Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gift giving ideas for the festive season

As I've added many new items to my shop in the last 12 months, here you will see just some of them and who they'd be perfect for as a gift. You can find all these products in my online shop Crimson Circle Studio

Engagement or wedding present

For your daughter

For your son

For your partner

For your friend or sister

For your brother

For your mother

For your grandmother

For your father or grandfather

For a young child

Friday, October 23, 2015


My 'Believe' print is part of the #makeforgood collection from Etsy Australia.
Buy any #makeforgood product from Etsy Australia between now and December 24th, and help disadvantaged girls and women living in developing countries. At least 20% of each #makeforgood purchase will go towards Plan International's Because I am a girl campaign. Just go to and search #makeforgood to view the entire collection.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Let’s Get Together and #makeforgood!

Etsy Australia is partnering with Plan International to try and change the world for disadvantaged girls living in poverty. Named the #makeforgood initiative, all Aussie sellers are invited to create products inspired by the theme, 'silver linings for girls' and donate at least 20% of the sale price to Plan’s 'Because I Am A Girl' campaign. The #makeforgood collection of products will be launched on October 11, International Day of The Girl, and will be promoted until December 24.

This is a sneak peek at the graphic I have digitally drawn for the theme 'silver linings for girls' which I will apply to prints or note cards. It features a young girl with long flowing hair floating though the clouds – totally free and purposeful. Inspired by my 10 year old niece, Mia, I've watched her grow into a bright, confident girl – she's played basketball, she dances ballet, tap and jazz, she plays violin, she's inquisitive and she's creative – all the wonderful benefits of an educated life in the western world. It is my hope that all young girls around the globe have the same opportunities as Mia - freedom, education, empowerment, and a safe, happy future.

A close up of Mia's silhouette

The digital drawing - stage 1

The initial brain-storming on paper

All drawings and design © S. Peterson 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Craftapolooza Poster

Craftapolooza was a 2-day craft market which ran mid-June at Flinders Street Market (Adelaide). I was fortunate enough to design a poster for this event, but had to do it at very short notice with an amazingly crazy brief: Can you do a 'Mr Potato Head' riding a dinosaur and shooting lasers from a laser gun ??? asap?  Gaaah!!!

Designing a rough on computer was relatively easy compared to making the A3 finished piece. Somehow, 'Godzilla' came into mind, wreaking havoc over city buildings. Ray guns from 'Star Wars' and the giant spotlight over Gotham City in 'Batman the movie' also came to mind. Mr Potato head (already a patented toy) was changed to a tomato head, sporting a vintage bowler hat, moustache and Doc Martin boots! Spotted black fabric simulated the twinkly night sky, and threaded acrylic yarn became laser lights. Of course, the children's style dinosaur had to be fashionable - so I gave him a wonderful leopard print in reptilian green.

The final piece was scanned, colour-corrected and emailed to the market organisers who added the details of the craft event and arranged printing and distribution of the posters around the city.

Who knows? Mr. tomato head might feature in future works that I create.
I think he's a cutey :)

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Paper weaving experiments

I thought I'd try my hand at paper weaving....

Project 1
Size: approx A4
Materials: pattern paper, magazine image, tape
Time taken: over 1 hour

Skill level - intermediate

Project 2
Size: 110x110mm
Materials: magazine images on corrugated cardboard, glue
Time taken: 15 mins
Skill level: beginner

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Paper crafts & the Etsy craft party

Etsy Craft Party is a celebration of meeting and making. This year, Etsy Adelaide will be teaming up with the lovely Flinders Street Market. This crafting extravaganza will take place on June 6th, and will be a first for Etsy Adelaide.

This year’s theme is Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape. Activities will involve anything paper-related, things like paper collage, paper weaving, origami, book-making....the sky's the limit.

For those that don't usually dapple in the paper crafts, I thought I'd share some of the things that I have done with paper in the last few years, purely because I love experimenting with paper and images. These are just some of the ways I use paper in my art and craft, and hope to share these techniques at the Etsy craft party.


collage on corrugated board - 210x210mm

collage on foam core board (paper, photocopies, coloured pencil) - 210x210mm

collage on foam core board (paper, photocopies, coloured pencil) - 210x210mm

collages on paper 100x100mm 

Artist book series - tribute to my parents

Mixed-media collage on stretched canvas (paper, magazine, paint)

Mixed media collage on double canvas (paper, fabric, magazine, buttons, embellishments, paint)