Home Away from Home

Today: Dreaming of a little home away from home to soak in some sun, relax and let the world go round without me!

Don’t we all have days like that :) ?

I used the numerals stamp from my Home is my Castle stamp set and stamped it on tape – love the look. I also stamped my art deco stamp from the Stroll Around the Block stamp set and then added some of the Cardboard stamps around it

Some stenciling with the Chicago Stencil and some marks with a soft pencil. I love when the cardboard kind of looks as it comes out through a torn layer of paper, which can be easily achieved with those stamps by only partly inking and stamping them.

Here are some of the supplies I used

Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

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Jumping with…Kasia Avery – a CJS Interview Series

It was super fun to have an interview and chat with Kasia Avery this summer for CJS. We talked about Art Journaling, identity, storytelling and all kinds of Artful Adventures.

Jumping with…Kasia Avery – a CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- her video for CJS is very inspiring! Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018  and see yourself !

Comments (2)

  • Jackie P Neal


    OMGosh! This was the best interview! I was giggling right along with the two of you!
    Nat, I love the questions you posed to Kasia- very genius as her answers were. I know that place you two speak of and wish to go to chill out- I think every artist needs this weekend or more! lol

    Thanks so much for sharing this and I sooo look forward to the new CJS!! Yay!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your husband and kitty!
    Jackie xo


  • JoAnn


    Just listened to interview with Kasia and found it very enjoyable. I look forward to seeing her segment!


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Clack Clack Clack – Art Journal

Strolling around the block :) I really love this color combination which is not my usual suspect

I drew the lady with acrylic paints and neopastels and boy- do I want that jacket – LOL. I stamped with some of my Stroll Around the Block houses and made a lot of marks and patterns.

I love how the Neopastels also create a nice textured look (blue line)  in comparison to the smooth look of acrylic markers (red lines and orange x’s).

And of course played with the contrast of colors here too.

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread

Hope you have a wonderful day and maybe even some time to stroll around the block today :)

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Workshops at Runaway Art & Craft in Oregon

Last weekend I made my way to Oregon to teach at Runaway Art & Craft – look at this cool view I had from the plane of Mount Hood!

It was so lovely to meet Christy the owner- she has an amazing store – you have to check it out when you are in the area. Can you tell I loved her:

And such a cool classroom as well – spacious and well organized and hey…a brick wall …you gotta love a brick wall as well!

Saturday I taught my Stroll Through the Hood Workshop and a Master Art Express Art Journaling Workshop

Loved all the cool color combinations people started out with on their Ampersand boards in the Stroll Through the Hood Class.


Love this gorgeous swirly sky and the patterns on here


So much fun to see the different interpretations .

Loved how this was stamped with the back of my ArtFoamies Midtown Stamps and then using the door stamp from My Home is My Castle stamp set as a window- as well as my new art deco house.

It was so cool to see all the new stamps in store as well – it was the first time I was using them in a workshop – woot woot.  A lot of them sold out but she might still have a couple!



We even did a group photo- yeahhh!

Loved the art journal classes as well- loads of pattern play and color exploration.

Look at all the stencils and stamps- It is still a weird thing to see- seriously!

Here is my wonderful sunday crowd – they were so much fun too!!!

This weekend made me super happy- I just love hanging out with people that love to create and smile a lot :)

Art Journal Spread before some color hit it


Thank you so much to all the students for coming to the classes and spending such a fun and wonderful time with me and thank you Christy for having me! I hope I will be back some time :)

If you want to take a workshop with me in-person – some of my 2018 workshops are posted here – some i still need to add – I would love to see you ! I am super excited that I will actually be also teaching in Europe 4 times next year, I will be teaching in The Netherlands in April,  in the U.K in June together with my sweet friend Birgit Koopsen, in Germany in September, and in the U.K again in November with my wonderful friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. More infos soon :)

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  • Jackie P Neal


    Such awesome photos you shared here! Obviously you taught well and these ladies were so inspired- the artworks they made are beautiful!
    My favorite photo is the one that shows all of your stamps and stencils!! What a feeling that must be to see that and to know you have realized a dream! Congratulations to you on all of your endeavors!
    Off to Rubbermoon to see your new stamps- I am so syked! (sic)
    hugs & love,Jackie


  • Clavell


    You set the tone for FUN, Nathalie! I loved your exercises in color theory and your encouragement to find our own style by exploring the work of our favorite Masters! You are a wonderful and gifted teacher! ♥


  • Pam Hansen


    The weekend was so awesome. It was so much fun, definetly lots of smiling and learning going on in my corner! Thank you for sharing your artsy goodness, smiles, talent and time with us.


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Nat’s Artsy Stuffing Holiday Wishlist

With the holidays coming up I thought I would gather some artsy stuffing ideas for you based on my own wishes, stuff I totally crushed on in 2017 and hey…some very biased recommendations as well ;)

Let’s start with


OH MY Gosh – I bought the set above and I want the full set- which is a bit too pricey (hint hint husband ….ahem) – but believe me the colors and the creaminess of those is just so wonderful. Start with this set if you want to try them. You can blend those with your fingers and get the most beautiful colorful spreads or paintings together. They are made from permanent pigments that are equally suited to intense coloring, delicate shading, and subtle transition of hue. I love to use them to paint over magazine images, or do shading around stamping and I cannot stop using them.

Moonlight Duo Ink Pads

Designed with the hue on one side and an opaque white on the other, allows you to create wonderful gradients and tints all with a few swipes of the pad! The ink is hybrid ink which is quick drying like a dye but with the permanence of a pigment.All acid free, archival and waterproof. Seriously – you should watch Kae Peas demonstration with those ink pads on the RubberMoon Facebook Page -for me this is one of the most creative and nifty ideas regarding ink pads in a long long long time!

I preordered all of the colors and I cannot wait for them to arrive :)

Daniel Smith – Iridescent Gold Gesso

Oh my oh my- this stuff made me so happy this year. So rich, highly pigmented- and just amazingly beautiful! I love it and I cannot get enough of it!

General Pencil The Masters Brush Cleaner

Can you fall in love with a brush cleaner…well…yeahhhha …especially when this stuff is your life saver and …or maybe actually your brushes life saver and on top of that made in your hood …in Jersey City.

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Shamelessly plugging my own book- because you know …I think there is a lot of valuable information in this book and some pretty fun idea for some techniques and projects :)

Leonardo da Vinci – by Walter Isaacson

I just finished this book and it was such a fascinating biography of an amazing and creative mind. If you are interested in the life of Leonardo and can deal with some non-fiction- I highly recommend this book!

And last but not least


Join the 31 artists we call “JumpStarters” as they reveal their art recipes. They’ll be bringing their unique style and favorite media and techniques to the kitchen (AKA the studio) to share.

For only $45 Dollars right now – you’ll get:

  • A series of 31 technique- and project-based videos from 31 artists from around the world.
  • Each video is 10-15 minutes long for a total total of over 6 hours of video content
  • Downloadable videos – download before November 2018 to enjoy them forever.
  • Information about new creative and innovative products and techniques you might not have used before.
  • Inspiration to jumpstart your own artwork
  • Methods to translate artwork by others into your own style.

Sign up here: Creative JumpStart 2018

I hope there were some good ideas for you in this list- but in any event – may your holiday filled with lots of wonderful artsy fun!

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  • Maura Hibbitts


    Definitely some fun ones here! Gold gesso? I definitely have to check that one out! I already have a few stuffed away already :) Merry Christmas!


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Jumping with … Dina Wakley – a CJS Interview Series

It is so wonderful to have my friend Dina Wakley join again for Creative Jumpstart 2018 . I always love to chat with her and I hope you will enjoy the interview with her where we talk about all kinds of stuff, from artful adventures, to scuba diving, and from product design to deadlines and what they do to your creative mind :)

Jumping with… Dina Wakley – CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- her video for CJS is amazing! Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018  and see yourself !

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My Fire Burns Bright – Marsha Valk


Welcome to December and a new post from my Creative Squad! Today we have a series of gorgeously layered pieces from Marsha Valk. To create such lovely backgrounds, she used my Downtown foam stamp set, my Amsterdam stencil, and a variety of my cling rubber stamps. This month the squad is using a new theme for inspiration: My Fire Burns Bright – Creativity is a passion that can come from deep within the heart and soul of the maker. Sometimes this fire gets ignited by an event or an influential person in our lives, and other times it can be ignited by a love for a material or just simply the enjoyment that comes from making. What makes your creative fire burn bright?

My creative fire ebbs and flows like I’m sure yours ebbs and flows too. We all need new input now and then, to spark creativity, get new ideas and to try new supplies or old supplies in a new way.

Nat’s Creative JumpStart always hugely ignites my creativity. And by that, I mean not only the event in January, but also the brainstorm and preparations I get to do as one of the featured artists(!). It’s so much fun creating something extra special just for CJS!

In January I attend the online event and watch all of the videos together with all of you. I always find new artists to follow (or take classes from), and I take notes of what supplies, techniques or ideas I want to try myself later in the year.

One artist that inspired me in particular during Creative JumpStart 2017 was Mystele Kirkeeng. It wasn’t until recently though that I purchased a couple of her Wonder Paint episodes. In these recorded studio sessions you get a chance to look over Mystele’s shoulder while she paints, explores and plays. Mystele uses all kinds of supplies in her beautiful art, and that lead me to unearth stuff from my stash that I usually never use.

She prompts me to ask myself questions about what attracts me to specific art or supplies and reminds me that it’s OK to work on loose scraps and sheets of paper just for the sake of creating, layer after layer after layer.

Two of these ‘loose sheets of paper’ started out as Gelli Prints, the other two are cut from paper I used to clean my brayers and brushes. On top I scribbled, stamped, heat embossed, collaged, painted, scraped, sprayed, splattered, made marks and doodled and I pretty much used anything that was within reach.

The results are super messy, colourful and highly textured pieces of paper that I immensely enjoyed making!

If you want Mystele to ignite your creative fire too, then you are in luck because she’s one of the 31 featured artists for Creative JumpStart 2018!

I cannot wait to see what she has cooked up for this edition of CJS. Join us and register for Creative JumpStart 2018 here!

Happy December!

Thank you Marsha! It’s not only a pleasure to see this super juicy series of yours, but it also makes me grin to know that CJS is doing what I always hoped it would: inspire artists of all levels to feel a renewed sense of creativity :)  Marsha used the following supplies (some are affiliate links):

Play along with us too: I 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“.


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Happy Anniversary Card

A wonderful friend of mine lives in a mid century house and she and her husband were celebrating their anniversary and I thought I would send them a handmade card using my new My Home is my Castle and  Stroll Around The Block Stamps.

I stamped the Adirondack Chairs first, then masked them off and stamped with my Mid-Century Stamp on top of a blank card. I added the Street Sign and wrote “Happy Anniversary” into the two blank street plates.  I then colored everything with watercolors. I think my friend liked the card very much.

Here are the supplies I used to create the card:

Wishing you a wonderful day!

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Jumping with … Sandra Evertson – a CJS Interview Series

Super happy to have Sandra Evertson joining Creative Jumpstart 2018 as an instructor for the very first time. Sandra is a former model/actress turned artist, author, and collector and it was super interesting to talk with her. Check out my little interview with her:

Jumping with… Sandra Evertson – CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

As Sandra mentioned in the interview she also shares with you two of her most favorite recipes – I cannot wait to try them out myself- they sound delicious!

Serves 2

  • 1/2 lb sliced roast beef (Boarshead London Port)
  • 2 – 3 lemons
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil (match the amount of olive oil to the amount of lemon juice)
  • 1 tbl crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt (3 pinches)
  • Spring Mix salad greens

In a bowl add olive oil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes and salt.
Whisk until thoroughly blended.
Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Slice roast beef into 1” cubes.
Place salad greens in large bowls, add roast beef on top, remove dressing from refrigerator and whisk again thoroughly to mix ingredients.
Add desired amount of dressing to salad. (I divide the dressing into 2 servings equally on both salads.)

Serves 2

  • 8 Roma tomatoes (ripe)
  • 2 bunches fresh basil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 – 5 cloves fresh garlic
  • Parmesan cheese wedge
  • Ribbon pasta
  • Sea salt

Boil pasta in water with a pinch of salt.
Dice tomatoes in 1/2” pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.
Add approximately 1/2” cup olive oil (more or less to your taste) and a few pinches of salt.
Crush or mince garlic add to mixture.
Cut basil (leaves only) into strips, add to bowl. Mix together thoroughly.
Grate parmesan.
Drain pasta and place on large pasta plate, top pasta with tomato crudo mixture, garnish with lots of grated parmesan.


*Note: If anyone makes these recipes, I’d love to hear how you liked them!!


You can download the Delicious Mediterranean Roast Beef Salad here CJS18 Recipes Sandra Evertson 1

You can download the Pasta Crudo Recipe here CJS18 Recipes Sandra Evertson 2
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Sandra a little bit better .

Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018 !

Comments (4)

  • JoAnn


    How delightful the interview was. She is such a fun person and I am now anxious to check her out and look forward to her CJS project. Thank you so much for these chats with the artists in CJS – great way to learn more about them.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Yeahh- so glad you like the interviews JoAnn! I know you will love her video for CJS! I am happy you are with us again <3


  • Sue Clarke


    Wonderful interview and of course I had to go and order some of Sandra’s items.
    Thanks Nat.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Sue, so glad you liked the interview – her products are so beautiful and unique, I bet you will have a lot of fun with them!


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