Saturday, January 28, 2012

Creative Spaces - week 4

This craft enthusiast has a studio many artists would dream of! Complete with loads and loads of storage and built-in furniture, this lady has even found a beautiful floor rug to match the array of coloured boxes in the main cabinet.

I also love these neatly labelled drawers which hold an assortment of mosaic tiles!

A craft space to die for! See more here:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Far Horizons - Happy Australia Day

I've been working on these photos for some time now. I took them on a day trip to the country, 200km north of Adelaide almost a year ago. I wanted to capture the solitary vastness and stark beauty of the outback, the romance of the rural. It wasn't until I experimented with colour and texture that I began to really appreciate it all. It doesn't take much to turn every scene, every field, every tree, every horizon....into a work of art. It's so true, the more you look, the more you see, even in South Australia, the driest state in the driest country. There's a raw beauty about rural Australia which is unlike any other place on Earth.
I think these photos are a fitting tribute to, and celebration of the great land I live in, AUSTRALIA.

Happy Australia day to all my Aussie friends and contacts.

These photos and more are available as prints in my Etsy shop. To celebrate, I'm offering free shipping on these photos until end of January. See more here

All photos and artwork © Stella Peterson, Crimson Circle Studios

Sunday, January 22, 2012

From the Studio - Australian Postcard swap

As a member of the Australian Etsy Team, Dust, I took part in a fun postcard swap.
All participants were paired off, and each person had to send to their swap partner,
a postcard (bought or made) featuring their part of Australia. I had the pleasure of
being paired up with the lovely and extraordinary captain of the Dust Team, Melanie
Cook. She hails from Brisbane, and I from Adelaide.
So our postcards to each other were a small snapshot of our surrounds. Melanie chose
a photographic montage from her own personal shots (above), and I chose to sketch
and digitally colourise some local places around my suburb. I'll add these as soon as the
swap has been completed.

All in all, this was a fun challenge and my first team swap. I look forward to
doing more throughout the year :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Creative Spaces - week 3

Well, what's not to like about this absolutely gorgeous creative space? From the beautiful butterfly chandelier to the wallpaper backdrop, this studio reflects the owner's flair for design and colour schemes. Bare in mind, this studio occupies the corner of a garage!
I look at this studio and feel a sense of peace and order. It is an uncluttered space with a harmonious colour palette. Subtle decoration that's not over the top!
I love the blend of the modern Ikea shelving plus designer style chair and the antique wooden sideboard with ornate mirror to the left. They all work so well together. This studio is a definite inspiration.

See more of this designer's studio here: ishandchi

Friday, January 13, 2012

Creative spaces - week 2

This beautiful light filled studio belongs to a designer from Berlin. I just love the tall windows and the casual, relaxed feel of this space. The neutral walls lend themselves to small splashes of colour. I could sit in here all day....
Here is a link to the artist's site:

Monday, January 9, 2012

From the studio - custom Artist cards

Well, I had the chance to do some custom work over the Christmas/New Year break. A fellow dance student asked if I could make some custom artist cards for friends in Russia! I was so excited! A variety of photos were emailed to me, and I chose the ones best suited for the small format artwork (64x89mm). I designed the digital component to include a frame around each portrait as well as a decorative background/foreground. Once the print-outs were adhered to sturdy backing board, I attached the 3D embellishments by hand.

One of the cards was for a family pet kitten called Mia!
All 3 cards include loops so they can be hung from a hook.
Each card was titled and dated on the back.
I hope the ladies enjoy their gifts all the way from Australia!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Creative Spaces

Now that I've started producing handmade Artist cards, I realise that my office/studio is no-where near good enough as a crafting room. Apart from a desk with a computer and printer, a bookcase and an expanding file, I have no real storage for my growing collection of beads, brads, crystals, fabric, paper, ribbon, flower embellishments, pendants, buttons, string etc. I have 2 medium-sized plastic tubs that are overflowing. Diving to the bottom of these to find a bag of beads isn't the most efficient way of creating handmade.
So........I'm on a quest to find the storage I need to create the perfect art space. Viewing other artists' creative spaces is so inspiring - it's amazing to see such variety, and some truly unique craft rooms - from attics to corner nooks to sheds and garages, all quite beautiful in their own way. On a weekly basis, I will be posting pictures of these spaces, in the hope of finding ideas for my own studio space.
This work space not only has a view but is complete with skylights!
Find out more about the artist and her wonderful style here:

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, New Journey!

To kick off the New Year 2012, be sure to check out this Etsy treasury created by Jo Marks from Perth, Australia. I totally love the sweetly nostalgic items in it. My print "Life's Journey 1" is in good company here!
Happy New Year to all my blog & twitter followers, fellow Etsians and customers, flickr friends and contacts, newsletter subscribers, and anyone else that has chanced upon Crimson Circle Studios in the global on-line world out there. Wishing you all the very best in your own personal ventures.

Let the 2012 journey begin!!!