With Liquitex at The Michaels Leadership Conference

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements


Last week I headed with Liquitex and Winsor & Newton to Dallas for the Michaels Leadership Conference. Michaels Store Managers from all of North America come to this conference and part of is is to attend  an exhibition to learn more about the newest products they sell in their stores.


Liquitex was showing their new awesome Mixed Media Kits which show some of my artwork on the packaging and I was super duper stoked that I was asked to demo the contents and display some of my artwork at the show.


It was a very interesting show and the questions differed a lot from those of the retail or trade shows I have been working at so far. This show was mostly about Education. And as you know – I love teaching and get people excited about the things I love. I loved the enthusiasm of the attendees about the products and we played a lot in the booth – like here with Pouring Medium ….that bowl that was so much fun! Too bad we couldn’t take it back with us – the paints were so thick in there- it would have taken a couple weeks to cure.


And I had the best girls with me at the booth – they took so good care of me and I had a blast working with them!


gosh what better day when dabbling my hands in paint in my art journal and on mini canvases all day  - I was in a pretty happy place there !


We also had to get up pretty pretty early and the days were long…the result of which ended in amazing drawings like this one by Liquitex and Winsor & Newton ‘s Resident Artist Jimmy Leslie .


I might have “stolen” the sketch from him – LOL. Jimmy does amazing Sketches  (his sketchbook is basically a diary with cool drawings- he shows those often on twitter – so go and follow him if you want to see) and he used the new Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers – awesome stuff – can’t wait to play with them myself


Mario A. Robinson was also there demoing the water markers and water colors, and I was just in awe by his amazing work – and personality! You can follow him on Facebook or Twitter- his paintings are amazing and he also teaches a lot of classes !


His Lady Liberty…might have fallen also into my suitcase – so so so cool!


It was awesome to hang out with all those wonderful artists and share time and talk. In fact this was my highlight of the show – I felt inspired when I came home and I couldn’t wait to get into the studio.

And Nat…What about Dallas? …Yeah…what about it? Well…I have not seen ANYTHING besides the hotel, the booth and the highway back and forth to the airport . But …that might change next month when I come back to Dallas to teach at the CREATE Mixed Media Event !



I will show loads of fun Mixed Media Techniques in all my workshops and for sure use a lot of Liquitex Products! so I hope I see some of you there and I hope I will at least see a tiny bit of Dallas .

Have a creative day




41 … so what?

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements

NatB Here we go – 41st Birthday today. Sounds so adultish… Did anything change? Besides that I am still making smart faces nowadays when photographed, I am truly enjoying that I am finally getting to a stage where I feel comfortable with who I am – it took me a long time to get here. I guess that is part of being adultish…but most of the time…I feel like this:


Love my life, love my job, love my family and my friends. Love you my blog readers … Thanks for joining my ride – you are awesome. On to the next year – - I am looking forward to it :)


Have a gorgeous one :)







Dixon Mills ArtShow

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements


A couple weeks ago we had a little art show with artwork of the artists living at Dixon Mills and for the residents of Dixon Mills. It was a fun social event in our Social Club and I think there were about 60-70 people. It was not only awesome to be able to show some of my work, but also to connect with the other artists in our old factory buildings and to connect with neighbors. It wasn’t a public event- so I didn’t invite everyone I knew – but I had my sweet friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and my friend J. coming over. Hubs unfortunately had to travel.


Kim and Josh from Josh Urso Design showed some of their wonderful knoop (dutch for knots) tables and the gorgeous light below (WANT – I love their lamps too!). They create really awesome furniture and lamps with all kinds of awesome and sometimes unexpected materials and resin.


Also one of our Residence Artists is Donna Greenberg, a known polymer clay artist. She brought some of her jewelry and beautiful home decor items.



And here is us waving to our friend Anke: we found out that we both know Anke Humpert from Germany quite well. Anke and I have met several times doing Mixed Media things together and now she is super thriving in polymer clay art and knows Donna well. (The world is so small…it is not only a saying – remember- I met Maeghan at NAMTA in Pittsburgh- she was at the Artshow too- Loveee her – and when we talked it turned out she lives in the same building – CRAZY!)


There were also lot’s of wonderful photographs, glass painting art, mixed media collages and watercolor paintings – but I stink at taking photos when I talk so much- I always forget to take photos when I am talking with so many people. It was a great little show and a wonderful evening and I got a lot of positive reactions and inquiries about my work – including emails the next day. Yes there will be prints. These originals will not be sold yet as they are part of a bigger work theme. Thank you for all of those there and for being so supportive about my work! Here is my big fat happy grin at the end of the show :)


This would be the perfect time to stop this post…huh? Wait wait…you have not seen Julie, right? Well- kind of …she is standing behind the knoop table. But – Julie actually slept over and we had a VERY long night, talking and planning and laughing. And then this is how a joint fashionable jammie day looks like ;)


She wrote all about our Art Slumber Party here. I do love her- what a good friend she is – and how awesome , she lives so close now..It is 45 mins – btw- she is a true New Yorker whining, if they have to travel outside their little island, but over an hour traveling inside the city to Brooklyn is totally cool- LOL. It takes me as long to Downtown Manhattan as her = 20 mins ; tsss ;) But sorry, I was shifting away..here is Julie writing down our evil plans to take over the art world …


And here is me holding up a hostess gift she painted in my studio, trying out my beloved Liquitex Markers…pretty cool. She made sure I hold it up high enough to cover up my Yankees Hoodie – she as a true Red Sox Fan had a hard time looking at it – snigger (I am not even a fan…I am European – I have no clue about Baseball – it is just a nice cozy hoodie- LOL).



And that was it…amazing night, amazing day- I was so inspired and full of energy afterwards (despite the fact we slept about 3 hours and I had to teach Friday night ;) ) – I cannot wait until the next Artshow and Art Slumber Party ;)

Have a gorgeous day










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