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Find Your Tribe or … In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, designed by n*Studio

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Find your Tribe. Love them Hard.

I truly believe in this 🙂 There are so many amazing people out there and they just get you, or your art or your passion and when you find them…love them, lift them up and be with them.

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For this art journal spread I used mostly my stamps and the stencil with the man and woman silhouette in my Fiesta Stencil. I stamped and stenciled with a dark and light acrylic paint green.  Once it was dried I mixed some gesso with magenta acrylic paint and scraped it in a thin layer using the Catalyst tool over most of the spread to achieve a glaze and change the color. This also creates some texture.

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Next I used some yellow which I also mixed with a tiny bit of gesso to make it more opaque and stenciled again with the Stencil in the Fiesta set. I love the lady and the gent – they are so versatile 🙂

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I wanted the under layer peak a bit through but cover most of it- hence the gesso in the yellow.

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Next I used this stamp set- which I scored a couple weeks ago at a Jazz festival. Yes, you heard right. I went to a jazz festival and there was a tent with some antique stuff for sale and of course I was instantly drawn to these old sign marker sets. The smaller one with the colorful box is from the 50s and other one is a big set with lower case and upper case letters in a huge wooden box and is from the 20s – I am so over the moon – and I tried it out for the first time on the spread.

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The set has a little wooden stick which is meant to be used as a guide to stamp evenly- as you can see…that only works when you do not move the stick (note to self: don’t move the stick ! 😉 )

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I added some white sharpie marks into the letters and outlined them with a fine acrylic markers. Added some dots- and voila …done 🙂

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It was a great morning session which didn’t take too long but made me instantly happy as I played with paint, stamps, stencils and even new treasures.

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Did you find your tribe yet? 

Here are the links to the supplies I used for the art journal spread -(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.

Have a gorgeous day!!!

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    YES, I have found my tribe (or two) and I just love those words.
    I think that they’ll be perfect for a canvas that I’m working on right now.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeah for finding your tribe and I love the idea to put this on canvas!!!

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  • stephanie

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    I’ve got a small tribe. Working to nurture it. That type is SOO awesome.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      YEah- glad to hear. and yes the type is pretty cool – I am not sure how often one can find those sets, but I think they are not super rare, so maybe you score one too 🙂

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Photos of Art Journaling Live 3

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media Workshop

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Last week 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 will be available as DVDs and Video Download at the end of November this year.

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I started with some Creative Icebreaker techniques and lot’s of visual and actual texture.

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And it was fun to see what the amazing students created in this 1 1/2 hour with me.

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All the while Aaron was being serious and filming everyone and everything 😉

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Here is Amy Jones, our wonderful producer and you can see Jeannine Stein the editor of Cloth Paper Scissors doing fun stuff with Jodi in the background.

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And here is Jodi showing off her hands to proof she painted

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My favorite part of the day was that after I was done with my teaching, I got to play along in all the other classes and below you see what I did in Jodi’s fantastic class …I changed her awesome whimsical birds and fish up a bit and out came: Botox fish – I love them- they crack me up 🙂

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Here is a view of the classroom.

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And the amazing MaryBeth Shaw – so good to spend time with her too

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and take her amazing layering and stencil class

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I realize, I do not have a photo of Gina- grrr- but she was sitting right next to me

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and she taught a really really wonderful watercolor class which makes me want to do more with watercolors!!!

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And here we are – all four of us – relieved and happy that we made it- and super thankful for all the wonderful and talented students we spent time with on that day.

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I will keep you updated on the DVD and Video Download but meanwhile you can check out the ones from last year and some others I did


Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Botox fish…LOL.
    Great pic of the 4 of you at the end of the post!

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  • Denise Spillane

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    Hi, it was such a fun day and wonderful seeing you. It’s fun to see the pictures. Would it be okay to “borrow” the first and last pictures for my blog. I will include a link to yours.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Denise- so good to see you again- and of course you can use the pix !!!! have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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      • Denise

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        Thank you Nathalie. You are the best.

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  • Joi @RR

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    ADORE your botox fish Nat. Hehehhehehe – made my day!!!!

    And what a wonderful array of FABULOUS photos. I loved seeing EVERY one of them. And the last one of the four of you together is so perfect. How fun that you not only got to teach but had some fun learning time too!

    Thank you sooo much for sharing your journey. XXj.

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  • stephanie

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    looks like it was fab!

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Be Brave Art Journal Page and Stampendous Giveaway

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, designed by n*Studio

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Today is the last day of the Nathalie Kalbach & Friends Stampendous Summer Hop – so much fun 🙂

What better way to celebrate summer than with some summer colors, I thought and created this Art Journal spread with all kinds of bold summer colors and different sets of the stamps I designed for Stampendous.

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I layered some acrylic paint onto my art journal pages and set it aside for later. A list of all supplies can be found at the end of this post.

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For the Bird, Elephant and Urban Scribble image I wanted to create my own patterned paper and I love to use deli paper for this because it is cheap and thin enough that you can use it to wrap up small presents, and can be used easily as collage material in your mixed media art work. I used the same colors over and over again, first adding big patches of colors to the deli paper, then stamping with acrylic paint and all kinds different Rubber and Foam Stamps. Later I layered some of the stencils which are included in my stamp sets on top to tie some areas together. Last but not least I used the Urban Scribble rubber Stamp and black archival ink and stamped randomly here and there.

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I traced the Foam Stamps onto the back of my new patterned paper and cut out an elephant, bird and the urban skyline. I glued all the cutouts down onto my earlier painted art journal spread using Matte Medium and a cosmetic sponge. Then I added a couple more marks and colors to the page and outlined the shapes in a sketchy manner. Added some Journaling- and voila 🙂 It was a lot of fun to just play with all the different stamps. I cannot wait to make more patterned paper to use this way for wrapping paper – a good way to use up some of your left over paints and stamp off your inked stamps. Here are the details of the elements on the finished page

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I hope you enjoyed this fun and colorful post 🙂

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Do not forget that you can win all three of my Stamp Sets by commenting today on the blogs with projects of my stamp sets in this list from the whole week. Check out all those amazing projects my friends posted – I am blown away:

Stampendous Blog Post Monday

Pam Bray Monday

my blog – Creative Squad – Cheiron Brandon on Tuesday

Katy Leitch on Tuesday

Stampendous Blog on Tuesday

Stampendous Blog Post Wednesday

Gwen Lafleur Wednesday

my Creative Ice Breaker Wednesday

Louise Healy Wednesday

Stampendous Blog Post Thursday

Rae Missigman Thursday

Marsha Valk Thursday

Katy Leitch on Thursday

Allison Heikkila on Thursday

Mark Gould on Thursday

Stampendous Blog Post Friday

Tina Walker Friday

Pam Bray Friday

Lea Fritts Friday

Katy Leitch on Friday

Tenia Nelson on Friday

my blog- you are here 🙂


 

Have a wondeful day and good luck!!! Stampendous and I will post about the winner on our blogs next week!

Here are all supplies including the stamps I used (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.

Nat

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  • Claudia Jean Nelson

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    You have made my week . I love seeing everyone’s ideas. Your peice is so great. I love how you combined them all. You are an amazing artist and person. Thank you so much for the inspiration from so many great artists. C

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  • Myriam Le Blanc Élie

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    Wow! I love this idea of using the stamp as masks, they really pop that way! Thanks for this week! Myriam from Quebec, Canada.

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  • Jean Marmo

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    So creative and Bold!! I love all the details! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Ahhhh so YUMMY Nat. Love how you did your stamp images all in the same colors of GLORIOUSLY LOVELY green shades. And your background is MARVELOUS. This is such a VIBRANT and GLORIOUS make.

    This has been SUCH a fun week for me seeing all your wonderful products used in so many outstanding ways. I think each designer did you proud girl! I so looked forward each day to seeing what they did for you next. There were truly some amazing creations.

    I’m sooooooo proud of you and for you. XXj.

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  • Catherine adams

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    Beautiful abstract technique!
    Thanks for hosting the challenge. Hope I win!
    Cja Geneseo, NY

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  • Catherine adams

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    Hope this isn’t a duplicate, if so I apologize. Funky iPad.
    I love this stamp set and how you used it. Hope I win one of the giveaways so I can try your techniques!!!
    Cathy
    Geneseo, NY

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  • TracyM #6773

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    BOLD & BEAUTIFUL pages!!!
    LOVE the layers of PRETTY colours and AMAZING detail!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION 🙂
    Tracy from Australia

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  • Robin C

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    Wonderful journal page! I love the inspiration! All of these new sets are just gorgeous!! I have enjoyed all the tutorials this week. I am just starting in the mixed media realm and appreciate all the info this week. Thanks so much for a chance to win these!!! Lots of hugs, Robin

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  • barb macaskill

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    When I scrolled down and saw the art journal spread I almost swallowed my tongue in my excitement!! Absolute perfection! Your background is magical and festive and the images are divine!! I always love seeing what you create because it is always so fresh and exciting!!! TFS!
    Barb in VT

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    Naturally my eye is drawn to the elephant. he just glows.
    The bird and the cityscape also glow from the
    beautiful background.
    It’s been a wonderful week.
    thanks for sharing.
    I’m in southern Illinois

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  • marian riley

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    Your new stamps are amazing!!!

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  • VikiB

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    Awesome! I love all the wonderful colors and layers.

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  • Kathy Burgess

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    Love your journal pages! Good to see someone else has pages using the same colors! Thx for your inspiration!

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Absolutely stunning! I am blown away by YOU! 🙂

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Beautiful pages and
    the bright colors are
    so neat!
    Carla from Utah

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  • Tamiko McCurry

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    I love all the colors and technique galore.. thanks for the inspiration.. I have been eyeing these stamps all month.. I wish my familly got them for my birthday.. but oh well.. 🙂

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  • Stampendous Stamps

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    Is it really all over? What a fantastic week. It was a splash of colorful creativity every day and wow!, this page really sums up how awesome the week has been. Thank you for bringing some of your mixed media friends and rockstar designs with you for the hop.

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  • Susan

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    So much summer joy in your art journal post. Love your work

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  • stephanie

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    Deli paper for wrapping paper what a fab idea! Thanks for all the inspiration this week.

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  • Delores Azary

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    Greetings from Oklahoma! This has been a lot of fun! Creative juices are flowing! Thanks to everyone who participated! Good luck to everyone commenting on the prizes!

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  • Sarah

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    I love your art work Natalie, always so colourful and vibrant. Thanks for sharing your techniques and expertise. i’ve had a lot of inspiration from the week.

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  • Lilian

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    Very cool colors!
    Lilian (Maryland, USA)

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  • julie b

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    Wonderful hop! I just got your elephant set but see from the hop that i still need to do more shopping….fun times ahead. Love the techniques and inspiration. Thank you.

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    So inspiring! Love the hold colors!

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  • Sarah P.

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    The journaling pages are so colorful and make a statement. I love them, they catch your eye for sure.

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  • Jackie Schachter

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    When I reached this page I just said to myself “wow’. Love the
    brilliant colors of the backgrounds and stamps. You and your
    designers are so talented. Have enjoyed this week’s blog
    hop – it was fun. TFS.
    Jackie, Tel Aviv, Israel

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  • nicole n

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    Love all of the bright colors and the elephant!

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  • Janet Staples

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    I LOVE this! So bright while being subtle and bold! Brilliant. I’m glad I ran across this…can’t wait to see the other artists’ interpretations! Thank you so much for all of your inspiration Nat!

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  • Leadonna Fritts

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    I absolutely love your style of creating, Nat. Like me, you love color and it shows beautifully in your work. Your art journal pages just speak to my heart. Thank you for sharing!

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  • D.Ann C

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    Oh, I have a serious crush on your user of neon colors!!! I have also developed a serious crush on your stamp/stencil sets this week. Can’t wait till my budget let’s me indulge in getting some!!! -FL

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  • Linsey

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    Oh goodness! Your art journal pages are SO gorgeous and completely inspiring!!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome creativity and talent and for coming together to bring your fans this super cool mixed media hop!! I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing your marvelous designs come to life!!!

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