Monday, May 2, 2016

Turning Old Collages into New Mixed Media!

Turning an old collage into new mixed media


"I curled closer to May, comforted by her warmth."
-- Kiera Cass


Hi there! I've missed you so

The last several weeks have been a whirlwind around here, and I'm happy to have found time to play a bit. Actually, it was a few tweens that got me back into the studio! I assist in an art journaling class for kids every Friday, and last week I brought - along with several other collage materials - some colored copies of my old work. I hoped they would like the bright colors and perhaps some of the images, but what I didn't expect was how much they liked the idea of using old art in new ways and, moreover, how much I would learn from them in the process! They completely inspired me to try new things and to look at my own art in a different way. Sooooo, I decided to see what I could do with one of the same copies I'd given them and filmed the process.

In the end, I used copies of one old collage (wayyyyyy back from the first Summer of Color!) and created two new pieces with them: both a loose art journal page & an altered brie box. 

Loose art journal page 

Altered brie box

Wanna see the process? It's all here, and below, and all under 10 minutes . . . 






Thanks for popping by.  Happy May & happy creating from our crazy house to yours.

With colorful kisses,
Kristin xo

Friday, March 25, 2016

Mixed Media Bunny Girl On Wood (& YouTube)!

"But I Only Just Wanna Be A Bunny"
Mixed Media on 10 x 10 Wood Canvas

“As for me I will follow the path of the pink bunnies.” 
― Magenta Periwinkle
Happy Easter! 

In honor of the upcoming holiday, I created a whimisical-little-bunny-girl and filmed the process for YouTube.  

Wanna see the rugged edges? 


And scratchy bunny ears?


All come together? Check it out:

(PLEASE NOTE: Although the counter says otherwise,
THIS VIDEO IS ACTUALLY LESS THAN 20 MINUTES LONG)

As always, thank your for your time & support! 

Happy Easter with love,
Kristin xo

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

A Mixed Media Collaboration with Ayala Art (Part 2)!

(Painted Foreground: Part 2 of 2 of our collaboration)

"I paint self portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best."
- Frida Kahlo 

Wheeeeeee: the results are in! 

The collaborative between myself and Ayala Art is now complete & ready for viewing. If you missed last week's post in which I explained what we were up to, just pop over here to check it out. If you're ready to see how we completed the backgrounds we created for each other on YouTube, just take a peek below. . . .

Here's what I finished for Ayala Art:




And - lucky, lucky me - here's what she finished for me:




Thanks for watching along! It was a blast to do, Ayala Art is as sweet-as-can-be, and I can't wait to play again.

Until next time.
With love & Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A Mixed Media Collaboration with Ayala Art!

(Painted & collaged background: Part 1 of 2 of our collaboration)

"I think it is in collaboration that the nature of art is revealed."
- Steve Lacy


I have something exciting to share! Not only have I just completed my first YouTube video of the year, but it is in the form of a collaboration with my friend and artist from Ayala Art! How cool is that?

SO, how did it all go down? (It was fun and easy really). We each decided to create a background on a predetermined substrate, which in this case, was an 8 x 10 canvas panel. I created a background for her to complete, and she did the same for me. We then mailed our canvases to each other to film the rest of the process. So in the end, we will have a total of four videos to share, 2 from each of us.

Wanna see what we did with our first background videos? Okay then, here we go! Below you can find the video I created for Ayala Art:




And here is what she created for me to complete:




Check 'em out and let me know what you think! Then tune in a week from today to see how we completed our given canvas. Fun, yes? (I agree). 

Until next time!
With Love & Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo

Friday, January 1, 2016

There Will Come A Time . . .


"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. 
That will be the beginning."
- Louis L'Amore



Happy New Year with Love,
Kristin xo

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I Wish You A Merry Christmas!

(Glittered Pinecones!)

"Christmas isn't a season. It's a feeling."
- Edna Ferber


May you find love, joy, happiness (& glitter) this season and always. . . . 




From our little family to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!


Colorful Kisses,
Kristin xo

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

An Arty Collaboration . . .

An Arty Collaboration
2 x 4 Gallery wrapped canvas

"Unity is strength . . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."
- Mattie Stepanek

One of the things I most look forward to every year is a trip I take with my friend Daniele Shannon. We actually met here - online through our blogs - several years ago and decided to meet in person at an art retreat in Portland. Long story short, we had such a good time that we've made it a tradition, and have been meeting every October since. We don't actually go to a formal retreat anymore, but rather make our own adventure by picking a place somewhere cool and lugging our stash to make art. 

For our most recent trip - to the wineries in Temecula, CA - we decided to do something different and brought a huge (I mean, huge) canvas to the party. The intention was to create a collaborative piece that Daniele would then take back to her new home in Colorado. Wanna see what we did with 3 days, the 2 of us and a lotta wine? Okay then, here we go . . . .

(The canvas in it's entirety)









(The sides)



And there you have it: An Arty Collaboration! And although I highly doubted our ability to finish both that huge canvas and all the wine bottles we had, I'm happy to report that we we successful at finishing both. . . .


Until we meet again,
Kristin xo