Testimonials

February 18, 2015 Gunvor Sweden
Thank you for having us! I realize that it must be an enormous job behind this and I’m soo thankful that you find it in your heart to do this again and again. This is my 3rd jumpstart and I think it’s the best of the three I’ve attended. I loved every single video/demo and have tried many of them. And I will try the rest as soon as I have completed my stash with the things I need, a little by a little. And I’m already looking forward to CJS 2016 ?
January 31, 2015 Janet USA
My gratitude for your work and creativity for organizing CJS! I have been participating for so many years now and have enjoyed every year! Each year gives me so much excitement and joy beyond words! I love to play and experiment with different mediums and the videos have fueled so much creativity. Thank you, Janet
January 28, 2015 Maura USA
Nathalie, thank you for all of your hard work in pulling this great class together!! Jumpstarters, thanks for all the inspiring ideas you shared with us. It has been a wonderful creative journey this January, and I hope I will see many more. I have to say, I had not worked much with acrylic paints before, and my eyes are opened to new possibilities, as well as trying out some new mediums. Again, a big THANKS!!
January 20, 2015 Joi USA
I could never thank you enough. Your CJS has really touched my life. I watch all of you wonderful teachers out there and imagine myself being as creative and “able”. This helped me take one day at a time, one assignment at a time and try them.( …) I LOVE what I am doing… (…) I am so sad it’s over but will continue to watch for more wonderful things to come from you. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Nathalie for everything. I am so very very grateful… truly. Have a SUPER CREATIVE rest of the year. Blessings to you and yours. joi
November 8, 2014 Karen USA
I strongly recommend that you explore Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Jump Start series – it’s a very wonderful way to begin the new year! Nathalie’s leadership to produce a month of fantastic artist technique videos each year is evidence of excellent programming. There is thorough background information and technique for every level of expertise, great advice for newcomers getting started, and motivation to continue long after the series is over. Every artist in the CJS series finds a way to cleverly add their creative expertise directly to my workspace with fun and ideas to improve our shared world. If you’re thinking of joining the next series you won’t be disappointed!
October 29, 2014 Genya Toronto, Canada
I have taken several of Nathalie’s classes in Toronto. Her knowledge of mixed media techniques is second to none. She passes on great information to students on the ins and outs of different mediums, paints, powders, inks, pastels as well as other art products.  She explains the technical elements of why certain products can be mixed together and what you need to know to get paints, inks and pastels etc to work together. Regardless if you believe you have zero creative talent or are an experienced artist Nathalie offers plenty of advice and tips to make a perfect creation in her class. No two projects end up the same in any of her classes or workshops!

Nathalie is a big believer in getting the best value for money out of any art material. She can find countless ways to use just about anything, including eggshells! There is no product required for her class that you don’t take home and wonder what else it can do. She is a seminal teacher in that she fosters your personal creative spirit. There are many techniques that I have learned from her and then applied to projects and have fellow scrapbookers and mixed media users ask ‘How did I do that?!’ because they can see how they would apply it to their own works.

It is easy to take a class where everyone goes home with the identical project but not with Nathalie’s; your project is guaranteed to be original. But I have come to experience that the true gift of Nathalie’s classes is that the learning continues after the workshop. You feel your creativity revived and ready to experiment some more and test the limits of your own ability. I would whole heartily recommend taking a class from her whenever possible. Her teaching style makes it easy to pick up new techniques like a master and before you know it you have created more then you thought was ever possible. Simply put, you can’t go wrong with learning from Nathalie – sie ist fantastisch!
October 16, 2014 Laura Lothian-Bryant North York, Canada
If you are thinking of taking a class with Nathalie then you might want to consider acting on that thought as soon as possible to ensure you do not miss your chance as her classes – whether in person or online are in demand! When you add lots of talent, variety of products, tons of techniques, creativity, quirky sense of humor and some rather unique language translations, you have a combination of a “one-of-a-kind”, fun and fabulous class! If you are new to the world of Mixed Media or are very familiar with it, she will ensure you feel welcomed, are comfortable with the project at hand, will have new techniques to expand your learning, and often she will have the latest product on hand for you to experiment and try new things with. Simply put, Nathalie’s classes are a MUST! Love them, Love her!
September 29, 2014 Andrene Coury North Carolina, USA
Because of Nathalie and her N*Studio online workshops, my dream of art journaling and mixed media art became a reality. Her workshops taught me about tools, mediums and techniques that enabled me to start creating my own art journal pages. And because each workshop topic is unique, I was always learning something new and creative. Whether you are a beginner or experienced in art journaling, I highly recommend taking Nathalie’s workshops!
September 29, 2014 Maura Hibbitts New York, USA
I had the pleasure to take a mixed media class with Nathalie, and I had so much fun! She breaks the class up into demo, we play and try what she taught us, then we critique what we did, and back again. I never felt like too much was given to me to try that I couldn’t do. Nathalie is very friendly and willing to answer any questions or help in any way. Very relaxed, but I learned how to use new materials and try out a number of new techniques. It was pretty amazing how many different things we tried in just a few hours, and it inspired me to do more at home.
September 29, 2014 Lily van der Velde The Netherlands
I did both online classes and two workshops in person with Nathalie. And all were absolutely fabulous. Nathalie really knows her products! She loves to experiment and will share loads of information and creative techniques with you. Everything is  demonstrated  in a structured way so you don’t get lost. Besides that, she leaves you enough space to experiment and encourages you to do so! She loves to see you go your own way. Unleash your creativity! There is a great mix of structured information on one hand and loads of creativity on the other. And on top of that, there is her great sense of humor and her contagious laughter. I personally was a little sad when she left for the States only a few months after I discovered her. Luckily for us in Europe, she still has her online workshops. A workshop with Nathalie is worth every penny and more! Did I mention she is a great artist and her wonderful personality? She is definitely one of my favorites!
September 23, 2014 Carmen Sanchez Madrid, Spain
First time I watched a video tutorial by Nathalie Kalbach, I thought -hey, this girl knows how to have fun with paints- I was looking for new techniques to try and her website was filled with them.  It happened that she was going to teach some workshops in Barcelona in a couple of months. I didn’t think too much. I signed up, grabbed my brushes and took the train. She didn’t disappointed me at all. I love the way she teaches. Her knowledge of materials, mediums and techniques. She is organized, clear, willing to help and answer all kind of questions with a big smile. And she is funny. Very.  I -after those workshops- did not take my eye out of her artwork. I’ve taken several online/personal workshops with her and I have always learnt something new and had a great time there.  If you’re undecided and not sure on buying one of her workshops, do not think anymore. She is your girl!
September 22, 2014 Gigi Desine Calgary, Canada
I wanted to thank you Nathalie for the wonderful course you taught at Prima ArtVenture in January 2014. I had been following your website, for awhile prior, and had been inspired ‘continually’ with your projects. Whenever I watch your videos I feel like I’m watching a magician practicing. Your projects are inventive and, often, go in an unanticipated direction which makes your classes a big hit with me. I think of you as a pioneer in backgrounds. Any chance I get I’m drawn to your online workshops, I believe they are addictive! Creative Jumpstart 2014 is an awesome project, very informative and professionally executed…In my book you are one of the top 10 mixed media educators out there! Keep up the amazing work and see you in class!
September 20, 2014 Joan von Metzinger New Zealand
I discovered CJS in 2013 and have been following Nathalie’s blog ever since. I have learnt and grown so much in my art… I have been introduced to new and wonderful artist in her field which has I in turn have been able to link up with but only through Nathalie’s guidance. Nathalie’s inspiration has shown me that being an amateur artist is just the first step in the right direction to were I want to be… Thank you!
September 20, 2014 Nancy Keslin California, USA
I have taken classes from Nathalie Kalbach both in person and online.  Her classes are always well organized, full of great techniques, and lots of fun.  Nathalie is a great instructor having both the patience and the knowledge to make even the most difficult to learn techniques easy for her students.
September 19, 2014 Cathy Beaty Texas, USA
I had the privilege of taking a class with Nathalie at CHA this past year.  She was teaching a great technique class for retailers to take home and re teach in their stores.  I fell in love with the Creative Palette from Stampendous because of Nathalie! Nathalie is an Excellent instructor.  She keeps the class moving while teaching you WonDerFul techniques as you are having fun and getting messy. Never hesitate to take her class or have her teach in your store!
September 18, 2014 Martha Richardson North Carolina, USA
Nathalie Kalbach is the artist that introduced me to the world of MIXED MEDIA. I was so intrigued that I immediately signed up for her workshops that eventually become her Uber Media online classes. With her class projects and the personal level of her involvement I soon realized that this was where I wanted my art to go. I loved being able to learn about techniques and also different art mediums. I took Nathalie’s Uber Media classes covering Acrylic Paint, Gesso and Pan Pastel and felt comfortable and competent because of her instruction. I enjoyed her classes so much I actually traveled from NC to NYC  to be able to take a class with Nathalie in person. I highly recommend her online courses, you will not be disappointed!
September 15, 2014 Peg Hewitt New South Wales, Australia
I attended Nathalie’s classes in Taree, NSW, Australia and enjoyed them very much. Nathalie has a wealth of knowledge in mixed media art and is an entertaining and thorough teacher. She imparts a huge amount of information during classes and yet is extremely comfortable learning from students as well. She is warm and supportive and above all her classes were enormous fun.
September 15, 2014 Nurse Ratchet Toronto, Canada
I met Nathalie Kalbach several years ago when Bizzy B Stamp and Scrap in Toronto facilitated several workshops taught by Nat. Since that first fabulous weekend spent with Nat I have attended all available classes whenever Nat comes to Bizzy B.
Nathalie is not only a fabulous artist and inspirational instructor but is also so much fun to spend time with while covered in paint and ink and gesso! Nat is down to earth and easily motivates her students with clearly taught amazing techniques based on hours of exploration of her art. Nat’s workshops are packed full of new skills to learn and products to discover with time to complete each project, well, except for that one time jet lag made Nat think we were to finished an hour earlier than scheduled. We, Canadians though, are proud to this day that we really boogied and finished that project. If you ever get the opportunity to take a class with Nat, run, do not walk and sign up for every class you can….you will have a blast and go home with fabulous new ideas and techniques to take home to your own art.
September 10, 2014 Gunvor Andersson Storck Sweden
Nat’s courses are filled with creativity, techniques, inspiration, laughter and colourful mess. She´s really good at explaining (even to people who don’t have English as native tongue) and pacing the pupils so everyone get their pieces finished within the time limit.
September 10, 2014 Sharri Carlin New Jersey, USA
I took a Texture Canvas class with Nat this summer at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in Somerset, NJ. My goal of the workshop was to learn new techniques that I could modify for my elementary art students. I came away with fantastic ideas and will soon be able to turn-key everything I learned into a workshop for my fellow colleagues. Nat has a great sense of humor and is a joy to have as an instructor. I feel like I have learned so much from her in the 3 hours I spent in her class. Her artwork and teaching are simply amazing!
September 2, 2014 Kelly Ann Belton Toronto, Canada
So … taking a class from Nathalie is like going to school with your best friend.   The classes are packed with information – and laughter. Nathalie puts you immediately at ease, no matter if you are an absolute novice or you have tons of experience in the media that she is teaching.   She knows her stuff and she knows how to teach it.   I highly recommend the experience! And for the record –the only time in my life I have ever finished a project in a class was in Nathalie’s class – and I’ve done it more than once!
February 11, 2014 Valduluc France
Thank you so much Nathalie and other artists too for this Creative Jumpstart. I enjoyed it and loved discovering new videos and inspiring techniques every day. I managed to enter six giveaways with six different projects. It was an exciting January. So, hope to see you next year and I’m sure these videos will continue to inspire me to create other projects during 2014. Hugs from France, Valdulac
January 29, 2014 Joe-Ellen USA
I absolutely LOVED CJS! A friend discovered and participated in CJS 2013. She loved it so much (and I loved being a recipient of her cards inspired by CJS!), she bought CJS 2014 as a Christmas gift for herself and the rest of us (3) who gather a few times a year for girl’s “create” weekends. The 4 of us have been watching and discussing all month. So sad it’s over. It’s like finishing a really, really good book and having the “blues” after reading the last page. Thank you, thank you, thank you to ALL who made this happen!
December 10, 2013 Marie-Anne Belgium
I enjoy this every year and i’m happy to be included this year.
September 29, 2013 Tineke The Netherlands
Just finished the Acrylic Paint classes (long version) and I LOVED it! For me it was an exciting exploring adventure cause I’m new to all this art fun stuff. I just LOVE the way Nathalie teaches. So relaxed, funny and talented. I will miss her ‘pretty cool’ talk and my weekly adventure but hey there’s more!!!! My new next adventure will be the Pan Pastels workshop and after that I want to know all about Gesso. Yep, I’m hooked:-) Thank you so much Nathalie, you’re in my heart. Thank you for everything. You’re such a BEAUTIFUL person. Loads of love from Tineke/TeedeJee
September 29, 2013 Charlene Ocasek
Well I just finished Nat’s class Uber Media Gesso and it was the best thing I could have done. I was introduced to gesso in Julie Balzers class 30 Days in you Journal and I was crazy for gesso. Nat is such a good instructor, she explains everything so well. She never hesitates to tell you what products work with gesso so you get the best results. The one thing about Nat, besides her great sense of humor is that she is very hands on with her students. I will definitely take other classes with Nat and I highly recommend this course. Thanks Nat!!!!
October 22, 2012 Birgit Kunte Germany
Jede Scrapperin, die sich auch für Mixed Media interessiert, hat wahrscheinlich PanPastels oder Art Bars zu Hause liegen. Wir streicheln sie und haben sie vielleicht schon auf die eine oder andere Art benutzt. Bei Nats Workshops “Portrait of a Lady” und “Tag you are it” lernt man die vielseitigen Verwendungsmöglichkeiten beider Medien kennen. Sie vermittelt einem auf ihre ganz eigene, super lustige und immer geduldige Art, nicht nur die unterschiedlichen Techniken sondern gibt auch noch das nötige Hintergrundwissen weiter. Dabei unterstützt sie die Teilnehmer in jeder nur erdenklichen Weise. Es macht Spaß in ihren Kursen an mit den unterschiedlichsten Untergründen und Materialien zu arbeiten. In dem “Chalk on the wild side”-Kurs habe ich zusätzlich auch noch ein für mich neues Medium “Liquid Chalks” kennen- und lieben gelernt. Nathalie ist eine fantastische Künstlerin, die immer down-to-earth und mit Witz ihr Wissen und ihre Begeisterung an die Teilnehmer ihrer Workshops weitergibt. Wer einmal an einem ihrer Workshops teilgenommen hat, wird es immer wieder tun. Ich freue mich schon aufs nächste Mal, vielen Dank, du bist die Beste.
October 15, 2012 Charlotte Anderson UK
Nat’s workshop was the first ever workshop that I’ve attended, on top of which it was in German, which isn’t my first language and I’d only been in Munich for three weeks at the time! But none of that mattered! Nat was so helpful and her explanations and demonstrations were so clear and thorough, I understood everything. More than that, Nat’s brilliant, smiley, friendly personality shone through and made it even more of a fun experience. I didn’t know what to expect from a workshop, but I really enjoyed having the chance to just try out and play around with new materials, under Nat’s guidance so we got the most out of them – and it worked; I’m now hooked and I’m already using the things I learned in some of the other stuff I do. You always feel like the emphasis is on the individual in Nat’s workshops; yes, we are taught a specific technique, or told to try something a certain way, but we were encouraged to take it and run with it in a personal way. That was cool. It meant I used materials and techniques I wasn’t familiar with, but in the end I produced something that was still very much ‘mine’. If Nat is ever running a workshop near you, you HAVE TO go!! It was easily one of the best things I’ve done for a long time.
September 29, 2012 Penny Bennington USA
Thank you SO MUCH for all your hard work in putting together this workshop(Acrylic Paint Full Version) ! I filled an entire Strathmore visual journal with all the various background techniques that is going to be a great reference.  I love your spirit of experimentation :) Keep it up!!
September 29, 2012 Aiga Volkhausen Germany
Einen ganz lieben Dank an Nathalie!

Seit ich deinen Online-Kurs Über Gesso besucht habe, traue ich mich so richtig zu mixen und matschen. Dank der Materialkunde weiß ich nun auch was geht und was nicht. Gesso ist mittlerweile mein bester Freund, auch wenn es immer eine riesen Schweinerei ist. Aber es macht halt so viel Spaß. Man kann, so wie ich, ohne vorherigen Plan an ein Projekt rangehen und einfach aus dem Bauch raus die Materialien benutzen, die einem das Mojo so vorgibt. Oder ganz gezielt auch mal was nacharbeiten, man weiß ja jetzt wie es geht.

Danke Nathalie! Ohne deine Kurse hätte ich mich z.B. nie an einen Keilrahmen gewagt. In Kombination mit dem Kurs Über Pan Pastel bin ich nun so richtig gut vorbereitet für die Mixed-Media-Welt. Die Kurse sind, obwohl überwiegend auf Englisch, sehr gut verständlich, auch für solche wie mich, die nach der Schule nie wieder ein Wort auf Englisch gesprochen haben. Durch die Videos kann man problemlos folgen. Sehr gut finde ich auch, dass man die Materialliste in Printform bereitgestellt bekommt.

Ich wünsche mir auch weiterhin noch viele interessante Kurse mit dir und hoffe, dass ich auch mal in den Genuss kommen werde, einen “realen” Kurs besuchen zu können.
September 29, 2012 Carmen Sanchez Spain
Über*Media PanPastels workshop has been so much fun. Nathalie knows how to make things amusing. The workshop covers lots of different uses for PanPastels in the mixed media field. The videos and pdf files are very useful and descriptive. The sample projects are so creative. Also the timing is great. You have plenty of time to play and practice in between classes and Nathalie is always willing to help and answer your doubts. I’d totally recommend it.
July 29, 2012 D.B. Toronto, Canada
Each and everyone of the workshops at Bizzy B were outstanding. Nat is one of the best teachers I have ever taken a workshop with…and there have been many. Run, do not walk if you ever have the opportunity to participate in one of Nat’s workshops. Paints, gesso, sprays and sparkly goodness all weekend long!! I sincerely felt like I was at summer camp and met wonderful new friends! And came home with fabulous new techniques to enjoy! Thanks Nat,eh
December 29, 2011 Francoise Papillon Belgium
Nathalie gives a lot of technical content: in the end I knew which Tattered Angels paints is to be used for what and why and how! She gives the information in a structured way, which makes it easy to listen to. She uses the products and the project to underline your explanation. Nathalie demonstrates what needs to be demonstrated and leaves enough space for discovery. She gives liberty to interpretation: everyone can make his own thing or when feeling insecure, there’s still possibility to ‘copy’. She moves around during class: everyone gets his share of attention, encouragement,  comment or help if needed. Nathalie supplies more than enough material so that everyone can work at his pace without worrying about stash. She organizes the workspace: everyone knows where to find the necessary material. She entertains people during your class: there’s room for casual talk with her students. In short: I absolutely like the way she teaches!
December 29, 2011 Hedwig Schlötjes Belle The Netherlands
Nat is a very inspiring and experimental girl who shows you good, new tricks and all new kind of techniques. Because of her experimental nature, you can be YOU in her workshops. No need to make what she does, but it’s about being creative yourself. Much better, if you ask me, and i have experience as I was in her PanPastel class which I liked VERY much. Besides that, Nat is a kind person, quick in answering questions and encouraging you as a student.
December 28, 2011 Linda Brun Norway
I took my first online class with Nathalie summer 2010 through CraftEduCommunity. I had then already booked 3 classes with Nat for the PACS 2010 in November and I wanted to be prepared and check out what this paint and ink thing was. Well I fell in love at once, with the paint and the mist and the way Nathalie teaches. So when I arrived in Paris I was so happy to play and learn from a great artist. She is friendly, funny and very lovable. I have taken online classes with Nat after Paris and I was so happy when she came to Norway and my hometown spring 2011. I know she inspired many girls that attended her classes, including me.

I went back to school this year, studying graphic design. I would say that Nat is one of the people that inspires me to do this, with her work and personality.  I consider Nat as a friend and hope that one day soon we can play together with paint and other mediums.