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Water Tower Fun

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Altered Art

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A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon these cardboard water towers on an instagram feed by Boundless Brooklyn. They come blank, are made out of 100% recycled material and you can paint and decorate them as you wish. I was super excited as I love those iconic water towers around NYC and Jersey City. I ordered them right away and 12 hours later I had them in my hand. Nice flat envelopes with scored chipboard pieces and glue dots inside, easy to assemble.

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I had ordered two different sizes – The Medium Water Tower comes in 10 3/4” H x 5”  . I spray painted the chipboard using my Elephant and What’s The Point Stencil and added the text on the water tower roof. 

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while adding layers to the chipboard I made sure that I would move the folds so that the cardboard would not become stiff. It was really easy peasy and the whole design made it to simple to put together in a very short time once it was painted.

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For the small water tower which comes in 5 1/4″ H x 2 5/8″ W x 2 5/8″ D,  I used Spray Paint and marbled it on the background by spraying wet in wet and then moving the pieces around. Then I added parts of the Batik and the Lilly Stencil with some acrylic paint.

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I sealed off the water towers with some Pouring Medium which gives them a nice shiny glass finish. You can take of the top and put some small stuff in there. Loved this. I have one more water tower and a billboard sign to play with – cannot wait for it.

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What would you do with these water towers- ideas?

Here is a list of supplies.

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  • Heidi

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    Nathalie ~ These are the coolest! I love what you have done with them & I love the idea of the water towers!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    LOVE that quote and love LOVE love the water towers as well.
    I would use them as centerpieces for tables for an event.
    Names could go on them such as “friends”, “family”, “bride’s side”, etc…
    They are such fun!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      What a great idea to have them as centerpieces for an event- Love that Sue!!!

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  • Boundless Brooklyn

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    Thanks so much for the amazing writeup and support, Nathalie. The towers looks incredible, and they’re all so different. Especially love the supplies’ list; makes it so much easier to see what’s needed to make this magic.

    By the way, the elephant tower is beyond cool!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much :) Looking forward to play more if your products in the future!

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  • Stampendous Stamps

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    OH MY, Nathalie, these are just adorable… I think they might be a MUST BUY item! And it looks so real and perfect on your balcony! Finally, the act of spray painting them for that graffiti thrill without the crime is just perfect! What a terrific project!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you! LOL- love your analogy of graffiti thrill without doing something illegal- I would probably though not do it because I am not the right person to climb up high 😉

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Paper Clay Play

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Altered Art

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A couple months ago I was looking for some little bowls or plates that I could use for dropping of my bling in the evening but nothing really made me truly wanna spent money as colors or shapes weren’t what I was looking for.

So I remembered a tutorial that I had seen a long time ago on Pinterest on using Paper Clay and Lace to make your own little bowls and decided to give it a try with my newly arrived Stamp Sets. The Paper Clay I used doesn’t need any firing or heating and just air dries. Easy peasy :)

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For this bow I rolled a piece of Paper Clay to a little ball and then rolled it out with a rolling pin to a flat wonky circle. I then stamped into the clay with some of my Kaffee Klatsch Stamps. You don’t need to press to hard to get a nice sharp impression. I found a bowl where I liked the shape on the bottom as a guide – since I wanted mine to be not a high bowl and a bit quirky – and pressed the top onto the clay to cut out a nice circle. Next I  formed the clay circle into the bottom of the bowl.  I let everything in the bowl dry for 12 hours and then carefully took the new paper clay bowl out. Since the moisture in the paper clay mostly is evaporated by then it shrinks a bit so that it is easy to get it out of the template bowl. It was still a bit moist on the bottom since now air could get there so I just put the paper clay bowl upside down and let it dry for another 12 hours.

I did the same steps with this plate – just using a plate as a template and the Fiesta Stamp set for the Impressions

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Once they both were dry I used Liquitex Soft Body paint thinly over the surfaces, waited a couple seconds and then using a paper towel rubbed some of the paint off again, so that the impressions were more colored and more prominent. That way the texture really popped off. For the plate I used two colors to and blended them. I painted outside of the bowl and the bottom of the plate and then everything dry again. I applied some Liquitex Transparent Raw Amber Acrylic Ink over the circle impression of the bowl to have it pop up even more and to give it some patina and let that dry again. To finish everything off I coated the bowl and plate with Liquitex Pouring Medium which gave it a nice shiny glossy and glass like look and feel. I coated it twice leaving a couple hours in between for curing.

Done :) Hope you like this little crafty fun project – I also made some christmas ornaments using the same technique…there is a lot of potential in this – you just have to play . Here is the full supply list:

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  • Win Dinn

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    Love these, and I love it that you made it rather than buying something that was less then appealing – living the art-ful life!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Win! I agree, making something your own instead of buying is always double the fun!

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  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    Oh these are gorgeous, I adore them, thank you for sharing the idea.

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  • Petrin Diaz

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    Oh, Nat…so long not writing, but always take time to read all your publications…Love thiis “little idea”…and will try asap, as soon as i can. Thanks always for your kindness! lovely colors!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      So good to “see” you again! thanks for your sweet words!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    That dish is so sweet and I love the new stamp on it.
    It’s nice to have a place to place one’s rings and such at the end of the night (or while washing yucky pots and pans).

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    OK I am so doing this. Hope mine turn out as beautiful as yours!!

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  • Stephanie

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    Great project. Thanks for the tutorial

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  • AmyO'

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    I have some Paper Clay in my stash from long ago – I’ll be digging it out this weekend to see if I can still use it – I love these!

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Be a voice not an echo

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Altered Art, CHA 2015

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Nat, I especially like how the white stamped image shows up on the blue. Nice job as usual.

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  • Joi@RR

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    Nat – you always teach me something!! This is so neat. I didn’t even think about canvas letters. They look great. Thank you for sharing! j.

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