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





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 …ahem..as 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!!!!







Photos of my Asia Trip: Hong Kong Part III

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

DISCLAIMER: This blog post contains images of mating butterflies, drunken pigeons and bare breasted buddhas. If you have a problem with this, you might be better off looking at something else  . Don’t email me to complain, don’t visit my blog anymore because I might post things like this again.



Last photos of Hong Kong before I move you on to Malaysia ;) One of the days we did a wonderful morning hike …we took one of those little beaner busses out to our starting point and it started off with loads of stairs…



on top we met those guys…that made my day. Afterwards it went through more forresty areas..which had bigger butterflies that liked to fly right at you. They also looked as if they had cowboy chaps on and would carry away little children…that was about all the exciting wildlife we saw..but nonetheless it was a wonderful hike.


One night we went for a fancy dinner at Hutong – it was soooo good


Besides …one dish…which fortunately came right in the beginning of the menu – so I could get over it quick ;)


Yes…the drunken pigeons. When they were served…heads on…I actually wished that I was drunk  LOL. I tried to convince myself that looks are not everything…it is the inner qualities that count. Well I tried and I can assure you …not in this case. Drunken Pigeons…been there, done that, don’t have to try ever ever again.



My favorite dish for overall experience (taste and visual appearance) was the so called “Red Lantern” deep-fried soft shell crabs served in a basket of red chillies. Then the lid was lifted my eyes started watering. And the first two crabs hurt as it was sooo hot…after the crabs aired out a bit it was no problem anymore.


This was followed by a couple more delicious highlights. And the bathroom must have been one of the most beautiful restaurant bathrooms I have ever seen – the whole place was just beautiful – just too dark to take a photo ;)



The day after this we actually went to Malaysia- but on our way back to the U.S. we had another 1/2 day stay over in Hong Kong and we went to the Big Buddha



and they weren’t kidding when they said “Big Buddha”



Speaking of big…I have never seen incense this big!


Breathing got a bit heard though


Again the temple fascinated me. The colors, the details…I hope I do not bore you with those pictures but …



it was just beautiful – left and right




and also up



and below



and that was it…Hong Kong. In a couple days I will show some photos from Kuala Lumpur and the Workshops in Malaysia.

I am wishing you an amazing start into the week!












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