Art Journal

Living with Changes – Art Journal

I truly believe that living in the NYC metropolitan area is a commitment to live with changes! It is energizing and inspiring and sometimes also tiring. But that is what you signed up for – nothing for granted :)

I used this spread to play with the new acrylic paints I made in the Kremer Pigments Hands-On Acrylic class I wrote about yesterday. I really love how they turned out and how vibrant they are. I added some stamping with my Embroidery Stamps and marks with China Markers.

Here is a supply list –  – some links are affiliate links:


Wishing you a gorgeous day!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Ahhh – you are so right – the colors are amazing and of course, I so love your creativity Nat! Xj.

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Not Your Door – Art Journal

“If it doesn’t open…it’s not your door.”

I had this template from a shrine kit (I show you that one later ) which I found intriguing and just placed on top of an crazily busy art journal spread and spray painted over.

I made some marks with brushes , stamps and stencils. A quick and fun page- and I do like how dimensional the masked off areas come out.

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



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  • Jean Goza

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    Cool layout. Love the quote!

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Every Day I think of You – Art Journal

I am sure we all have a person in life that left a certain mark on us. I had many such persons in my life and one very special one  I am thinking about every day is my step father. He was a wonderful person and influenced me in many ways. I was thinking of him when I created this spread.

He loved old buildings and antique stores, he restored old furniture as one of many hobbies and I guess my love for old “schtuff” comes from him :) He was also a very encouraging men – although …doing math homework with him was a night mare – he wasn’t very good in explaining that in a way we wouldn’t end up fighting – LOL.

His Birthday (on Independence day) was just a day before mine and so every year at the beginning of July I think of him even more strongly. He would always re-use my gift wrapping as a joke for my present  and we would laugh silly about it because you know …sometimes it was really ill fitted for my present ;) How blessed I am to have had him in my life. I think he would have loved where I live right now – I can see him taking a bike tour through the city (he used to do bicycle races when he was younger and later he joined the Tour De France almost every year as a bicycling spectator). I am sure he would point out some fun things on a bike-stroll through the hood ;)

I combined some image transfers with my Stroll Through the Hood stamps. I like it as it is and I decided to not do a lot of journaling – I know the story behind it – well and now you do too . This was a fun and a good spread to do.

Happy Birthday Dad ….P.S. I still don’t use that stupid Algebra, you told me I would need in my future life, but maybe just in your honor I throw it onto an art journal spread in the background this week  ;) P.P.S – yes I am wearing a helmet when I ride my bike ;) P.P.P.S I miss you


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  • karen

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    What a nice tribute to your father. Love the aj page-so colorful!

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  • Donna B.

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    I love this tribute to your Dad and all the thoughts behind it!! Good for you! And yes, Happy Birthday to you – a few days early. Maybe someone will again wrap a present for you with wrapping paper that doesn’t quite fit so you can be reminded of your Dad. Wouldn’t that be a kick? :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    What a special way to celebrate his Birthday month of July and to create and remember him.

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  • JoAnn

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    What a beautiful way to honor your stepfather. Loved it!

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  • Jean Goza

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    Love the painting and the beautiful story behind it. Birthday greetings to you as well!

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Open Mind – Art Journal Spread

It is always good to keep an open mind – don’t you think?

For this art journal spread I played with my still fairly new Montana spray paints. I do like their look as they are matte and result in a pretty soft look.

You can see a free video  on how I created the page and my thought process while doing it in the free classroom accompanying the challenge if you haven’t yet. You can sign up here . The videos and class room are still available until the end of July.

Not a color combination I use often but I really like it …maybe a little bag like this would be cool?

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


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Carry this Away- Art Journal Spread

I used a poem by Tyler Knott Gregson for this this Art Journal Spread. I really love his poems- check his book out- it is listed below.

You can see a free video  on how I created the page and my thought process while doing it in the free classroom accompanying the challenge if you haven’t yet. You can sign up here . The videos and class room are still available until the end of July.

I mono printed on acetate and included the printed sheet as a divider into my journal.

Love the texture and light that the acetate shows with the acrylic paint print. I used my Beacon Stencil here.

I also did some photo transfers and created some acetate embellishments.

It is always fun to use different substrates with the techniques you know. You can find more ideas about this in my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.

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


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It won’t be Boring

“I don’t know where I am going from here but I promise it won’t be boring”

This is a spread from the Free Artful Adventures: Stroll Through  the Hood Challenge – where I showed in a video how I put this art journal spread together. I used stencils with acrylic spray paint and created a nice acrylic resists over which I applied yellow acrylic ink.

I added some photo transfers and stamped with my Stroll Through the Hood Stamps. I enjoyed making the page inspired by the Stroll Through the Hood Challenge.

Here is the supply list – some of the links are affiliate links:


have a gorgeous day

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Artful Adventures Stroll – Transportation

Subway – Billy Collins 1941

As you fly swiftly underground

with a song in your ears

or lost in the maze of a book,

remember the ones who descended here

into the mire of bedrock

to bore a hole through this granite,

to clear a passage for you

where there was only darkness and stone.

Remember as you come up into the light.

I created this art journal page based on two inspiration photos I took for the “Stroll Through The Hood Challenge” . You can see a free video  on how I created the page and my thought process while doing it in the classroom accompanying the challenge if you haven’t yet. You can sign up here

I love the poem and I liked incorporating it into my art journal. All in all I am so grateful we have such an amazing public transportation system here- unless it is early in the morning and the train is full to the brim. Good think I work mostly from home ;)


Hope your days is awesome filled with easy transportation – no traffic jams- no packed trains :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Speaking of transportation…I just received an email from amazon that your book should arrive to be on May 31st!
    Earlier than I expected it…woot woot.
    Hope you have a glorious day Nat.

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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:


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  • 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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