Cross-Stitch Patterns: The Room

Posted in Crafts with tags , on December 4, 2017 by Kris

One of my all-time favorite bad movies is The Room. There are so many fantastic quotes, so I made a few patterns using some of my favorites. I’ll definitely be making more in the future.

These patterns are free to download! Although, if you post it anywhere, please link back to either this blog or my main site,


Color Pattern [Download]
B&W Pattern [Download]


Color Pattern [Download]
B&W Pattern [Download]


Color Pattern [Download]
B&W Pattern [Download]


Color Pattern [Download]
B&W Pattern [Download]

If you end up stitching any of these patterns, let me know! I’d love to see them!

Cross-Stitch Pattern: Who Talks First?

Posted in Crafts with tags , , on March 30, 2016 by Kris

In addition to my other forms of art, I’m also an avid cross-stitcher (and into crafts in general). I recently downloaded an awesome app for my iPad called Stitch Sketch, and I’ve been making my own patterns.

I’ve also been a little (okay, that’s an understatement) obsessed with Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I made a pattern based on the initial confrontation between Poe Dameron and Kylo Ren. It’s free to download! Although, if you post it anywhere, please link back to either this blog or my main site,

Color Pattern [Download]
B&W Pattern [Download]

If you end up stitching this pattern, let me know! I’d love to see it!

More New Work

Posted in Art on April 24, 2015 by Kris

Hi everyone! I finally got around to taking photos of my recent work.

Cheap & Cheerful
Medium: Watercolor, Ink
Year: 2014

This one started as an ink line drawing, and then I filled in the shapes with watercolor. I’m pretty sure I used every color in my paint palette.

Medium: Watercolor, Ink
Year: 2014

This was a really fun one to do. I just took a pen and made a freehand swirly, loopy design. Then, I painted different areas with various colors of watercolor.

Medium: Acrylic, Molding Paste, Stamps, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Maps, Washi Tape, Ink, Paper
Year: 2014

This was the result of playing around with different media. I’m pretty happy with the result.

I Can Give 100% Without Even Trying
Medium: Acrylic, Watercolor, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Maps, Sheet Music, Stamps, Thread, Tissue Paper, Ink, Paper
Year: 2014

This one was so fun to do. I started with the idea of finding different photos of faces, and then piecing them together to create one weird face. From there, I just used all sorts of media to finish the piece.

Die Young Stay Pretty
Medium: Watercolor, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Rick-Rack, Yarn, Buttons, Staples, Felt, Tissue Paper, Mesh, Tulle
Year: 2015

The overall theme of this one is fashion and sewing. Most of the images are from magazines or sewing how-to books. I incorporated some sewing patterns in the background, and used some sewing notions for texture.

Elastic Heart
Medium: Book Pages, Lace
Year: 2015

I think out of all of my recent work, this is my favorite. It’s pretty simple, but I love it.

Medium: Book Pages, Cardboard, Maps, Flash Card, Acrylic, Watercolor
Year: 2015

I bought a 1960s medial reference book and I fell in love with the illustrations in it. They’re stylized and have a very retro feel to them. The image of the torso silhouette showing the lungs was one of my favorites. Then, I found a cool illustration of a brain in another old medical book I had, and I incorporated that as well.

Muscle Museum
Medium: Watercolor, Acrylic, Cardboard, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Mesh, Paper, Cardstock, Gesso, Staples
Year: 2015

I had a lot of fun with this piece. The running muscle-woman was where I started, and I just built everything around her. I liked the idea of her breaking through the boring, monochromatic gray and leaving a bright, rainbow trail behind her.

Too Fat For Love (And Other Female Problems)
Medium: Watercolor, Tissue Paper, Acrylic, Thread, Book Pages, Magazine Pages
Year: 2014

Too Fat For Love (And Other Female Problems) [Detail]

I don’t usually create social commentary pieces, but this one is an exception.

I bought some magazine ads from women’s magazines from the 50s and 60s and as I was looking through them, I realized how many of them were targeting “women’s issues.” Not just periods and menstrual cramps, but physical attributes – being too fat, being too skinny, having unwanted body hair, corns, bunions, callouses, brittle fingernails, the need for perfect hair, hiding freckles, breast size, waist size…it all seemed silly at first glance. But after looking through this pile of ads I realized that this is the same exact thing women are dealing with today – the unattainable ideal of beauty – 50 and 60 years later.

With God All Things Are Possible
Medium: Watercolor, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Paper
Year: 2014

I made this one for my sister for Christmas. She loved it.

A Little Bird Told Me
Medium: Watercolor, Acrylic, Book Pages, Magazine Pages, Paper, Ticket, Stamp, Flower, Button, Sheet Music
Year: 2014

I made this one for my mum for Christmas.

So…that’s what I’ve done art-wise for the past few months! I’ve also been working on other crafts (cross-stitch, crochet, knitting) so I’ve been keeping occupied.

I’m Not Dead!

Posted in Art, Updates on December 2, 2014 by Kris

I know, it seems like I’ve died. I swear I haven’t given up on my creativity. Life has been happening and unfortunately keeping my blogs up to date falls to the bottom of my “to do” list (underneath “sleeping” and “petting cats,” I guess). I haven’t been doing much for graphic design lately, but I’ve been doing a lot more artwork. Here are some pieces I’ve finished recently:

I’ll take a better photo eventually, but this is a painting of my cat Jack that I created to hang over the TV in my living room. I don’t often display my own artwork (I’d much rather display other people’s artwork) but I thought it might be nice to pay homage to one of my furry pals. The downside is that Jack’s ego has blown up to epic proportions and now he thinks he’s a celebrity.

I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
Medium: Canvas, Acrylic, Embroidery Thread, Yarn, Buttons, Clothespins, Twine
Year: 2014

This is one of those pieces that I spent an extremely long time creating, and when it was finally finished I wasn’t even sure if I liked it. In fact, I’m still not sure if I like it.

Damaged Goods
Medium: Acrylic, Tissue Paper
Year: 2014

This was an incredibly fun piece to make. I basically drenched pieces of tissue paper in Mod Podge and “painted” with it on a canvas-board. I love the texture. It’s hard to see from the photo, but in person it has a lot of fun texture.

Feeling Kind Of Anxious
Medium: Acrylic, Glitter
Year: 2013

This was probably one of the most fun pieces I’ve ever created. I painted this geometric design with acrylic, and then adhered matching glitter to each section. I got glitter everywhere, but it was totally worth it.

She’s Lost Control
Medium: Acrylic, Sequins, Rhinestones
Year: 2014

Sticking with the “craft supplies used in fine art” theme, I painted a geometric rainbow circle design and filled it in with matching sequins. It took forever to do, but the end result is pretty cool (and shiny). I’m just glad I had tweezers.

Kurious Oranj
Medium: Watercolor, Tissue Paper
Year: 2014

As you can see, I’ve been into using tissue paper in my artwork lately. I love that it’s sort of like watercolor because it’s semi-transparent.

Stand On The Horizon
Medium: Watercolor, Tissue Paper
Year: 2014

Another piece in the same vein as Kurious Oranj, but with a wider variety of color.

High Fidelity
Medium: Record Sleeves, 45 RPM Record, Cardboard, Tissue Paper, Buttons, Plastic, Metal
Year: 2013

I’m an avid collector of vinyl, and I have boxes full of 45 RPM records. Needless to say, I have extra sleeves and a pile of records that unfortunately skip and aren’t playable. I didn’t want to throw them away, so I hung onto a few of them for the sake of art. I finally decided to make something with one of the records and a bunch of the sleeves, and this is the result. I used a bunch of other things to create a turntable collage. It’s kind of silly, I guess, but I like it.

So, as you can see, I haven’t been idle. I have more pieces completed, but I just need to take decent photos of them. I hope to keep this blog updated more often than I have the past few years, so check back often! I also updated the links to the right of the blog, and there’s now a Kris Heding Art & Design Tumblr, Twitter, and a new Facebook page. Stalk me there!

Mach FoX “Planktoon Mixes”

Posted in Graphic Design, Music on December 2, 2014 by Kris

Mark of Mach FoX asked me to create an album cover for the latest release, “Planktoon Mixes.” He sent me the artwork that was designed by another artist, and then some video distortion effects were added, as well as the text. It turned out pretty awesome.

Stranded & Company

Posted in Graphic Design on December 2, 2014 by Kris

My friend Susan makes incredibly beautiful jewelry, and she asked me to design a logo for her Etsy shop, Stranded & Company. I also designed a business card, a banner for her shop, and some stickers. Her shop is on hiatus for the time being, as she’s busy with her adorable baby.

Add Stranded & Company to your favorite Etsy shops!

COLORS Exhibit Opening Night

Posted in Art on August 30, 2012 by Kris

The opening night reception for the COLORS exhibit at Gamut Gallery went really well! There was a great turnout — the gallery seemed to be full of people the entire evening. I can’t say enough how honoured I am to be part of a show with so many fantastic artists. I love so many of the pieces in the exhibit. Minnesota has amazing talent, that’s all I have to say.

This is the “cluster” of art featuring my work. The painting at the top is Ok, Who Brought The Bomb Pop? by Kate Renee. The works on the left and right are mine. The photograph in the middle is Orange Water #3 by Jack Mader.

“We Separate Like Ripples On A Blank Shore (In Rainbows).” Magazine pages on canvas. 2012.

“We Are Accidents Waiting To Happen.” Magazine pages and cardstock on canvas. 2012.

The show runs through October 20th, so make sure to stop by and check out all of the awesome art!

COLORS Exhibit

Posted in Art on August 16, 2012 by Kris

Exciting news! Two of my works will be part of the COLORS exhibit at Gamut Gallery in Downtown Minneapolis! These are brand-new pieces I created this year.

Opening reception is August 24th from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM. The exhibit runs through October 20th. Click here to see the Facebook event.

Other artists in the exhibit include: Jack Mader, Sara Syverhus, Nathan Petterson, Felix Culpa, Samuel Bjorgum, Dim Media, Shanna Allyn, Tierney Houdek, Kris Bradley, Erica Boyles, Scotty Gunderson, Benji Mohr, Forest Bash, Rachel Adams-Bliss, John Vasilou, Roger Williamson, Jacob Charles Eidem, Ethan Heidlebaugh, and Kate Renee.

44 Plays Presidential Art Gallery

Posted in Art, Theatre on July 14, 2012 by Kris

During the run of Theatre Pro Rata‘s production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, there was a Presidential Art Gallery on display that featured each of the 44 presidents created by different artists. I created a portrait of Ronald Reagan.

I made a collage of images from the 1980s — everything from the tearing-down of the Berlin Wall to Michael Jackson to E.T. to a Rubik’s Cube. Then, I painted a portrait of President Reagan over the entire collage. I’m pretty happy with the results.

You can see images of all of the artwork in the gallery by clicking here.

My art was also featured in an interview with Carin Bratlie and Grant Henderson from Theatre Pro Rata. Click here to read the interview.

44 Plays For 44 Presidents

Posted in Graphic Design, Theatre on May 15, 2012 by Kris

Presenting the postcard design for Theatre Pro Rata‘s production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents.

This may be the most patriotic design I’ve ever done. Holy spangles, Batman.