Guest Artist: No-Line Coloring with Michelle Short

Hello. I’m very excited and honored to bring you today’s video featuring the work of Michelle Short. She is one of my favorite card makers and has some wonderful tips for no-line coloring.


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I find no-line coloring to be very intimidating. However in this video, guest artist Michelle Short shares many tips to making the technique much more approachable.

Michelle suggests to stamp the image using a light Copic-friendly ink and then stamp it on a scrap paper using black ink. She lines the two images up using a light box underneath to help see the lines better. (You could also use a window!) She also suggests using floral images since they are more forgiving.

Isn’t that Clearly Besotted Friends Forever floral image gorgeous?


Michelle spends a bit on time on her coloring so she keeps the rest of her cards simple. I love her use of white space with a pop of her amazing coloring. I hope this inspires you to try this technique… with Copics, pencils, or other coloring mediums. I know I will now!

Thank you Michelle for guesting on my blog. You can find more of Michelle’s work on her blog, The Card Grotto, and also on her YouTube channel.


Interested in the products Michelle used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. Guest artist was compensated for this video.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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55 thoughts on “Guest Artist: No-Line Coloring with Michelle Short”

  1. DELIGHTFUL cards Michelle!!!
    WOW – the designs are SO ELEGANT and your no-line colouring STUNNING!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your tutorial, I look forward to giving it a try, especially with my new-to-me Copic markers 🙂

  2. Gorgeous card and great video! Love the tip about using a light box. I don’t have Copics but will definitely be giving this a try with colored pencils or inktense pencils. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Stunning cards Michelle – and I would never have thought of using a light box – what a great tip. Love your colour combinations on both cards and the simplicity of the design. I have only tried no-line colouring with watercolour as I felt it was a bit more forgiving but I will definitely give this a go. Thank you! And thank you Jennifer for showing us Michelle’s work on your blog.

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