Art Journal

Gritty City – Art Journal Spread

“Who would have thought I’d call you home you weird gritty little fun city across the Big Apple.”

This spread started out as a demo page in a workshop to show how to use two patterns of the Santa Fe Positive and Negative Foam Stamp set and it was very busy as you can imagine.

So I covered a middle put up with white gesso so that the pattern was still visible but in a very subtle way. I stamped a city scene with my Stroll Through The Hood 1 and Stroll Through the Hood 2 stamps onto the white gessoed areas.

Using fluid acrylics I colored the stamped images in. I dipped the Derwent Inktense Pencil into water for the journaling.

It is a bit crazy but fun. Here are the supplies I used for this spread – some links are affiliate links.


Wishing you a wonderful day!

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  • Joi@RR

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    To me… this is the epitome of YOU Nat. The city, the colors, the ambience, and the statue of libery… if I were to see this in an art gallery – I would know it was YOU. LOVE THIS. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Joi! Hope you have a wonderful start into the week! Happy Monday

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All of Me Loves All of You – Art Journal

I guess I have spring feelings- LOL. I love this – “All of Me Loves All of You” .

This was a quick but fun spread using different acrylic spray paints over three different stencils.

I like how the stencil pattern of Santa Fe, Granada and Mesa Verde look so good together – I want a blanket with this :)

I added the journaling with a Fude pen and stamped with the Love Tag stamp into the heart.

To define the heart a bit more I traced it with some Artgraf Pigments -dry and wet.

I think I found a new color combination I like :)

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread- some links are affiliate links:

 


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  • Joi@RR

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    This page looks 3D. It seems to me like I am looking thru a screen and there are some lovely orange flowers and then the sky. The sky looks far away – 3D to me!!! Orange is my favorite color and that deep sky blue looks so yummy with it here. I REALLY am enjoying this journal creations Nat. Thanks bunches for your inspiration! Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Joi ! I love what you see in the artjournal spread! Have a gorgeous day Joi!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love my Fude pens and the color combo of rust and blue has been a fav of mine. I wouldn’t have thought to use the purple with it but I like it.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      sue, that is so true- it was a surprise for me too how much I liked the color combination. It is fun to sometimes try out new things – this is a good reminder for me :)

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I see you … or SAWUBONA Art Journal

I see you …and I love you!

I recently learned that African Zulu has a greeting  “Sawubona” which means “I see you. It says, “I see your personality. I see your humanity. I see your dignity and respect.”

I feel strongly we need to learn to see and love people again and see their humanity even if they are different from us.

I played a bit with gold gesso and acrylic paint as well as with my Toledo Stencil.

I love how the teal paint looks on the gold – probably my favorite part of this spread :)

Guess I will have to do more of this combination – At first I didn’t care to much for the dark green and red with the gold in this spread but I can live with it…mhhh – I see it – and I love it ;)

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



I wish you a gorgeous day!

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  • Sherri Scott

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    Nathalie, you have such a caring heart and spirit, no wonder you make such beautiful art

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- Sherri, you are so sweet!!!! I hope I see you soon again!!! <3

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love that greeting and how you used the gold Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you sue! have a wonderful rest of the week and stay warm – hope you didn’t get too much snow!!!

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Art Journal Flip Through 3/2017

It’s been a while since I did an Art Journal Flip Through. I am keeping about 4-5 journals at the same time, sometimes I send one out to a publisher and then it takes a couple months before I get it back or I work in several at the same time – anyway- this one in the video started in late 2014 and I did the last page this March in 2017 and I think it is interesting to see how my style changed in one book.

Art Journal Flip Through 3/2017 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I am having a hard time with some of the pages in the beginning – thinking “oh boy” – which I guess is normal when you look at older work- LOL. But I also see some things thinking “oh, I should do this again” .

Hope you enjoyed this- have a gorgeous day!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh wow – I remember seeing some of those the first time!!! How fun was this??? FUN FUN FUN. Smiling Big. Thanks bunches for sharing Nat. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Joi , it is fun to look back at those older page! Thank you for watching :)

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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    Thank you for sharing – wonderful art journaling.

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  • Rachel Greig

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    So inspiring Natalie! Thanks for the flip through!! Loved seeing all of your pages together like that. :)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you so much Rach ! hope all is well in Australia :)

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On whom to marry – Art Journal

“Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do” J.D. Salinger.

Agreed :) and that is one of my favorite things about my marriage- my husband and I can laugh at the same silly things together which probably have other’s just roll their eyes.

I used the Versailles Stencil oversprayed with different acrylic spray paint colors on the top.

For the bottom part I used the Toledo Foam Stamp stamped with some acrylic paint. and then journaled on top.

I used a catalogue image and painted over it with acrylic paints and markers. The faces are a bit …ahem- scary- LOL- but hey…another thing I can laugh about and I am sure my hubs would too ;)

Here are some of the supplies I used in this spread- some links are affiliate links:

P.S.  I cannot believe my wonderful friend Birgit Koopsen from the Netherlands is coming already next Thursday and we cannot wait for our workshops at The InkPad  there are still a couple seats left – check it out when you are in the area and join us!!!!

You can also get a special deal by signing up for both classes ! what are you waiting for  – two Europeans at once :)

Wishing you a wonderful day filled with laughter :)

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  • Torsa Saha

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    Beautiful project for a snowy friday!! ❤❤

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Torsa!Stay warm today and have a wonderful weekend!

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I Hope Your Lips Are All Smiles Today – Art Journal

“What words are spoken between us in the unnamed language that sparks into existence at the precise moment our lips stop being lips and start being smiles?” Tyler Knott Gregson

I recently discovered Tyler Knott Gregson and his poem is just so beautiful I  had to use it in my art journal. Check him out – he has an instagram account where he posts daily his inspirational poems and his book

Wildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind is on pre-sale now and I cannot wait to hold it in my hands. 

The background was just a bit of play with color and the Santiago Foam Stamp- but I loved the background and I decided- this is it. You know…you can do that too right ? LOL- don’t forget you are the boss of your own Art Journal – so background – foreground – who cares. For the journaling I used a Striper Brush – basically a brush with super long hair – which you can use to create long lines. I used it with acrylic ink and practiced a bit to alternate the the pressure onto the brush while moving it, to create a variation in the thickness of the line. I like this –  it was a good exercise and I really like how the journaling in between came out :)

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread- some links are affiliate links:


I hope your lips are all smiles today :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Nat, I like the words and sometimes simple is better. I try to laugh as much as possible and smiling usually comes natural to me when I look into another person’s face. Have a cheery day creating.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- I love that Sue! Smiling people always make me happy :) Have a cheery day as well!

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  • Jean Goza

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    Nice layout. Especially like the yellow peeking through the blue. Thanks for sharing info on Tyler Knott Gregson. A beautiful quote. I will definitely look at more of his work.

    Happy day to you!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Jean – yeah I think you will like his work – I also love how he writes and types on paper pieces he finds. Happy Day to you too <3

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Resist – Art Journal Spread

Some of my thoughts on how sometimes women are told to behave in a certain way and be a good girl and how this actually never really resonated with me :)

The background was painted in a very bright orange and purple and layered the Santiago Stencil on top and sprayed with a blue spray paint over it. I applied some light yellow and white gesso in a think layer here and there to tone it down.

I stamped with the Grannies and Running  Stamps and archival ink for some marks. Next I picked up the orange again stamping with the Santiago Foam Stamp on top of some areas.

I used a pencil for the journaling.

Here are some of the supplies I used- some links are affiliate links:



Have an amazing day my friends!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    Beautiful art journal spread and message ❤❤❤

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Taking a deep Breath – Art Journal Spread

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I AM I AM I AM” – Sylvia Plath

I love this quote so much – it made me somehow happy and silly pink ;)

For this spread I wanted to play with visual juxtaposition a bit:

For the background I added to some areas a wash with watercolors in a grey tone and pink. I love how the watercolor has a soft look, while the later applied acrylic paint is more textured.

I used different stamps and stencils- mainly my Kassel stencil with some left over paint from a different spread on top dabbed onto the page, as well as the Manhattan Stencil through which I applied some pink paint with a cosmetic sponge.

I stamped with the Versailles Foam Stamps here and there to give it a bit of  a feminine touch – also to break with the very linear and geometric patterns of the Kassel and Manhattan stencil.

I added some marks with the Satin Doll and Running  Stamps and Archival Ink. I added also some hand made marks – I always love the play with “perfectly” repeating marks and handmade marks.

To make sure the journaling doesn’t get lost in the background I applied some Unbleached Titanium acrylic paint with my finger – big enough to write with the Fude pen on top.

I really like how this page turned out – I think I will play a bit more with this concept.

Here is a list of the supplies I used – some links are affliliate links


Have a gorgeous day !!!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    I love it !!! And the quote ❤❤❤

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  • sherri scott

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    Nat, nice girly, gilrly page with all that texture and pink

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- yeah isn’t it ;) Have a wonderful weekend Sherri!

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  • Torsa Saha

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    Stunning!! Can’t wait to meet you 😍

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Torsa! Looking forward meeting you too! :)

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Impossible to Forget – Art Journal Spread

“I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find and impossible to forget!” – Erin Van Vuren

I loved the quote when I found it – and I had to include it in my art journal.

The background was a VERY purple background – LOL- so I toned it down a bit by using some Baltic Blue Acrylic Paint and gesso over some of the areas. I used my Manhattan positive and negative Foam Stamp set as well as the Manhattan Border Foam stamp for a pattern. To break the very linear pattern up a bit I used the Grannies Rubber Stamp.

I painted over a magazine image that I had saved , using acrylic paints and some markers. That was fun. A different color scheme when usual for me but it is totally my cuppa tea :)

Here are some of the supplies I used – some of the links are affiliate links:



Have a beautiful day!

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