I should know better than to ask what’s “better.” When it comes to art, there’s not always a “better!” But…..I tried asking AI what I should call this post, and it suggested I start a fight about what’s “better.” Argue away in the comments! ha!

Anyhow – today’s Colorado Craft Company release has two sweet stamps I asked if I could color up – there’s something about shiny metal planes that I love! And since I’m PARTYING LIKE IT’S 2024 (because we have aid going to Ukraine where I have friends anxiously awaiting our help!)…..I made my planes blue and yellow!

Tutorial: What’s better: Black lines or implied lines?

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Black lines

For me, black lines are more on the cartoon side – you can still make an image look dimensional, don’t get me wrong. But in real life there’s no black outlines defining the shapes we see! But some benefits:

  1. Crisper image
  2. Easier for new colorists
  3. Less worry about alcohol markers bleeding

What other benefits did I miss?


Implied lines

In my life as an artist I had always heard “implied” rather than “no” lines – no line coloring is a thing in crafting but honestly, it’s often not “no” lines at all. Even for my yellow plane, the top line by the highlight is still there. It’s just softer. Some benefits of implied line art:

  1. Lines disappear, so artist can alter the design (adding bolts!)
  2. Can appear more realistic
  3. Greater challenge to satisfy an intermediate/advanced artist

What else do you find as a benefit? 

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Cue the disco lights!

Students at Artventure told me just how hard it was to figure out how to sign up for the new class; and though I sometimes feel the ick of marketing (like I’m always shouting to the world that I’ve got a new class out!)……I really stink at getting the word out!

So bold and proud: Brushstroke Flowers is available – and it’s a card class! Pop over to see a preview video, get yourself a Buddha board and other supplies, and let’s get busy making beautiful flower cards shall we? CLICK HERE!

Colorado Craft Company Bloghop

As always leave a comment to be entered into the drawing! You can comment up until Midnight (ET) April 30th. CCC will announce the winners on May 2nd on their blog.

  1. CCC will give away one free clear stamp to a commenter on this post.
  2. If you use my affiliate link to make a purchase you will be entered to win the entire release.



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  1. Darlene Renshaw-Busch

    I love both versions of the airplanes it totally depends on what look you are going for but they are both great.

  2. Shawna

    This set is so flexible. I just love it.

  3. Brenda K

    Such a good discussion on the differences between black lines and no lines. I love the planes colored in this royal blue and yellow.

  4. Justine Mari

    I keep coming back to see how you colored this cute set. I’m new to marker coloring… learning the shading and blending. Thanks for easy to understand videos. You make it look so easy.

  5. Vickie Davis

    These are adorable! Love your explanation.

  6. Kelly Joehrs

    I love your cards

  7. Shirl

    I love both examples and would use one over the other depending on the idea for the card. Love you work!

  8. Michelle Harlamert

    Loved the description of the two types. Great examples


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