Photos of the Workshops in Oklahoma

As always I had a fantastic time at My Heart’s Fancy in Oklahoma. It was my third time teaching at this wonderful store and Maura makes my stay always most enjoyable.

Friday morning we went to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. It was an interesting visit and

I definitely learned more about kettle branding and barbwire when I ever thought was there to know :) 1000s of different ways to make barbwire -who would have known.

Friday evening I taught my “Stroll Through The Hood” and it was a colorful and fun class for sure.

Using my RubberMoon Stroll Through the Hood sets and other stamps some gorgeous city plates were created.

Maura had stocked up the store with all kinds of fun goodies from the n*Studio – so fun to see!

On Saturday we were diving into the Magic of Acrylics – exploring and playing with all kinds of different acrylic media.

Look at all those happy faces!

And …funny faces ;)

Lots of abstract canvases were created in the second half using the newly discovered magic of the media used in the first half of the class.

Loved to see abstract 4th of July Canvases and all kinds of other colorful artwork.

My favorite of coming back to stores is seeing familiar faces – I love my students!

hahaha- sorry Andi – I had to slip this in again – it made me laugh so much.

On Sunday it was all about “What’s Cooking” an art journal class to discover your style and get the right recipes for your art journal pages.

I loved how different all the pages looked like and I loved the outcomes reflecting each student’s taste.

Playing with pattern, texture, contrast, color and so much more

Ah happy pattern bliss

I had a wonderful time and loved the creative time together! Thank you all for coming and I hope I see you soon again !

If you missed this class and you would like to take an In-Person Class with me -check out where I am going next  – I will be coming to Southern California and Florida in September, to the U.K. in October and to Maryland and other places in November.

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Comments (2)

  • Delores


    It was a fabulous 3 days! It was wonderful to eee you again and to be able to take all 3 classes! I learned so much!


  • Maura


    Best time ever! Thank you for coming to teach, play and laugh with us! We love you!


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Open Mind – Art Journal Spread

It is always good to keep an open mind – don’t you think?

For this art journal spread I played with my still fairly new Montana spray paints. I do like their look as they are matte and result in a pretty soft look.

You can see a free video  on how I created the page and my thought process while doing it in the free classroom accompanying the challenge if you haven’t yet. You can sign up here . The videos and class room are still available until the end of July.

Not a color combination I use often but I really like it …maybe a little bag like this would be cool?

Here are the supplies I used for the spread -some of them are affiliate links:

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Pattern Lovers – Marsha Valk


Happy Tuesday from the Creative Squad! Today Marsha Valk brings us a fresh and colorful set of tiles for the home using my  Santiago stencil and my Embroidery stamp set. This month’s theme is: Pattern Lovers Love Patterns: We admit it – sometimes we go a little crazy over cool patterns. We see them everywhere and whether it’s in the human-made stuff all around us or in the designs by Mother Nature, we love them all. So this month we’re playing with pattern and giving it the attention it deserves!

I love patterns! I’m especially drawn to clear, graphic designs and that’s why I love Nat’s stencil designs so much!

We’re in the middle of painting our living room and I’ve been dying to add a splash of fresh colour to our home decor. So that’s why I decided to decorate a couple of plain white ceramic tiles, that I plan on using as coasters or to put plant pots on.

Here are the steps I took: First clean the tiles before you start. They need to be dry and free of grease.

Place the Santiago stencil on top of the tile. Use tape to keep the stencil in place. You can also use washi or masking tape to block off parts of the tile you want to keep white.

Use a cosmetic sponge to dab porcelain paint through the stencil onto the tile. Dab the cosmetic sponge in the paint and dab the excess paint off before applying it to the tile. Keep the sponge as dry as possible to prevent the paint from seeping under the stencil.

I used a hand-cut stencil to apply the circles onto the tiles.

Dab paint onto one of the stamps from the Embroidery set (in this case the Cross Circle stamp) using a cosmetic sponge and stamp the image onto the tile.

Let the paint dry and then let it harden following the instructions on the porcelain paint you are using. To become wash resistant, the porcelain paint I used needed to harden in an oven at 300F/150ºC for 45 minutes.

Thank you Marsha – these are a great project for the home! 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 “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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Carry this Away- Art Journal Spread

I used a poem by Tyler Knott Gregson for this this Art Journal Spread. I really love his poems- check his book out- it is listed below.

You can see a free video  on how I created the page and my thought process while doing it in the free classroom accompanying the challenge if you haven’t yet. You can sign up here . The videos and class room are still available until the end of July.

I mono printed on acetate and included the printed sheet as a divider into my journal.

Love the texture and light that the acetate shows with the acrylic paint print. I used my Beacon Stencil here.

I also did some photo transfers and created some acetate embellishments.

It is always fun to use different substrates with the techniques you know. You can find more ideas about this in my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.

Here are the supplies I used for the spread -some of them are affiliate links:

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Book Signing at The Ink Pad, NYC

Last week my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media was officially released and The Ink Pad in NYC invited me to have a book signing. It was so much fun!

I was really excited and I was really happy to see so many wonderful people coming to this event.

So cool to see Kathy who I had just met a couple months ago in my class in Ohio at Artiscape made a short trip to The Ink Pad while on a NYC trip. Thank you so much – it was so wonderful seeing you again!


Can you see how giddy I am? We have this saying in Germany: “If I hadn’t have ears, I would have smiled in a circle.” I assure you …I would have ;)

Thank you to all of you who came and celebrate this special day with me and to Anna from The Ink Pad. <3 You are amazing!

And if you are not in the area but still would like to have a signed copy- I will sign Artful Adventures in Mixed Media where ever I teach in the next couple months (See my In-Person Workshops here) . Or order one of my free bookplate stickers, which I will sign for you and send out for free to you.

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  • Jackie P Neal


    I am thrilled and over the moon excited for you and your new publication!! How fabulous that you have put together this book- can’t wait to get my copy!
    Yes, your success is Truly! well deserved- I do believe you are unstoppable! Best wishes to you!
    Jackie xo


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Awe- thank you so much Jackie! Hope you will like the book and that it is coming soon :)
      Have a gorgeous weekend!


  • Stephanie


    How fab! So great that Kathy was able to stop in during her trip


  • Sue Clarke


    I look pretty giddy with my signed (bookplate) book!!!
    Enjoy it Nat, your success is well deserved.


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It won’t be Boring

“I don’t know where I am going from here but I promise it won’t be boring”

This is a spread from the Free Artful Adventures: Stroll Through  the Hood Challenge – where I showed in a video how I put this art journal spread together. I used stencils with acrylic spray paint and created a nice acrylic resists over which I applied yellow acrylic ink.

I added some photo transfers and stamped with my Stroll Through the Hood Stamps. I enjoyed making the page inspired by the Stroll Through the Hood Challenge.

Here is the supply list – some of the links are affiliate links:

have a gorgeous day

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Jump into Summer! Creative JumpStart 2017 Sale

Summer begins next week and maybe you are looking for some inspiration this season? If you missed Creative JumpStart 2017 this January, it’s not too late to take advantage of the online workshop. For the next week (June 16-23, 2017), I am running a 20% off sale on CJS17 for those of you who might need a little JumpStart to your mixed media projects :)

Creative JumpStart 2017 features 27 downloadable videos by leading mixed media artists. The videos are downloadable until November 2017 and once downloaded, are an invaluable resource when you need some new ideas.  Although you may have missed the fun and excitement of playing along in real-time with the CJS community, you will still have access to the CJS17 Classroom where you will find material lists, artist bios, and galleries of project images that Jumpers uploaded during January.

Enjoy the sale and I hope to see you in January 2018 for the next Creative JumpStart!


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Stamping Up a Storm – DIY Napkins and Kitchen Towels

By now my friend Kim and I made it a habit to meet every couple weeks for a fun project and I love this so much. This time we decided to make some napkins and kitchen towels.

We got some fabric paint and nice white kitchen towels which can also serve as nice big napkins and started playing.

Using my ArtFoamies Minis on those were the perfect pick. Foam Stamps work so well on fabric!

The size is great and it was a quick and fun way to enhance the fabric.

The fabric paint we used was a little bit too fluid for our taste but it actually worked well – after brayering the paint on top of the stamp we went sometimes with a cotton swap over the stamp to even out some areas or even to take off some paint if it seemed too much. At the end of the day this is a handmade result- so hey- let go of perfectionism :)

Because the paint is a bit thin it tends to seep through the fabric- so putting something for protection underneath the area you stamp when you layer up your fabric is a good idea. We just used paper towels.

We both especially liked the blue.

But also adding more and more white and yellow to the dark green after each row was fun for getting a kind of ombre effect. I love this.

It didn’t take long for the paint to dry and after following the directions on the paint jars to iron the backside of the printed fabric, and then washing them- they are ready to be used.


Here are some napkins- I love the set -even though the patterns are different they belong together due to the same color. For the napkins we mostly only printed one row.

For the kitchen towels we added a bit more

Aren’t they fun?

I will definitely make more of those- they make a really good  and personalized gift too. Hope you like Kim and my little project – we already scheduled the next one :)

Here are the supplies I used:

Comments (4)

  • Marsha


    Love, love, love this!!!


  • Klara


    I love these so much! Green set and blue set are my favorites! What a fantastic idea!


  • Stephanie


    What a great idea! Thanks Nat


  • margaret griffiths


    OK I love your stamps!!! I guess its time to go buy them…
    Thanks, for the wonderful website and ideas


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