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Mixed Media Circus Workshop at Darkroom Door in Berkeley Vale, Australia

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Of Living as an Artist, Mixed Media Workshop

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After the workshop in Melbourne, Julie and I taught in Berkeley Vale at Darkroom Door, about 1 1/2 hours North of Sydney. My wonderful friend and awesome manufacturer Rachel Greig hosted us in her warehouse and classroom and it a great group rocking out the paint, art supplies and art journals!

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Everyone was working for three day, creating covers, painting, stamping, stenciling, book binding – getting messy fingers and tables:) It was so much fun! I loved the class room with high tables and high top chairs, making it possible for everyone to choose to work standing up or sitting. Since I work standing up- this was a dream :)

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Look at all the beautiful colorful pages …with Birds, and Elephants, and other stamp sets :)

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Birds mixed with Julies Stamps and Stencils.

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and more elephants :)

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the Urban Scribble – love the staggered city look!

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And lot’s of stencil patterns for background papers

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I loved how everyone embraced having two different teachers and stencils and stamps from two different persons as well.

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Love the look of the Fashion Dame Stencil used in different colors for pattern

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And the Lilly Wallpaper stenciled with black gesso

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and the Arabesque Stencils used with white over black gesso

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Batik

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one of Julie`s Face Stencils used with my Ornament Stencil for hair

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Another hybrid page with Julie’s stencil on the left and my Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil on the right

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And this is so true – :) If all fails, join the circus :)

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I think this one did? Love the girl taking a ride on the Elephant Stencil!

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So much creative energy and colors in the classroom

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And here is Julie explaining something – it was really fun teaching together again :)

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And here are some photos of me teaching …which usually- you know…there aren’t any :)

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Thank you so much Rachel for having us- you are the best!!!!

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And here we are :) Bound and colorful finished art journals!!!

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And thank you Amanda and Amanda, Belinda, Rachel, Robyn and Robyn, Paula, Kristy Lee (mmmmhhh did I butcher your name again???? please forgive me with your super cute smile, ok?), Lorraine, Genevieve, Vesna and Vesna! We will always have “I pet a kangaroo”, the dog on the tucker box, create you own at mäccas, don’t hesitate to mess up the table, fire alarms, Lemingtons, Anzac Biscuits and lot’s of laughter together. It was wonderful to spend those three days with you!!!

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I will post some photos from Melbourne and Sydney, street art and kangaroos in the next weeks – it was such a fun trip :)

 

 

Nat

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  • Sabrina Radican

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    Oh boy… I wish I lived there so I could come and visit you and have lots of inky fun!! All of their pages look absolutely, gorgeous, beautiful. wonderful and looks like they all had a blast!!

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    I would love to take some of your classes. I enjoyed seeing all of the finished projects – especially the elephant designs. I collect elephants and I’m always looking for new stamps/stencils and ways to use them.
    the girl riding the elephant was a clever idea.
    thanks for sharing so many wonderful finished projects.
    Illinois.

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  • Greta H

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    Oh what fun–beautiful art work!

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  • Sue Clarkes

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    Nat, you even managed to post different pics than Julie did.
    I really like the quote “when all else fails, join the circus”.
    It goes well with “not my monkeys, not my circus” in some way.

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Looks like a wonderful
    time had by everyone!
    Carla from Utah

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  • barb macaskill

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    I would absolutely LOVE to meet the Darkroom Door crew one day!! It would be the culmination o a dream come true. I have always wanted to go to Australia and being able to do crafty things while I was there would make it an even better journey!!
    LOVE what the ladies have created using your awesome Foam stamps and stencil sets!!! MUST HAVE THEM ASAP!!! TFS!

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  • Nicole N.

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    Looks like a lot of fun! And it’s great that it can be shared around the world.
    From: Connecticut

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  • Karen Petitt

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    Lucky ladies! Looks like everyone had lots of fun and enjoyed it too. So wish I could do classes but being disabled is a real issue for me and getting to and back from one I just can’t right now. Lucky, lucky ladies Karen x

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  • Teresa Godines

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    Wonderful projects. Looks like everyone had a great time.

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Oh what fun and creativity at it’s best.

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Mixed Media Circus Workshop at Artified in Melbourne, Australia

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media Workshop, The Traveling Artist

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I am back from Australia where I taught some amazing Art Journaling Classes with my friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Here are the photos of the 3-day-class at Artified in Melbourne where the wonderful students created an art journal – from painting pages using loads of art journaling techniques and creating a nice cover to binding everything into their own book together in the end.

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We started Friday with loads of fun coloring techniques.

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They were all in such a wonderful mood- and some traveled very far from Tasmania and even far away from Adelaide.

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I really make a grumpy face when I create something- but I assure you ….I am in a good mood :)

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Look at those amazing patterned and colorful pages and … hands :)

 

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Loved seeing my new stamp sets in action :) It always inspires me to see how students use them !!!

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Even if used on an apron- LOL

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This is sunday afternoon – I love this photo- everyone creating and painting and the light is so beautiful in the classroom.

 

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Of course Julie and I also goofed around a lot … I mean- hey …the circus was in town 😉

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And what is not to love about this:

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Look at all those pages – everyone holding up their favorite:

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And here are all the newly bound art journals

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And thank you Chris, Kelly, Margaret and Margaret, Anna, Carol, Abby, Pat, Bec, Deborah, Ngaire, Karen, Nicole, Evi, Katherine, Wendy and Angela and Mel for loads of chocolate, the Tim-Tam-Slam, Vegimite Songs, Twists and licorice, pick-ups and lunch-lifts, beautiful books and necklaces and loads of laughter, creativity and good spirit!

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Thank you for joining the circus :) Look out for more class photos and heaps of other inspiring photos of my trip to Australia in the next couple weeks :)

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    All those stamps and foamies make me want to play!
    Looks like a great room to create in with all that natural light.

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  • Julie Curtis

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    Looks like a lot of fun! Very creative and it gave me a lot of ideas! I love how the stamps look with all of the art when the projects were done!

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  • Dee Ann O'Brien

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    An amazing collection of inspiring examples of the foam stamps to create unique art!

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Oh my gosh, that looks like it was so much fun!!! Thanks for the inspiration to play & have fun.

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  • Pam B

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    These stamps are so cool & so much fun!

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  • Greta H

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    What a wonderful class! Love your new stamps & stencils! Hoping to be one of the lucky Stampendous! winners!

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  • Judy B

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    It looks like everyone had a fun time getting inky and making art. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Barb Charlotte, NC

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    It looks like you both had some fantastic students. What fun to visit a different country, meet new people and enjoy your career. Way to go.

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  • Amanda Rhodes

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    That looks like a fun class! I love all the paintings!

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  • Elaine

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    Lots of creative fun!

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  • Victoria Banaszak

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    This looks like a bunch of fun. I can’t wait till i finish moving so I can play. This was very inspiring to just see what everyone did.

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  • karenajo

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    I would love to win one of your new stamps – great inspiration here and on the other Stampendous hop stops ! Class looked like so much fun!
    – from Colorado

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  • barb macaskill

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    Can’t wait to get my hands on all three of these sets!! They look like they will be very versatile and fun to use!!! LOVE your products! TFS!

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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    Love everyone’s work – I am curious about the ribbon binding – I have taken Julie’s Junque Journal class that uses a different type of binding – would love to know more about the one you used – any ideas? Future on-line class?

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My new Acrylic Painting Workshop DVD’s and Downloads are out!

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media Workshop, Tutorial Video, Workshops

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My new Acrylic Painting Workshop Videos: Colorful Backgrounds, Acrylics Demystified, Raw Canvas Staining and Creating Canvas Texture are out now and I am super excited. It was so  much fun to make them and I love how they came out. They are loaded with techniques, tips and fun things. Here is a preview for all four videos:

You can purchase the videos as DVD’s but also download them. Here are the links:


Which one sounds the most interesting to you?

Have a wonderful day!

Nat

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  • Joi@RR

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    ALL OF THEM sound the most interesting Nat because YOU are teaching them! Perhaps the colorful backgrounds would be my first choice but not sure that’s right either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SUPER choice of topics. So excited that you did these. I know they will be a great resource for us all. XXj.

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