Put a Bird on it …or Playing with Transfer Techniques

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media, Mixed Media Workshop, Transfers



I was working on a fun assignment and created this grungy transfer for it. I printed out a nice photo of a graffiti wall which I had taken back in Germany and blew it up and then did the Transfer using Liquitex Gloss Gel. For a nice and even sheen I glazed over the transfer with some Liquitex Acrylic Inks mixed with Gloss Medium & Varnish – filling in the gaps too . I love the kind of torn poster wall effect this gave . This was exactly what I was going for.
I collaged over some parts and painted in the bird with a brush and black ink. Also sprinkled some of the ink with a brush on the paper. I glued down some bird feathers with the Gel Medium and voila – done. Love it.

I will teach this as part of my upcoming class “Acrylic Media – Demystified” at the Ink Pad in NYC -so if you want to join – I would love to have you. The class will take place at Westbeth in the West Village and we will explore loads of fun media and techniques.

Here are the supplies I used for the transfer


Wishing you a gorgeous day





Everything is Gentrified Canvas

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Altered Art, Mixed Media



I was working on this canvas for quite a while- I had a love-hate relation ship with it while I was working on it- it was a very demanding project.

The street is partly what you see when you go out on my street, a neighborhood in Jersey City which years ago was a totally different neighborhood. Jersey City has not the best reputation …which reminds me on my old hood in Hamburg, Germany. When I  moved there my family would call me every time something bad was shown about it on the news (about every other day) worried if I was ok. Today it is a thriving and gentrified area, unfortunately driving the “old” people out of the neighborhood as they cannot afford it anymore. People like me are part of the problem. Jersey City reminds me a lot of my old hood how it was 15-20 years ago.

I think about these things a lot when I do my art – I love to create projects showing houses or neighborhoods. Things change…for the better and for the worse- there is no black and white.

Deep eh? Oh well…LOL – take a closer look then at the canvas ;)



I want to create a couple more of those canvases in a series.



I mostly worked with Liquitex Acrylic Media and touched it up here and there with Derwent Artbars. Here is a small list of come of the supplies I used for this Mixed Media Canvas.


Wishing you a wonderful day :)





Encrusted Shrubbery

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media


Encrusted Shrubbery is a Canvas I did for CHA for the Stampendous booth using my stamps but it is also a new workshop for the next couple of months – it is so much fun do do!


I will leave you with just a couple pictures of the canvas today – hope you like it :)






I will also teach this workshop among others at the  CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in New Jersey – so thrilled to be part of it :)

Have a gorgeous day

P.S.  I have been pretty sick last week coming at a really bad time with one of my best friends visiting from Germany and having a workshop. I tried to tackle all…but… – I know some of you are waiting for emails and I also have to take care of the giveaway winners for CJS- it will all come- no worries but I am happy for your understanding that sometimes life  or the flu just gets in the way :)







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