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. I never understood the term “no line coloring” and how to do it until now. Michelle’s coloring is indeed beautiful. I want to learn this technique!

  2. Hi Jennifer ~ Michelle’s coloring is absolutely stunning and I have no doubt that yours will be beautiful as well. Thank you for bringing her to our attention as you have others in the past (I’m addicted to Julia Altermann’s blog and videos!!). I’ve tried no-line coloring only once and got easily frustrated but am willing to give it another try. Thanks so much for sharing. ~HUGS~

  3. These are fabulous Michelle! I’m such a fan of your work and I love these great ideas you shared today. It makes me feel like I might actually be brave enough to try this beautiful technique myself. 🙂

  4. Hi Jennifer! I have years of pages of projects you have made and I have emulated. Your ideas inspire and motivate me on to attempt projects out of my box. But, I have one question maybe you can help me with. What glue/adhesive do you utilize to put on bling and use to make those pearls perfectly circular. Also, how do you pick up those tiny pin point dots for the page and adhere. Thank you Jennifer. Keep up the great work-especially love those beautiful day stamp set flowers with the velium paper over top stamped white. Gorgeous a #10!!!

  5. Beautiful work Michelle! Thanks Jennifer for sharing this. I believe I have to check out more of her work. Thanks again!

  6. Beautiful cards! If only we could hold onto our summer gardens all year long. The sequins tucked beneath the sentiment was a fun touch.

  7. I have followed Michelle’s blog for a long time and am so happy to learn some of her techniques for getting her beautiful pure and elegant results.

  8. Michelle, loved your video, it was informative and very well done! Great tip on using the light box and now I may finally have the courage to try this no line coloring technique thanks to you 🙂 Michelle, your cards are gorgeous, as always!

  9. Michelle, your no line video was awesome……you did a great job and your cards turned out really nice…….tfs

  10. Very beautiful. coloring. When you said no line coloring I thought you were talking about no brush strokes in my coloring. since my coloring is full of brushstrokes. I will have to keep trying.
    Thank You

  11. Gorgeous cards! I haven’t tried this technique yet either but I’m going to add it to my list of things to try. Using a lightbox is a genius idea. Thanks for sharing Michelle and Jennifer!

  12. I never knew that no-line colouring was a thing, although it makes sense as I have seen cards with this technique and I wondered how the people did it. So beautiful, and I am tempted to start dabbling with Copic markers too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  13. Michelle does Amazing coloring! I would try the no lines technique using the Light pad so I could outline the image like Michelle showed in her video. I don’t know if I could do it just stamping with the light ink but I love Michelle’s coloring it’s gorgeous!

  14. Two really gorgeous cards. I love the coloring on them. Thanks Jennifer for sharing Michelle’s work with us.

  15. Stunningly simple design. Thank you for sharing your coloring technique. This is a beautiful card. 🙂

  16. So many videos, so little time! LOL I’m glad there are videos so we can see how all of it is done and then we can try it. I just wish I didn’t have so many to watch!
    The coloring is so pretty! I am a sucker for flowers and these are so pretty! Thanks for letting us look at someone else’s work. I am always impressed with what’s on your blog. Can’t wait to see what you do with this one. I think I have done no line coloring but I’m not good at it if the image is big. If it’s small, I’m good at it or at least I like to think I am.

  17. WOW… this is gorgeous and elegant cards. Love the technique. Light box is a handy dandy tool for everything. Thank you so much for the tips and tutorials on no-line coloring.

  18. She is brilliant!!! And thank you for sharing / promoting other artists work so that the rest of us can learn. I hope you and Ken continue to be blessed because your heart is kind, good and generous!!! With aloha ♥

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