i have been a graphic designer and illustrator for over thirty years.
i love graphics, adore type. branding and styling is something that comes naturally to me. i have created for big fortune 500 companies (Target, Revlon, Liz Claiborne, USA Today, Ziploc) to name a few.
i also create for lots of boutiques and agencies worldwide.
i am lucky to illustrate everyday. i have several styles and love playing with pen and ink. most of my illustrations are created by hand then scanned into the computer. old school love.
one of my first loves is creating a logo. i designed my first professional logo when i was 18 (and it is still being used today) i love branding and a good solid company needs a terrific logo. i pride myself on details of knowing what is needed to create the perfect fit logo. from Fortune 500 companies to local mom and pop shops i simply adore logos.
Launch of Target Redcard
this was a huge launch. every bit of credit marketing. logos, branding the campaign. it was wildly successful. i created for Target as a freelance designer for over 8 years. adore.
American Heart Association - Red Dress Campaign
i was fortunate enough to have illustrated 12 separate red dresses for the American Heart Associations Red Dress campaign. one of the illustrations was put on millions of Coke cans.
Velvet Button Boutique
a lush beautiful women's boutique in Madison Wisconsin. happily i designed this logo and marketing branding pieces for these two fabulous owners. dreamy shop.
the very coolest of cool cafes, restaurants, live music venues in Minneapolis Minnesota. this place is filled with magic and right across from the Mississippi river. i am lucky to have designed this logo, branding pieces and menus. adore.
Minnesota Association of Realtors
logo designed for huge branding campaign. i was lucky enough to brand buses, trams, billboards, sky way graphics - you name it i designed it. bonus, i won a few awards for this one. grateful.
one of the most talented floral artists i know in Minneapolis Minnesota. eco friendly, thoughtful, mindful approach to designing with floral. her arrangements are always on the edge of brilliantly beautiful. adore.
all natural baked dog treats fresh from Sarasota, Florida. two friends came together to create this concept (named after her dog Bella) these treats are delicious. focus group tested. woof. i was lucky to create this logo and the packaging for these most yummy treats. best ever.
logo for a vendor space at a huge antique show. cake is delicious and so are all of the beautiful items in this show. created logo mark, signage, thank you cards, and all marketing pieces. honor.
one designer taking vintage and found pieces combining a new twist and style to each piece. investing style one at a time. based in Minneapolis Minnesota. beauty.
Gannon Creek Trading Company
beautiful hand crafted furniture for lake living in style. the history of this company is wonderful, full of tradition and heirloom qualities. located up north Minnesota. created logo, branding, catalog and web design. natural.
line of jewelry created with found and vintage findings designed into something boho and fresh. located in Hudson Wisconsin. gorgeous.
Bradenton Farmers Market
outdoor farmers market in Bradenton, Florida. illustrated the fresh home grown love of garden happy. grow.
Sparkly Heart Studio
super creative, love filled studio in Duluth Minnesota. jewelry, paintings, greeting cards, classes yep, it all happens here. one of the most talented lovely artists ever. shine.
spilling layers of life. right here. right now. it matters. i see life and i paint what fills me up. every single day i paint gratefully.
a tiny view was the blessing that flew beauty into each morning and held dreams. sacred home. living my life in layers.
you are ready to journey and discover all of your talents and truths walk strong. explore. layers of freedom to choose your life.
at the end of each day hope remains. peace. knowing i paint to live my life fully.
she has brave beautiful wings. she shines. soar. each of us can fly i believe this is true with my whole heart.
sacred spirit. we all have such beauty ready to shine.
her dreams traveled with her. courage. believe in yourself every single day, even when it is really hard.
her spirit moved mountains. yes.
love more. color your life with love.
journey to loving your life every new day. it matters.
her spirit moved mountains her soul blessed many.
i adore the art of stitching. both by hand and machine. i love the way threads connect things. the simple stitch is healing and sacred for me it is part of my design, art and life. sew more
Stitched Sacred Hearts
Stitched Sacred Hearts tiny little hearts layered with vintage bits of fabrics, seed beads, thick stitching by hand. hanging from baker’s twine. these make me happy.
Lots of sacred stitched hearts
each with it's own blessing and stitching by hand with love.
having spent one year by the ocean i will forever be filled with the colors, textures and natural beauty only mama ocean can gift us. this is a quilting piece i created along with several watercolor pieces for a submission to be published. waiting to find out.
i have always loved milagros (miracle in Spanish) this is my version of a hand created stitched milagro. still creating on this but, really love the feel of it.
Patches of love
creating little patches of layered fabrics. these can be sewn together to create something big and beautiful or simply small and tiny stitched goodness.
tiny bits of fabrics layered into shapes then stitched to one surface. this is becoming something big. tiny starts big love.
Heavy cotton love
i adore the feel of heavy vintage cotton cloth. lots of layers with many ocean blue stitches and metallic golden threads. glass beads are stitched. love vintage.
Tiny bits of color
creating tiny bits of color and stitching to a vintage tablecloth. happy curtain, happy window cover or just plain happy.
mixed media art
i adore details. so for me mixed media creating with lots of different supplies is just perfection. i love the art of layering and seeing things with new ideas. one thing that remains constant in all of my creating is knowing this is my happy place. loving each step.
Be everything you ever want to be
painting on kraft board, layers of acrylic paints, inks, metallic inks, india ink and tiny illustrations mixed in with white marker. color me happy.
layering vintage book pages, map pages and stitching together to create a custom envelope. adding pieces of my illustration and pen + ink work. bits of acrylic paints. golden accents and love. published in Somerset Studio Sept/Oct 2014. Melange section. grateful.
Hand of hope
painting on kraft paper stitched layers of pages with acrylic inks, paints, watercolors. illustrations on top with white pen and ink. vintage wooden hand rests on top. hope filled days.
Beauty floating everywhere
painted on kraft heavy paper with acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, metallic inks, type illustrated with brush. stitched edges. published in Somerset Studio Apprentice Sept/Oct 2014. honored.
hand created card. smile in your heart you will always shine within. be kind to you. just smile.
Wings of Strength
kraft board handmade folder with layers of acrylic paints and watercolor paper stitched on top. illustration created with india ink and my trusty bamboo skewer. coffee stained tag with original illustration. tiny bit of vintage Kantha quilt holds a little glitter trimmed leaf. soaring.
I love being a bird
cardboard layers stitched together with layers of acrylic and watercolor paints, india ink illustrations created with my trusty bamboo skewer. gold leaf. vintage millinery flower stitched. bird love.
Love more now
painting on heavy kraft board. watercolor, acrylics, acrylic inks, pastels, white pen and ink. shine.
She grew wild things
base of vintage papers painted with layers of watercolor and topped with acrylic paints. india ink illustrated dome and little sprout. taken into illustrator and layered to create a magic world. hand illustrated type. heart.
created for submission and chosen by Uppercase Magazine Issue 13.
using a canvas base tearing the center out and collage bits of vintage papers, torn vintage fabrics wrapped in threads, illustrated words on tissue tracing paper, vintage findings, tiny seed beads stitched with metallic threads creating rain drops. honored.
Love Sweet Love
layers of papers stitched together with acrylic, pastels, bleeding tissues, vintage book plate, coffee stained tag. millinery flowers, vintage stained lace, illustrated watercolor type. sweet.
layers of vintage papers, with watercolor tulip stitched, gold leaf gently layered, hand died ribbons of silk, vintage millinery metal findings. for a friend.
Happy month of July
creating images that look vintage with poppy colors stitching papers onto hand painted background of patterns. layering with hand sewn circles and yo yo quilt pieces, adding a tiny ceramic dog. happy july.
torn pieces of my paint papers with gold leaf and bits of color pop. hand stitched and machine stitched. golden accents. rise.
Magic Dances in the Moonlight Every Eve.
canvas board layered with vintage papers, acrylics, inks, bleeding tissues, metallic paints, white pen and ink and lots of love for mama moon.
Valentine Handmade Love
a variety of mixed media art pieces i created for a Valentine submission for Somerset Magazine. Published Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2015
So much beauty
there is so much beauty just waiting to be discovered each new day gives us miracles to witness. blessed life. so very many ways to grow strong. watercolor, acrylics, pen and ink on watercolor paper. love more.
i have a huge passion for gift giving and wrapping. i am known for my wrapping presentation and i absolutely adore it. taking everyday items and layering, stitching and loving until the wrap is singing happy.
Pearl Button Custom Wrap Paper
created custom gift wrap using designed image of our little dog Pearl Button. paper is stitched together and layered with paints. gold leaf coffee stained tag with pearl buttons stitched (by hand). Published in Somerset Studio July/Aug 2015. pearl button proud.
custom necklace box created layering vintage papers and images. painting over these images with acrylics, pen and ink and tissues. silk ribbons, tea stained vintage cloth, vintage jewels, bits of velvet and happy all nested together. proud love.
simple box covered in vintage papers and illustrations by me covered in creamy white paints and pencil markings. simple loving words scattered around. cotton twine to tie with lush vintage laces and velvet.
Tags for giving
i adore creating tags for gift giving. these are kraft tags stained with various teas, coffees and natural vanilla extract. using vintage images, photos i have taken on my travels, design work i have created all stitched together with ribbons, findings and threads. give more love.
housing my artwork inside. i made a folder out of cardboard and covered it with acrylics and original illustration stitched to the top. tiny tag with little winged love. vintage Kantha quilt piece. published in Somerset Studio Sept/Oct 2014. grateful.
hand painted, illustrated, inked envelope. created with vintage maps, pieces of my paintings scanned and printed. layers of paints, golden inks and tea stained laces. for a very special friend Jana. published Somerset Studio Melange Sept/Oct 2014.with love.
Love me some ribbon handmade
for me there is nothing like hand created ribbon to tie up the treasures. layers of vintage, torn pieces of collected treats all stitch together great lengths to nest the perfect presentation. published in Somerset Studio Sept/Oct 2014. wrappings of love.
little square box takes on a new happy life when covered in pages from vintage children's books. tied with simple hemp cording and a tear of fabric. golden edges and paper tapes.
i adore using vintage linens to wrap. layering pieces of lace, tea stained fabrics and swirling them all together to make a little more magic happen. every tiny knot tied makes this completely soft and gentle for shipping.
jewelry boxes of white are layered with tissue papers, acrylic inks, pastels and golden paints, tiny bits of white ink illustration on the tip top of everything. add a simple found feather. happy natural giving.
covering a box with as many bright silly happy images as i could find then masking out shapes and adding words makes this most fun for gift giving. a custom tassel created with beads, findings and strands of color. oh i love giving.
Bits of Joy
collecting bits of my favorite things makes wrapping easy and fun. keeping a container of goodies to pull from helps me create quickly and mindfully. more is good.
sometimes it is fun to collage, paint and embellish the heavy duty box and then cover it with layers of ribbons, fabrics, tea stained flowers, beads and stitching. shabby love.
Love of sweets
hand created ribbon with lots of vintage stained laces, silk ribbons, contrasting orange threads. a tiny matchbox is the perfect treat to tuck away a little gift, covered in vintage book page. tassel created with fresh water pearls, beads, crystals and lots of vintage findings complete this yummy package. pearl love.
shipping brown paper becomes much happier when illustrated with white pen and layers of torn vintage book pages, handmade fibers, tissues and vintage beads. bakers twine is always a good idea. shine.
Wrapping with Joy
creating tissue paper envelopes and envelopes with layers of india ink illustration and sewn threads. tiny little shells packaged up fresh from the beach. driftwood wrapped with threads, beads and vintage trims. delight in details.
Wrapping up my cards and coloring book
i designed a 36 page coloring book and launched it along with 90 greeting cards this year in NYC at the National Stationery Show. is custom wrapped to send off in the happy mail.
Hand Illustrated Wrapping paper
simple white butcher paper can be wonderful when you take some watercolor paints and custom write all over it. add some fun twines, ribbons and of course a hand painted tag. love the sea.
Natural Easy Love
special treats wrapped in kraft mailing paper with hand painted marks. vintage opera paper stitched into a custom envelope. embellish with twine, coffee stained cords, wooden beads. natural love.
Retreat to Big Sur Sacred Sisters
when you know you are going to meet soul sisters. you make necklaces by hand. you make little stitched bags and embellish with vintage goods, complete with festive tags and feathers. give more.
more fun stuff
when you create everyday you get lots of artwork spilling out. these are some of my fun projects i make up and have fun with. enjoy. yes, i sell most of my art. grateful.
i adore vintage old bottles. these are memory bottles i create with images from travels, vintage book and collections i have. i love vintage textiles and beads. for me details in the tiniest ways make art sing.
creating with vintage book covers, layers of book pages, tea stained linens, bits of lace and threads, millinery flowers, torn silk ribbons, soft words. love pure love.
Teeny Tiny Matchboxes of Love
little tiny empty matchboxes covered in layers of papers, paints, findings and treasures are the perfect place to tuck a treat for someone you love.
Collage + Shapes Painting
collage canvas create some fun shapes and tell a sweet story. framed with my story. personal piece.
Pearl Button Custom Lampshade
take a zillion pearl buttons and one wire lampshade sitting with my mom (best helper ever) and threading buttons to create this shade for my booth in NYC National Stationery Show. adore.
i adore styling space. mostly i style our home and spaces of gathering. for years i styled art galleries and windows loving every detail. i create tiny alters of precious item around our home. i love display and playing with space.
Vintage Book Page Wall
i adore vintage books. paper everything. tea staining crumpling up the pages then creating a huge wall with nothing but, paper. adore.
Creating Sacred Space
i love to collect serving trays. i paint them, cover them in vintage book pages. i adorn them with some of my favorite small treasures always with a fresh sprig of something (usually from the yard) and at night a tiny candle.
patina + textures
i find so many things beautiful. this old copper bowl had me smitten with its patina of ocean hues. simply paired with an ocean item and a bit of wood make a happy nest to pass by during the day.
NYC national stationery show 2015
dream big. then work like crazy and do it. may 2015 national stationary show in NYC. i designed and created a line of 90 greeting cards (all illustration, design, hand illustrated type) you name it i did it. created art prints, canvas prints and a 36 page coloring book with all original art.
my helpers included my hubby, my mother, my father and of course "Pearl Button" our Jack Russell Terrier - and namesake for this line.
Pearl Button's World. dream come true.
sharing moments of this dream with you.
Pearl Button's World
i collected tiny vintage Italian picture frames and featured my logo, branding my original art, pearl buttons picture, our mission, and profiles of pearl.
Collection of 90 cards fresh from the printer.
my collection of 90 cards arrived from my trusty printer. a total of over 3000 cards arrived. the sorting, assembling the packages all happened here in our home in Galena, IL. thanks mom and dad. this would not have happened without you.
of course i have a line of art prints. i framed them with simple Ikea frames that i gold leafed. yes, i am the queen of details.
Dancing on Gumdrops Coloring Book
my first 36 page coloring book filled with illustrations created just for filling in with your color, textures and pure fun.
Best in Show
i was super lucky to have two cards voted to be best in show. this is the display of cards.
Setting up our corner booth #1559
freshly painted a yummy white by me. my hubby hangs the shelves that are vintage and gold leafed by me. love me some power tools.
Kelli May-Krenz presents Pearl Button's World
the finished booth. each tiny piece that was created in four months came together to shine. i could not have asked for more. grateful.
Corner booth, yes please
another shot from the corner looking in. happy, bright and full of love.
knowing even the cards rest while we walk back to our chelsea apartment on a beautiful evening. feeling so blessed.
i would not have the confidence to do any of this traveling across the country and displaying my art without the love and wild crazy talents of my hubby. he is wonderful. i am beyond lucky. he believes in my talents and i am allowed to shine. thank you hubby.
Me painting the booth walls
i figured it is always fun to see that we do work really hard to make this happen. nothing good comes without tons of hard work. i know this.
me and hubby
celebration at the end of the show in one of my favorite restaurant bars in Soho called The Cupping Room. one glass of wine to toast and give thanks.
brave girl university
online classes like you have never seen before. i am so proud to be one of the original 80 teachers, artists, mentors. so many amazing classes for you to explore and love.