Circus Circus …or In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal

Showing you 2 pages that are coming one after the other in my art journal :)


The Circus arrives without warning….but the rule is


Not my circus, not my monkeys!

Isn’t that the truth ;)

Here are some details of the two pages:


I created a pretty grungy background with acrylic paints and Gesso and then used Liquitex Spray Paint to partly use my Elephant March Stencil coming into the page


For the writing I used Liquitex Black Carbon Acrylic Ink and a Bamboo Sketching Pen .


In this spread I created the background by dry brushing different acrylic paint colors. I love the texture of the paper itself but also of the brush strokes.


I sprinkled some water onto the still wet paint and then blotted it off with a paper towel- I love how the paper towel left an amazing texture impression reveal the paint underneath. Talk about happy accidents ;) And because I loved the background so much- I didn’t want to cover it up too much and just wrote over with the Bamboo Sketching Pen and Acrylic Ink again.


Hope you have a creative day today!




designed by n*Studio features: Judi Kauffman

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in designed by n*Studio

One of the things that make me really giddy is when I spy someone using my new stamps by Stampendous or also my Stencils with StencilGirl Products :) So I thought once in a while I would feature the work of those wonderful talented people with a new Series called: designed by n*Studio features:…..

And today I feature: Judi Kauffman

I am so happy to have my friend Judi Kauffman back for another feature! I had her a couple months ago and I just love the way she includes a very detailed description on her projects! She uses my products in such fun and unique ways- I love it!!! Judi has no blog- so leave her some love here:)


About Judi:

Judi Kauffman wears, and has always worn, many hats at the same time. She is a designer, writer, and teacher who has worked in the craft industry for over 25 years. She has also been a graphic artist, art director, photo stylist, illustrator, and weaver. She has an undergraduate degree in printmaking and a master’s in fibers. Judi’s projects, articles, and reviews appear in a wide variety of magazines, she works for several manufacturers in design and product development. She is a frequent guest artist for Elizabeth Craft Designs, Walnut Hollow, StencilGirl Products, and other manufacturers. She has also written five books (alas, all now out of print).


Thanks for inviting me back as a Guest Designer, Nathalie. I thought it would be fun to use your Grunge stamp and template set to make a Grunge Shelf. The shelf is 11” long by 1½” deep, the right size for styluses, palette knife, mini brayer, small tubes of paint or other tools. Or it could go on a dresser to hold lipsticks, eyeliner and such, or on a desk for pens and a letter opener!




1. Base coat Rustic Pallet shelf with Titanium White acrylic paint. Using a dry brush to apply paint, distress the shelf with Phthalo Green-Blue and Black-Green acrylics


2. Use Sailboat Blue, Butterscotch and Ginger inks to stamp pieces of a vintage map and three small vintage mailing envelopes (3” x 4”) with Grunge stamps. Smudge and overlap the colors.


3. Use the same inks and the Grunge templates to add texture to 80# ivory cardstock rectangles, sized to fit vintage mailing envelopes (Artist Trading Card-size or smaller). Optional: Use vintage business stamps to add words like Draft, Confidential, and Original. Glue torn pieces of altered map to note cards.



4. Alter a piece of Orange Iris Shimmer Sheetz with Pool, Raisin, and Terra Cotta alcohol inks. Place Gold Seashells outline peel-offs onto the Shimmer Sheetz. Cut out the shells and crabs. (Project uses 7 shells and one crab, set extras aside for cards, etc.)

5. Use the photos for placement of all elements. Glue a strip of altered map to the shelf. Arrange and glue three envelopes as shown, one with flap up to hold note cards. Attach the shells, using Power Tabs to secure them.

6. Options:

Make Artist Trading Cards.

Use altered envelopes and map pieces in an art journal.

Use the same components to make 5” x 7” cards. (See: BONUS CARDS, after Supply List)



Stampendous – n*Studio Grunge Stamps and Templates NKCRS03

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Shimmer Sheetz in Orange Iris #SS0109, Seashells Peel-offs #2575 in Gold

Walnut Hollow – Rustic Pallet Tabletop Sign Narrow #40189

Ranger Industries – Adirondacks Brights in Sailboat Blue; Adirondacks Earthtones in Ginger, Butterscotch; Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in Raisin, Pool, Terra Cotta; Tim Holtz Ink Applicator Tool

Acrylic Paints

Tombow – Power Adhesive Tabs

Other – Paintbrush, scissors, glue, vintage business stamps, vintage map, small envelopes, ivory cardstock



Before I glued the components to the Grunge Shelf I temporarily “posed” them on pre-folded linen-weave 5” x 7” side-fold cards to show you another way to use the stamped mini envelopes, stenciled ivory cardstock rectangles, and altered Shimmer Sheetz seashells. See photos below:




Thank you Judi so much ! I am in love with your shelf idea -what a fun way to use the stamp set for a home decor item and I love the cards!

Here is the n*Studio Stamp and Template  Judi used:


Have a wonderful day!




Whose Front Yard? – Canvas

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Altered Art, Liquitex Ink, Liquitex Professional Paint Markers



A new canvas finished – I had a great time painting. It took me quite a while to finish it deciding when to finish :) That is always the hardest part, don’t you think?


I used Liquitex Soft Body and Heavy Body Acrylic Paints as well as Markers, Inks and Spray Paints. I made a lot of marks with the Liquitex Freestyle Palette knife – I love using it to create texture and marks into the wet but also into the dried paint.


I am thinking about having this one scanned, too, and make it available as prints. What do you think? (I will add the prints to my shop as soon as they are ready.)


Wishing you an amazing start into the week!






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