Mixed Media Painting

Bring It On!

I was playing with some color values and just painting them in my art journal and then I started seeing a city scape and added Atlas in front of the Rockefeller Center in NYC.

I stamped with my Grove Street Positive and Negative ArtFoamies Set and added some marks and definition as well as windows with Derwent Art Bars and Neocolor II (both are water soluble wax sticks) and white China Marker.

I added the journaling with a Fude Pen and a white Signo Pen. I love how this page just developed with no real agenda in mind and how all of a sudden I started seeing things.

Those are the most fun art journal pages to do for me when I am totally just enjoying playing with paints and media.

Here are the supplies I used for this spread:

 


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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love the colors and the feeling of this page!

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Broken – Painting

This painting named Broken, which is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media was inspired by one of my favorite books called “A Little Life” by Hanya Yanagihara . The book is about friendship and trauma and at parts are really hard read to go through as it is emotionally very upsetting, but at the same time it is beautiful. It is one of the books that grabbed me so much that I had to go and paint after reading it.

Broken is 9×12 on Canvas using acrylic paint, media and charcoal.

I am looking forward to be inspired like this again by another book. Have you read something lately that really really made you think about the story more than usual?

Have a wonderful day

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Yes, Someone Knows My Name was incredible.

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  • stephanie

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    Beautiful painting

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La Boca – Painting

This painting which is also part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media was inspired by the neighborhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The instant I saw all those colorful houses, I knew I had to paint them some day.

This painting is 9″x12″ and I used acrylic paint, acrylic ink, marker, charcoal, and  collage elements on canvas.

I loved Argentina, it was such an inspiring trip – I would love to go back some day and discover a bit more of this huge country.

Wishing you a wonderful and colorful day!

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Ok so I really love this piece! Love how bright the colors look creatin contrast and movement. Love the charcoal. Especially love the bench! I dont know why but it is perfect!! Great job!!!

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  • Denise Spillane

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    Oh Natalie I live this. Your work is so wonderful. Love your style

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Der Himmel über Berlin (Sky over Berlin)

This painting which also appears in my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media was inspired by the city of Berlin and also a Wim Wenders Movie (Wings of Desire). Berlin is just a 1 1/2 hour train  ride from my home city Hamburg and I always love going there. If you do not know Wings of Desire- I highly recommend it. The movie is about invisible, immortal angels who populate densely populated Berlin and listen to the thoughts of the human inhabitants and comfort those who are in distress that feel alone and isolated.

Throughout the history of Berlin there are many thoughts angels could have heard and many that needed comfort – that is what I had in mind when I made this painting.

It is 9×12″  in size and I used acrylic paint, acrylic ink, spray paint, marker and charcoal on canvas. It is available for purchase- like some of my other paintings- so if you are interested, send me an email

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Pattern Play

A couple weeks ago I did a guest blog post for StencilGirl Design and in case you haven’t seen it- I thought I post it here too :) I made a video showing some Pattern Play with some of my StencilGirl Products Stencils and the coordinating ArtFoamies Foam Stamps I designed. I love how different sizes of the same pattern on different tools open up many fun possibilities to do true Mixed Media projects.

Pattern Play with Nat Kalbach from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the video and they triggered some ideas for you on how to play with pattern.Here are some photos of the canvas boards in the video

using these Buenos Aires Stencils and Foam Stamps

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using these Manhattan stencils and foam stamps

Supplies that I used- some links are affiliate links:


Thank you so much for playing with me :)

 

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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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1.25.2016 – Painting

 

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I haven’t shown this painting yet which I did last year. It depicts a moment at the beginning of the big snow blizzard in January 2016. I stept outside the door to take a quick photo. The light was just amazing and I had to capture that moment in a painting. I used acrylic paints, markers and charcoal. It is one of my favorite paintings I did last year – the only way I like winter …in a painting ;)

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  • Cheryl

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    Ohhhh, I love this painting! Awesome work.

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  • Barb Charlotte, NC

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    I don’t say it enough but, I enjoy your site. You always have fresh ideas.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Barb! have a gorgeous day and thank you for visiting me :)

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh Oh OH OHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh – It’s INCREDIBLE Nat. Those colors… and those buildings…. AMAZING. The snow is perfect too. I agree – the only way to have snow is in a painting!!! This is a MASTERPIECE…. in my eyes!! You made my week – thanks so much for sharing. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe. Joi- you are the super sweetest. thank you so much !!! have a beautiful weekend!

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New Mixed Media Painting – Suburbia

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This painting (12×12″ – acrylic paint, ink, spray paint, charcoal on canvas)  is a bit unusual because it is actually not an urban theme – but I loved creating it nonetheless :) My brother in law is super supportive of my artwork and he has commented on quite a few of my paintings when he was over that he would love to own this or that piece. So I thought…maybe I paint something more personal for him…which would be his home – and so this was a birthday present, which put me a bit in a pickle. You know …I usually do not do artwork with other people in mind or as a commission…and it was a bit hard for me to really let go and just do my thing without thinking of what he might think or how he might like it.

Here is a little montage on how the painting evolved over the weeks

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Started with the underpainting, added the sky, added one layer after the other glazing over and over for the facade which gave a lot of texture and dimension and lastly added details, plants and other fun stuff

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Here you see some of the close ups

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I love this house – so many wonderful memories are connected with it and I hope my brother in law likes the painting as well and it speaks to him

Now…off to the next painting

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh what fun to see the progress pictures. It’s much less busy and bold than I’m used to seeing in your art Nat but as Barbara said – it’s still YOU. My personal description of you is “rustic contemporary”!!! And this painting for you BIL is a perfect example. It’s abstract with a earthy fair – rustic contemporary – ehehehheeh!!!! LOVE the colors and the textures you achieved. So fun seeing this – you did GREAT. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Joi, so happy to hear you liked the progress photos. Rustic Contemporary- oh I like that :) Thank you for your wonderful comment and have a great weekend!

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  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    How lovely, beautiful colour choices.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Kathy -yeah I start to really love the bright yellow and pink at the moment :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    What a nice and thoughtful present.
    Thanks for showing us how it progressed.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Sue- good to hear you liked the progress photos :)

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  • Barbara Poe

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    This is so charming! It’s still you, but a little different. I love it. I’m sure he will too.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe thank you Barbara, glad you like it :) I think my BIL did too- He was looking right away where it could be hanged – so I take it as a good sign- LOL

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New Mixed Media Painting – Flat Iron Building

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I finished this new painting of the Flat Iron Building in NYC which is 12″x16″. I had a good time with it, especially trying to get a bit into a different color scheme and using pastels. I was definitely inspired by the Art Stroll through the Degas Exhibition at MoMA.

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This is a little photo collage showing the progress of the painting from underpainting, to adding more details, to changing things, over staring it down to finishing it up :) .

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Besides Acrylic Inks, Acrylic Paints and Acrylic Markers, I also used Charcoal Marker and Graphite.

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I added some finishing touches with PanPastels. It was fun – and I am very drawn to this color palette.

For those of you who want to know what I used specifically – as always a supply list- some links are affiliate links.

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Let me know if you find the process of a painting interesting to see- if so I will incorporate those collages more often !

Don’t forget that I have a Blogiversary SALE right now going on with 20% off of online workshops (like Creative Jumpstart 2016), DVDs, and select items (including all the stampsandstencils) from the n*Store online.  The sale prices are reflected in the store now.It ends tomorrow night!

Happy Blogiversary sale

Have a beautiful day!

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  • Rae

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    This might be my favorite one yet Nathalie. The colors are amazing and there is just something very real and alive in it! LOVE it! xx

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you so much Rae ! Hope you have a gorgeous weekend!

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  • Brenda

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    I like the color palette as well. I also enjoyed seeing the pictures of the different stages of the painting. Do you usually take pictures of the different stages for reference when working on a painting? Great painting!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Brenda! Yes I do take photos in between to see the evolvement of it and also where I might have taken a different turn- but also to check on color values and because it is just a different view to see it through the camera.

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