mixed media, Pattern, shapes

New bright abstract artwork

Hello everyone! My sincere apologises for the lack of posts recently. Having moved house in the summer, all of my art materials have been packed away in boxes for some time..... Thank fully I am now slowly unpacking them and hope to get back into posting. This is a piece I completed this week. I… Continue reading New bright abstract artwork

Acrylic mediums, learning, mixed media

Using Glass bead gel medium

There are so many art products out there that every week, more and more are made available for artists to use. One such product which has been out quite a while is 'Glass bead gel' medium. I came across this while doing some general research into mediums I could use in my mixed media work. I have… Continue reading Using Glass bead gel medium

Nicola Rowe designs backpack artwork abstract
mixed media

MATS March assignment Abstract Pattern for a backpack

I have been pretty busy the last few weeks completing the Make Art That Sells (MATS) assignment. The course is run by Lilla Rogers who is an American art agent and the courses really help to push you creative boundaries as well as being a lot of fun!!! Anyone interested in her courses can find… Continue reading MATS March assignment Abstract Pattern for a backpack

Abstract mixed medi canvas board
Abstract, mixed media

New abstract mixed media art on canvas board

Happy new year to you! I hope you all had an enjoyable and peaceful christmas. Hello 2017 🙂 I wanted to share a new piece of art that I have been working on in the last few days. It is a slightly new direction art wise for me, as I have used flat 2d solid shapes. For… Continue reading New abstract mixed media art on canvas board

nicola-rowe-designs-mixed-media-art-botanical-hair
black & white, Botanical hair, doodles, floral, mixed media, Pattern, shapes, watercolour, zentangle

Botanical zendoodle art hair woman

Hello folks! This week I have been trying out a new direction in terms of style. Well, it's not completely new........I first tried out this style a few years back but never really took it very far. So this week I have made a return to the botanical /zendoodle/floral/leaves style hair. I was inspired to… Continue reading Botanical zendoodle art hair woman

shapes collage
collage, mixed media, shapes

FREE ‘Shapes’ colouring sheet to compliment my new collage work

This week I have been trying out some new collage work which you can see below, and as such I wanted to give you a FREE colouring sheet to compliment this new work, so that you can enjoy some art therapy with me. Just click the link below the image to get your FREE copy of… Continue reading FREE ‘Shapes’ colouring sheet to compliment my new collage work

black white zentangle abstract doodles1
mixed media

Black & White Zentangle inspired abstract patterns

This week I have been experimenting with white gel pen on black card by using 'Zentangle' as my inspiration. I'm very much a beginner when it comes to this, so I have been looking and researching online for 'how-to' techniques in a bid to try some out in my work. Below you can see some pieces… Continue reading Black & White Zentangle inspired abstract patterns

gouache painting art palette paints
Abstract, mixed media, paint

Gouache and acrylic paint play

This week I have been experimenting with both acrylic and gouache paint. I am quite experienced using acrylic, but not so with gouache. As you will see from my experimenting below (bottom photo), I clearly need some more practise as I'm sure the paint isn't meant to look like it has sand in it! I… Continue reading Gouache and acrylic paint play

Mixed media art
Abstract, doodles, mixed media

Abstract doodles with black ink pen

I created some acrylic backgrounds on card a while ago that I was unsure what to do with, but now I have found a use for them! I have used a black ink pen to create abstract 'doodles' and then I'm hoping to add some white gel pen details over the black. Next I started… Continue reading Abstract doodles with black ink pen

chris-cozen-artist
Artists, collage, mixed media, Videos

Amazing mixed media work from Golden Colour artist Chris Cozen

I discovered a new artist this week while doing some research into acrylic painting techniques and I really wanted to share this artists work with you as I think her art is simply gorgeous.  She isn't new in the sense that she has just started making art, in fact she has been making art for… Continue reading Amazing mixed media work from Golden Colour artist Chris Cozen

Mixed media leaves
mixed media, watercolour

Mixed media leaves artwork

I wanted to share a piece I completed recently. It is a mixed media piece of some leaves with the quote "Be Unique". I like this quote because it's a reminder to be 'yourself' when creating art and just create what it is that you, yourself like and not what other people like. A close… Continue reading Mixed media leaves artwork

Mixed media
mixed media

New botanical inspired mixed media work in progress

I wanted to share a new mixed media piece that I'm currently working on. I'm aiming to have a watercolour effect background with coloured pencils and black & white ink pen details for the main image/flowers/leaves etc. Drawing the design For the design, I didn't have much of a plan as to 'what' exactly I wanted to… Continue reading New botanical inspired mixed media work in progress

mixed media
Abstract, mixed media, watercolour

Mixed media abstract high contrast piece

I wanted to share this piece with you this we that I recently finished. This has been a piece that I have done without any plan of where I wanted it to end up. It's a lot more complex and higher contrast than some of my pieces, but I'm liking the bright colours! Hopefully you… Continue reading Mixed media abstract high contrast piece

WATERING CAN mock up spring pattern
mixed media

Spring themed surface pattern design on mock ups Part 2

This post shows my finished spring pattern design I did from Elizabeth Olwen's Skillshare class called 'Creating Inspiring repeats'. You can read part one here of my journey towards this finished pattern. So in my last post I shared my initial sketches and my moodboard from which I would draw my inspiration. After drawing up my… Continue reading Spring themed surface pattern design on mock ups Part 2

burly bird mixed media slider image
mixed media

‘Burly Bird’ mixed media

I wanted to share a finished piece of mixed media that I initially made a while back, but I added some more details to it recently in the form of black and white gel pen details. I LOVE contrast and for me, black and white pens are the perfect way to achieve this. I created… Continue reading ‘Burly Bird’ mixed media