Flowers All Around: Beautiful Floral Mandalas for Coloring

Hello!

I am pleased to announce that my new coloring book Flowers All Around is available now on Amazon!

This book features FIFTY floral mandala designs. The pages are one-sided so they are easier to work with. Those who follow my art on social media might be aware that I love to draw and paint floral mandalas, which is how I came up with the idea for the theme of the book. Here are a few highlights and glimpses of my own coloring work:

Colored mandala used for the cover art.

Colored mandala used for the cover art.

A sample of some of the designs in the book.

A sample of some of the designs in the book.

Playing around with watercolor brush markers.

Playing around with watercolor brush markers.

Digital coloring on my iPad.

Digital coloring on my iPad.

For all you digital artists out there who love to draw in Photoshop, Procreate, or other graphics programs, I have also released a digital clip art pack in my Etsy shop. The set includes all of the same 50 designs found in the printed book, provided as PNG files with black lines and a transparent background. They can be imported as their own layer so that you can color on a layer below. You can alternatively print them out and color as many copies as you like using your favorite traditional media. The files are high resolution (300 dpi) at 8.5x8.5 inches. Click on the image below to go to the Etsy listing.

I hope you all enjoy coloring these. Feel free to share your creations on social media and tag me (@nicolejonessturk) and use the hashtag #flowersallaroundcoloring. I’d love to see what you come up with!

Sincerely,
Nicole

2018 Year in Review

Another year has come and gone. I am very happy with how 2018 turned out. I am excited for starting fresh with new goals for 2019. But first, here's a summary of 2018:

Developing Creative Habits

I really focused on creating art on a regular basis. I gave myself a few monthly projects that helped to keep me going, which included collections of floral patterns, fan art, and mandala sketches. I also participated in various online art challenges, such as Homwork, Paint Every Day, and Inktober (my most successful year yet!). I worked specifically on my hand lettering and digital illustration. I also played around with various traditional mediums like watercolor, gouache, acrylic, chalk, and colored pencil.

I Made A LOT of Art

With the help of regular sketching and painting, I was very productive in the amount of art I output this year, especially when compared to recent years. I have added many new pieces, including a few collections, to my portfolio (which has been updated! Take a look…). I am still experimenting and developing my process and style—though I think that is an ongoing thing for any artist. I was also lucky enough to be able to purchase an iPad this year, which has been a big help to my digital work. Below are some of my favorite pieces by category.

Everything is Made Out of Magic

I released my nature-themed journal Everything is Made Out of Magic in September. Working in publishing as a designer and typesetter has given me a love of creating and laying out books. I have been a little slow in getting some of my own books out there, so I was proud of myself for actually finishing a project this year. Hopefully there will be more in the near future, and perhaps even a book proposal to a publisher one day as well!

My Goals for 2019

Make Art Every Day

I want to keep the momentum from 2018 going into 2019! Perhaps EVERY DAY is a lofty goal, but doesn't hurt to try. 

Shop Development

I feel like 2018 was a lot about developing my portfolio and body of work, so for this coming year, I want to move on toward doing something with all that art I've been making, and will continue to make. I've opened up accounts with a few print-on-demand sites, as well as an Etsy shop for digital products and original paintings. I really want to focus on creating products with my designs for people to use and enjoy!

Focus on Handmade Crafts

I am always looking to learn new things. I've been particularly fascinated by all forms of folk art lately, which I'd like to incorporate into my work somehow. I also want to explore handmade, craft-centered media like paper art, embroidery, and collage—both the physical crafts themselves, as well as using them as inspiration for digital work. You may have seen the faux-felt flower and embroidery clip art I made recently. I'd love to add even more digital "handmade" products to my Etsy product line for digital scrapbooking. I would love to start selling original paintings, drawings, and crafts as well!

It’s going to be a challenge to implement everything that I want to do in this coming year, but I look forward to tackling it all! Happy New Year, everyone!

Sincerely, Nicole

Christmas Embroidery Clip Art - FREE Download

If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that I’ve been hard at work developing my new Etsy shop. My vision for the shop is to provide a mix of artfully crafted handmade and digital items in the form of original art, patterned papers, clip art, and small crafts. It’s still at the beginning stages, and I have A LOT of ideas that I’m excited about—it’s just a matter of getting them done! It will be one of my main goals for the coming year.

Right now, I’m focusing my efforts on building up a stock of digital goods for designers and scrapbookers. Besides providing some of my pattern designs as digital paper sets, I’m also having a lot of fun using my crafting experience to create faux-handmade clip art. You may have noticed the digital felt flowers I just listed. My latest product is a set of digital holiday embroidery elements. As my Christmas gift to you, I’m providing these as a FREE download.

Click on the image below to access the zip file, which contains the 7 embroidery elements as png files and a bonus striped green textured paper used in the example graphics. (In the Google Docs screen, click on the download arrow in the upper right corner. File size is approximately 32.4 MB.) I hope you enjoy these, and if you’d take a moment to browse my Etsy shop as well, I’d greatly appreciate it. And stay tuned for more to come!

Sincerely, Nicole

Everything is Made Out of Magic Available Now!

It’s here! Today is the official release day for Everything is Made Out of Magic: A Seasonal Creativity Journal. You can find it HERE on Amazon.

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(You can also go to THIS blog post to learn more about the book, view preview images, and read the official description.)

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Sincerely, Nicole

New Shop Page

I’ve added a new section to my website to make it easier to shop for the various products I have for sale in various online shops. There are links to go to my specific shops—such as Spoonflower, Society6, Shutterstock, and Amazon—as well as direct links to featured products. Take a look by going to the SHOP link in the navigation menu or click HERE!

Sincerely, Nicole