Kristin Peterson: mixed media, collage, painter, artist

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

faces {private lesson}

it is really about pushing outside of the comfort zone.

create interest.
pencil. pen. paint.
push and pull of dry to wet and back again.
nobody is perfect.
less detail. more imagination.
always about the color.
black. white. balance.
outside comfort zone.

xo. kristin

Monday, June 19, 2017

simplicity {rolodex}

simplicity. rolodex card.

washi tape
quinacrindone/ nickel azo gold
payne's grey
deli paper scrap


xo. kristin

Friday, June 16, 2017



just in case you need some love today.


xo. kristin

Thursday, June 15, 2017

otherside {art journal}






xo. kristin

Monday, June 12, 2017

colorlust {art therapy}

in there somewhere.


collage papers.
scratched and peeled.

abandonment for any rules.

xo. kristin

Friday, June 9, 2017

composition {tgif}

stuffs. thrillride. weapons of mass creation.


happy weekend to you.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

butterick {art journal}


layered collage and acrylic paint. stabilo pencil over the letters.

thank you Butterick for your complex patterns with many pieces.

happy wednesday.


Monday, June 5, 2017

push & pull {second one}

this was the second card yesterday. the first one.....yikes- just needs to be thrown away. seriously.

i can't decide if i just was in a funk, or if overall, i was just off due to the nature of the day. our last child graduated and as we were sitting in the gym, i was thinking how only 5 years earlier we sat in the same gym with our oldest graduating. we will be empty-nesters and although i am excited to be at this point, i felt emotional last silly. our kids all have a plan, but, now what the heck do we do? we have lived where we live in the past due to our work and kids. now my husband doesn't work close to here and the kids have all if the good Lord is speaking to me, he needs to speak louder- apparently my hearing isn't as good as it was.

xo. kristin

Friday, June 2, 2017

tgif {finger painting}


when the fingers are so good.

xo. kristin

Thursday, June 1, 2017

alcohol reduction {green}

green. colorlust.

  • masking tape
  • several types of washi tape
  • collage paper
  • green gold 
  • teal
  • quinacridone/ nickel azo gold hi flo acrylic
  • alcohol
glue. tape. paint. small pool of alcohol. wipe.

xo. kristin

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

alcohol reduction {card}

apparently i was a little heavy-handed with the paint yesterday. the top pic was my first version until i realized it was waaaay too much.

poured a small pool of alcohol onto the card; sit for a moment- wipe.



a little purple love to start you tuesday.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

wet and dry

was working on cards this weekend. 
  • acrylic paint
  • washi tape, masking tape
  • pencil
  • oil pastel
  • hi flow acrylic, water

above -early; very wet.

below- dry; finished.

happy wednesday.

xo. kristin

Monday, May 22, 2017

quick view{grad card}

this is the match to another card i made- similar yet different posted from my youtube channel

we still have a few parties to go....which means (sorry- dammit-you know it's graduation season).....more cards will be coming. 

stay tuned.

happy monday.

xo. kristin

Friday, May 19, 2017

tgif {found}

all of you who swing by to see what is posted here....this is for you.


happy weekend.

xo. kristin

(thank you texas for always being interesting. pennybacker bridge overlook graffiti)

Thursday, May 18, 2017


mood. her look captures it all.

thursday; can it be friday already?!

xo. kristin

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

a fight {she}

she would fight the entire way; and in the end not care what she looked like


although- i will probably do at least another one to provide choices and let the client choose.

happy wednesday.

xo. kristin

Monday, May 15, 2017

found {believe}

found this sticker on a parking pole while strolling down south congress street, austin, tx.


xo. kristin

Friday, May 12, 2017

historical {tgif}

historical view....but, a favorite of mine.

tgif. happy weekend.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

overview {grad card video}

making cards for the graduating kiddos now- this one is for a girl.

stitched up, painted on, and doodled.

happy wednesday.

xo. kristin

Monday, May 8, 2017

makin' cards {graduation}

making graduation cards like a mad fool here..... this one was for our oldest son who graduated from college this past saturday from SD School of Mines and Technology


happy monday.

xo. kristin

Friday, May 5, 2017

printing {mask}

masked off; fragile with tape.....guess which number i was printing.


xo. kristin

Thursday, May 4, 2017

past view {k}

a past view of watercolors and pastels (my absolute favorite blue pastel- wish i would have saved the wrapper so i could reorder.....)

...but, i love the unfocus of the other items in the pic.

typewriter letter k
all city coffee sticker- seattle

happy thursday to you.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

wishing {bottle of happiness}

wishing you an open, full bottle of happiness.

happy wednesday.

xo. kristin

Monday, May 1, 2017

sample {grad announcement}

i liked these colors so well together- i thought i would use 'em again.....

for our youngest's grad announcements.

he gave his approval- so now i need to get after it and get these made.

happy may day!

xo. kristin

Friday, April 28, 2017

tgif {tag-it}


tag-it! i loooooove painting on used file folders and the whole point is to create a hot mess! how many times do you hear that you need to focus on the composition; clear focal spot?

sometimes don't you just want to grab that paint and go to town?! i say yes! make that hot mess and love it! because just as Mr Gerald Brommer told me, "kristin, that is what scissors are for." 

yep- you heard it. create a hot mess and cut it down to a nice size to make it look fabulous! 

happy friday.

xo. kristin

Thursday, April 27, 2017

art journaling {private lesson}

put that private art journaling lesson into the books
  • why do i art journal?
  • gesso; not perfectly, but, get that stuff onto your page
  • pick that first color- that will set the tone of the page and will dictate some of your color choices (unless you know when you can break the rules)
  • collage- and remember those poor pieces of paper need friends (thank you Karen Knutson for that lesson)
  • other options to use and try
  • water; alcohol (not the kind you drink.....well, maybe the kind you drink....)
  • lights; darks
  • this is one time when it is good to be a bit of a hot mess
happy thursday.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

art journal {teaching}

super excited... teaching a private art journaling lesson today.

stay tuned.

happy wednesday.

xo. kristin

Monday, April 24, 2017

wash {watercolor quickstudies}

wishing that the weekend was continuing to wash into today.

#tooshort #wash #quickstudies

one of nine. listed in my etsy shop.

xo. kristin

Friday, April 21, 2017

tgif {quick study}

quick. simple. not overworked

favorite one of the series.

pencil, thick sharpie, Dina Wakley pink scribble stick, Jayne Davenport Mermaid Markers pirate's gold


xo. kristin

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

pre & post {wet technique}

working on a painting and had gotten to a point where i felt like i had too much paint on the canvas and wondered what would happen if i used alcohol to pool and move whatever was on top.

watch my short video below. (find me on youtube); felt like i may have just ruined all that work.....

but, in the end- i love what i ended up with. sometimes you have to take that big step to find the love. i liked the early stage, but, i certainly didn't love it.....big steps=love.

don't love too early.

the words written into the paint say, "the plan is not always ours to understand."


happy wednesday.

xo. kristin

Monday, April 17, 2017

collage {and pencil on paper}

layered collage on watercolor paper and then added pencil. 

(i had an overwhelming feeling that i needed to add the pencil- it was just all too neat.)

loving the colors on this one- a few easter pastels spilling onto the paper.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

notes & faces

to make sure i kept on track and remembered everything i wanted to mention to my faces class, i brought my little cheat sheet with notes.

and below are a couple of samples. line drawing in pen and pencil with watercolor.

happy wednesday.

xo. kristin

Monday, April 10, 2017

teaching {class}

just love this photo of our group! 

this past saturday i taught a faces class at Mosaic Studio. the space is so wonderful! if you are looking for a teaching space- send a message and book it! it is a perfect spot! not up for teaching? looking at the other classes that are being hosted there.

my students worked soooo hard! stretching outside of their comfort zone and loosening up! 

feeling so blessed to have taught this fantastic group of ladies!

thank you for saturday!

xo. kristin

Friday, April 7, 2017

tgif {sharing love}

#foundheart on an evening walk; totally not sure what that is- but, love the message all the same

tgif. sharing love

xo. kristin

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

and she would {finished}

i am gonna tell you about an ink you need to get.... the new liquitex muted grey. i knew as soon as the first drop hit the canvas that i loved this color. there are actually 5 new muted colors and i like them all (you know i bought them all- a bit obsessive....).

i couldn't leave well enough alone and had added the muted grey ink and a bit of the yellow spray paint.

but calling this one finished. it is posted in my etsy store....stop by and look around. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

content {practice}

i will be teaching a faces class on saturday....doing a little practicing and tweaking my content.

class will be held in Sioux Falls, SD-  click on the link above or leave me a comment if you are interested.

#beginnings #faces #practicing #she #shecanalwaystellstories

Friday, March 31, 2017

accident {random pic}

snapped a random picture by accident while photographing other work 

#reality #studiospace #nojudging #organizedchaos

bring on the weekend.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

and.... {new story}

and with a single stroke she would rewrite this story.

(this is the same canvas that i posted the other day with the palpable self doubt.)

and once that first stroke was felts so good; i kept going.

and she would rewrite this story.

xo. kristin

Monday, March 27, 2017

filtered {self doubt}

she would filter as the self doubt was palpable on this one.

Friday, March 24, 2017


nothing better than lovely tulips....tgif.

may your weekend be filled with warmth and happiness.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

too much {play}

so this was my second sheet of play with my mom...didn't save my whites; and then, we went a little crazy. my mom helped paint on this one too. 

in the words of Mr. Gerald Brommer, "Kristin, this is what your scissors are for."

words of wisdom sometimes.

xo. kristin

Monday, March 20, 2017

experimenting {mom's studio}

hung out at my mom's studio you snapchat? find me (kristin peterson) to watch my story.

she had a technique we tried- this top one is mine and the bottom is hers. 

i am thinking i will cut mine up and she was going to leave hers as a full sheet.

the bright colors make me happy.

happy monday. 

xo. kristin