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Winding Down: My Top Ten Mixed Media Projects of 2012

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media

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It has become a tradition for me to wind down the year on my blog by posting some Top Ten Lists before the year ends. It makes me go back and look at what I have done and accomplished and it also makes me dwell in memories. Too often we forget about the things we did and accomplished throughout the year- often just bashing ourselves for not fulfilling all the wonderful new year’s resolutions from last year.  Maybe this makes you wanna do it too – if so – share :)

This art journal page which I showed with a fun video tutorial is still one of my favorites because of the happy colors and the technique.

This Canvas I created for very dear friends – I had so much fun making it and I am so happy for their little addition to the family.

MiniBook Cover which is part of a class I taught with several other artists organized by Donna Downey- called Internationally Inspired.

Another art journal page- which is actually part of my Über*Media Gesso Online Workshop. It says “Not Reaching for the stars! I am just reaching for my personal star – one that just shines for me!” Pretty much sums up my year.

A canvas which just makes me happy with texture and colors- this one I actually also teach right now as an in-person Workshop- but it is also part of my  Über*Media Acrylic Paint Workshop . I think it might be my favorite class to teach at the moment.

Happy Canvas :) I love it because I made the products just my own.

An artjournal page which is part of the Whatevers Storytelling Project. For this sgraffito background I posted also a technique video .

I sneak this altered project in here- I love it because it was a bit unusual for me- a little Sardine tin.

Also not really Mixed Media- but Altered Book…I love this book. I had a blast creating it with many wonderful heritage picture of my aunt Margot.

This Canvas is probably my absolute favorite of the year. It says: Before I die, I want to become the person that I am

If I look at my Mixed Media Projects this year- I can definitely say that the love for texture got even heavier. I totally embraced texture in every possible way- and I still don’t see the end of it for me. I also seem to like to do bigger statements in my work and there is also a lot of hidden meaning involved in the way I incorporate techniques and materials with a theme or thought. Also pretty clear that I had a little love for bold happy colors this year- lot’s of orange, red and yellow ;)

Which of my posted projects do you like the best?

Huge hugs

Nat

Nat

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  • Jenny Palmer

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    Hi Nat
    I love the last one the best “Before I die”
    that always makes me think of what kind of person am I turning into
    hugs and waves from Tasmania
    Jenny

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  • mjmarmo

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    Your work is so inspiring! Love the Whatevers page! I see many which use bold bright colors!

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  • Sandi McLean

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    Hard to pick a favourite! Mostly everything you do inspires me to create something different or to think differently…I would say that is exactly what inspiration should be. Warmest wishes for 2013!

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  • Sandy

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    I love the Summer canvas. Are you going to have the Über*Media Acrylic Paint Online Workshop again?

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  • christinemobuddy

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    I am surprised to say that I love the 1st one using Dylusions. Thanks for sharing…also love before I die

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  • Andrene

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    I cannot pick just one – before I die, summer and love are awesome. A spoonful of texture (the whole album) is one of my favorites – loved that class! And the sardine can is the coolest!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I don’t remember seeing the sardine can project and it is super cute. My fav is the one of you and hubby. The use of so much white from you caught me off guard. It’s very romantic. Happy New Year Nat!

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  • SusanJane

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    What an exciting year! I do love all the colors you indulged in as well as the finished results. It is so worth coming to your blog everyday. Looking forward to next year!

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  • Kelly Belton

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    I love that sardine tin! The altered book cover is beautiful, I’m sure the treasured memories inside are equally so. “Love” is so beautiful – and has inspired me to step away from my tendency to dark and try a very heavily embellished canvas – all in tones of white. As always – thanks for the inspiration Nat.

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  • Gypsy Chaos

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    The sardine can captured my attention – I’m leaning towards altered art recently and this is an excellent example.

    I like your “Before I Die” – it is inspiring me to try a different path to finding who I am these days. I don’t have a dream job aspiration – I HAD my dream job for ~15 years, but it’s over now.

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