Art Journal

Focus Baby, Focus! – Art Journal

jaja jaaja – I knooooooww- but it is so hard to focus , isn’t it? LOL.

I used my new Mesa Verde 9×12 Stencil and sprayed with read acrylic spray paint over a previously painted background.

I painted over a magazine image with acrylic paints and used some pencil and pens on top.

Love the pattern – it makes me want to travel now, forget focus I guess ;)

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


Are you good focusing on your stuff?

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  • stephanie

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    The red is great! BTW I see you’re coming to Ohio for Artiscape – yay!!! Hoping to get into a couple of your classes

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      • stephanie

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        Same here :)

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  • Marsha

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    Oh! You know what… I have that spray paint. And I still haven’t used it! I also have some ugly painted backgrounds in my art journal… I think I know what to do with those now! ;-)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL I love using it with those backgrounds because it really nicely covers :)

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  • Joi@RR

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    What a great background – love the way the colors blend. Great girl too. I wear some type of hat every day – love her hat!! Always inspiring Nat. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Joi! I always wanted a hat but somehow I think I am not a hat person- LOL – I don’t look to smashing in it ;) Have a wonderful week! Nat

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What Makes You Different – Art Journal Page

I made this art journal page with my new 9×12 Hamburg Stencil which was inspired by my hometown Hamburg in Germany.

The “H” in the pattern refers to the city abbreviation of HH for Hansestadt Hamburg, and is found on license plates in the city.

I used grey spray paint over the stencil laid over a previously painted background

For the journaling I used the ArtGraf Varco sticks- which I love love os much and then went over the writing again with a wet brush to move the pigments.

The magazine image was painted over with some acrylic markers and pencils.

Here is a supply list for the spread


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  • Julie

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    Love this page! Love the colors, the sketching over the magazine person and oh, that stencil. Thank you for sharing.

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365 Opportunities – Art Journal

Love this – so uplifting when you think about it, right? 1 Year = 365 Opportunities. I used my new Cardboard Stamp Set for this art journal spread. I stamped the background with some of the stamps and then painted over some areas with acrylic paint and gesso to push them back.

Then I stamped over the painted areas again with different ink pads and repeated the steps.

I stamped some of the stars onto formerly painted deli paper and cut those out and applied those with Matte Medium.

Love the look of this – it is a fun way to create a background with a lot of visual texture.

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


Wishing you a gorgeous day!

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  • Vicky

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    Love all the beautiful layers you created in this spread. Your new stamps are gorgeous and create such yummy visual texture!

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Peace – let’s work on it -Art Journal

Peace is my word for 2017 – I wrote about it here and as every year when I chose a word, I wanted to create an art journal page with it. I used my new Stroll Through the Hood Stamp Sets und stamped all of them right on top of the background. In fact …I had just gotten them and tried them out to be honest :)

Then I used some Golden High Flow Acrylics and scraped them with an old gift card over the stamped images. I love the highly pigmented and bright look and how it still allows for the imagery to look through.

Using the Artgraf Varco Charcoals I wrote the word Peace layering several colors on top of each other and then wrote over the word with a wet brush.

I also added some of the Charcoals here and there without adding water to keep the vibrancy and also the texture they create.

The journaling was added with a soft pencil.

I had so much fun making this spread.

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


Did you create something using your word or resolution for 2017?

Have a wonderful day

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Be You, Not Them …or In My Art Journal Today

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This art journal spread started out as a demo page in a workshop . I was showing how to use the positive and negative Santa Fe and Manhattan Foam Stamp Set with differently colored StampBuddies. (if you missed my short tutorial on this – check it out here) .  A lot of the pages I show techniques on are later a great starting point to turn into a finished art journal page.

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I like how much depth and dimension you get when stamping offset. I also love how stamping a second time without re-inking shows a lot of texture.

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And I had a good time playing with the graphites on top of the magazine image. He looks a bit ill – LOL- but maybe just because he isn’t himself ;)

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Hope you have a wonderful day !

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Creative Ice Breaker – Morning Art Journal Play Video #6

In the mornings I play in my art journal to get myself into the creative groove and break the ice – so to speak- and get ready to paint. I recorded and fast forwarded my morning ritual for this video – and hope you enjoy it. Take it as what it is – a morning art journal play- not a tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed the little glimpse into my morning warm up play! Have a wonderful and creative day!

 

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  • Julie

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    I wondered how you used these stamps….your secret is out. Love the technique, Love the colors and love the message. Thank you! Looking forward to your classes in 10 days. So excited!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Julie ;) NO secret :) I will show a couple more ways- and I cannot wait to see you at the classes in San Jose! have a gorgeous weekend!

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  • Kerrymay._.Makes

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    Awww I love it, what a great idea with the blotting sheet and then using it on the page xx

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Another YAWP Art Journal Page

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I love this quote by Walt Whitman so much “I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world”

I mostly used my Masks and Stencils which are part of my Bird Stamp Set for the background and kept it pretty simple. I printed out a photo of myself and painted it over with acrylic marker and pencil.

Hope you are sounding your YAWP out today as well !

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  • Nancy Faulls

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    Love it Nat

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Someone Else’s Happiness or … Art Journal Today

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“When someone else’s happiness is your happiness, that is love”

Agreed :)

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I used my Santiago 9×9 and 4×4 Stencil on this art journal spread.

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I spread some gold embossing paste with a palette knife through the 4×4 Stencil – the design is bigger when in the 9×12 Stencil which makes it a great way to repeat the pattern in different sizes.

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For the background I had just used the 9×12 stencil and repeated using different colors of acrylic paint and spray paint through the stencil

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I did not want the design to be perfect- as the gold paste images would be enough to give you an idea of the design – I feel it is more interesting this way

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Added some journaling and a magazine image and voila – done

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Fun :)

Here is a list of the supplies I used for this art journal spread- some links are affiliate links

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Hope you are happy today :) have a wonderful day!

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  • Gerrie

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    LOOOOOOOVE This!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you so much Gerrie :) have a wonderful weekend!

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Live, Laugh, Love – Art Journal Pattern Play

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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