art, ecourse, Make art that sells, MATS Bootcamp

Gouache painted roses

This month's assignment theme for the Make Art That Sells ecourse is 'Roses' so I wanted to start off by keeping the shapes simple. I used gouache paints thinned slightly with water and painted some simple flat 2d shapes. Once dry, I then started adding details over the top of the roses using a white gel pen. This… Continue reading Gouache painted roses

Best nine images instagram Nicola Rowe Designs
Abstract, doodles, floral, shapes, zentangle

My best nine images of 2016 from Instagram

A lot of folks over on instagram have a yearly thing where they post their best nine images from the year. So in the spirit of things I wanted to share my best nine (just search for #bestnine over on instagram to see everyone's lovely work). Below are a couple of videos from YouTube that… Continue reading My best nine images of 2016 from Instagram

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black & white, doodles, free, phrase, printables

FREE ‘Enjoy Life’ pdf printable for you!

I wanted to give every reader of my blog a FREE printable that you can print out and colour in to hang up on your wall (or even stick down onto a journal maybe?). Anyway, as a thank you for following my blog, click here to download the pdf. The artwork is in portrait view (as… Continue reading FREE ‘Enjoy Life’ pdf printable for you!

nicola-rowe-designs-instagram-artwork-keep-growing
black & white, doodles, floral, free

‘Keep Growing’ FREE pdf illustration coming soon!

This week I am in denial that Christmas is fast approaching and I haven't done anything yet! eek......... so I have been drawing and trying to focus on being positive (since all this grey, rainy weather I enough to dampen most people's mood in damp November). Therefore I came up with this little drawing. I… Continue reading ‘Keep Growing’ FREE pdf illustration coming soon!

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

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Abstract, black & white, doodles, Pattern, shapes

Abstract black & white ink pen botanical inspired doodles

I wanted to share a another new design I've been working on lately. It has been done using a black ink pen (I favour Uniball Gel Impact 1.0mm) because the ink flows beautifully as well as being waterproof so you can add watercolour washes or any other wet medium over the top at a later date… Continue reading Abstract black & white ink pen botanical inspired doodles

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black & white, doodles, floral, Pattern, shapes

Abstract botanical black & white illustration

Hello everyone 🙂 I hope you have been having a good week. I have been busy working on some new designs in black ink pen (no surprise!!!) and I wanted to share my progress with you so far. This design isn't finished yet, but hopefully not far off now. To keep up to date with… Continue reading Abstract botanical black & white illustration

nicola-rowe-designs-drawing-women-hair-floral-leaves-black-ink-pen
black & white, Botanical hair, doodles, floral, Pattern

‘Woman with Botanical & Floral hair’ new ink drawings

Hello everyone, I wanted to share some new drawings I have done this week. I am trying out a (slightly) new direction in terms of my drawing and art, but a technique I have previously had a go at but dismissed in the past. I call it 'Botanical patterned hair'  or 'Botanical head-dress'. It basically covers all things… Continue reading ‘Woman with Botanical & Floral hair’ new ink drawings

nicola-rowe-design-bw-floral-abstract-pattern
Abstract, black & white, floral, shapes

New Floral Abstract & Geometric Black & White patterned illustration

Hello everyone, I wanted to share a new piece of artwork with you that I have recently finished.  I believe I posted an image of this piece in progress on my instagram account a few weeks ago (which you can view here) but finally I have finished it and I have to say (unusually, I… Continue reading New Floral Abstract & Geometric Black & White patterned illustration

Nicola Rowe Designs floral abstract leaves doodle zentangle art black white ink pen
black & white, doodles, zentangle

Zentangle inspired floral black & white doodle art

I wanted to share some recent pieces of work I have started, that have been inspired by Zentangle doodle art.   As you can see they are all similar but also very different in their own way too. I used a black ink pen to design and then thicken up the lines/areas I wanted to… Continue reading Zentangle inspired floral black & white doodle art

floral illustration Thank You card Nicola Rowe 2016
art, doodles

Black & white gel ink pen illustrations

Hi everyone, I wanted to share some more black and white art work I have been working on recently.  I'm really enjoying using black and white gel/ink pens at present as they give such simple but strong contrast to any art work. You can see below the art I have been working on this week.… Continue reading Black & white gel ink pen illustrations

sketchbook drawing
Sketchbook

Sketchbook drawing & experimenting with shapes

I wanted to share some images of my latest sketchbook drawing. In the UK this week, we have had some much needed sunshine and this has prompted me to draw some 'summery' flowers! Well I hope these little drawing will brighten up your week! Lets hope the sunshine continues for a bit longer.....

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

Flower sketches
learning, Skillshare, Skillshare projects, Surface pattern design

Skillshare surface pattern design class

Just last week I finished off a Skillshare class I have been taking, called 'Simplified pattern design' by Shelley Seguinot. Shelley is an experienced designer herself so I was really eager to learn some tips of the trade, and she made the class very engaging and easy to follow. You can see below my initial sketches for my… Continue reading Skillshare surface pattern design class

whimsical bird and girl mixed media illustration
mixed media, whimsical

Mixed media whimsical girl and bird in progress

I hope you all had a good Christmas and new year! I have been spending this week sketching  out a whimsical girl and bird that I was inspired to do, after reading the 'Creative Girl' book by Danielle Donaldson, which I received as a Christmas present. First I started by rough sketching a girl onto plain… Continue reading Mixed media whimsical girl and bird in progress