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





Melvin was outraged or…The Whatevers

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, The Whatevers - Creative Storytelling


Are you ready for the last photo of the Second Round of Whatevers? If you missed what the Whatevers is all about (basically they are photos that my friends and I found on flea markets etc. and that we give a new life and story) or want to see all the past photos and takes…check it out here. It was a fun ride the last two years and I thank my girls for a good time and storytelling fun.

Click here to see what Cat, Vicki,  Martha and Cuchy made out of the photo and which story they tell.

Here is my take on this month’s photo:


“Melvin was outraged. Hasn’t Mom called him “my little moon boy all the time? Why did she put an identical moon costume on his little baby brother? Not fair!!!”


The background was created with Dylusions Spraypaint, Liquitex Spraypaint, the Arabesque Stencil and then painted over here and there, stamped and then painted over again here and there.



Here is the photo of this month’s Whatever, in case you want to play along.

JULY 2014


Thank you to all of you who played along with us once in a while- it was so much fun to see what you came up with- as much as it was to see what the other girls in our Whatever Girls came up with. I will miss my fun bunch- but we all are getting busier and busier and so The Whatevers have to come to an end :)

Have a gorgeous day- here is the supply list


Have a beautiful day!





Inspired and Bursting with Ideas or… Hanging out in the City

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Of Living as an Artist

The last couple weeks  I am taking off a lot of time and I have been doing a lot of stuff in the city …meaning New York City. I feel like super inspired and bursting with ideas – here are the reasons :

Art Work at MoMA

Julie and I taking an art class at MoMA and the possibility to see some of the artwork in the gallery upfront, almost alone after closing hours and with lot’s of explanations and pointed out details on how they developed and were created – is really inspiring. It makes me burst with ideas of things to try out or put a twist on something I have done so far.


Jackson Pollock – besides the texture, this sings to me .


Robert Rauschenberg’s Canyon – besides the story behind the meaning and the story of the bald eagle-tax problem I love the rawness, the composition and the hint of colors here and there.


Mark Rothko – ever since a great Rothko exhibition I visited in Hamburg in 2008 – I came to appreciate his work but learning how difficult it really is to achieve what he did in his paintings , I do even more so now. But truly the color combinations are what get me going.


Jasper Johns – White Numbers – swoon – I so love this on so many levels- too bad MoMA put this behind a glass frame – a lot get’s lost when viewing it this way. BTW – I highly recommend the the exhibition: Jasper Johns – Regrets at MoMA – it showcases the experimentation phases in one of his recent and from my understanding still ongoing artwork and I think it is an excellent way to get a look into his brain but to also understand that sometimes experimenting and pushing ideas in different directions over and over again are a great way to explore and find the right artistic voice.

Hedwig and The Angry Inch



A big highlight last weekend. 14 years ago we went with our friends  and saw the show in Jane Theatre in NYC – and it was so  much fun – I loved it. So this year we all went again …14 years older- sigh ;) but the show with Neil Patrick Harris was even better than last time…love the music still, loved the show, the message…and that from a person that is not a big musical fan…very inspired :)


 Hanging out with Julie a lot

I got to hang out with my friend Julie a lot- which is awesome (might change as we are spending a couple days together at CREATE NJ together too – LOL ;) )



In fact- we kind of turn into evil twins and we definitely have to check to make sure to dress differently in the future- LOL.


The best thing of course it creating art together – and talk about it – we usually stink in really using our time together for art making, since we talk to much about other stuff- but the last weeks we did it ;)



What can I say…I love to food …and I had a lot of good food the last couple weeks- ahem. Gotta doubling my workout sessions again I guess ;) But isn’t this color palette just beautiful? And yes…it was more than delicious :)



I hope you enjoy summer as much as I do, and take some time off ! What Inspires you as of lately?






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