New class at Pratt in July!

Art Journaling 101 at Pratt, NYC on July 16th

Learn how to become inspired and discover the basics of art journaling in this six-hour class. Explore mixed-media techniques using collaging and creating colorful backgrounds with acrylic paint and other media. Delve into this stress-relieving art form and create the first basic, beautiful pages in a visual journal.

Learn more about this class and register here!




I hope to see you there!

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Art Journaling Live 3 & Webinar !


Super excited to teach at Art Journaling Live in Arlington, Texas again June 16th. It is a whole day workshop teaching together with Jodi Ohl, Mary Beth Shaw and Gina Rossi Armfield.

Unique techniques using the best tools and supplies, and you’ll expand your art journaling to a whole new level! Check out all four class segments here.

PLUS! With a ticket to Art Journaling LIVE! you’ll receive an ALL ACCESS PASS to the Great American Scrapbook Convention!

Art Journaling LIVE! 2016
June 16, 2016
Arlington Convention Center
Arlington, TX

You can sign up here!

And …if you want to know more – Join us!


Art Journaling Live Sneak Peek: Live Webinar with Mary Beth Shaw and Nathalie Kalbach

Date: Thursday, May 5th

Time: 4:00-5:00 PM ET

Where: Your Computer

Join artist instructors Mary Beth Shaw and Nathalie Kalbach in a live, one-hour webinar that offers a sneak peek of Art Journaling Live 2016, our one-day mixed-media workshop in Arlington, Texas June 16th that also features workshops by Jodi Ohl and Gina Rossi Armfield. They’ll reveal some of the dazzling art journaling techniques they’ll be showcasing; Mary Beth will talk about using stencils and acrylic paint to create art journal pages that pop, and Nathalie will discuss adding interest and an important spark to your art journal with textures and layers. They’ll also give a behind-the-scenes look at last year’s fun event, and you’ll learn about the great things in store for this year.

This webinar consists of a PowerPoint presentation, and you’ll get a chance to ask Mary Beth and Nathalie your questions in a live Q&A. Everyone who registers will receive a link to watch the recording, a video showing scenes from Art Journaling Live 2015, and discounts to use at the Interweave Mixed Media Store.

You can sign up for the webinar here.

Did you miss last year’s Art Journaling Live Event with Dina Wakley, MaryBeth Shaw, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and me? No worries- we gotcha covered with a DVD or Download of Art Journaling Live 2. Or do you want to take a fun online class with me? Check out the DVD’s and Downloads below :)

Hope to see you on- or offline :) Have a gorgeous day



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


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!


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 :)










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



Birds mixed with Julies Stamps and Stencils.


and more elephants :)







the Urban Scribble – love the staggered city look!


And lot’s of stencil patterns for background papers



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


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


And the Lilly Wallpaper stenciled with black gesso


and the Arabesque Stencils used with white over black gesso




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


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



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


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


So much creative energy and colors in the classroom


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


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




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


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


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!!!


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



Comments (16)

  • Sabrina Radican


    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!!


  • Mary Holshouser


    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.


  • Greta H


    Oh what fun–beautiful art work!


  • Sue Clarkes


    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.


  • Carla Hundley


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


  • barb macaskill


    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!


  • Nicole N.


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


  • Karen Petitt


    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


  • Teresa Godines


    Wonderful projects. Looks like everyone had a great time.


  • Becca Yahrling


    Oh what fun and creativity at it’s best.


  • Jackie P Neal


    Looks like everyone had a blast and the creativity was flowing!!


  • Tracy Moloney


    F U N times :)
    I thoroughly enjoy watching Rachel in action on ScrapIt tv as well!!!


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Mixed Media Circus Workshop at Artified in Melbourne, Australia

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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.


We started Friday with loads of fun coloring techniques.


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



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


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









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







Even if used on an apron- LOL


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



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




And what is not to love about this:


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
















And here are all the newly bound art journals




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!


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 :)

Comments (17)

  • Sue Clarke


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


  • Julie Curtis


    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!


  • Dee Ann O'Brien


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


  • Becca Yahrling


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


  • Pam B


    These stamps are so cool & so much fun!


  • Greta H


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


  • Judy B


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


  • Barb Charlotte, NC


    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.


  • Amanda Rhodes


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


  • Elaine


    Lots of creative fun!


  • Victoria Banaszak


    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.


  • karenajo


    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


  • barb macaskill


    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!


  • JoAnn Campisi


    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?


  • Tracy Moloney


    WOW – what FUN :)
    I’m especially inspired by the “if plan A doesn’t work” philosophy!!!


  • Shelley Menhennet


    Wow! I hope you have another class in Melbourne soon as I would love to get in on the fun! And posting the variety of ways your stamps can be used is the perfect way to advertise why they are MUST HAVE items.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Shelley- I hope I will be back some time again- I loved Melbourne!


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

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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!

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  • Joi@RR


    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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Art Rules Workshop in Oklahoma – Photos

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Last weekend I flew to Oklahoma City to teach a three day workshop – Art Rules – at My Hearts Fancy. It is one of the very few workshops I am teaching this year in person. It was so much fun coming back and seeing so many familiar faces in the awesome group of 12 students. It was like coming home :)

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Here is Carol showing her wonderful boards she made inspired by Creative JumpStart 2016 and Natalya’s video – such a treat to see this in person. BTW- you can still sign up for the class and download all videos!

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We started Friday with some color theory and some color exercises. As you can see…they went all in :) We went on a journey to discover every student’s own style and preferences.

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Saturday I showed some fun techniques, gave some guidelines and tips as well as samples. I loved seeing what they all came up with – it was awesome to see how everyone’s style was different and how they embraced the freedom to create.

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So cool, right?

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I also loved seeing my new stamp sets as well as stencils being used in the class – that always makes me super giddy and happy!

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They were inspired by Henri Matisse

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Paul Klee

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

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and many more – Art Rules :)

And besides a lot of art making there was a lost of chatting, sharing stories and big hugs. It was a wonderful, inspiring and relaxing time. I also really loved teaching the workshop and it’s context.


Thank you so much Maura for inviting me to teach Art Rules, and to Lisa for being such a big helper and sweetheart and a big thank you and hug to all of my students- you rock and make me happy!

What is the last new mixed media technique you explored?

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  • Natalya


    Wish I could have come to this workshop!


  • Nathalie Kalbach


    It would have been so much fun to see you there and you would have loved seeing Carol’s boards inspired by your video in person. It was really cool!


  • michelle ward


    wow! look at all those fabulous pages and happy artists! bravo!!!


  • Joi@RR


    These pictures are priceless. I always just love seeing how your art and your life and your vibrant personality touches the lives of so many when you do a workshop. What lovely art you inspired them all to create Nat. Such a great treat to see these ladies learning and growing and loving their art. XXj


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Awe- thank you Joi! It was an amazing group – hopefully someday I will see you in person too :)


  • Maura


    This was one of the best workshops ever taught at my store. Thanks Nathalie for teaching us so many amazing techniques and sharing your love of art with us. I can’t wait til you can return to teach us even more!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you so much Maura for your amazing hospitality! It was wonderful as always and I cannot wait to see you again next year :)


  • Carol Moore


    Awesome workshop. Loved every minute. So thankful I was able to come to another one of your events. You are totally awesome.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Awe- Carol! thank you so much for coming – you are such a talented lady!!! I loved your patterns and awesome geometric approaches, totally amazing.


  • Robin


    Loved this workshop!!! So fun to learn new techniques inspired by the Masters. Nathalie, I truly enjoyed your teaching style. I am so glad I went!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      It was so awesome to have you Robin, you rock! I love love love the Jazzplayer you drew! You knocked it out of the park with that one! Thank you for coming and hope to see you some time again!


  • Sue Clarke


    Looks like a delightfully relaxing and inspiring creative day!
    I haven’t tried many new techniques lately, but I do want to use embossing paste and stencils again. Love the texture.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Oh yes, you will love that, Sue! The Stampendous embossing paste is pretty awesome (need to show it) and I fell in love with the DecoArt Crackle Paste.


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Upcoming in March: Workshop in Oklahoma!


Just a short reminder that I am teaching March 4-6, 2016 – Art Rules- Art in Translation – at My Heart’s Fancy in Edmond, Oklahoma – there are still a couple seats open and it is one of the few in-person workshops I am teaching this year due to the book:

Let’s explore several master artists and get inspired by their artwork and techniques to create wonderful and unique art journal pages.Whether it be Andy Warhol’s cheating technique or Rothko’s amazing color combinations, there are many different Master Artists whose masterful skills can serve as a starting point for your own artwork.  Find out what you like and what works for you.  Learn about opacity and layering, colors, troubleshooting, mixing materials, making your own tools, creating backgrounds and patterns.  We will work with acrylic paints, inks, markers, wax bars and other paint media to create dimension and texture.  We will make the most of stencils, stamps, mono printing plates and generic tools to make our own mark.  Get ready to Rule Your Art Journal!

Class hours:
Friday, the 4th: 4 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, the 5th: 10 am to 6 pm (1 hour for lunch)
Sunday, the 6th: 10 am to 2 pm

More details and Sign-Up Information here


I am looking forward to come back to Maura’s store and see many familiar faces again and hopefully some new ones too :) It was such a blast last time!

Have a beautiful day you all!


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  • Jenny Petricek


    Workshop sounds great! I wish so much that you could come and teach in Wisconsin!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      That would be fun Jenny! If you ever hear of a place in Wisconsin- let me know :)


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CJS 2016 – Texture Explorations


Today is my day on Creative JumpStart with some Texture Explorations in an extra bonus long video showing my whole thinking and creating process for this canvas:



It has been such a blast and the community is so much fun! Loving all the projects everyone is sharing based on the Creative JumpStart videos! I am so sad that the live event is ending tomorrow. But no worries- if you still need to catch up – you have time until November to watch the videos and also download them. AND you if you haven’t signed up – you can still sign up here and do the same :)

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Behind The Scenes – Filming My DVDs



Last year was really a whirlwind of a year and I might have to pinch myself still in disbelief things really happened- LOL. For example my trip to Cincinnati, Ohio where I was invited to film some Mixed Media DVD’s for F&W Media (parent company of Cloth Paper Scissors,  Artists Magazine, North Light Books,  Artists and Makers and many many more).

It was quite an operation and it was pretty cool to see how filming outside of a tiny messy studio with a little webcam works and how much work and how many awesome fun people are involved. Let me show you some behind the scenes photos :)

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I was so crazy nervous the first of the four days- you have no idea. Besides being nervous about the whole camera situation I also became pretty aware that I have an accent and make language mistakes …what if I would really blow it…LOL. No worries though …I think I compensated that with funny faces ;)

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Everything was good – The crew was super super sweet and Kristy Conlin who was my “student” for the filming was super fun to work with! We laughed a lot …

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And made smart comments about weird things…

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and made very important decisions on what to eat for lunch

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and just picked on each other ….LOL

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and smiled….a lot …when we didn’t know if the camera was already rolling or not…

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Here is Amy Jones, my producer – she is so sweet and awesome and organized and really put me at ease and was just amazingly encouraging and welcoming!

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She also kept all of us in check …because you know…lot’s of Shenanigans happened during the takes ;)

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Lot’s of cameras and lot’s of light- boy – it was HOT in there …I have a new respect for everyone working in studios …ever walked through the light section of a big department store in your winter jacket? Double that feeling and you are close! Because of the noise you can’t run the air conditioner to cool it down either and it was a really warm November on top. So every time we were done with a take we pretty much went out side to cool off a bit.

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It was great to see how they had set up the set with my artwork

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This is Sam – above – so much fun to work with him and Erin – below left. They are amazing!!!

And see George mounted on the camera?

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Yup- that is a trick to keep you reminded to look at him and so into the camera while talking …because…it is awkward to talk to the a camera…but talking to George …ha …nice ;)

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Amy stuck George into my Art Journal when I went home, which I forgot until I was teaching a class at Pratt where he fell out …very weird moment- LOL – try and explain that ;)…I need to do a page with him – LOL

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Such a wonderful crew of people- It was so wonderful to work with them and the four days went by really quick. I hope I will see them again :)

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The DVD’s are estimated to come out in March this year and I am looking forward to tell you what the content is- that I wasn’t allowed to share yet :)

I hope all of you on the East Coast are all warm and safe right now with the snow storm – I am snuggled into my warm studio and I am planning on doing some artwork and eat some hearty stew today. Have a wonderful weekend!

Comments (12)

  • Rae Missigman


    This looks like it was a whoot of a time – the best kind! I can not wait to see what you created! Thanks for a fun tour of your trip!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      I agree -the fun makes it the best kind! Thank you for your sweet comment Rae!


  • Maua


    It looks like you had a grand time, in spite of being nervous before you started. You are an awesome teacher, and I know that is what shone through. So…now you are a star!!

    Snug in and stay warm, hope you don’t get too much snow!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      awe – thank you Maura!!! And nah – a mixed media dvd does not make you a star …LOL – just a normal Kraut ;)
      hope you are safe and sound too and have a nice warm day – assuming you are also getting slammed with snow today.


  • Seth


    Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes Nat. I bet you rocked it and no doubt these DVDs will be well received. Congratulations.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Seth for your constant encouragement – you are the best!


  • Mary Beth Shaw


    What fun, you and Kristy!! I’m sure it will be amazing. Love that crew :)


  • Sandra Miaskoff


    Hi Nat, thanx for the tour, it was great reading it because your happiness came through.


  • Kasia Krzyminska


    Looks like fun! I bet it must have been a great experience, especially if George was included. I may use that tip by the way :D


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