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Abstract Mini Canvases

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

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I am on my way to NAMTA Art Materials World in Pittsburgh today. Stampendous! will have a booth there too and these are some mini canvases I created using my Stampendous! Signature stamps.

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Basically I created a background for each canvas with different color combinations using Acrylic Inks or Soft Body Acrylic Paint – having some fun dripping and dropping

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Using the templates that are included in my stamp packages with Soft Body and/or Heavy Body Acrylic Paints I added another layer.

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For the third layer I used the Stamps with an Embossing Pad and added various Aged Embossing Powders on top of it.

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Carefully heat embossed it as to not burn canvas and/or acrylic paints

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I love the texture this creates

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I then used the stamps with acrylic paints and added some colors here and there and tied some elements together

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I had loads of fun with those canvases

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Here are all the supplies I used:

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have a wonderful day – I am sure that I will share some photos of the convention next week – I am looking forward seeing inspiring stuff and meeting some artist friends.

Nat

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  • Riikka

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    I might end up sounding like a commercial – but I’m loving it! Really cool canvases!

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  • Linda on the Prairie

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    Love those! I’ll be playing with your stamps this weekend.

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  • stephanie

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE! new items for my shopping list.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Embossing enamel…oh no, another supply that I need.
    These are great Nat and have fun.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I just ordered the mish mesh stamp set and some embossing enamel. Woo hoo!

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Put a Bird on it …or Playing with Transfer Techniques

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

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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.
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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

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Wishing you a gorgeous day

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I like the effect, but I have to admit that the bird man kinda freaks me out.

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    i love this mysterious birdman gorgeous page!

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Everything is Gentrified Canvas

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

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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 ;)

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

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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.

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Wishing you a wonderful day :)

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Wow Nat, you’ve crossed the line and are now doing ART in a major way. Please take this for what I mean. You’ve always done art with paper and more but you’re mixed media and such has reached a new level IMHO/ Hugs, Sue

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  • jackie

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    Wow Nat- I love these pieces you are creating- just gorgeous!!

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  • Karenliz

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    WOW this is gorgeous! I can’t wait to see more.

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  • Rebecca

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    Ooo I love the feel if this, street scenes are great, super work
    Happy craftin
    Rebecca

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  • Mary W

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    Really good art AND pretty to look at too!

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  • Barb

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    Wow, this is beautiful. I am thinking that New Jersey, just like Germany, should be the next exhibition of your work.
    Barb
    North Carolina

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  • Caroline Leplat

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    I so love this canvas. I would buy and put it on my wall without hesitating.

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  • Sherri Scott

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    What a beautiful canvas, should be in a museum

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  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    So lovely, boy I would be thrilled if I could paint something like this!

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  • Heidi

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    WOW! I really love this… the color & the style… this is really a beautiful piece.

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  • Jeanne Kelly

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    This is an amazing piece! I love your choice of colors and the architecture is just right. Love it! I would like to see the series when you are finished!!

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  • Ursula

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    Klasse, – ich denke, es gibt genau die Stimmung wieder …………….. und ich hoffe, du hast es im Mai dabei. Es passt super *hüstel* ;))
    LG Ursula

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  • Marjie Kemper

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    Love your gorgeous colors, and those posts at the bottom of the steps (stoops?) look soooo cool.

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  • Mary K. Parker

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    this one is great. At first, I thought it was a forest.

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  • Janene

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    I think this one is very special. I love the colors, the lighting, the mood of it. I was surprised to read it was a hard one for you to do. It does not look overworked in any way. I love it.

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