About art collaborations, friendships and artcations

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



Last week I had a little artcation with my friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. We spent the week at her Mom’s house near Boston to kick off our one year long art collaboration. We are both very excited about it and hope it will take us and our art further along the road.


We have been hatching this collaboration idea for some time now and it was wonderful to finally get started with it. You can hear all about the art collaboration in the Podcast Julie recorded that week. We recorded part of it at the beginning of the week- talking about our expectations, fears, ideas and why we are doing this and then we recording a second part about egos, obstacles, our friendship and how it went along so far.


You can listen to it here and we would love to hear what you think:

It was great to work together at the same time on some bigger pieces of canvas – here are some in progress and they are not done yet




Besides that I was lured into a scary death bathroom by Julie and her Mom,


we ate delicious food and …often


and did some serious shopping


We had a great time – thank you Julie’s Mom for an awesome time :)


I came home inspired and relaxed – and I cannot wait for a new artcation in a couple months and see how our monthly art collaboration will have progressed by then …and our friendship ;)

Have a gorgeous day





CREATE Dallas 2014

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media Workshop, Workshops

I’m teaching 3 classes at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat in Dallas September 19-20, 2014.


It’s All About The Layers (6 hours) – Nathalie Kalbach

Date & Time: Friday, September 19• 9am-4pm

Price: 152 USD

Materials Fee: 15 USD

You will leave with a load of knowledge about paint media and techniques and various finished pages in your art journal.

Description: Create depth and dimension by adding several layers with different paint and other media to achieve intriguing art journal pages. Learn about different media and playfully explore how to express yourself in your art journal. It’s all about the layers—so come and join us!

Students Should Bring: White and a black journaling pen, a water jar, brushes in different sizes and formats, a fashion magazine, 2-3 cosmetic sponges, an old credit card, a water mister, baby wipes, a paper roll, a craft mat, optional deli paper, a brayer, an apron, scissors, palette paper, a heat gun, and an/your Art Journal. I use a Ranger Dylusions Journal but you can also use a Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook – whatever you prefer to work in.


Encrustred Shrubbery Canvas (6 hours) – Nathalie Kalbach

Date & Time: Saturday, September 20• 9am-4pm

Price: 152 USD

Materials Fee: 15 USD

You will leave with a beautiful finished home decor item and lots of knowledge of techniques that you can apply in future projects.

Description: We will create a wonderful home decor canvas using Acrylic Paints, Stamps and Templates as well as Embossing Media and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Students Should BringPlease bring 12×12 inch big stretched and pre-gessoed Canvas, a water jar, brushes in different sizes and formats, 6-7 cosmetic sponges, a water mister, baby wipes, a paper roll, a craft mat, a heating gun, an apron, scissors, palette paper, black permanent inkpad, versamark embossing pad

Texture Heaven Art Journal (3 hours) – Nathalie Kalbach

Date & Time: Saturday, September 20• 6pm-9pm

Price: 89 USD

Materials Fee: 15 USD

You will leave with a finished texture art journal and lots of technique ideas for future projects.

Description: Create wonderful texture pages with monoprinting, stenciling and stamping techniques, encrust them with different Embossing Media and bind them together in a beautiful tactile art journal

Students Should Bring4 pieces of lettersized sturdy white cardstock or sketch book paper, Brayer, Rubber Brayer, Black Permanent Ink Pad , Versamark, Heating Gun, 6-7 Cosmetic Sponges, Baby Wipes


I hope that you will join our classes – you can register here for the Dallas Event – and if you are living closer to Seattle- I am also teaching in October some of those classes there :)

Have a wonderful and creative day!







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