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

black & white, doodles, Line art, Pattern, shapes, zentangle

Black Zentangle doodle artwork on Society6 tote bag

Hi everyone, I wanted to share with you a black zentangle inspired design I completed recently. Below you can see some in progress shots and I'm happy with how the finished design looks. After finishing the design I wanted to upload it onto the Society6 website to see how it would look on a tote bag, since they are super cool… Continue reading Black Zentangle doodle artwork on Society6 tote bag

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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!

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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

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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

Keren Duchan online class Doodle art skillshare
Skillshare

Skillshare online class Doodle Art Basics by Keren Duchan

This week I enrolled myself in a Skillshare class online called 'Doodle Art: Basics and Beyond' taught by Keren Duchan. Keren is a very talented doodlier/ skilled artist who loves to create. In her class she shows you how she goes about using simple lines and shapes to create her work. Below is a screenshot… Continue reading Skillshare online class Doodle Art Basics by Keren Duchan

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

Black white abstract doodles
Abstract, doodles

Black and white abstract art doodles

I wanted to try out using white gel pen on black card, as I always love the contrast that black and white gives you. So I bought some black card from an art shop and started doodling to see what I could create, but more importantly did I like it? Well.......yes and no. I love… Continue reading Black and white abstract art doodles

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

Watercolour experiment water paint ink
online, Skillshare, watercolour

Experimental fun play with paints and water

I wanted to share some experimental play exercises i have been doing as part of a watercolour beginners class over on Skillshare by Ana Victoria Calderon called 'Modern Watercolour Techniques: beginners level' Below are some close-ups of each circle showing what I used. Our first task was to have  an experimental play with watercolours, water and… Continue reading Experimental fun play with paints and water

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

art, collage, mixed media

Mixed media collage artwork

This week I have been working on a mixed media collage piece using a limited colour palette (something I usually find really hard to do!). I challenged myself to create a background using printed images of vintage text and then creating some artwork over the top. After printing off some vintage text onto white paper,… Continue reading Mixed media collage artwork

mixed media art
collage, mixed media

Finished Mixed media abstract art

So here are my two pieces of mixed media art that I have created recently. I wanted to show what the completed artwork now looks like. Below is the second piece of mixed media art I have finished. I used black ink pen and a white gel pen to add details to the flowers and… Continue reading Finished Mixed media abstract art