Karen Kardatzke

karen kardatzke. Based in Downers Grove, IL, US.

  • 1 award won
  • 277 comments made
  • 4376 votes cast

Awards

  • editor pick 1

About Karen Kardatzke

With color, movement & simplicity I try to marry happiness and soothing emotions in my work to bring a sense of calm to your space. I am self taught and use a variety of techniques to create my artwork including photography, illustration & graphic design. I find my inspiration often in the natural world. I work from my home in the suburbs of Chicago that I share with my husband and two children.

designs by Karen Kardatzke


favorite artists

  • Sadie Holden
  • Karen Kaul
  • Lindsay Megahed
  • Melanie Severin
  • Kamala Nahas
  • Maja Cunningham

comments

frau brandt on Jan 19 2018
frau brandt
  • Minted Sep 19, 2015
  • 8 Awards
  • 1101 Comments made
  • 6063 Votes cast

Thank you so much for the like on "Little Miracle". Your artwork is wonderful. All the best!

Pat Foltz on Jan 15 2018
Pat Foltz
  • Minted Feb 18, 2016
  • 60 Comments made
  • 6203 Votes cast

Thanks for the like on my photo, The Road. I love the style of your work!

Amy Hall on Jan 14 2018
Amy Hall
  • Minted Nov 5, 2012
  • 11 Awards
  • 359 Comments made
  • 3985 Votes cast

Thank you for the like! Your work is lovely. Best of luck with your submissions:-)

Mark Stokesbury on Jan 14 2018
Mark Stokesbury
  • Minted Nov 26, 2017
  • 6 Comments made
  • 41 Votes cast

Hello Karen! Thank you for 'liking' my 'Giraffes(3 of a kind)' picture, you clearly have wonderful taste;) Your work is very dreamy, and slick; I particularly like the mint succulent. Best regards.

Shannon on Jan 11 2018
Shannon
  • Minted May 20, 2013
  • 15 Awards
  • 2319 Comments made
  • 15297 Votes cast

Heya! Saw that you threw a like my way, so of course I had to acquaint myself with your work :) Wow!! I just absolutely love the colors and vibe of the last three entries you submitted (Falling Softly, Plant Therapy, Sailor's Delight) …they would work well displayed together too! The very best of luck to you, your submissions are stunning!

Eric Ransom on Jan 10 2018
Eric Ransom
  • Minted Jan 18, 2016
  • 2 Awards
  • 247 Comments made
  • 4258 Votes cast

Hi Karen, thank you for your recent like. Loving your newest work - best wishes to you :)

Alison Jerry Designs on Jan 08 2018
Alison Jerry Designs
  • Minted Jun 1, 2014
  • 40 Awards
  • 1649 Comments made
  • 2071 Votes cast

Hi Karen! Thanks so much for the likes on my new work for the latest and greatest art challenge. So appreciated. I love your Lost in The Mist photo. Just stunning! Very best to you in this challenge!!! Alison

Hannah Lowe Corman on Dec 05 2017
Hannah Lowe Corman
  • Minted Jun 23, 2016
  • 189 Comments made
  • 1156 Votes cast

Karen, I love these greens and turquoises in your work! Thank you for liking my submissions to the large format challenge inspired by my travels to the Southwest! Best, Hannah

Rebecca Rueth Designs on Dec 05 2017
Rebecca Rueth Designs
  • Minted Jun 19, 2016
  • 904 Comments made
  • 29528 Votes cast

Hi Karen, Thank you very much for the like on my "Hazy Beach Daze" submission. I really love the technique on your abstract photography! Best of luck on all of your lovely photography submissions!

Adriana Mannion on Dec 03 2017
Adriana Mannion
  • Minted Oct 15, 2017
  • 64 Comments made
  • 141 Votes cast

Hi Karen, thank you for the like on my submission “Soft Touch.” Good luck to you on current and future challenges.

Artsy Canvas Girl Designs on Oct 12 2017
Artsy Canvas Girl Designs
  • Minted Nov 20, 2011
  • 15 Awards
  • 165 Comments made
  • 3675 Votes cast

Thanks Karen for your kind comment! I think my last submissions were in 2015! Where does time go?

Mareike von Engelbrechten on Oct 04 2017
Mareike von Engelbrechten
  • Minted Aug 30, 2015
  • 40 Comments made
  • 2509 Votes cast

Thank you Karen for your like on my "dancing houses of Amsterdam" :)

Alison Jerry Designs on Sep 06 2017
Alison Jerry Designs
  • Minted Jun 1, 2014
  • 40 Awards
  • 1649 Comments made
  • 2071 Votes cast

Hi Karen!!! Thanks so much for your support on my new journals. I appreciate your time to do this. Loving your instagram as always!!! Alison

Emese Horvath on Aug 09 2017
Emese Horvath
  • Minted Jul 6, 2017
  • 296 Comments made
  • 1491 Votes cast

Hi Karen, thanks a lot for your like on my "Sand and ocean" design! Have a great day!:)

Jennifer Holbrook on Jul 30 2017
Jennifer Holbrook
  • Minted May 7, 2017
  • 3 Awards
  • 680 Comments made
  • 7931 Votes cast

Hi Karen, thanks so much for your like on my "Look at the Stars" giraffe and polar designs! Love your work.

Carol Fazio on Jul 27 2017
Carol Fazio
  • Minted Jun 23, 2011
  • 39 Awards
  • 6386 Comments made
  • 26184 Votes cast

Hi Karen, thanks so much for liking so many of my PB entries! I really appreciate the support her and on IG. It means a lot to me! Good luck in all the challenges. Your work is always beautiful and ethereal! xo, C

Hannah Lowe Corman on Jul 26 2017
Hannah Lowe Corman
  • Minted Jun 23, 2016
  • 189 Comments made
  • 1156 Votes cast

Hi Karen! thanks for liking my Turquoise Splash painting! I love the similar green colors in your work :) xo Hannah

Rega on Jul 26 2017
Rega
  • Minted May 8, 2016
  • 3 Awards
  • 1256 Comments made
  • 9035 Votes cast

Hi Karen,Thank you for liking Tranquility :) Your PB entries are beautiful ! Wishing you best of luck on the challenges <3

Kristina Heredia on Jul 26 2017
Kristina Heredia
  • Minted May 7, 2017
  • 53 Comments made
  • 943 Votes cast

Hi Karen! Thank you so much for your Like on my Pirouette ballerina! I wish you all the best!

Courtney Crane on Jul 25 2017
Courtney Crane
  • Minted Dec 12, 2014
  • 9 Awards
  • 2058 Comments made
  • 41538 Votes cast

Hi Karen, Thanks for the likes. :) You probably already know how much I admire your work. LOL! Best - Courtney

Janet Cruz on Jul 24 2017
Janet Cruz
  • Minted Jul 10, 2017
  • 127 Comments made
  • 2442 Votes cast

Thanks for the Like Karen on my "Beach Dreams" I appreciate it. You work is beautiful by the way! Best of luck in the challenge.

Me Amelia on Jul 24 2017
Me Amelia
  • Minted Jan 21, 2012
  • 8 Awards
  • 926 Comments made
  • 38283 Votes cast

Karen thank you so much for the like on my work. Your work is so ethereal and serene. Best of luck in the challenge.

Mary Gaspar on Jul 23 2017
Mary Gaspar
  • Minted Mar 16, 2014
  • 4 Awards
  • 42 Comments made
  • 6829 Votes cast

Thanks for your like on XO!! Good luck to you! Your work is lovely and dreamy!

Me Amelia on Jul 21 2017
Me Amelia
  • Minted Jan 21, 2012
  • 8 Awards
  • 926 Comments made
  • 38283 Votes cast

Karen, thank you for the likes on my work. Love your ethereal colors. Best in the challenge.

Emese Horvath on Jul 19 2017
Emese Horvath
  • Minted Jul 6, 2017
  • 296 Comments made
  • 1491 Votes cast

Thanks a lot Karen for your like on Blushing garden! Best of luck with the challenges! Have a great day! :)

Debra Pruskowski on Jul 14 2017
Debra Pruskowski
  • Minted Dec 19, 2012
  • 11 Awards
  • 893 Comments made
  • 10725 Votes cast

Hi Karen! Thank you for the nice comment that you left on my "In Flight" Series. I've had a lot of fun creating them and hope they do better this round:) You've got many lovely new submissions yourself - best of luck :)

Lisa Glanz on Jul 11 2017
Lisa Glanz
  • Minted Sep 9, 2014
  • 4 Awards
  • 87 Comments made
  • 1235 Votes cast

Hi Karen, your work is beautiful! Thank you so much for your lovely comment and support for my I love Books pattern. Best of luck with the challenges.

Alison Jerry Designs on Jul 11 2017
Alison Jerry Designs
  • Minted Jun 1, 2014
  • 40 Awards
  • 1649 Comments made
  • 2071 Votes cast

Hey Karen, Wanted to thank you for your support on my new work for the Pottery Barn challenge. Very much appreciated. I am loving your new submissions. Personally I would buy them myself! Best to you.

Janelle Wourms on Jun 11 2017
Janelle Wourms
  • Minted Sep 8, 2015
  • 4 Awards
  • 674 Comments made
  • 8134 Votes cast

Thanks so much for your support and the likes on my religious holiday entries!

Bethania Lima on Apr 23 2017
Bethania Lima
  • Minted Jun 24, 2012
  • 30 Awards
  • 1803 Comments made
  • 10581 Votes cast

Hi, Karen. Thank you for all the support and the recent like on "layers of green". All the best!

Paper Sun Studio on Apr 13 2017
Paper Sun Studio
  • Minted Mar 8, 2016
  • 22 Awards
  • 346 Comments made
  • 7946 Votes cast

Hi Karen, Thanks so very much for the "like". Loving all of your wonderful work!

Iba Aziz on Mar 25 2017
Iba Aziz
  • Minted Feb 1, 2017
  • 12 Awards
  • 41 Comments made
  • 1740 Votes cast

Karen, thank you so much for your kind wish! I am still surprised by the wins, did not see it coming!

Gabrial Reising on Feb 08 2017
Gabrial Reising
  • Minted Jan 29, 2015
  • 23 Awards
  • 458 Comments made
  • 8096 Votes cast

Thank you Karen for the likes and comments on my work:) I love the soft exploration in your photography, very very inviting!! I feel confident you will have some winners in the Minted marketplace. Best of Luck!!

Staci Gannaway on Feb 07 2017
Staci Gannaway
  • Minted Dec 7, 2014
  • 16 Comments made
  • 260 Votes cast

Karen, Thank you for the like on my painting "Rushing Water." I love the pretty color palettes and softness of your work. Best of luck to you.

Eva Marion on Feb 07 2017
Eva Marion
  • Minted Mar 24, 2015
  • 16 Awards
  • 742 Comments made
  • 9350 Votes cast

Gorgeous photography Karen! I am happy that I took a closer look :-) Thank you for your likes and lots of luck for the challenge!

Raquel Guzman on Feb 06 2017
Raquel Guzman
  • Minted Jun 10, 2016
  • 10 Comments made
  • 1241 Votes cast

Hi Karen, Thank you for the like on "Summer Vibes". I'm happy to see your work. So breathtaking! Raquel

Janelle Wourms on Feb 05 2017
Janelle Wourms
  • Minted Sep 8, 2015
  • 4 Awards
  • 674 Comments made
  • 8134 Votes cast

Thanks Karen. Your photography is STUNNING!!!

Rega on Feb 04 2017
Rega
  • Minted May 8, 2016
  • 3 Awards
  • 1256 Comments made
  • 9035 Votes cast

Hi Karen, Thank you so much for the like on Joy Ride2 :) I'm fan of your beautiful photos ! Best of luck on West Elm <3

Courtney Crane on Feb 04 2017
Courtney Crane
  • Minted Dec 12, 2014
  • 9 Awards
  • 2058 Comments made
  • 41538 Votes cast

Hi Karen, thank you for your likes and comments on my MWE entries. Your have such beautiful entries and I enjoy the subtle quality of your work very much. Best of luck! - Courtney

Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa on Feb 03 2017
Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa
  • Minted Dec 14, 2011
  • 15 Awards
  • 525 Comments made
  • 14638 Votes cast

Karen, Thanks so very much for the "likes". I am so in love with your work. The softness and minimalist style is just lovely. Best of luck in the upcoming challenge. ;-)

Robert Deem on Feb 03 2017
Robert Deem
  • Minted Feb 3, 2016
  • 4 Awards
  • 1127 Comments made
  • 25990 Votes cast

I really enjoy your abstract photography entries in WE5 Karen "Sorbet" is my favorite and 'Bluebird' is a choice name for that shot. Thank you very much for liking "Feder Ellie" much appreciated. Best wishes to you and good luck in the challenge! -Robert

Amber Barkley on Feb 02 2017
Amber Barkley
  • Minted Dec 8, 2010
  • 115 Awards
  • 1320 Comments made
  • 31955 Votes cast

Thanks for the kind comment, Karen. Your photos are so serene and lovely. Keep up the great work, and best of luck to you in the art challenge!

Kamala Nahas on Feb 01 2017
Kamala Nahas
  • Minted Oct 30, 2011
  • 65 Awards
  • 1406 Comments made
  • 47608 Votes cast

Hello Karen, Just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for the likes. I absolutely love your abstract work. Good luck in the challenge.

Lisa Mann on Feb 01 2017
Lisa Mann
  • Minted Jan 29, 2017
  • 460 Comments made
  • 1123 Votes cast

Thanks for your comments, Karen. I LOVE your work:)

Eric Ransom on Feb 01 2017
Eric Ransom
  • Minted Jan 18, 2016
  • 2 Awards
  • 247 Comments made
  • 4258 Votes cast

Thank you, Karen, for you comment and appreciation of my piece "Growth". Your work is so expressive and unique. Love the titles too! Keep up the great work - looking to see one or more of your West Elm entries on the Big Stage :)

Rebecca Rueth Designs on Jan 31 2017
Rebecca Rueth Designs
  • Minted Jun 19, 2016
  • 904 Comments made
  • 29528 Votes cast

Thank you for commenting on my entry! I really love your work, Best of luck to you and I think some of yours will be selected!

Shannon on Jan 31 2017
Shannon
  • Minted May 20, 2013
  • 15 Awards
  • 2319 Comments made
  • 15297 Votes cast

Thanks for the like Karen :) Your submissions are really unique and, looking at the prints available on West Elm, I can definitely picture your art along side them!

Surface Love on Jan 31 2017
Surface Love
  • Minted May 10, 2014
  • 7 Awards
  • 196 Comments made
  • 4207 Votes cast

Thanks for the like on Hedgerow Karen! Your work is stunning - best of luck!

Amy Gray on Jan 31 2017
Amy Gray
  • Minted Feb 22, 2012
  • 2 Awards
  • 101 Comments made
  • 12874 Votes cast

Thanks for the likes. Your work is INCREDIBLE! Really beautiful.

Alison Jerry Designs on Jan 30 2017
Alison Jerry Designs
  • Minted Jun 1, 2014
  • 40 Awards
  • 1649 Comments made
  • 2071 Votes cast

Hello Karen! Thanks so much for support on my new work for the West Elm challenge. So appreciated. Love your work and wishing you the best in this challenge!

Rega on Jan 29 2017
Rega
  • Minted May 8, 2016
  • 3 Awards
  • 1256 Comments made
  • 9035 Votes cast

Hi Karen, Thank you so much for the like on Joy Ride :) I really like the color of your photos ! I believe you 'll get the good news on West Elm art challenge !

Debra Pruskowski on Jan 28 2017
Debra Pruskowski
  • Minted Dec 19, 2012
  • 11 Awards
  • 893 Comments made
  • 10725 Votes cast

Hi Karen, thanks you for the likes and comments on my work! To answer your question - no, that was not a photograph. I'm trying some creative graphic digital designs with transparencies and movement. Your designs are very dreamy - good luck in the challenge:)

Sarah Luna on Jan 27 2017
Sarah Luna
  • Minted Dec 26, 2012
  • 1 Award
  • 549 Comments made
  • 4889 Votes cast

Thanks so much for your like and comment on Indigo Feather, Karen! Your work is exquisite - it has a quiet aliveness to it. Good luck in the challenge... :)

Kristi Jackson on Jan 27 2017
Kristi Jackson
  • Minted Jan 19, 2017
  • 4 Awards
  • 138 Comments made
  • 7122 Votes cast

Karen, thanks so much for your like and your comments! Love the soft and dreamy feel of your work...so calming!

Corinne Aelbers on Jan 27 2017
Corinne Aelbers
  • Minted Jan 1, 2016
  • 3 Awards
  • 804 Comments made
  • 2915 Votes cast

Karen, thanks for you like of my Looking for Prey submission in the West Elm challenge. Best of luck this year in all the challenges. - Corinne

Sherry McAdams on Jan 27 2017
Sherry McAdams
  • Minted Jan 21, 2016
  • 1 Award
  • 30 Comments made
  • 284 Votes cast

Incredible work! Good luck to you

Neeta Sawhney on Jan 26 2017
Neeta Sawhney
  • Minted Dec 4, 2011
  • 10 Awards
  • 2959 Comments made
  • 16038 Votes cast

thanks for the Likes much appreciated.

Mary Gaspar on Jan 26 2017
Mary Gaspar
  • Minted Mar 16, 2014
  • 4 Awards
  • 42 Comments made
  • 6829 Votes cast

Hi Karen! Thanks so much for the like and kind words! Your work is Gorgeous!!! I can totally see it at WE! Good luck:)Mary

Neeta Sawhney on Jan 26 2017
Neeta Sawhney
  • Minted Dec 4, 2011
  • 10 Awards
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  • 16038 Votes cast

you are most welcome all the best to you. Looks like you have a nice collection going there. Great Macro photography

Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa on Jan 26 2017
Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa
  • Minted Dec 14, 2011
  • 15 Awards
  • 525 Comments made
  • 14638 Votes cast

Karen, Thanks so much for your support in the challenge. Your work is so very lovely and quiet. I could stare at it for hours. Best of luck in the West Elm challenge! ;-)

frau brandt on Jan 26 2017
frau brandt
  • Minted Sep 19, 2015
  • 8 Awards
  • 1101 Comments made
  • 6063 Votes cast

Karen, thank you so much for your like on my "Baby rose" design. So great to see your wonderful work. I really like "Mint Succulent". The different shades and shapes are beautiful.

Hannah Lowe Corman on Jan 24 2017
Hannah Lowe Corman
  • Minted Jun 23, 2016
  • 189 Comments made
  • 1156 Votes cast

Thanks for liking "Stormy Evening" Karen! I love "The Dance"!

Karen Kaul on Jan 23 2017
Karen Kaul
  • Minted Dec 10, 2010
  • 20 Awards
  • 901 Comments made
  • 13837 Votes cast

You have some really fantastic entries in this challenge. Best of luck!

Courtney Crane on Jan 23 2017
Courtney Crane
  • Minted Dec 12, 2014
  • 9 Awards
  • 2058 Comments made
  • 41538 Votes cast

Hi Karen, thanks for the like on Tumult. you have such beautiful entries. Good luck! :)

Faith Dorn on Jan 23 2017
Faith Dorn
  • Minted Jan 19, 2014
  • 10 Awards
  • 827 Comments made
  • 17680 Votes cast

Hi Karen. Thank you so much for the like on "celestial dreams". Your photography is beautiful..serene...best of luck!

Margaret Timbrell on Jan 21 2017
Margaret Timbrell
  • Minted Mar 9, 2011
  • 28 Comments made
  • 1979 Votes cast

Thanks for the nice comment on my painting! I love your sense of color and abstraction!

Alison Jerry Designs on Jan 20 2017
Alison Jerry Designs
  • Minted Jun 1, 2014
  • 40 Awards
  • 1649 Comments made
  • 2071 Votes cast

Hello Karen, Looks like you are having so much fun with your new work. I love it. They are beautiful. My fav. is Spotty lashes and Spin! How did the templates work out for you? Alison

Lisa McGarry on Jan 19 2017
Lisa McGarry
  • Minted Mar 17, 2016
  • 1 Award
  • 54 Comments made
  • 614 Votes cast

Thanks so much for your "likes" and the kind comment about "Patinaed" is much appreciated! I love the gentle sense of movement and palette in your images : )

Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa on Jun 14 2016
Mary Ann Glynn-Tusa
  • Minted Dec 14, 2011
  • 15 Awards
  • 525 Comments made
  • 14638 Votes cast

Karen, Thanks a bunch for the "like"! It is most appreciated. Best of luck to you. ;-)

Robert Deem on Jun 13 2016
Robert Deem
  • Minted Feb 3, 2016
  • 4 Awards
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  • 25990 Votes cast

Thank you Karen for liking "Hi". Your "Beach Dream" entry is great! Best of luck in the challenges!

Alison Jerry Designs on Jun 13 2016
Alison Jerry Designs
  • Minted Jun 1, 2014
  • 40 Awards
  • 1649 Comments made
  • 2071 Votes cast

Hello Karen! Thanks for your likes on my new work! Love your photographs and cant wait to see more!!! Best to you, Alison

Sarah Johnson on Jun 13 2016
Sarah Johnson
  • Minted Aug 27, 2011
  • 3 Awards
  • 291 Comments made
  • 10894 Votes cast

Thank you for the like Karen! I love your "Beach Dream" submission. Welcome to Minted and best wishes in the challenge :)