Artful Adventures

Artful Adventures – Interview with Seth Apter

Seth Apter is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about him and some of his thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Artful Adventure Dreams
  • Connecting with People
  • Massive Scary Street Sweepers
  • Collecting “Trash”
  • Organizing Found Objects
  • Seeking Out Inspiration from Peace and Stillness
  • Travel Journals
  • The ARTifacts Project
  • Ephemeral Discoveries

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Seth Apter from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview – I sure did – let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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Gone Destination – Painting

I wanted share with you my painting “Gone Destination” which I had painted for one of the chapters of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media. The painting shows “Pearl Paint,  an art supply store, I used to visit often in NYC when I was still living in Germany and once in a while visit my family in the States. I loved this place and I loved the building. I was very sad when it closed down.  The paining is part of one of my chapters in my book where I show how and why I created the background – and what it was inspired by. I was pleasantly surprised that this was picked as the cover image for my book by the publisher (you see as an author you do not have a lot of say on that ;) ) . A student of mine, Julie B., really wanted it and so it is now on it’s way to California. I am so happy to know this painting that is so special to me will have a new loving home.

Speaking of Artful Adventures- are you playing along in the Stroll Through the Hood Challenge and Free Classroom? It is so much fun and I love seeing all the different “hoods” of those participating from all over the world, from all kinds of different neighborhoods- rural, urban …It is like an inspiring mini-vacation! Check it out if you haven’t yet and join the fun!

Have a wonderful day!

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Artful Adventures – Interview with Birgit Koopsen

Birgit Koopsen is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Artful Adventures in Brooklyn
  • Challenge Surprises
  • How Inspiration Strikes
  • Treasures of Nature
  • Exploring a Theme in Depth
  • and some bloopers ;)

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Birgit Koopsen from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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Join the Artful Adventure! Challenge & Free Class

I invite you to an Artful Adventure Challenge with a Free Class !

Play along with me on this 30 Day Challenge, beginning on May 10th, 2017 and culminating in the release of my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media: Techniques Inspired by Observation and Experience on June 8, 2017!

Go on an Artful Adventure with me and join into a Free Classroom with some fun tutorials!

With the challenge find inspiration by taking a “Stroll Through The Hood” and observing the details of the world around you. Anyone can join in on the fun by following our list of daily prompts. Each day you will have a new word to inspire you. Go for a stroll outside, snap a photo of something that you feel illustrates the word of the day, and build a collection of visual material to inspire your artwork, art journaling, and mixed media projects. Along the way you’ll discover things about your Hood that you may have never noticed before, and you’ll learn to find inspiration just outside your door. Use #ArtfulAdventures on social media and share your photos and the projects you were inspired to make.

Go even further and sign up to access the FREE classroom going along with the challenge. The classroom will offer several tutorials by me, my photos for the challenge with explanation what inspires me, some surprise guests with tutorials, a place for sharing, a community environment, and multiple chances to win a free copy of my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media..  Join me on my #ArtfulAdventures as I show you how I transform my prompt-inspired photos into artwork. Share your photos in the daily lesson prompts and see what others are observing in their “Hoods”. Comment and discuss with a whole bunch of people who are taking the challenge with you.

I hope you will join the fun! It’s free- so …come on :)

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  • Stephanie

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    Woot! I’m signed up too

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  • JoAnn

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    Just signed up for class – don’t know how much I will be able to participate but am anxious to see what you share. Can’t wait to get your new book!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Yeah- so good to have you JoAnn! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Artful Adventures – Interview with MaryBeth Shaw

MaryBeth Shaw is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • The Perfect Artful Adventure
  • Jazz
  • Inspiration from Books
  • #IseeStencilsEverywhere
  • Her Artwork in the Book
  • The Fascination of Triangles

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Mary Beth Shaw from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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  • Joi@RR

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    DELIGHTFUL – this was just FABULOUS to see and hear. Thanks bunches two you both. Xj.

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  • JoAnn

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    Wonderful interview – thank you for sharing. I never heard of Diebenkorn – didn’t even know how to spell his name – but will definitely check him out……and maybe use more triangles. Look forward to your book – it sounds fabulous!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      JoAnn, glad you liked it. Let us know what you think of Diebenkorn and also how the triangles go :) Hope you will like the book- thank you so much for your support!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    Oh I can’t wait to listen to this video I love these and listening to you talk. Thanks for sharing with all of us !!!❤❤❤

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Artful Adventures – Interview with Natalya Aikens

Natalya Aikens is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Combining Architecture with Fashion with Art
  • Gathering Inspiration
  • Tactile Art
  • Natalya’s Artwork in my book
  • How life experience changes your appreciation for different art styles
  • Art History and Docent Tours
  • Stitching the ancient architecture of Greece

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Natalya Aikens from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Interview with Rae Missigman

Rae Missigman is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Mark Making
  • Free Motion Stitching
  • Signing your work
  • Zoning in
  • Rae’s Artwork in the Book
  • Nonsense and Dr. Seuss
  • Elves :)

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Rae Missigman from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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  • Rae Missigman

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    this made me laugh. again. such a dork on camera I am – oh well it was fun none the less! Keep up all the amazing work you do Nat – you are an inspiration to us all! xo Rae

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      you are the cutest- you made me laugh so hard …well…it is cut out ;) Thank you for your time – love ya!!!! Nat

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Making of Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Besides writing my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media I also found it fascinating what steps are involved in writing a book like this, how much time it takes and how many people are involved in this process. I thought you might also find it interesting and so here we go:

It all started late October 2015 when I sent in a Book Outline/Proposal to the Publisher. Well “started” might be a bit of a lie, because writing a proposal and put that all together actually means I have had a couple weeks to think about my idea and lay it out in a proposal.

By December my book was approved and I received the contract. Boy – I cannot tell you how excited I was. With the contract came the outline of deadlines and the 1st one approaching right in January 2016 – The Page Plan. A page plan is a detailed sketch for every single page in the book. That one was a hard one , because I hadn’t even started writing yet, but it really was the foundation for my book and helped me determine how I wanted to structure the book. It is also important for the editor to see that you actually can fill every page.

The next big deadline was June 2016 to send in all preliminary step-outs as well as the artwork for the photoshoot. Every single day from January to June I was writing and creating art work for the book. I ate a lot of avocado toast ….in a cafe close by because for the writing I often went there. It really helped me focus- as weird as it sounds.

For the techniques shown in the book I had to create all the physical step outs for the photo shoot. It took a lot of time to create these – especially since you have to create things several times in different stages.

Everything from the artwork, to the step outs and the materials used, had to be labeled and bagged and then made ready to be shipped before the shoot.

The Photoshoot in June was a huge fun – I met my editor Noel in person and I got to work with Christine again, who was shooting every single step out for the book. I also met the designer for my my book to talk about how I would envision it and a lot of other people involved in my book from the Marketing Department to the Managing Editor etc.You can read more about the shoot here.

We went through the photoshoot quicker than planned and so the video team who knew me already from my DVD shoot suggested we should spontaneously also do a video shoot for a trailer for the book. I love how this came together- check it out :)

After the shoot I checked the manuscript again to see where the actual photos would go,  and I finalized the text for the step outs. In August my manuscript was due in it’s entirety.

Then it went back and forth several times between me and the editor. In October the book went to the Copy Editor and in November I finally got to see a first glimpse of the cover and of the design of the book. I seriously cried  – it was so cool too see and it started feeling so much closer to the actual book.

And then in January 2017 I received the book with all the graphics, design and photos for a final review before it went a last time for a final review to the managing editor . Another highlight.

Finally in February the book went to the printer and Artful Adventures in Mixed Media will be released in June 2017. It is on Pre-Sale now :) Quite a journey, isn’t it? Over 1 1/2 years – and I am sooo antsy now- LOL – I want it out and I cannot wait to hold it in my hands ;)

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  • Shelley Graham Turner

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    Wow that is a long process, but so worth it. I can’t wait to get my copy! You need to seriously pat yourself on the back. If I were to attempt something like that it would take me forever – starting with just finding a clean spot in my work area to take a photo! Lol

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you so much Shelley :) I might do the pat when the book is finally here- LOL. You could do it too ;)

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  • Birgit Koopsen

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    This was so much fun to read! Wow, the process! Can’t wait to see the book in real!
    Miss you! <3

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      <3 I miss you too my wonderful friend. And your artwork in the book is the icing on the cake :)

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  • Julie B

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    P.S. If you should ever decide to sell the canvas that is on the cover of your book, can I be offered the right of first refusal? (like I would refuse? LOL!) I LOVE THAT PIECE!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Julie, I would sell it. Contact me if you are interested and I send you a picture of it, details and price ;)

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      • julie b

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        Yes, please do! Thx!

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  • Julie B

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    Wow! The amount of time to make this book is like giving birth twice. Thank you for showing the behind the scenes process and kudos to you for making it. I can’t wait for my copy of it and preoordered it when you came out to teach at AWOH. I’m so excited for you!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Julie for ordering it- you are the best! Loved seeing you at AWOH – I hope to see you there again :)

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  • Nancy Sapp

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    I was astonished by the process & ALL the hard work that it entails! You & Julie are SO talented so it’s no surprise that you wrote this book.
    So VERY proud of you!
    In awe of your talent from central IL
    Nancy

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  • Liz Saxen

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    It’s so cool to see a little of all the work that goes into doing your book. I have pre-ordered it already. 😊 can’t wait to get it. Congratulations.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Glad you liked reading about the process Liz and thank you so much for preordering the book <3

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  • Rosie Grey

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    How exciting to see how this came all together! I can’t wait to see your book!

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Interview with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa , or listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • How Julie started painting
  • Blogging as part of our daily routine
  • Changing career paths and what was the hardest about it
  • Curiosity means Growing
  • Theater and Theater stage sets
  • Her artwork in the book
  • Eye Obsessions
  • Dinosaurs

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Julie Balzer from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    My two favorite artists, side by side. What could be better. Loved the interview and the easy way with which you interact.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      So glad you enjoyed the interview, JoAnn – have a wonderful day!!!

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  • Nancy G.

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    What a great conversation.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      So glad you enjoyed it Nancy! have a wonderful start into the week!

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