Poinsettia Petals No Line Watercoloring Technique

The no line watercolor technique does take a bit of time but it will wow your friends when they receive a beautiful hand painted Christmas card. Just remember that no two will look the same. Watch my Poinsettia Petals No Line Watercoloring Technique Video to watch a flower take shape.


  1. Start with a 2 3/4″ square of watercolor paper. Ink the full poinsettia flower stamp with Sahara Sand ink, stamp off on a scrap paper and then stamp on the watercolor paper.

2. Use either the lid of an ink pad or a clear block as a palette for the ink. Start by coloring every other petal. Begin in the center and work the color towards the outside. Start will a light wash of Cherry Cobbler. It’s better to start light and add more color as wanted. Keep the veins and the center of the petals darker.

3. Go back and finish the petals that are in between the ones that are colored.

Keep going around doing every other petal until you are satisfied with the depth of color. Remember to add color slowly.

4. Switch colors to Merry Merlot and draw outlines around the center circles and fill in the white shadow areas in the center. Add some fine Merry Merlot lines to the edges of the petals and the veins.

5. Add Mango Melody to the center circles.

6. Stamp a flower onto a Post-It Note and cut out on the lines to make a mask. Place over the Poinsettia.

7. Stamp leaves around the flower. Either use the flower stamp or one of the leaf stamps. Ink with Sahara Sand ink, stamp off and then stamp onto the paper.

8. Use Old Olive ink to color in the leaves using the same method as the petals. Make the color darker against the flower and lighter towards the tips.

9. Use Sahara Sand and color in the background. Start at the flower and work out, getting lighter towards the edges.

Paper Sizes:

Cherry Cobbler base 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″

Cherry Cobbler at 3″ square

Cherry Cobbler at 3 1/4″ x 1 1/4″

Classic Christmas Designer Paper 4″ x 5 1/4″

Classic Christmas Designer Paper 3/4″ x 5 1/4′

Watercolor Paper 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

Watercolor Paper 3/4″ x 3 1/4″

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