Art Journal

Live, Laugh, Love – Art Journal Pattern Play


For this art journal spread I played with my ArtFoamies Versailles Positive and Negative as well as with my Manhattan Border Stamp.


I added different acrylic paint colors to each of the ArtFoamies StampBuddies included in the Versailles stamp set and then stamped first with the one stamp and then filled in with the other stamp . I love how you can use the stamps each just as they are or layer them on top of each other to get really intricate designs. I stamped around the border of the tag with the Manhattan border stamp.


For the art journal background I used the same colors on top and stamped right into the journal- then added some green acrylic paint here and took some areas off again, while the paint was still wet. I wanted to have the stamped images show through the paint at places to give it a more layered and dimensional look.


I adhered the tag to the background of the right side of the journal with some double sided adhesive and then used my new Varco ArtGraph to write out the words. I went over them again with a small wet brush.


I love the result- it is a bit wild and yet cohesive as the pattern and colors get repeated. That was a lot of fun.

Here are the supplies I used- some of them are affiliate links:


Hope you have a wonderful day today filled with Live, Laugh and Love

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Keep your eyes on the stars !


“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground” – what a wonderful advice this is. Truly something to follow :)


For this art journal spread I used some gesso to blend over the background which was colored from some scrape off paint from other painting sessions. I stamped over the background with the Grunge Stamp set and stenciled with the Batik Stencil to add some pattern and tie everything more together.


I applied some crackle paste through the Toledo 4×4 Stencil, let it dry and then lightly spread some purple ink over the crackled areas.


I added the journaling with a black marker, overwrote it with a white marker and painted over a magazine image to finish the page up.

Here is a list of the supplies that I used for the page -some links are affiliate links:


I hope you enjoyed the page and have your eyes on the stars and actually reach them  :)

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Art Journal: The Wand Chooses The Wizard


“Honey, just remember: the wand chooses the wizard” – what a fun quote.


I painted the background in different purple tones and shades with acrylic paint and then used the Santiago 9×12 Stencil on top with some grey and also some purple.


I used acrylic markers on top of a magazine image and added some detail with a black pen and a pencil.


Love the worn painted look and the stencil gave it a lot of dimension.

Here are the supplies I used for this art journal spread- some are affiliate links:


Hope you are wearing a great wand this week :)

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Art Journaling Live 3 – DVD and Download


In June, I went to Arlington, Texas to teach together with MaryBeth Shaw, Jodi Ohl and Gina Rossi Armfield an Art Journaling Live Class which was recorded and is now available as 2 DVDs in my shop and also as a Download from the North Light Shop.

The cool thing is that you get four teachers and four art journaling classes in one. Here is the sneak of my part of the class – I was first up early in the morning:

Hope you enjoy it!

Happy Art Journaling my friends

Comments (2)

  • Joi@RR


    Oh my stars – what a FABULOUS FOUR you had to have been Nat! Your students must have been on cloud nine. Good you got to go first and then enjoy the rest of the day too! Thanks bunches for the wonderful video sneak peak. LOVE it. Xj.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Joi, yeah the nervous feeling of the morning was worth it being able to just relax and play along with the other three classes later :) Nat


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You and I or … In My Art Journal Today


“You and I are more than just friends…We are like a really small gang”

Don’t you feel sometimes like this with your bestie? I had a  great time playing with my new Toledo 9×12 Stencil.


love working with this stencil – it is delicate and yet has some impact


I used the stencil on a painted background and spray painted in blue on top of it. The magazine images were painted with acrylic markers and pens.


Here is a short list of what I used – note some links are affiliate links:


I hope you have  wonderful start into the week!

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  • Joi@RR


    Love the variety of colors in the design made with your toledo stamp Nat and good lookin guys too!! YES – great way to start the week – thanks bunches!! Xj.


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Sorry Not Sorry or … In my Art Journal Today


“I’m sorry for the things, I said when it was winter”

I am just preparing myself for the winter ….I am a grumpy winter person – LOL .

For this art journal spread I used my brand new Buenos Aires 9×12 Stencil.


I really love this stencil – I mean …I love them all but this one is probably one of my super faves. For the spread I had scraped off left over red and yellow paint to the background during a workshop and it really wasn’t looking too great. I added some stamping with black ink and while that was looking interesting it still wasn’t really inspiring me to do something. But when I saw my new stencil I know it would look great.


I used some blue acrylic paint spray (you can of course also use acrylic paint) and sprayed over the stencil I love how the red and yellow as well as the intricate stamping is peeking through.


Finished off with an overpainted magazine image and a grumpy quote and there you go …winter can come ;)

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


What is your favorite season of the year?

Comments (4)

  • nancy


    Hi Nat!

    Great page! My favorite season is FALL, especially in New England. The colors are amazing, the crisp air, cozy sweaters, outdoor walks.

    Thanks again for the fabulous class at The Queen’s Ink.



    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Hi Nancy, thank you so much for coming to The Queen’s Ink-that was so much fun! I love fall too- actually I also find the ocean kind of cool in fall – the light is so amazing :) – huge hugs, Nat


  • Sandra


    definitely not winter! I’m with you, Nathalie!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      LOL – we have to bundle up soon …yikes :) Stay warm, Sandra! hugs, Nat


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All the Colors I am … or In my Art Journal today


“And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet”

Such a beautiful quote. I played with my brand new StencilGirl Products 4×4 Buenos Aires Stencil


On a pre-painted background I used the stencil with different acrylic paint colors.


Stenciling through the stencil, but sometimes also painting the background, laying the stencil on top and removing the paint through the stencil.


I love the layering effect I got by repeating this over and over


I added the journaling and overpainted a magazine image with acrylic markers.


Here are the supplies I used for this art journal spread – note some links are affiliate links.


Have a wonderful day!

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Actually, I can or … In my Art Journal today


Actually, I can!

Sometimes, when you think things are just not working out and you want to give up, this is a good reminder. As you can see I was in the mood for a grungy art journal spread.


I painted the art journal background background in different red and magenta acrylic paints and stamped a border using the Toledo, Santiago, and Buenos Aires  Foam Stamps and black acrylic paint.

Next, I layered gesso and unbleached titanium and scraped away some parts. Then I stamped with the same foam stamps using the red and magenta colors of the background on top. I stamped mixing different tints and shades with the colors I already used but also incorporated gold and copper in between.


For the middle section of each side of my journal spread, I painted a music sheet with gold and copper acrylic paint, and then stamped using the positive and the negative Stamp of the Versailles set and black paint on top of it.


I tore the music sheet up and pasted it to the spread left and right and added  a couple more layers of stamping and over-painting.


I added some charcoal pencil marks and wrote out the text.


I love the result and the weathered pattern look.


I felt so much better when I was done with this spread  – yeah for art journaling *wink

Here is what I used for the page – some links are affiliate links:

Wishing you a wonderful day and – hey – remember “You actually can!”

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Yes to all or … In my Art Journal today


Make something, be creative, be fun, wild, original, imaginative….etc ….YES to all

So much fun to play a bit in my art journal using the new ArtFoamies Batik Stamps 1, 2, 3 and 4


I painted the background and then rolled out two different color next to each other with a brayer- so half the brayer was covered in cobalt turquoise and the other half in unbleached titanium and applied the brayer to the stamps


and just went with it. Loved the two colored patterns and the texture this created.


It tied the background and collaged paper snippets together. The text on the kraft paper is actually from a paper bag.


I overpainted a magazine image with the same colors using a small brush and then went over with a soft pencil.


It was a quick and fun art journal page – a much needed creative time after a bit of a long stretch working on a computer.

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread – note that some links are affiliate links


Hope you have a wonderful day full of happy YES :)

Comments (2)

  • Kathy P


    Awesome journal pages, Nat—& I love those bold new stamps!


  • Sherri Scott


    Dear Nathhalie
    I wanted to tell you I had the best weekend ever when you where at the Ink Pad. Thank you


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