Art Journal

Whatevers – Come on in! The Water is Fine!

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we decided to revive the Whatevers every Wednesday this May on our blogs :)

Here is my project for this weeks’ photo

“Only later in life would Trudi understand that she never found herself, because she never let herself loose!”

I wanted to created some texture with gold gesso and acrylic paint colors and just played a bit around- adding layers, taking parts of the paint away, dripping paint

I used my Santiago Stencil with golden gesso to tie the areas together and sketch a loose person. It is a bit weird and crazy- LOL- but Trudi is growing on me ;)

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:

Hope you have a gorgeous day!

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  • Vicki Chrisman

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    Amazing as always! Loving the gold!!

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  • Cat

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    I love love love the gold gesso and now you took some of it off here and there, so cool! Great spread, wish it was easy to just let go….poor trudie.

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  • stephanie

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    Great spread! The photo is a hoot

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Whatevers Part Three – In the Garden

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we decided to revive the Whatevers every Wednesday this May on our blogs :)

Here is my project for this weeks’ photo

“Betsy’s community garden was a little piece of happiness for the kids n the otherwise quite kid unfriendly city.” …”Rolf became a florist, Fred became a landscaper, Matt became a Park Ranger and Betsy…never stopped planting seeds.”

This spread was actually a demo page for an image transfer class I taught a while ago and I was waiting for the right occasion to use the background with the buildings for. I painted the sunflowers onto the background.

I printed the photo out on printer paper and cut the persons out and applied them to the page. I painted over them with acrylic paints and markers and then added the journaling.

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:


Comments (5)

  • collette marcsis

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    I absolutely LOVE The Whatevers! I love the creative stories and how different three people can use the save photo. I admit I’ve spend a lot of money on “Found Relatives” and then they just sat. Thanks for the inspiration to start using them in my journal.

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  • Janelle Rourke

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    I am so happy to see the Whatevers again. I loved playing along!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeahhh – hope you will play with us again for this month. We have two more coming :)

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  • Cat

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    I am absolutely in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this. It’s perfect in every single way, I love how you added the hand painted flowers in the background. It’s stunning. Did I mention I love this? :-)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you my sweet friend! I do love yours so much too – and Vic’s !!! This is so much fun!

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Find Your Fire !

I love making art, I love being creative, I love to craft. I often think how lucky I am that I found my fire! I would have never guessed that this is where my path would lead me in my later life. I hope everyone can find their fire!

What is yours?

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  • stephanie

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    What a great spread! Thanks for so much inspiration to find our fires too.

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Powerful Vision – Art Journal Spread

When I close my eyes my vision is even more powerful.

In this art journal spread I played with different collage elements from photos I printed out, images I found in magazines, advertising and paintings by other artists.

I layered stamps and stencils and I love how everything came together.

Here is a little list of some of the supplies I used- some are affiliate links:


Have a wonderful day <3

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  • Tina Walker

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    I really love this Nat! The colors, the composition, the design! ♥

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A Line is a dot…on a stroll – Art Journal Spread

” A line is a dote that went for a walk” – Paul Klee. A lot of lines in this spread -strolling around.

This was a demo spread which looked a bit sad, so I painted the areas in different colors, stamped with different stamps of my RubberMoon Stroll Through the Hood sets and then added some marks and journaling with a white China Marker. China Markers are great to write on acrylic paint.

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


Speaking of walks- have you done a walk lately that inspired you?

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  • Sue Clarke

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    What great quote and I like your version of it…especially since your strolls are so inspiring.
    I’ve been sick in the house for almost a full week and I can see the buds on the trees starting to bloom.
    So my short walks out to my yard with my dog have inspired me by seeing these buds and my chicks and hens which are growing very well. Peace.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you Sue! I am so sorry to hear you are sick- hope you feel better soon!!! huge hugs, nat

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No Reason to Avoid Influence – Art Journal Spread

“For my part I have never avoided the influence of others. I would have considered it cowardice and a lack of sincerity toward myself” Henri Matisse

Some stamping with several of my ArtFoamies Stamps including my new super cute Versailles Positive and Negative Mini Stamps. I used only two colors of the stamping and once I filled up both pages, I painted with some yellow acrylic ink over part, which turned green over the blue and stayed yellow in the white off -set stamped areas.

I like how this spread turned out- it was fun. Here are some of the supplies I used – some of the links are affiliate links:


Have a wonderful creative day!

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  • Julie B

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    Love the mix/matching of the various sizes of Versailles stamp with a little Buenos Aires for interest. Thank you again for the inspiration.

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Art is a Line Around Your Thoughts

This is an art journal spread entirely inspired by Gustav Klimt- the patterns and colors.

I love breaking up stenciled patterns with hand drawn patterns. I also loved playing with all the different shapes and doodles- it was a very relaxing page to create .

You also see I am still on a little Gold-Hype :) Here are the supplies I used in this spread -some links are affiliate links:

What are your favorite shapes to draw?

Comments (6)

  • Julie B

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    EEK! LOVE THIS! Absolutely love the layers, colors, texture, shapes and design. Love how the gold gesso pops the page. Thank you once again for the inspo!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      awe thank you so much, Julie! cannot wait to see all your go,d adventures :)

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  • Shelley Graham Turner

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    Loving your gold hype! The mix of gold and orange, with the black and white pops? YUMMY!

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  • Torsa Saha

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    It’s amazing!!

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Living in Color a la Hockney

An unusual color combination for me but inspired by David Hockney – a very straightforward but fun page with some stencil play.

Here are the supplies I used:


I think I want to discover this color combination a bit more. Do you like it?

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Since you asked Nat, I must say that I’m not wild about that color combo but I enjoy seeing any thing that you’ve created.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Ha- I understand it is a “weird” combo :) Have a wonderful week Sue!

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The Sustainable Souls Project – Alternative Energy

The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, they pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more. The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time! As this is a topic close to my heart I am happy to participate this month.

This month’s theme is

Alternative Energy, Solar, Wind, Water, Biogas- and here is an art journal page I created with the topic in mind:

I found this quote on pinterest a while ago and I remembered it instantly when I saw the topic of this month. “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.”

To represent the windmills I used part of my Beacon Stencil . Renewable Energy has been a topic in Germany, where I come from, for a very long time – in fact Germany is called ” the world’s first major renewable energy economy”. As of the beginning of 2017 30% of Germany’s power is now generated by renewable sources, with a long-term target of 80% by 2050. This increase of renewable energy has resulted in plummeting energy costs which is a nice side effect even for those that do not believe that our planet has only a certain amount of resources and that there is no Planet B .

Do I find windmills an eye sore? An interesting question which I have been asked before …Not really …I guess as I am used to seeing them especially coming from a flat windy northern part of Germany with loads of those windmills. I find them more attractive, safer and can live better with them than living next to a nuclear power plant…that is for sure. I hope that more countries will explore and invest in renewable energy and make it a goal to mostly use it in the near future. For me it just makes sense, more sense than building a wall.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Better than walls! So true. I don’t mind windmills at all and it only makes sense to use more renewable energy.
    Unfortunately President Trump doesn’t see a need to use alternative energy (oil is just fine)…sorry to start a rant…I like your page very much and the quote too. Have a happy weekend Nat!

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  • Tina Walker

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    Oh Nat! What a beautiful spread and I love your words and story behind the page. I agree, windmills are much more attractive and sustainable! I wish the US would support sustainability more…but hopefully we are creating awareness, one art piece at a time. ♥

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you Tina! Love your motto – creating awareness, one art piece at a time

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  • Sherry Canino

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    Wow Nathalie I just love this post. Very moving and inspiring. Your art is breathtaking and as for me I love windmills. I personally think they are beautiful certainly much nicer looking than some smoke stack pumping out black smoke. And the quote you used I totally love. Green in large amounts is my “struggle color” and I love how you used it here !!! Thanks for sharing your art and inspiration with us ❤❤❤

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you so much Sherry for you wonderful words! I agree on the windmills versus smoke stack pumping out black smoke. Have a gorgeous week!

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