The Picture in Our Head … Art Journal Page

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Acrylicpaints, Art Journal, Gesso, Stamping



What screws us up most in life…it’s the picture in our head of how it is supposed to be

-unknown source-



This is so true- in so many ways! When you create art or in your every day life.



Loving the colors and texture here -gesso – such a great medium to cover parts up and make everything more interesting. Love me some Gesso :)


Wishing you a wonderful day…with our without a picture in your head ;)






In my next life I wanna be a kitty …or Prima Canvas

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in CHA 2013, Gesso, Mixed Media


I simply adore the ability of cats to sleep totally relaxed everywhere in the most fun or adorable positions. I wish I could do the same. Like on a plane…I soooo can’t sleep on a plane. Maybe it is the fear of sleeping and starting to drool on my neighbors shoulder lol ;)


This photo is of my brother in laws kitty- don’t get fooled by this sweet innocent sleeping face…this cat is an attack cat – LOL. Nonetheless very cute ;)


I used Anna’s new metal embellishments for Prima as well as her new stencil- so much fun to create with it for the Prima Booth at CHA.


Prima Supplies used:
Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets Mechanicals #960285
Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets Mechanicals #960247
Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets Mechanicals #960346
Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets Mechanicals #960391
Sunrise Sunset Wood Embellishments #960216
Sunrise Sunset Stencil 6×6 #960179
Sunrise Sunset Fabric & Washi Tape #564872
Sunrise Sunset Flowers #565190
Queen Mary Flower Smoke #566197
Mini Sachet Winter #565992
Mini Sachet Pearl #566036
Liquitex Gesso
Liquitex Gel Medium
Liquitex Acrylic Ink
Liquitex Professional Spraypaint

Are you able to sleep on a plane?

I wish you an amazing sunny day – and I will be back with photos from L.A. soon …and CHA ;)

Huge hugs




Second Floor Challenge #9: Embossing Powder

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in 2nd Floor, Embossing, Gesso, Mixed Media

Are you ready to take the second floor this time? If you have no clue what I am talking about- read all about it here :) The Second Floor Challenge

So today is our 8th Second Floor Challenge: Embossing Powder

Click here to see what Julie did

Whatever that means to you or however it inspires you.  The prompt is simply meant to get you started.  The level of challenge you aim for is entirely internal and up to you

Embossing Powder- cool – I love Embossing Powder. I use it in many different ways and I love to try out all kinds of different media as embossing agents. If you have ever been at one of my life workshops you know that ;) You have used all kinds of stuff for it…Acrylic Paints was one of them. So started like this on a small tiny canvas

I spread black gesso over since I know I wanted different colored embossing powders on top of it and I hoped the black gesso would make the colors pop more.

It was like cooking …BAM! some more spicy embossing powder right into the kisser wet gesso.

Next was heating, and I had a suspicion already that this mixture would be a bit dangerous in case of the fumes…and boy was I right…yikes. I bet this is highly unhealthy and recommend almost a mask and a well ventilated area. But still I was pleased with the result.

Time to take it to the second floor – I sprayed it with water based spray paints

and BAM! sprinkled some golden embossing powder over it here and there – off heating again

Loved the results….and then used it right away for a present for a special girl

here is a close up of the Gesso-Embossing

What I learned from this challenge:

  1. I love the texture and patina aged look the embossing powder with the black gesso created. Actually to tell you the truth it makes me giddy :)
  2. this is NOT healthy! not something I would teach in a workshop. Black Gesso by Golden already has on their lable that it contains chemicals that are known to cause cancer…and embossing powder is essentially plastic, so melting it together like crazy is obviously a crazy nut case’s idea! I will wear a mask next if I do it again!
  3. I love that through the combination of those two media the heat resulted extra dimension stayed once it was dried. Pretty pretty cool.
  4. If you reheat colored gesso again and put the heat too long on it, it can loose its color at parts and gets white spots. Which in this case was cool! But something to keep in mind.
  5. I liked working on a smaller surface for this technique – first it was out of economic reasons as to not waste a huge amount of embossing powder if that technique would not work, but then it also was fun to incorporate this in a bigger project using different techniques then again.

If you’d like to leave a link showing off what you did in response to this challenge, here’s the linky list:








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