunning it makes the image come to life. Think I need to improve with the lines 1st but might if feeling brave use a lighter colour

  32. lorraine August 7, 2011 at 2:45 am - Reply

    oh wow how clever it looks amazing i love it hun xx

  33. Renkata August 7, 2011 at 2:47 am - Reply

    wow Zoe
    I am just blow away from this coloured image.
    Wow such an inspiration, I am going to try it.

  34. Jean Hempel August 7, 2011 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Zoe, this is so beautiful, the coloring and shadowing of her dress is just amazing.. I am in awe of your gorgeous use of the prismacolors.. you did a stunning job and on to be so proud of..
    Hugs, Jean

  35. Naomi August 7, 2011 at 2:55 am - Reply

    WOW! this is mind blowing, I don’t think I’ve got the guts to even try this!

  36. paola August 7, 2011 at 3:01 am - Reply

    SPECTCACULAR!!! i am still trying to comprehend how you have done it, even after reading your post, so now i am off to look through my inks to see if i have adirondak cloudy blue and figure for myself, you are so clever and your coloring always superb!

  37. paola August 7, 2011 at 3:03 am - Reply

    Sorry Zoe, meant to read SPECTACULAR!! hell the fingers dont work as well as the brain, sorry about the spell error

  38. Anonymous August 7, 2011 at 3:08 am - Reply

    You’re a GENIOUS!!!! Must try this!

  39. KimberleyG August 7, 2011 at 3:25 am - Reply

    You are always finding ways to push yourself. I enjoy seeing what you’ve come up with for your latest project and you pretty much blow me away every time.

  40. Monique August 7, 2011 at 3:26 am - Reply

    Wow Zoe. This is gorgeous !!!

    Hugs Monique

  41. Cyrillia August 7, 2011 at 3:32 am - Reply

    I HAVE TO try this out. She’s gorgeous! What a great idea!

  42. Shazza August 7, 2011 at 3:33 am - Reply

    WOW she is amazing!!! I may try it but then my colouring skills are nowhere near yours luv so I’d be there forever trying it out

  43. creafrea August 7, 2011 at 3:39 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe, this is totally amazing! I love the effect of this stamp without the black lines! It’s just sooo different, but your colouring really makes it come to life!! Hugs, Frea

  44. Pami August 7, 2011 at 3:44 am - Reply

    One word – AMAZING. Actually two words, STUNNING as well! Pami x

  45. Pam Sparks August 7, 2011 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Zoe – this is wonderful! Love it! Years and years ago, back when Stampa Rosa came out with the House Mouse line, they had a technique for stamping the mice where you stamped the image first with Clearsnap’s Vivid Tea Rose dye ink pad and then colored it in with Tombow markers. Then you would ink up the mouse stamp with dark ink and using your stamp positioner, re-stamp the image over the coloring. It is an amazing effect too… for some reason this reminds me of what you’re doing here a little.
    I’ve noticed and love Chris Dark’s work too… but just hadn’t thought that I could ever achieve it. Now, seeing that you took the challenge and conquered, is definitely inspiring and makes it seem achievable! Thanks for sharing!

  46. Trexxann August 7, 2011 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Dear Miss Zoe

    There are no words to describe this much perfection.

    With Much Affection,

    Trexxann xx

    The End.

  47. Janette G. August 7, 2011 at 4:13 am - Reply

    WOW! Never even crossed my mind….this is totally awesome! I don’t know if I can try this without going bald!

    Kuddos to you Zoe!



  48. Melanie. August 7, 2011 at 4:53 am - Reply

    WOW Zoe, Blinking fantastic looking image.
    So clever. I am going to give it a go.
    Love, Mel. xx

  49. Anonymous August 7, 2011 at 5:09 am - Reply

    Ok Zoe, you have inspired me! I’m going to try it (if I could just get these two monkeys to play independently for an hour! LOL!)…this is AMAZING!!!!
    Rene ๐Ÿ˜€

  50. Tracy August 7, 2011 at 5:29 am - Reply

    LOL… only our favourite mad as a hatter Australian Zoe would come up with something so wonderful looking as this… I am gob smacked and will kiss the ground at your feet next time we meet!!!!

  51. Chris August 7, 2011 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Hey Zoe, this is wonderful! I have thought about not having lines, but I was never brave enough to give it a try. I had thought of using embossing ink to do the invisible “lines.” That would require a lot of reflection from a light source, so I gave up! You should try that medium for the stamping. LOL Your image looks amazing! You just knocked this out of the ball park! Congratulations, my friend!

    Chris Christensen

  52. Delphine August 7, 2011 at 7:18 am - Reply

    WOW, Zoe! What a brilliant idea you have had and the result is totally jaw dropping! So, so beautiful… You definitely make us want to try and to practice:-)! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! Hugs Delphine xx

  53. Julie Price August 7, 2011 at 8:04 am - Reply

    WOW Zoe,It gives a completely different look.Just beautiful! Well I just got my new glasses now lets see if they are up to the task
    Hugs Julie P

  54. Carly August 7, 2011 at 8:15 am - Reply

    Gasp! Double gasp! oooooohhhhhhh aaaaaahhhhhhhhhh
    I think that about sums it up ๐Ÿ™‚

  55. Lisette August 7, 2011 at 8:19 am - Reply

    This is amazing coloring and I definately have to give it a try. I can see where the hair would be scary. I know I depend on the lines for that! Thanks for inspiring me!

  56. Maz August 7, 2011 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe!
    OMG!! I haven’t even learnt the folds and pleats yet and here you are with another amazing masterpiece. Your coloring is exquisite. Super fabulous idea. I have used brown to soften the lines but nothing like this. Hey! I’m still learning to color full stop. That hair looks great. I just can’t get the hair to look good on this Tilda. I will try and copy yours.
    the dress looks amazing and the little shoes. Can’t say enough about this project. Wonderful Zoe. When can I come around for some lessons??
    Hugs Maz

  57. Jo August 7, 2011 at 9:39 am - Reply

    This is fantastic. When you look at it you know there is something different about it but not really sure what. But then you look at it more and more and notice there is not black. You did a wonderful job on this.

  58. Rufus August 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Zoe, you are indescribable! I tried this once by accident, grabbed the wrong ink pad. It was a total disaster!! Yours, on the other hand, is a masterpiece!

  59. Anonymous August 7, 2011 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    Zoe this is great! What a brilliant outcome! Judy x

  60. Lynn Beaumont August 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Tilda is so cute! I will have try this technique ๐Ÿ™‚
    Lynn xx

  61. Kitty August 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Hi Wow your colouring is just out of this world and yes the idea sounds scary but I shall give it a go ! Clever idea and amazing result ! Kitty ;0)

  62. Francy August 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Hello Zoe, this image is wonderful. it’s ery different of other coloration images.

  63. Ronda A. August 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    Totally amazing and such a perfect idea! It is amazing how different it looks…it’s hard to rubber stamp and be unique but you sure found it. Lovely, lovely!!

  64. Nancy S. August 8, 2011 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Zoe your coloring is so amazing and this new idea is brillant! Love the look without the black lines it really brings the image to life. Thank you so much for sharing your talent!

  65. Melissa Finch August 8, 2011 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Wow what an amazing difference it makes. Beautiful Coloring!

  66. Danielle August 8, 2011 at 2:45 am - Reply

    WOW… Zoe. First, let me pick myself up!!! Thank God I hae no denture!!!!! Absolutely stunning, WOW. It gives such a different look to Tilda without the black lines. Your coloring is awesome, it inspires me very much.
    Thank you for sharing.

  67. Dawn Frost August 8, 2011 at 8:32 am - Reply

    Zoe your colouring is so amazing! I like the image, you’re right its gorgeous but I’ll have to see more images without the black lines, I guess I’m a traditionalist. I’m excited to see tomorrows post!

  68. Mimi August 8, 2011 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I totally love your coloring on this image!!! I can’t wait to see another one! I’ll have to try it sometime but I’m not as good as you are. Great job!

  69. Pat Frank August 8, 2011 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Hey Zoe…you never cease to amaze me!! This is absolutely STUNNING!!!! I love it! Light blue, huh?! Hmmmm…maybe I’ll try it! Hugs. Pat

  70. Debra Smith August 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    WOW!!! It looks great! It’s funny you did this, because I often wondered about if anyone had tried this. Love it!!!

  71. LorraineN August 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    OMG, how amazing is that?! Love the look without the black lines! So stunning!

  72. Barbara August 9, 2011 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I am enchanted with the idea of coloring with no lines!! This is amazing. It really looks like a painting. I have only used Memento ink with Copics. Is Adirondeck Cloudly blue a dye based or pigment ink? You say you colored Tilda with Copics so clearly the ink works with Copics.
    Thanks a million for this idea
    Barbara in the USA

  73. Doreen August 11, 2011 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Wow this is so lovely,love your colouring!Will give it a try!

  74. Squirrel August 11, 2011 at 3:18 am - Reply

    I think it has all been said above hunny but THIS IS TOTALLY AWESOME!! Hugs Sxx

  75. Tracy August 11, 2011 at 4:37 am - Reply

    Wowzers Zoe, totally AWESOME! Ummmm, may have to give it a go, lol.
    Hugs Tracy x

  76. Paula August 16, 2011 at 4:31 am - Reply

    this is completely awesome and looks nothing like a regular stamp – it looks like a printed image – your colouring is a-mazing!

    I will have a go – but my colouring WITH black ink isn’t as good as this anyway!

    Stunning – lost for any other words.

    Paula x x x

  77. Lisa aka Myran August 17, 2011 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    WOW, I have no words for how pretty this is!! You did an absolutely amazing job Zoe!!

  78. Devlin August 18, 2011 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Wow! This is amazing!
    It inspired me to try it as well.
    And my attempt isn’t bad, but needs a lot of practising, which I don’t mind at all, lol!

  79. Devlin August 18, 2011 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Btw, I loved the title, lol!

  80. Devlin August 18, 2011 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Did my previous comment just disappear?
    Hmmmm…. I just said how amazing this was and that it inspired me to try it as well. And I must say, although my attempt isn’t bad, I sure need a lot of practice.

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  82. antonieta lopes August 21, 2011 at 6:10 am - Reply

    simplesmente liiiiiiiiiindo

  83. antonieta lopes August 21, 2011 at 6:16 am - Reply

    simplesmente liiiiiiiiindo

  84. merry August 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    This is a fantastic idea and your colouring is amazing. I shall definetly have to try this….thanks for sharing.

  85. Julie August 23, 2011 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    I love it! I can’t wait to try this technique. Just fabulous!

    See you on Facebook.


  86. Brandi September 22, 2011 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Insane. You’s an ah-tist.


  87. JoAnn October 4, 2011 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Gorgeous !!!

  88. Gaby November 21, 2012 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your talent! Amazing work and brilliant idea!

  89. kerrie brown October 23, 2013 at 9:15 pm - Reply

    thank you so so much Zoe for this amazing tip xxx

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