Designer Spotlight: Meet Nikki Hess

design team - nikki Jul 22, 2022
How to paint with watercolor

You know her by her fun and airy watercolor projects - time to learn a bit more about the artist behind the art!




How did you get started doing art?

I'm not sure I can remember back that far but I remember specifically being in art classes at a young age. At 10 years old my Dad handed me a gallon of white paint and 12 tints to mix up my own colors and paint a zoo mural on my wall. It was AMAZING to have that support for my creativity as a child.


What is your favorite medium to create with? 



What is your favorite color?

Gosh do I have to pick one! Lately it's Coral.


What is the one thing you like to have nearby when you create?

Usually coffee, my corgi Beignet and a good podcast (or if it's raining outside, Scottish Music playing)


What most inspires you?

Nature and travel.


How do you push through creative ruts?

I let myself create something just for fun with no rules and no judgement. I swear to you, it works every time. Also walks outside - there is just something about the sun gracing my skin that calms me.


If you could only use 3 supplies for the rest of your life, what 3 items would you choose?

Paint brush, watercolor paint and watercolor paper


What's your one hot tip for learners?

Let yourself be a beginner at something. Everyone starts at the beginning and you can't expect your day 10 to look like someone's day 10,000.


Check out all of Nikki's tutorials here!