Kristin Peterson: mixed media, collage, painter, artist

Sunday, May 31, 2015

mixed media crown {for the studio}

i had found a crown shape at the craft store and had been holding onto to it until the creativity spark hit. this last week with all of our busyness i could not take it anymore and went to the studio for some much needed creative therapy.

you know the kind....apron on, paint, ink and glue on the fingers and your favorite music playing in the background (and maybe a little dancing all by yourself....).

as i was working through this little project, i was so excited to find the words, "expanded wings." the past few weeks have been so busy with the life (and i have been enjoying all of it), i had been feeling like my creative studio wings had been clipped and not capable of expanding; and then this project yelled at me to grab that plain crown hiding under the counter.

and those wings began to spread....gesso on...that cool, gritty feel on my hands checking to see if the gesso is dry yet.

and that instant gravity pull to one of your favorite colors of spray ink along with a stencil. pop! the vibrant turquoise popping off the crown against the white.

the gentle call of collage papers as your fingers are rifling through the pile. your eyes quickly scanning for meaning among words.

and just a few stamps to lend to your feel of this creative crown while happiness is washing over you and the smell of the silver paint is good in your nose, and yet indescribable.

so this mixed media crown will sit in the studio to remind me to expand those wings and find comfort in this studio haven where i shall remain the queen of this creatively messy space.

happy sunday....

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

survived....grad party; big news coming

we survived the holiday weekend and our daughter's grad party......

  • lawn mowed- check
  • house cleaned- check
  • cars moved- check
  • garage cleaned- check
  • picnic table picked up- check
  • cake, ice, balloons- check
  • pictures in books and boards- check
  • family and friends arrive- check
  • good time and good food had by all- check

and now, to look forward i am thankful as i have some very big news coming up in june. this has been in the works for a while now and is finally all coming together. and i finally have more than a moment to think about it......we have a schedule and letters going out within the next week or so and my first actual glimpse coming with the arrival of my package this week.

i am hopeful that each artist contacted will join this new journey and share their personal spark and creativeness.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

interrupt grad season {homemade wrapping paper}

in the midst of graduation season and the lists of to-do's, there was an anniversary {ours}. who would have known when picking the wedding date so long ago, that in the cosmic scheme of things- this would fall into a horribly busy month filled with graduations and track meets.

so when i went to wrap my gift for my sweetheart of 25 years....i could not find any non-birthday kid wrapping paper. i did what any good artist would do- i cried! no, no, just kidding.....i went to my studio and made my own wrapping paper of course.

yep....25 is to the next 25 years with my sweetheart.

Monday, May 18, 2015

'tis the season {grad season cards}

yep....she is now done. i used this pic in black and white in her graduation party invitations- they turned out so well!

  1. senior prom- check
  2. baccalaureate- check
  3. MN True Team track meet- check
  4. graduation ceremony- check
  5. graduation party......quickly approaching (this sunday) and creating a whole 'nother list to do
here is our whole clan with the graduate.....

with the ceremony yesterday, we made the rounds yesterday to grad parties; so i have another round of some cards to share with you.

this card was for a lovely young lady....

and both the upper and lower were for two young men....

just surviving this grad season.....soon. all this craziness will be done (and i will probably be a little sad).

happy monday!

Monday, May 11, 2015

grad season- {let the card making begin}

this weekend kicked off the graduation parties for 2015 for us; and such my grad card making has begun. i was actually very thankful for a few stolen moments in the studio. the last time i spent in the studio was working to get our grad party invites done.

the kids' actual graduation ceremony will be this coming sunday on the 17th while yesterday was baccalaureate and it was very nice; but, had me on the verge of tears realizing the our daughter will move on to college this fall....i know, i know- they have to grow up; but, still......

i was amazed at how quickly this first card came together; and then, how i struggled to make the second one....crazy. the second one actually is the second try as i worked the first one too hard and it actually tore through where i had stitched on the cover- so i had to start again. so the bottom is the second try.....sometimes the masculinity escapes me.

happy monday!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015


have you bought your copy of this book?! no?....what are you waiting for? this book is absolutely amazing! (and not because i am published in this book....) i have many online artist friends that are also published in this book; but, seriously, i have been too busy trying to get "senior year stuff" done and have only been able to page through very briefly- but, there are sooooo many just cool journal pages in there. i can't even begin to tell you.

these are my page that were selected for the book- but, if you do any type of art journaling, this book is full of inspirational pages and very talented artists. the artist information also includes if the artist has a, if you like reading/ looking at art blogs- i know i have a list of blogs to check out!

happy wednesday!