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Letter to My Future Self – Cheiron Brandon

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Creative Squad

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It’s Tuesday again and time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s theme: “Letter to my Future Self”. Throughout the month of July, the team will use any of my n*Studio Stamps and Stencils they would like to use to interpret the theme. This month’s theme is in honor of my recent 10 year (!) blog anniversary- which we will celebrate later this month!  I asked the team to create something that they’d like to tell themselves in 10 years. Like a mixed media time capsule. This theme flips the “If only I knew then what I know now” sentiment up-side-down.

This week Cheiron Brandon shows you her amazing and colorful layered art journal page with a pretty good advice 🙂

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Hi everyone, Cheiron here with my monthly post. When I got the theme for this month “Letter to My Future Self” I got nervous. Was I going to have to write an actual letter? What AM I going to write that will be important to know in the next 10 years. Will this have to go in my journal for everyone to see it? Writing in a journal is not for me, I don’t like to share my thoughts in writing. For me my art journal represents a place to play and experiment with color, texture, new stamps and stencils.

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When I started out on this page, I decided instead to not get nervous about writing a letter and just play with some new paint colors and layers. I did think about some personal plans for the next 10 years, and what I would like to tell myself whether I achieve these things or not. I have included some imagery that represents some of the things in my plan, including starting off my page with a piece of a house blueprint. When I do think of plans for the long term like health, finances and career there is no better advice I can give myself than to get started now. So I added the quote “10 YEARS FROM NOW YOU’D WISH YOU HAD STARTED TODAY”. I think that advice rings true at any point in our lives, and I am sure it will be just as relevant if I pull this journal out again in 10 years.

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I love love love the color combination in Cheiron’s art journal spread and the way how she layered and combined all stamps and stencils!

Cheiron used the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links):

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Maybe you will even play along with us -I would love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

See you next Tuesday for another project from the Creative Squad!

Nat

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  • Michelle Rydell

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    Those layers and colors are gorgeous Cheiron! I love your page!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh sooo vivid and splendid Cheiron. What a great idea to use part of a house plan in the background. Your work is so INTRICATELY STUNNING and my eyes loved roaming over it to see all the different ‘Nat toys’ you incorporated! Perfect sentiment. Thank you for the inspiration. j.

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Creative Ice Breaker – Morning Art Journal Play Video III

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Creative Ice Breaker

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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 🙂

Creative Ice Breaker III July 9 2016 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

And here is the page you see in the video:

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Here are the supplies I have used in my Creative Ice Breaker video above – some links are affiliate links.

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

I hope you enjoyed the video 🙂 Have a wonderful and creative day

Nat

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  • ruthie

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    how do you contain the spray on the Liquitex sprays? I must be doing something wrong. I love your use of the layered stencils and stamps….I’ve really grown to love the elephant set and use it a lot of the time.

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      Hi Ruthie, I shake the bottle at least a minute before using it and make sure that the nozzle is free of spray. I usually have no problem with it, unless there is some dried in areas around the nozzle. Do you have that problem with all sprayers and caps? I also find that it is easier to control if you are a further away. If you are spraying very close you are spraying very forcefully to one spot but it will result in a big blot rather than a fine mist. I hope this helps a bit 🙂 Glad you hear you love the elephant set- share with me some time what you did with it 🙂

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  • Susan Schultheis

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    Had so much fun watching your vid today. Music fit perfect.LOL
    I just have to get the elephant set now. Thanks.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      🙂 thank you Susan – glad you enjoyed the music and video and the elephants 🙂

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  • Joi @RR

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    Almost looks like your little elphant is smiling – SUNSHINE family!!! Wonderful as always Nat. Thanks bunches for making my day! Xj.

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  • Jean Goza

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    Just the motivation I needed this morning. Thanks for sharing.
    Jean

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      YEahh – so glad it got you motivated- hope you had a fun day!!

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  • Debbie

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    Nat, I love these little videos and I hope you’ll keep them coming! Makes me want to play in my journal right now!

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The 3 Stages of Change or … In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal

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Change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.

Lots of changes in my life and lots of changes this year …all of the old ones turned out gorgeous in the end and so I am confident this will be the same for the new changes – I am confident 🙂

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For this art journal spread I broke out my acrylic spray paints again – I so love them. The Liquitex Spray Paints I used, are low odor, but you still have to work in a very well ventilated area and I usually wear a mask if I spray a lot. I had a background from an old paint-scrape-off paint, which I totally covered with spray paint, and layered over with the Art Deco, Circuit and some Alphabet Stencils.

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While the Spray Paint was still wet I used the back of a brush and added some word scribbles. I used my old vintage sign maker stamp set to try out the lower case letters in there (oh man I love it) and added some white marks with a white signo pen and filled in some of the irregularities in the letters with black marker.

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Are you good in dealing with Changes?

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

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

P.S. If you are in the New York City Area – I am teaching an Art Journaling 101 Class at the Manhattan Campus at Pratt on July 16th! It is a very fun and great place to come for a class – here are the details:

Nat

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