Stroll Through The Hood

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stroll Through The Hood



A lot of times I get asked what inspires me. And one of my key answers is always “a stroll through the hood”. It might be street art, it might be thoughts or feelings connected with certain sights, it might be stuff I find to buy…in one way or the other you might find the photos, the thoughts, the feelings, the colors or anything from those strolls in my art journal, a mixed media project or a scrapbooking layout.

I would love to show you once a month what inspired me while strolling through my neighborhood. I hope you like the little insights into my daily life where I live . This is also a wonderful way for me to remind myself on the inspiring things in the hood. Maybe you get inspired by those posts and even invite ME to a stroll in YOUR hood – feel free to grab the logo and leave a comment for me on the post and share!

Now that the weather is warmer, there is finally more strolling around in the neighbor hood and I discovered this:



which was by the way on the way to the art store- which I love because it has changing art work out side and has very knowledgable staff and …it is always good to support small businesses when they do such an awesome job


Perfect to also stop to get a yummie bread which was used with an awesome mask



On the way I love to see the obvious stated


And shake my European head in disbelief when stumbling upon adventurously installed power cables…in front of a window…in the middle of the pavement…




These are the things you still have to keep in mind and watch when you are looking for all this amazing street art work here



or smile at this



and then you can take the path and visit a friend in Hoboken and find inspiration in the subway station too -isn’t this color combination great? White, Blue, Black and Rost (forget the feeling that the subway station looks as if it is falling apart ;) )



And when you arrived in Hoboken you can drive your friend Carla crazy by telling her that Hoboken is the 7th Borough of NYC ;)



It was an awesome day and I am so happy that the weather is now getting better and more strolls in the hood are coming up…and time on our deck too :)



Wishing you a gorgeous day!












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  • Sue Clarke


    Great pic of your friend with a bird in the background.
    The detail on the foot in that first pic is crazy good!


  • Joan vMetz


    Hi Natalie, I do so love your “Stroll through the hood” snap shots … The different infusions of colours and tones leaves me wondering what you wil be presenting on your next canvas’ ! Thanks for all your inspiration!!


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Mixed Media Classes at Scrap N Crop in Malaysia

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


I had a wonderful time teaching at Scrap n Crop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I taught my Über*Media Acrylic Paint with loads of techniques around making your own background papers, as well as a Texture Season Canvas and a PanPastel Class. Here are some pictures of the class



Scrap n Crop is an amazing store. A two story house filled to the brim with awesome products and a nice workshop room. It is massive. The coolest- not only awesome new product- but also older out of stock products that are still on high demand. If you wonder where all the cool Hambly Transparencies went…you can sniff those beautiful screenprinted beauties right there…and yes, some of them fell into my suitcase. With all the mixed media supplies and special treasures…makes your heart beat a bit faster!



Of course seeing my Stampendous! signature Stamps and my StencilGirl Products Stencils in the store made my heart beat faster too. It is kind of unreal to see those things so far away from home – pretty pretty cool. And oh we used them all in the classes too.



The first thing I learned myself on the first day was…you cannot talk to long when you have the acrylic paint laid out already. The paint dries so quick in this climate…unbelievable. Without a Slow Dri Medium it is really really hard to get anywhere. I have taught in pretty hot weather …unforgettable is Israel and Greece and one summer day in Spain makes me still faint, but boy this one beat it all. I had to change my teaching style instantly in order to make the demos work .




We created a lot of texture with my stamps, stencils and acrylic paint – and stacked loads of papers



and I loved seeing the results





The girls were so talented and it was fun seeing them play with different acrylic media








Of course we had to do a photo session the last evening.


This photo of Val, Penny and me cracks me up…apparently Val too- LOL- she couldn’t stop laughing.



It was sad to say good bye but we were sent of with freshly home made waffles and a loaf of yummie bread to the airport in the crack of the dawn. Thank you to all my wonderful students- it was wonderful to meet you. A special shout out to Saza who had her contractions during my class but was going to finish the first class because she waited so long for it. But then she really had to go…Congratulations to her wonderful baby she gave birth to the next day! I for sure will never forget this ;)

Thank you again to Val and Penny for inviting me to Malaysia for this Mixed Media event- it was awesome! Loves!

And that is it…Asia…so what is next on my teaching agenda? You can check my in-person workshops out here.

Huge hugs and have a gorgeous day





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  • Sue Clarke


    How wonderful that you get to travel and bring our teaching skills to other countries Nat. One city at a time you could create a more colorful, peaceful world. I believe that it could happen.


  • Sue Clarke


    *your teaching skills that is:-)


  • Laura Strack


    Nat, You are loved the world wide. Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to delivery a baby? Congratulations to Saza! Love that story! We love our art time, don’t we?


  • Angeline


    GReat to be in your class Nat! HAd tons of fun :)


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Photos of my Asia Trip: Kuala Lumpur

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Photos, The Traveling Artist

After staying in Hong Kong for a couple days we flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The flight is about four hours – so easy peasy after the 16 hours flight from New York to Hong Kong ;)



First glimpse of Malaysia. After a good nights sleep at our wonderful hosts, Val, Penny and their gorgeous Mom, we had a great breakfast the next morning with Val and then went sightseeing. You know for 1 Dollar this was pretty pretty delicious and the coffee was a good starter too :) I will get into food a bit more …hehehee



Since I was teaching at Scrap n Crop for two days (photos are coming soon) and that was actually the main reason for going to Malaysia- I have not done as much sightseeing as my husband but I saw a couple things thanks to Val!



Kuala Lumpur- the Petronas Twin Towers. Pretty impressive as the tallest twin towers in the world. Kuala Lumpur itself is pretty modern. I saw a bit of China Town and Little India- but again- it was more a fly by. It was fun though. It was different from what I would have expected of K.L. I also had some interesting talks with expats living in K.L Besides that there was a lot of talk during the classes. Since the incident with the plane which we all still don’t know what happened with, a lot of people in Malaysia are worrying in how other’s are perceiving Malaysia. All I can say is: You cannot make a judgement about a country, if you have never been there. There is also not a way to put Malaysia into one scheme. Malaysia is a very diverse country and it was interesting to see a glimpse of this. I had a wonderful experience. If you feel the urge to hear about my perspective – I am happy to talk about this in person.


One stop were the Batu Caves in which there is one of the most popular Hindu Shrines outside India. It was impressive and beautiful to be there.




Some of these photos are actually taken by Val…because Knucklehead aka Nat Kalbach forgot her camera in the house! Good one ! So I was taking photos of my cell phone – which well..yeah – ok…whatever ;)




It was quite a hike up those stairs- but beautiful. You have to imagine that at the Thaipusam Festival this becomes a pilgrimage for Hindus worldwide. I am not up for a disclaimer today (kids please do not do this at home!) – but if you wanna read more about the Thaipusam Festival- go ahead! All I say is, I am not complaining about this hike…it can feel worse going up there then just with no burden and without spikes and skewers through my flesh!




Inside the caves were these beautiful temples and figures and the most awesome thing was that there were little natural windows in the caves – giving a beautiful light – it was just stunning




Besides tourists like us


there were also a lot of people praying – so we didn’t take too many photos as to respect this.




As you can see there was also some monkey business going on. These little critters weren’t too friendly btw- they looked cute…but if you came to close they would show you two nice rows of teeth with a kind of a growling “get the heck away from me…or hand me all your food in your bag you upright walking idiot”…at least that is what I heard ;)



The Batu Caves were definitely one of my very faves of the whole trip.



We also visited the Cultural Center in K.L. where we picked up Val’s daughter from a field trip. We played a long like the kids and did some batik coloring- fun! There were lot’s of artist studios in the Cultural Center, most of them are doing batik or wood carving but also quite a lot painting in oil- mostly realistic . It was quite interesting.



We also brought some long awaited rain with us and we spotted this guy on a motor bike in the rain who is a bread seller going from village to village. Speaking of Bread…



Not only was Teo, Val’s and Penny’s Mom an avid bread maker which lead to several hours of conversations between her and my husband (who happens to love to bake bread too) but also did they all love to eat as much as we did and we went to the coolest yummiest places. BTW- I love that picture of Penny and her Mom- too cute!



And ate and drunk non stop – at places we would have probably never found or picked if we would have been there by ourselves.



I can in all honesty say that the food was another one of my faves and I think I have never eaten so much in my life…and…HA…I even dropped weight (cool because the workout clothes never left their initial spot in the suitcase – I am all  in for the dumpling-hawker-street-food-diet ;) )



I also learned that some meals that might sound … if you might not like them …like “Fish Head Soup” are actually the most delicious meals in the world (and you can get the soup with Fish Paste – which makes for an easier visual experience). I kid you not, I am still dreaming of this soup…drool. The soup is not in any of the pictures- LOL- but other delicious stuff.



And here I am – relaxed and ready to start teaching my Mixed Media Workshop weekend in Malaysia. Note to self: Tug in your blouse hanger before taking a selfie, knuckle head! ”




Val, Penny and their Mom were just the most amazing hosts! I learned so much about the people and the life in Malaysia…and the food ;) They opened their house and hearts and it was really special for me and my husband. Lot’s of things that we talked about and shared that are hard to write on a blog. I will always cherish this experience and I do know that I will see those 3 again somehow. They will always have a special place in my heart! Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed the little trip to Malaysia – I will post some photos of the workshops later this week. Until then…have a gorgeous day!!!!







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  • Sue Clarke


    I LOVE LOVE LOVE when you share pics of your trips Nat and this set is no exception. How nice to see parts of the country that you wouldn’t on your own (and eat at yummy local restaurants).


  • Mary Beth Shaw


    What an interesting opportunity. I would love to travel to Malaysia some time. And yeah, i think that food looks totally yummy.


  • Kathy P.


    Love seeing these awesome shots and hearing your wonderful stories. Makes me want to visit this beautiful part of the world….except for the long flight! Food sounds yummy… are very adventurous and I should be likewise!!! Looking good in your selfie, blouse hanger and all (which I would NOT have seen if you hadn’t pointed it out—but why I always cut them right off when I buy something—LOL)!!! Thanks for sharing a piece of this amazing story!


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    Dittos on all of the above comments. What an experience! Thanks for sharing your photos and stories.


  • Kelly Belton


    I love your travelogues Nat, this one is no exception, looks like an amazing place. The food pic at the bottom has me salivating as I munch on yet another kale salad, and that selfie – is a beautiful picture of you.


  • Rachel Greig


    I’m so glad to hear you had a great time! Aren’t Val, Penny and their Mum the best!! I went to Malaysia to teach for Scrap N Crop in 2009 and had the most wonderful time! I agree about KL, such a city of contrasts and diversity :) And we loved the food too!!!!!


  • Yvonne


    Tolle Bilder, danke fürs Zeigen. Es ist immer wieder spannend, wenn man so einwenig “mitreisen” darf.
    LG Yvonne


  • Amante del Papel


    amazing photos!


  • Marjie Kemper


    What an amazing trip! You can’t beat having locals show you the town, can you? Sounds like your hosts were the most lovely people. Can’t wait to hear about the workshops… I’ve loved all your photos!


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