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The Picture in Our Head … Art Journal Page

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

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

-unknown source-

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

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

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

Nat

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  • Amante del Papel

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    Fantastic AJ!

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    Love this piece, Nat..truer words were never spoken!!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    This quote could be my mantra for goodness sake.
    I get my idea of what life “should” be and get disappointed when it’s not.
    I continue to work on gracefully accepting what life “is” and embracing that and forgetting the preconceived notions that my mind had issued.

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  • Jackie PN

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    Isn’t that the truth?!!! Started along time ago when TV told us this is how real life is….
    now it’s hard to unlearn that! Great post Nat!

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

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

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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 ;)

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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 ;)

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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.

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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
 
Other:
Liquitex Gesso
Liquitex Gel Medium
Liquitex Acrylic Ink
Liquitex Professional Spraypaint
Burlap
Cheesecloth
Tissuepaper
Wire

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

Nat

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  • petyvic

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    i love this piece of art, but, could you tell about the process? or is this a special class…thanks for showing your talent!

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  • Kathy P

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    Nope, I can’t sleep on a plane. Recently flew to and from Hawaii to east coast…not a wink either way! Love how you used the canvas!

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  • Susan M. Brown {sbartist}

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    Sorry to admit it Nathalie – I too am like a cat. I can sleep anywhere…even in the noisiest of places. Sleep is such a precious commodity – I squeeze it in wherever I can…yet I was also too wound up to sleep on the plane…so I’m feeling the jetlag today. Hope you have a wonderful break before your travels home :)

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  • louison

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    Superbe!! J,aime beaucoup la texture!!

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  • butterfly

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    This is a fantastic canvas – the textures are just to die for! Glorious embellishing too… love those concentric bottle tops. Also want to say a quick thank you for all the amazing stuff going on in Jumpstart – brilliant start to the year!
    Alison x

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  • SusanJane

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    I cannot sleep on the way there, but on the way back I am soooo tired that I can’t stay awake! Really nice cat piece — good balance and love the subtle color.

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  • Miriam

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    Love, love, love This lay-out!

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  • Sue A.

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    Beautiful layout, love all the layers and your color choices and the embellishments! And the kitty is cute too. I haven’t flown in so long I don’t know if I could sleep on a plane or not. I would probably be too scared or excited to sleep since it’s been so long! Safe travels, and thanks so very much for Jumpstart!!!!

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  • Conny

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    Ich muss zugeben – ich hab mal zuerst die beine gezählt – nach kopfdrehen – glaub ich hab ich die position kapiert, wie sie liegt ;-) catisutra? also für ein eichhörnchen wie mich, ist das bild nicht so toll weil ich dann erst auf die layers geschaut hab – klasse – sieht einfach toll aus und schon sooo viele neue goodies ….

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  • suzannebouchard

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    I love this cat! And your page!

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  • Candy

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    Your layout is lovely as I am a cat lover. And I find it very hard to sleep on a plane just in case I droul or snore lol.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I can sleep on a plane or anywhere for that matter. No drool but snoring is a real possibility.

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  • mjmarmo

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    I just love your backgrounds!! And such a sweet kitty!! I cannot sleep on the plane. I hope you did.

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  • rains

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    Making me want some new Prima! I can NOT sleep on a plane. Even the trips I’ve taken to Australia. I catch up on movies.

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  • sparkledaysstudio

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    Oh Nathalie, this is quite fun, it made me smile. I am so enjoying Creative Jumpstart, glad I jumped in, thanks so much for your inspiration and for putting it altogether. xox

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  • andrenesmith

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    LOVE this canvas….so much texture..its perfect. The black & white theme with just a splash of color really makes the kitty stand out. I too have issues with sleeping on a plane. I have been on only 1 overseas flight and I was MISERABLE.

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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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Nat

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  • Alicia

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    Muy bonito Nat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Besos

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  • mjmarmo

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    How cool is that. I do not have any black gesso. I do have some embossing powders though…….MIght have to try something like this!

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  • Andrene

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    Gorgeous!! The colors definitely pop with the black gesso and the background is divine too!!

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  • Maggie M

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    AWESOME Nat! I’m going to definitely give this a try:)

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  • Mary M.

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    Love this technique Nat! Gotta get some black gesso and try this!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Please don’t inhale too many fumes while creating Nat.
    Good to see that Julie posted the same day as you did;-O
    I love the texture that you got.

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  • peg

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    wow, that looks so cool, gonna have to give it a go.
    Thanks for the inspo :-*

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  • SusanJane

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    Because of the dust and fumes I have always worked in small areas only. I guess you could tackle larger pieces by standing back and doing the same with breaks between each section. With good lighting you can tell if the powder has hardened and not have your face in it.

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  • Cuchy

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    ohhhh it’s me, it’s me!!!! and you even took a risk with the fumes!! ;)
    Thank you sweetie. You made my day! Can’t wait to touch it.
    Loves

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  • Mag&scrap

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    Wonderful Work with these embossing powder !

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  • lizmaynz

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    I’m sorry but I just read the part where Nat tells us Black Gesso by Golden already has on their label that it contains chemicals that are known to cause cancer!
    I mean should we be worried especially those of us that use our fingers to paint with? I already get cancer in the bladder every so often and have to get that taken out each time with out endangering myself with using a product that could essentially put me at risk again. Sorry but my health is under so much stress as it is with out this added worry.

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  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    Really lovely!

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  • ruby t

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    I love these experiments and the spirit with which you and Julie do them.
    Perhaps put black gesso down, let dry and put on the clear embossing ink so the fumes will not get too bad.
    Can you also tell us about the background of the finished piece-the blue lettering and the misting technique? I know that was not part of the project but curious about the stamping of the lettering look.
    thanks

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  • Geles

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    Oh Nath, I like this work, and Cuchy is a special woman!!. Thank you for the explain it….. I don’t know if I write well. Kisses

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  • osmancm@comcast.net

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    I would not of thought to use black gesso. thanks for sharing your process….I really liked the results.

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  • Riikka

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    Oh my gosh how gorgeous is that! <3

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  • Carrie

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    WOW! That really looks fabulous. What a shame that it’s so toxic… Well, we could just be like Michelle Ward and not worry about it. She uses all kinds of toxic stuff! Is that black gesso super thick? It looks really dimensional, which just makes the project even cooler :)

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      HI Carrie, yes the black Gesso is really thick….it is like melted marshmellows- LOL .Have a wonderful day ! Nat

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      hi jessica, love your post. i already visited. sorry for the linkz mistake, we changed it to the right date.

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  • marjiekemper

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    Thanks for experimenting and sharing… I think I’ll pass on heating up my cancer agent, lmao…. but I do appreciate seeing your beautiful results!

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  • msmathey

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    WOW – you are amazing – this project is awesome!

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  • scrappegal

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    AWESOME!!!!! :)

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