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Letter to My Future Self – Marsha Valk

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in General Announcements

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It’s Tuesday and time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s theme: “Letter to my Future Self”. Throughout the month of July, the team will use any of my n*Studio Stamps and Stencils they would like to use to interpret the theme. This month’s theme is in honor of my recent 10 year (!) blog anniversary- which we will celebrate later this month! I asked the team to create something that they’d like to tell themselves in 10 years. Like a mixed media time capsule. This theme flips the “If only I knew then what I know now” sentiment up-side-down.

This week we are happy to share with you Marsha Valk’s thoughtful letter that she drafted for her future self!

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I had no idea on where to start, so I thought about the past 10 years first and all the good and bad things that happened. Then I thought about what could happen in the next decade. It made me kind of sad, but also hopeful. I decided to write an actual letter to find out what I wanted to say.

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Once I had my hopes and wishes on paper, I put it aside and grabbed my n*Studio stamps and stencils, my Gelli Plate, a couple of paints and I started pulling prints on A4 sized paper.

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The next day I chose the print I liked best as my foundation and I added collaged pieces from another print, stenciling, stamping, finger prints, charcoal pencil, acrylic marker, acrylic ink and of course my letter. I deliberately chose to work on A4 paper instead of in one of my art journals, because I want to store this letter with my recent scrapbook pages.

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Marsha’s letter is a great balance of seriousness and hope.  I love how she incorporated so many different layers of stamps and stencils to get her ideas out.  Their layering effect is really cool with so many different elements working together!

Marsha used the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links):

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.


Maybe you will even play along with us -I would love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

See you next Tuesday for another project from the Creative Squad!

Nat

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  • Michelle Rydell

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    Marsha I LOVE your page! What a beautiful letter you’ve written to yourself. I love what you had to say and also the bright colors and mixture of stamps and stencils. Beautiful!

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  • Joi @RR

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    Very special. Thanks bunches for great inspiration. j.

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  • Stampendous Stamps

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    Wow, Marsha! This is just gorgeous! What a colorful and bright note to your Future Self! This should definitely get your attention. Beautiful job, and great use of so many products! Thanks for sharing!

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Put a Bird on It – Embroidering with Stamps

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stamping

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I have been doing some embroidery stitching samplers the past couple months and when I was talking to my friend Judi, she told me about the Erasable Fabric InkPad by ColorBox and I was hooked and I bought it right away so I could try it out with my Foam and Rubber stamps. I took a light canvas tote bag and my Bird Foam Stamp and stamped on top of the bag. And yes …I should have ironed the bag – but honestly- I just don’t like ironing 😉

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Next I stretched the fabric over an embroidery hoop -see – already less wrinkles- hehehe.

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I wanted to treat the bird image like a stitching sampler – so I used all kinds of different embroidery stitches and color. The grey thread is a done with a chain stitch, the yellow are two rows of split stitches, the magenta is a satin stitch , the light blue a seed stitch and the light green is a fly stitch.

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The dark purple is a blanket stitch, the dark blue and lighter blue over the eye is a laced running stitch, the grey and purple in the wing is  star stitch. Around the eye a backstitch and the yellow thread and the eye are french knots.

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I had so much fun – I am easily bored when I do things that are too repetitive and so this was a great way to keep me excited and interested and I could not stop.

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I used the stamped image sometimes to stitch right on top and sometimes just as a placement guideline for the stitches. It was super helpful and so easy.

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Here is a close up once I was finished

 

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And then I just washed the ink with cold water right off and all traces are gone .

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I cannot wait to do something similar with my Urban Scribble Foam Stamp and the Elephant Foam Stamp!

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Here are all the supplies I used – some of the links are affiliate links.

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Do you embroider? What have you embroidered and have you mixed it up with other art forms?

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    It’s been a number of years since I’ve embroidered but this looks great and I never would have thought of using stamps as a guide this way. Thanks for sharing Nat.

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  • judi kauffman

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    I knew you’d have fun with that ink, Nathalie, and I’m so glad you embroidered the bird. Is the bag big enough for a whole flock???

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  • Karen D

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    I love this idea of embroidering over the stamped image. I have used erasable marking pens before, but did not know about the erasable stamp pad. I used to do quite a lot of embroidery and have incorporated it with a painted background on some fabric. But lately I am working on an artwork and have embroidered over some of my daughter’s handwriting. Embroidery adds another dimension to your artwork and it can be very relaxing.

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  • Joi @RR

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    Heheheh – LOVE THIS Nat! I used to have so much fun embroidering. You have inspired me to play with it again. I still have a bag with thread and hoops!!! Your bird looks SPECTACULAR!!! What a great idea! SUPER FINE! Xj.

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  • Jean Goza

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    Love the bird. Inspires me to drag out my embroidery goodies and work on a new project. You are so inspirational. Thanks for sharing…

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Stroll Through the Hood – July 2016

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Stroll Through The Hood

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It’s been a while since I have posted pictures of a Stroll Through the Hood – so I figured- it is about time again 🙂 Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and have new ideas to create something.

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I am in full summer mode right now- we are taking a lot of bicycle trips and here is a favorite spot in Liberty State Park just a couple minutes from our house with an amazing view of Manhattan- yeah New Yorkers, take that, we have the best view 😉

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New and colorful graffiti getting up on Columbus Ave.

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Beautiful afternoon at the Jersey City Jazz Festival in the park in the Heights -again an amazing view.

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The historic Ellis Island Immigration train station in Liberty State Park is open again. The already very fragile building took a big hit from Hurricane Sandy, and was closed off for past couple years. I so wish there was a way to have markets and other fun stuff going on there.

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Jersey City  LGBT Vigil for the victims in Orlando. Love is Love!

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Love this colorful and fun mural I saw while exploring some different streets of the city.

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Another bike ride- another view – Jersey City, Empire State Building, Word Trade Center …not too shabby 🙂

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4th July in the park – it was such a beautiful day…until we were about to eat on the deck with our friends and wait for the fireworks…and it started pouring  – oh well – LOL- we still had fun!

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Love this by Sean9luo – “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him…”

Hope you liked the little stroll through the hood- until the next time . Have a gorgeous day

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I just love your strolls. Can’t you just feel the people move through the train station? You have an awesome NYC view for sure. Enjoy your summer Nat!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      HA I know exactly what you mean about the people moving through the station – must have been such an emotionally loaden place too – you just arrived, you have no clue what to expect and lot’s of hope!
      Enjoy your summer as well sue!!!

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  • Kathy P

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    Your strolls are always so fun. I always get a different reality of that area through your photos—so beautiful. And the artistic talent is awesome! Thanks for sharing with us, Nat.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Glad you enjoy them Kathy !!!And yes- the artistic talent in this area is nuts!

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  • Sandy

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    Hi Nat,
    I live in MA and come to NYC often. I would love the address’s for the art you showed in today’s post. Most wonderfully if you would privately email me? And any additional addresses you know of with wonderful street art that only a local would know. If and when you would like to come to MA I live 4 miles from the Plimouth Rock! I would love to show you around!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Bill, glad you liked it! I will try to post more of it in the next months – I need to get back into the habit 🙂

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  • Joi @RR

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    Heheheh – I know this is crazy Nat but when I think of you taking a stroll in the HOOD – I envision all in black in hoodie/high tops – carrying a weapon and looking mean!!!!!!!!!! Soooooooooo…. I am thrilled to see such wonderful photos of things going on in the hood. Your visits are a delight. Thanks so much for sharing and squelching my fears 🙂 Xj.

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  • Kandace Thomas

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    I love Jersey City. We always stay there when visiting the NYC area. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous views.

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