Kristin Peterson: mixed media, collage, painter, artist

Friday, September 22, 2017

sometimes truthfully it is better in black and white.

i have been struggling to make it to the studio to do anything. between work and home projects that needed attention before the weather really time has been nil.

so much, so that doubt and that fragile personal artistic view of what i can do was creeping in to tunnel my vision at the worst time as i have deadlines coming.

wanting to find some inspiration and push myself out of this funk- i realized i hadn't posted this face. maybe for various reasons (damn doubt)....but, it is interesting and raw. 

and to be honest...sometimes that is all that is needed. nothing close to perfect or pretty. but, to add some quirky artist randomness, i had used this page for whatever reason as a color palette testing out colors along the edges. silly girl.

black and white.

the rawness and shades of grey.

sometimes the best.

stumbling  through this dark tunnel.

happy friday.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

homemade stamp

just love making these homemade foam stamps... 

never done that you say?! super easy.....

find sticky back foam sheets- i had gotten my package from walmart in fun bright colors. to make the back piece, i normally cut a square and then fold in half (these are super sticky!!! fyi....) to provide a little more stability to the stamp; although it isn't necessary- you certainly can do a single sheet.

if you do a single sheet for the back instead of folding in half- do not use the sticky back! this should then be just the regular foam. 

but use the sticky back foam for the actual shapes for the front of the stamp itself. 

i always like circles- or some variation of circles; and love the lines (mine is the one hiding on the right hand side with the pink background and purple stripes above). you will notice that i waste nothing....when i cut the circles, i realized that my first set were too big for the top background- so i cut those down to fit and then used that outside circle edging and put those onto another background.

this is my pile of used foam stamps.....

happy hump day.

xo. kristin

Monday, September 18, 2017

simplicity {art journal}

sometimes the monochromatic simplicity is all that i am capable of. and really, sometimes it is all that is needed. 

  • had used this page as a palette; loved the simplicity of the color, with the lights and darks
  • pencil
  • stencil with white paint (stencilgirl)

happy monday. 

xo. kristin

Friday, September 15, 2017



the colors run and pool. collecting in unexpected places; filling those blank spots with color. the collection tells a story all of its' own.

so many stories written, painted and glued.

dreams of sharing. big news will be coming soon.

happy friday.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

colorlust {bday card}

total infatuation with these colors

quin nickel azo gold & paynes grey

and the simplicity of the card

mailing off this birthday card with a little something along with a huge care package. so weird that we wont be there on his birthday. weird. i know....not really. he is at college and is supposed to leave home at this age....but, he is the youngest and i am still adjusting.

the whole empty nest is strangely nice at times; and just empty at others.

xo. kristin

Monday, September 11, 2017

tag {monochromatic}

this monochromatic tag story would be sordid and layered and not to be judged

  • underpainted used file folder
  • fabric scraps
  • layered painted book paper
  • masking tape
  • machine sewing; hand sewing

Thursday, September 7, 2017

tag {add on}

Roben-Marie's tag add on challenge

the original tag piece is watercolor paper in the middle portion with golden yellow.

add ons:
  • book paper with payne's grey
  • washi tape
  • cardboard piece
  • tab edge of manilla folder
  • fabric pieces

xo. kristin

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

tag {squared}

when it is hip to be square.... playing along with Roben-Marie's week long tag challenge

Are you playing?

  • thickened notecard (glued two together); cut to square
  • homemade stamp (stacked circles); painted over
  • pencil
  • hi-flow acrylics in various colors
  • stencil (although i was heavy-handed with the paint, and used a water wash to remove some of the paint)
  • sari ribbon

happy short week!

xo. kristin

Friday, September 1, 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

gesso love {cards}

sending out some gesso'd love.  

have missed y'all.

xo. kristin

Friday, August 25, 2017

icad {mother's job}

a mother's job.

indeed. to hold all that sh*t together no matter what it takes.

tape. lots of tape... a variety of tape.
staples. sometimes the more the merrier.
layered paper. stronger.
stitched all up.

and sometimes that "hold everything together" is just for you. right?.....

art. creating. it saves the soul.

it doesn't have to be pretty. or look nice.
sometimes it will just be what it is. how you felt. whatever was within arms reach. tape. staples. paper. 

happy friday.
xo. kristin

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

icad {subtle}

observe the subtle.

listen quietly. 
stand still for a moment.

xo. kristin

Monday, August 21, 2017

icad {learning curve}

she would find a steep learning curve

  • image transfer
  • index card
  • acrylic paint
  • fashion magazine
  • sewing; machine
  • fabric scrap
  • stabilo pencil
  • pencil

xo. kristin

Friday, August 18, 2017

tgif {a few favorite things....}

found heart. sending you love.

lovely colors on this stencil...hated to use it.

made stamp. circle love.

scribbles, drips, runs.


xo. kristin

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


don't you just love stencils?!.....

yet another saved very-overworked painting.

  • one very overworked painting; color, scribbles, drips, dabbles
  • stencil girl stencil
  • payne's grey with a soft sponge roller with said stencil
  • jayne davenport's paint over pen- white 

happy wednesday.

xo. kristin

Monday, August 14, 2017

so good {stencil}

when the collage and stencil are sooooo good.

thank you stencilgirl!

xo. kristin

p.s.- sample for up-coming class in sept; will share details soon

Friday, August 11, 2017

life {studio & journal}

real life. studio.


real life. journal page.

neither clean or neat. 



happy friday.
xo. kristin

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

details {art journal}

took a moment to play and try out some of my new stuff.


art journal
masking tape
acrylic paint
soft pastel
watercolor crayon
hi flow acrylics


xo. kristin

Friday, August 4, 2017

tgif {new stuffs}


new stuffs from a quick trip to Dick Blick

bring on the weekend.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

let it go {journals}

this is the small stack of art journals that i packaged up and mailed out last week. 

the one journal was a couple of years worth of work; so when i packaged it up to mail out.... i  prayed that this stack would arrive safely to its' designation.

i love it enough to let it go.

if i am not willing to take a risk..... nothing will ever happen.

*big things are in the works.....big things.....

happy hump day.

xo. kristin

Monday, July 31, 2017

finger painting

my mom would totally be correcting my poor grammar here..... goodness.

anyway....was working on samples for an up coming in-person class close to home.

loved the colors and how my fingers looked.

i know it is monday, but make a promise to yourself to spend 20 minutes in the studio today. 

you owe it to yourself.

happy monday.

xo. kristin

Friday, July 28, 2017

layered collage {deconstructed}

collage. layered. paint. 

water. spray. spritz. soggy.

pick. peel. reveal.


happy friday.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

she {drawn}

wednesday....last wednesday of july.

summer almost over. school will resume.


except this is a larger shift. on many fronts.

empty nesters.
new possibilities.

happy wednesday.

xo. kristin

Monday, July 24, 2017

bingo {collaged}

a little art therapy in the form of a vintage bingo card and some paint covered fingers.

doesn't it feel good to cut paper?.....jagged cut, sure. sharp cornered edge, maybe. flat side, probably. 

imperfect circle happiness.

and then, sewn. 

sewing. (aaaaah. again...happiness)

with pink thread.

except......look the book paper and the words. 

omg.....really?! that was what i seriously cut out? AND glued down?

dang it.

happy monday to you.

xo. kristin

Friday, July 21, 2017

perfectly imperfect {she would be}

i had an idea that i thought would work (seemed good in my head anyway)....but the reality was that it didn't work at all. 

at all.

she would be perfectly imperfect.

may your weekend be filled with the perfectly imperfect.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

new paint {view- art journal}

new paint. golden. turquoise (phthalo). art journal.

serious love. 

where have you been all my life?

xo. kristin

Monday, July 17, 2017

sewingswag {view of details- paintbrush bags}

Want (or need?!) to see my paintbrush/ pencil bags up close? here is the short video i put together to show the details and stitching.

happy monday.....

xo. kristin

Friday, July 14, 2017

sewingswag {paintbrush bag}

may your weekend by filled with polka dot happiness.


commissioned paintbrush/ pencil bag

  • hand-dyed background bag fabric
  • fabric scraps- cotton and linen
  • clothing tag- well used
  • sewing notions- rick rack, and little pink balls

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

barmaid [delivered}

yep....calling this girl done...... she is now serving.

  • gesso'd canvas
  • pencil- to write liquor; details of circles
  • newspaper
  • homemade papers....lots of homemade papers
  • deli paper- that is what i did her face on first and then, moved it to the canvas
  • acrylic paint- glazed over top
  • hi-flow acrylics
  • watercolor crayon
  • charcoal- shadow; shading
  • stabilo pencil in black- face details

signed and sealed....really like my little added cocktail!

loved this corner and the pop of blue....details.

you can see the strips of newspaper and layers of homemade papers here.

happy humpday.

xo. kristin

Monday, July 10, 2017

community {painted rocks}

my little community has been organizing a kindness rocks- positive messages group on FB. i joined and couldn't wait to paint my rocks. 

i dug around and found my rocks in my front yard around my flowers.

most had a flat top and interesting shape. i tried to find a variety of shapes to paint.

i used acrylic paint, gold ink, stencils and stamps to make mine; finished with a fixative spray to seal.

here is a little video to show my finished rocks:

may this brighten your day.

happy monday.

xo. kristin

ps- did you sign up today? i have some big stuff cooking and want to share with you first.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

recap {last week; day 3-4}

composition and design using our made papers.

here are a couple of the pieces i made while at class taught by Jennifer Stone

did you see a pop up today when you visited? i have some big stuff cooking and would like to share with you the news as i can so be sure to sign up with your email address. 

i promise it will only be for me to share super cool art news- classes, new products, and tips...good stuff. i am offering a 20% discount code for my etsy store or if you saw something on my instagram feed but don't see it in my store....message me and i will honor the 20% discount code for anyone who signs up by the end of July.

happy weekend to you.

xo. kristin

Friday, July 7, 2017

recap {last week; day 2}

and then we made papers...... because this was my second time through the class i knew that i mostly used the stained papers and the black and white papers- so that is what i mostly made. 

i now have again a ridiculous stack of papers! which is a good thing to have if you are a mixed media artist.

happy friday.

xo. kristin

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

recap {last week; day one}

the last week of june i attended an art class: stamp carving and making papers. we had a fantastic time. great group of people and wonderful teacher, jennifer stone- full of tips and tricks and thorough explanations. you can see her schedule and other artists that she is bringing in.

the stamps below are her most-fabulous stamps....the one closest in the pic actually say, "steal....and you die."

it is soooo almost worth the that one. 

her's below are made from moo carve. this is nice to carve as it is relatively easy to carve into versus the huge erasers from the dollar store. the erasers work too, but, a bit more difficult to carve. 

and then there is fun-foam! have you made stamps with fun foam? this is quick and so easy!  you just need to have the sticky foam. super fun! 

i did circles....(happiness.....).

we used our stamps to stamp on papers to use in other things. such as my work below. this is early on but, you can see that i used my circle stamped paper in this one. 

i turned the piece- but, below is the final version of this work.

fun foam stamps.....

happy humpday!

xo. kristin

Monday, July 3, 2017

monday {line up}

composition. variety. colors. odd number. shapes. contrast. center of interest.

after spending a week at an art class above is what i ask myself. what do i see.

i want to go back to work this morning about as much as i want to go to the dentist........(sorry big-girl job).....

i love sidewalk chalk. and couldn't resist this line up. and all the delightful scribbles and doodles that sidewalk chalk brings.

happy monday.

i have missed you all here.

xo. kristin

Friday, June 23, 2017

tgif {with pink glitter}

tgif to you; sprinkled with pink glitter

feel the raw canvas {no gesso}
from the earth- she would grow
they will all grow
with glitter 

xo. kristin

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