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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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Artist Quote of the Week – Giorgio Morandi

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Art Stroll – Lucy Dodd at Whitney, NYC

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Stroll

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A couple weeks ago I went to the Whitney for it’s open plan exhibition featuring Lucy Dodd. I stumbled across this exhibition through the Whitney’s Instagram feed and decided to take a short trip to the museum and have a late work start.

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It was located on the fifth floor which stretches out without any walls in between and offers some amazing views.

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I loved the shapes of the canvases, reminding of sails.

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Lucy used fermented walnuts, kombucha scoby, hematite, yerba mate, and pigments which she all collected while traveling to paint on raw canvas.

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The big canvases were painted on the terrace of the Whitney and the progress photo of this work was what I had seen on Instagram and made me investigate what was going on :)  You can spot and see the grid of the underlaying tiles of the terrace on the canvases. Dodd seems to use this method of creating a grid this way a lot.

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I loved the scale of the work and the movement visible in it.

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It makes me want to work big.

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Her use of different natural materials and the texture and marks they leave is also very intriguing. I enjoyed this exhibition and learning about Lucy Dodd’s work- she is now definitely on my radar. A well worth trip to the museum, I am so glad I discovered this on social media.

What is the most uncommon material you painted with? It would be branches and leaves for me but more as mark making tools.

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    That 7th photo down from the top really catches my eye!!!
    Most unusual item used was a dog marrow bone (with the marrow eaten out already and washed of course).

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Sue – a dog marrow bone- wow :) I wanna know what you did with it :) Thanks for visiting – hope you have a wonderful day! Nat

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