Photos of CREATE New Jersey

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


CREATE New Jersey was so much fun! I had a great time teaching three days- here are some photos of my classes :


Had a great time with my 20 students in the Texture Heaven Art Journal Class, mono printing, stamping, embossing – playing


So many beautiful pages – and everyone was quite busy experimenting


Loads of Acrylic Paint was used during all the classes


And of course every class had to opened with a funny face of mine ;) – here the “It’s All About The Layers – Art Journaling Class”


My sweet students were able to get over those faces and made beautiful art journal backgrounds and pages in this day long class…even with a broken a/c and 90 Degrees in the room …




It was wonderful to get to know so many of my students during the three days and also see how they were connected, some made friends during the class, some have been friends for many years (college room mates, being in the same guild) or mother and daughter, siblings together on a fun creative outing :)






And it was wonderful to see my stamps and stencils used by my super talented students.







Lot’s of wonderful smiles in my class – you girls were awesome!


The last class I taught saturday night was not “Walk like a zombie” as this picture might indicate …rather “Texture Galore  Canvas” and loads of texture we created :)


It was a small class with 12 students which was fun …it gives me more time to walk around and talk to students ;)




and they had quite some exercise going back and forth between demos


And it was also fun to have a special student in the class ;) you would think she was sick of me spending so much time with me ….and yes…she behaved and was  a great student ;)



I also took some classes and had an amazing time in Natalya Aikens class, where I learned how to  manipulate photos in photoshop and then print them out on all kinds of different fabrics, like organza, silk etc. Super inspiring and totally out of my usual scheme …I mean fabric…hello!


And I took a class with Diana Trout – love her -what a great personality and it was fun to be forced outside of my usual box in my art journal and collaging approach. That is btw the reason why EVERY person who teaches should once in a while take some classes …it is good to be in the student’s shoes and see how this feels.



And it was fun to bump into my legendary artist friend  Suze Weinberg at the Artist Faire at the event


and as mentioned I enjoyed every single minute and all 500.000 meals (or so it felt) at the hotel in which we were trapped without a car with Julie Fei Fan Balzer 



I am looking forward to my next CREATE events I teach at in Dallas – September 17-21


and in Seattle October 22-26



I hope to see some of you there – I promise we will have loads of fun !!!

Have a gorgeous day





Claiming the Creative Birthright

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


CREATE New Jersey is about to start in a couple days, and you can still sign up. I was pretty stoked that I was interviewed for an article in the New Jersey Courier News about this event- the article will come out today in print- but you can also read it online



This article gives a great sense of what to expect and what this is about. And as I said -you can still sign up for some of mine and also for most of the other amazing workshops by awesome workshop teachers. I for one will be taking two workshops too and I am so excited about this :)

Here is a short overview about what my workshops are about:

Texture Heaven Art Journal – Thursday Evening:

Create wonderful texture pages with monoprinting, stenciling and stamping techniques, encrust them with different Embossing Media and bind them together in a beautiful tactile art journal.






It is All About Layers: Art Journal Class – Friday whole day

Create depth and dimension by adding several layers with different paint and other media to achieve intriguing art journal pages. Learn about different media and playfully explore how to express yourself in your art journal. It’s all about the layers—so come and join us!





Texture Galore Canvas – Saturday Evening

In this workshop you will create a stunning and unique canvas that will be a wonderful home decor item. Learn how to create dimension and texture with tissue paper, items of daily life, acrylic paint, lace, burlap, and gesso. Learn how to reveal the interesting and eye-catching texture with acrylic paints, art bars and acrylic inks and add some fun stamping techniques on top.




May I be so cheesy and quote myself from the article ;)  : “Many people think they aren’t creative, but creativity is a birthright,” Kalbach said. “Events like this help us find this ability again, and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. Don’t be afraid — you can do it.”

Come and join us :) – and if this event isn’t close to you …check out the other locations – I will be at CREATE SEATTLE and DALLAS too.

Have a wonderful day and …don’t forget to exercise your creative birthright today ;)




Photos of the Acrylics Demystified Workshop

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media Workshop


It was such a great and fun day teaching my Acrylics Demystified Workshop for The Ink Pad in New York City. As with most of the bigger group workshops it took place at the Westbeth Community Room which is the perfect location for those kind of workshops- huge space, lot’s of light, outdoor space and a little kitchen included.


We talked a lot about Liquitex Acrylic Paints and Acrylic Inks and Markers. About art supply labeling and the main groups in acrylics.  And then started playful by pooling, puddling and stringing with Liquitex Pouring Medium and String Gel. I showed how to make acrylic skins and demonstrated several possibilities of using them. Perfect way to get over the White Canvas Horror :)



Then we sculptured our way up using Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste -look at Karen’s awesome canvas on the top right and then we explored the possibilities of making your own glazes and playing with layers, translucency and colors in collages.


We used Ceramic Stucco, Super Heavy Gesso, Natural Sand played with different Transfer Techniques and it was fun to see how all these little techniques and informations sparked a load of creative ideas for future work and exploration in the heads of my wonderful smiling students.


Lastly we did a bit spray painting with Liquitex Spray Paints in the end to cool down outside  .



To finish the workshop off I asked everyone what their favorite Acrylic was and which techniques. I was happy to hear that about everything was mentioned at least once with some clear winners on the Liquitex String Gel, Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso and the Liquitex Gel Medium & Varnish and for the techniques Glazing, Texture Creating and Painting with Newspapers 


thank you girls for such an amazing and fun workshop day . An extra thank you to Linda Brun from Norway who was on vacation in NYC and when she heard I was giving a class signed up. This really touched me especially since she has taken a couple workshops with me in Paris, Belgium and Norway already…so she totally knew what she got herself into ;) Thank you for spending your vacation day with me!!!


I wish you a gorgeous and creative day








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