Hi! I'm Luisa Niño, alias Flow Arte.
I've been in love with the word Flow all my life, because it represents constant change, the opposite of stillness but definitely not rushing.
Flow is like the perfect pace. Where one feels life happening but we don't dwell too long on a memory or episode.
We see the years go fast but calmly.
Watercolour flows and this is why it's my medium of choice, it offers that unexpectedness that life is about.
Any colour can come to life if you mix it right, it can tell your story: from a photo, a work of art or nature, this is what opens the door, to create limited edition garments with unique watercolour art.
Every piece begins as a hand-painted watercolor design. Then, through the magic of textile printing, it becomes a multipurpose skirt, scarf or pair of leggings.
I live in Montreal, Canada, a true multicultural place, fun and peaceful but with a ruthless winter.
All my garments are painted, designed and made here. No overseas labor is used.
Each item is hand-made, in honor of slow fashion and fair working conditions.
Have I always been a painter?
No, I'm a post-librarian. Ex-bookseller, ex- web developer but eternal creative wanderer.
Here is a run down of the materials I use to create my paintings:
- White Nights Watercolor 36 color set
- Cotman watercolor brushes in sizes 6, 10
- One Princeton synthetic brush size 16
- For paper I love Fabriano Artístico.
- Sketchbook: I recently discovered Bee Paper Company Super Deluxe Mixed Media. It takes watercolor beautifully. It's great for painting flowy florals such as this one.
I also favor Strathmore 400 Series.
For more precise realistic watercolor, such as glazing and layering, I don't need expensive paper, the canson XL series will work perfectly well.
I pay for the basic Photoshop CC and Creative Cloud Package.
I have an Epson Perfection V370.
- Trust the Process For it's beautiful and soothing approach to creativity.
- Watercolor for Urban Sketching I love his watercolor work.
- The Urban Sketcher Marc is from Montreal. If you visit his blog Citizen Sketcher you'll become obsessed by his watercoloring!
- Big Magic I know every one has read this, but if you're ever in a rough self-doubting patch, open it on any page and you'll feel better!
- Art and Fear like Trust the Process, the authors understand perfectly the turbulence of art making and give you a new perspective.
- Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers
When one says "I'm self taught", we're not being accurate. I have taught myself watching other people's techniques.
You can find a list of classes I've completed on this page.
I talk about my tools and inspiration at length in Design Sponge's column: What's in your Toolbox.