Stroll Through the Hood – September 2016

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stroll Through The Hood


Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something.


The area around the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City is not really the most beautiful area- in fact …it is really really ugly and unfortunately often all that people see when they drive to or from New Jersey. So I love that there is some street art popping up here and there on the walls of ugly concrete. The above has some cool drippings and I love the monochromatic color scheme.


Love the stencil work in this one with all the different layering.


And this one just makes me happy because of the colors.


this one made me laugh – I think there was a time where we had cards that you could exchange with those- kind of like trading cards? Anyone remember – maybe only in Germany – I guess I am getting old I only have a vague idea of this.


Oh my- nature is the best painter …or maybe air pollution but let’s not think about this right now *Wink .


This time is truly amazing regarding sunsets viewed from our deck.


This one are the remains of a boardwalk at Liberty State Park – I assume it got destroyed in Hurricane Sandy. I love the texture and the pattern with the different materials- wouldn’t that be cool as a textured stamp?


Here is a view of Manhattan from Liberty State Park – the historic landing pier here in the front of the picture was also heavily damaged in Sandy and has not been restored yet.


The beautiful historic Liberty State Park train station, where the immigrants that came through Ellis Island headed out to all over America to start a new live. I love the building. It is talking to me *Wink. I need to make a painting of it some time.


Last week some of our friends hung out at my wonderful friend’s from Beekman Lane – who had a booth with their awesome vintage and antique stuff at the Historic All About Downtown Market. As you can see we are amazing helpers and made sure people came in and bought things 😉

I had to get this hilarious Valentines Card- probably from the 40s – it made me laugh.


and you see …we helped placing things at the right places too …the policemen on this Valentine’s Card actually has no pants on ….so …we needed to make sure he was covered – LOL . but joking aside the graphics of the box and the cards, and the red lunch box you see peeking underneath are just beautiful.


And last but not least …another sunset picture. I wish I could make such a nice color swirl into one of my paintings. Maybe by using Pouring Medium.

I hope you had fun with this stroll through my hood – take a walk next time you feel stuck when you are creating something or need a spark – it always helps me to get new ideas!



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  • Sue Clarke


    Love the swirl of the clouds in that last sunset photo.
    I always enjoy strolls through your various hoods Nat!


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N*Studio ArtFoamies Stamps Release

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Foam stamp


This is BIG NEWS!!!  I am so stoked that ArtFoamies and I teamed up together for a stamp release. I had so much fun working on these brand new foam stamps – all of them inspired by my travels around the world.  Here they are!

Batik Pattern 1


Batik Pattern 2


Batik Pattern 3


Batik Pattern 4


Buenos Aires Tiles


Chicago – comes with two stamps a positive and a negative pattern


Manhattan Boarder


Manhattan comes with two stamps a positive and a negative pattern


Santa Fe comes with two stamps a positive and a negative pattern


Toledo comes with two stamps a positive and a negative pattern


Versailles comes with two stamps a positive and a negative pattern


I cannot wait to show you loads of fun and creative projects with them! If you want to get your hands on these- you can PREORDER them in my store NOW – they will ship out at the latest the week of October 17th – but probably earlier though as I should get them next week!



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  • Seth


    Congrats Nat. These are very cool. Kind of like taking a trip around the world!


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      thank you so much Seth 🙂 Yes they have been inspired by many wonderful places around the world.


  • Sue Clarke


    Batik Pattern 4, 1, and 2 are my favs.
    Congrats on the new line Nat!


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      thank you Sue – glad you like those – they are also a favorite for me!


  • Bec Miller


    Wow!wow!wow! Congrats Nat!!
    I love foamies and all of these have to make it in my stash!!


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You Are At The Right Place or… In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal


“you are at the right place, when you travel and have a splendid time and come home and fall over in love again with your home”


Loved making this grungy spage using a handcarved stamp as well as my Urban Scribble and Grunge Stamp Set.


I added some marks and painted details to blend the elements together and I like the overall feel of this page.


This art journal spread reminds me how excited I am every time I come home from traveling and how happy it makes me to see the statue of liberty and the skyline of Jersey City and New Jersey and sometimes even my house from the airplane. I guess I am home here now *wink

Here are some of the supplies I used for this art journal spread – some are affiliate links:


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Wishing you a beautiful day!



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  • Joi@RR


    Oh wow – these pages are just amazing Nat. There is so much to see and so much dimension – the buildings go in and out and up and down and it’s just sooooo awesome. Seems like THIS needs to be a painting SOON. It’s really splendid. Xj.


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