Creating Botanical Cards with No Outline Coloring Using Alcohol-Based Markers | Hero Arts + Giveaway

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Hey everyone! I am so excited to be part of the Hero Arts Summer 2023 Catalog. I focused on the Wild Columbine Bundle featuring a layering stencil, stamp set, and coordinating die. I love how well these crafting products work together. However, I wanted to showcase the true versatility of the illustration by coloring in the columbine with other mediums.

With an alcohol-based marker, you can create detailed illustrations without the need for an outline, making your design even more versatile. I made a botanical-style card featuring a columbine flower. The chosen color palette echoes the delicate hues that are found in nature, creating a fresh, elegant design perfect for any occasion.

Wild Columbine

I started with the flower petals by adding various blue shades from the Altenew Artist Marker Collection. I start with deep veins in deep blue values to add depth and dimension. Continue blending with lighter values to soften the folds of the petals. To create highlights, I intentionally left areas of white space as if kissed by sunlight.

After finishing the petals I framed the flowers with deep green leaves. Again, I worked from dark to light markers to add depth. Then with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils, I shaded petals and added more detailing to the leaves and flowers.

I finished this card by fussy cutting the arrangement and creating my own cluster by cutting the bouquet. I foam mounted the bouquet to add some interesting shadows to my card base. I added one of the scripted sentiments in black ink. Then to finish this card I embellished the Columbines with black and white ink splatters.

Crafting Supply List:

Wild Columbine
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Color Layering Wild Columbine Stencils
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Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils 36 Tin Set



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Hero Arts Creative Team:
Channin Pelletier
Dana Joy
Emily Midgett
Ilina Crouse
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Kelly Taylor
Libby Hickson
Lydia Fiedler
Michelle Short
Mindy Eggen
Pocono Pam
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BreAnn Loveland
Cathy Zielske
Daniel West
Erica A-B
Jaycee Gaspar
Laura Bassen
Laurie Willison
Nichol Spohr
Vicki Boutin
Wanda Guess
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41 thoughts on “Creating Botanical Cards with No Outline Coloring Using Alcohol-Based Markers | Hero Arts + Giveaway

  1. Oh my gosh! Beautiful as usual! Now I have more to add to my wish list from this great catalog. Thanks for the idea!


  2. Your coloring technique is so awesome. Would have really enjoyed watching a video of you making this card.


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