I’m Colleen Kastner, a mixed media artist, writer, surface designer and former mental health counselor.


I’m originally from South Africa where I developed my passion for nature and the outdoors. You’ll see it reflected in my work along with my love for stories and an appreciation for beauty in imperfect things.

Beauty is deeply healing and I take great delight in sharing the beauty that inspires me – from my art to my home and travels and the creative life I strive to cultivate.


The world needs our beauty, encouragement and positive energy. With a reminder to slow down and breath it in.

A free gift for my creative friends - (hint, that's you!)

You know how people say “just focus on the positive” when you’ve had a rough time or you’re just not feeling your best? Easier said than done, right?


I’ve designed a class that makes it easy to do exactly that. It’s an easy art journaling class for all levels of experience. I’ll show you how to gather all your favorite things and create your very own, unique Book of Delights. A fun, creative project that will have you naturally focused on the positive.


Think of it as a spa treatment for your mental health. 


If you like being creative and need a little self-nurturing, you will LOVE this class. And it’s pre-recorded so you can watch it at the time that suits you best and go completely at your own pace.


And I’m giving it away for FREE to thank you for your support in my community.  


Click on the link below to enroll.

From my Studio Journal

How the beauty of Cape Town can change your life
Visiting Cape Town can change your life. Estimated reading time: 8 minutes I never lived in Cape Town, but I wish I had. Growing up in South Africa...
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How to take a Sketch further with Mixed Media
So I have a sketch … Creating a quick charcoal sketch is one thing. But then what? How do you develop it further using mixed media? You may...
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Ecstasy charcoal sketch by Colleen Kastner
How to Cash In on Drawing Video Addiction
Why are drawing videos so addictive? Why are drawing videos so addictive and how can I cash in and benefit from watching? Certain online activities...
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Colleen Kastner: mixed media artist and writer

I’ve been steadily growing my art business since the Covid Lockdown of 2020 when I re-discovered beauty through my art in a time of global suffering.

I’m passionate about creating art and sharing creativity with my fellow beauty lovers. I create my paintings with mixed media – charcoal, graphite, acrylics, watercolors, inks, collage and oils, I paint landscapes with hints of reality, abstracted. Visual poetry, memories, and dreams. I paint the strong, complicated women who inspire me – a play with abstraction, symbolism and my fascination with the complexity of beauty and the layers that give us depth and meaning.

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All photos on this site are copyright and were taken by either by my talented friend, Beth, or by myself. Please don’t re-use them without permission. You can find Beth on Instagram @BethBlackPhotography. 


The images, artwork, and contents of this website are my sole property and may not be copied or shared for personal or professional gain without my written permission. I own all the rights to all the artwork I create, including sold work (unless the buyer has bought the rights in addition to the original artwork.) Even sold artwork may not be reproduced without my written permission.