Get Real Girl – Art Journal

This was a little reminder for me at the time I created this art journal spread. It worked ;)

The background of the art journal spread was ugly from some scraped of left over paint – but a stencil like the Granada Stencil is the perfect stencil to work on such a background and make it work. I layered it on top of the background and then used different colors of spraypaint in different areas of the stencil.

I love to scratch into the still wet acrylic spray paint too as it gives such a nice texture.

Awe- spray paint- you make me happy.

Here is a list of the supplies I used for the art journal spread – some links are affiliate links:


If you art journal, do you use your journaling sometimes to prepare yourself for something like I do?

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  • Joi

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    WONDERFUL! Rich colors blended so incredibly with the stencil design. Love the freedom! j.

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Shoot for the Moon – Art Journal Page

For this quick art journal spread I stamped some of he Embroidery Stamps onto the blank background and then painted over the background alternating between a think transparent layer and an opaque layer of purple. I stamped again on top of the dried paint with different stamps and archival ink. For the border I used the Satin Stamp – it is a great border stamp.

I used the Chain Link stamp to create pattern on the magazine image dress.

For the journaling I used a fude pen in black and then wrote on top of it in white with a signo pen. I love stamping and covering up – repeating – the process – as I feel it makes it more interesting if you don’t know where a stamp was applied or how.

Here is a supply list – some links are affiliate links:


Do you use stamps in your art and craft?

Have a wonderful day!

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  • Jill

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    Love this journal page! I’m participating in the #ArtMarks30DayChallenge with Rae Missigman and am loving working in my journal each day. I really haven’t made time enough to do that in the past so one of my 2017 resolutions is to get more journaling in. Love your work. You are an inspiration, Nathalie!

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1.25.2016 – Painting

 

2016

I haven’t shown this painting yet which I did last year. It depicts a moment at the beginning of the big snow blizzard in January 2016. I stept outside the door to take a quick photo. The light was just amazing and I had to capture that moment in a painting. I used acrylic paints, markers and charcoal. It is one of my favorite paintings I did last year – the only way I like winter …in a painting ;)

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  • Barb Charlotte, NC

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    I don’t say it enough but, I enjoy your site. You always have fresh ideas.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Barb! have a gorgeous day and thank you for visiting me :)

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh Oh OH OHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh – It’s INCREDIBLE Nat. Those colors… and those buildings…. AMAZING. The snow is perfect too. I agree – the only way to have snow is in a painting!!! This is a MASTERPIECE…. in my eyes!! You made my week – thanks so much for sharing. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe. Joi- you are the super sweetest. thank you so much !!! have a beautiful weekend!

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Focus Baby, Focus! – Art Journal

jaja jaaja – I knooooooww- but it is so hard to focus , isn’t it? LOL.

I used my new Mesa Verde 9×12 Stencil and sprayed with read acrylic spray paint over a previously painted background.

I painted over a magazine image with acrylic paints and used some pencil and pens on top.

Love the pattern – it makes me want to travel now, forget focus I guess ;)

Here are some of the supplies I used for this art journal spread – some links are affiliate links:


Are you good focusing on your stuff?

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  • stephanie

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    The red is great! BTW I see you’re coming to Ohio for Artiscape – yay!!! Hoping to get into a couple of your classes

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      • stephanie

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        Same here :)

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  • Marsha

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    Oh! You know what… I have that spray paint. And I still haven’t used it! I also have some ugly painted backgrounds in my art journal… I think I know what to do with those now! ;-)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL I love using it with those backgrounds because it really nicely covers :)

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  • Joi@RR

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    What a great background – love the way the colors blend. Great girl too. I wear some type of hat every day – love her hat!! Always inspiring Nat. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Joi! I always wanted a hat but somehow I think I am not a hat person- LOL – I don’t look to smashing in it ;) Have a wonderful week! Nat

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Dream a New Dream – Marsha Valk

 

Happy Creative Squad Tuesday! Today Marsha Valk is sharing a beautiful and bright art journal spread using my Santa Fe Positive and Negative Foam Stamp set, my Batik Stencil, and her unique take on this month’s theme: Dream a New Dream. This January, let’s focus on all the possibilities of a fresh start.  What are your dreams for this year?  Whether it’s art-making, family, travel, or work related, January is a great time to dream about what the future could hold.


I am not a dreamer. I mean: I definitely am a dreamer… but the zone-out, lost-in-thoughts kind, not a big-plans-for-the-future one!

 

I do plan for the year ahead, but I do that at the end of December and I’m usually all set and ready to go in January. This year I’m not quite that organised, but… January is already well on the way now and whilst I was creating my journal page, I kept thinking ‘dream’, but… my gut kept saying ‘no’. So even though I wanted the page to be about dreaming, it ended up about ‘not dreaming’.

 

 

 

 

 

I am excited about what the new year holds though and I chose to work with greens, because I’m super stoked about the Pantone colour for 2017: Greenery!

 

 

 

 


Thank you Marsha! I love Marsha’s honest take on our theme and wow those are some great colors! Marsha used these supplies – some links are affiliate links:




Play along with us! 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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  • susan debourguignon

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    Marsha,
    i, too, am a daydreamer as opposed to a goal setter. the future is too much for my head to wrap itself around. i am not a fan of green, but your page really speaks to me. thank you for sharing!!!

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    • Marsha

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      Thanks so much Susan! Glad to hear I’m not the only one! ;-)

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  • Nathalie Kalbach

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    Such a wonderful take on the theme Marsha, and I love how you mixed the patterns of the Batik Stencil with the Santa Fe Foam Stamp – so gorgeous. Now I just want to move on to Spring ;)

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    • Marsha

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      Thanks Nat! <3

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Stroll Through Hood Wallhanger

I wanted to create something for my studio wall and played around with some of my favorite art tools at the moment :) I painted a grey cardboard with a mix of gesso, grey and blue. After the cardboard dried, I stamped with different inkpads and  with some of my Embroidery Stamps as well as with the Star Stamp on top of it.

I took some different Ampersand Scratchboards or also called Clayboards (depending on where you look for them) and using a cosmetic sponge I dabbed on different colors of acrylic ink. I love the texture the sponge creates and how vibrant the inks pop up from the clayboards. After the inks dried I stamped with some of my Stroll Through the Hood stamps and Staz on on top. I waited a couple minutes to make sure all was dry and then used the Ampersand scratching tools following the lines of the stamps – sometimes offset – and scratched lightly to reveal the white clay surface underneath again. This is so much fun to do – and very addicting!

I mounted the Ampersand boards on top of the cardboard with some Gel Medium and then splattered some acrylic paint over all of this to tie everything together …and because I love splattering – after working so tightly on the scratching I need to let go a bit again ;)

I love how this came out – and I am already thinking of other possibilities with those clayboards.

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


Have you worked with Clay-/Scratchboard before and if yes, what have you done with it?

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Abstracts in Acrylic & Ink by Jodi Ohl

My wonderful friend Jodi Ohl wrote this inspiring book Abstracts in Acrylic & Ink and it is stuffed with loads of great techniques, tricks and inspiration. In Jodi’s own words it “is a book about learning how to unfold, learn, grow, expand, experiment and experience a dialogue with art.”

The artwork and step outs are beautifully photographed and definitely make you wanna go into your studio and play yourself.

I am super stoked that Jodi also asked me to contribute some of my paintings to her book as they represent some of the concepts she covers in her book.

Get yourself a copy or leave a comment on the bottom of this post for a chance to win one of the copies of the book I received. You can comment until January 28, 2017 midnight EST and I will pick one lucky winner randomly and announce the winner shortly after.

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  • Genevieve Butler

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    I love Jodi’s concept of experiencing a dialogue with art! I think it’s a good way to approach an art journal page – rather than trying to complete a perfect piece of art from the outset, I’ll just say to myself “now I am going to have a dialogue with art” and see what happens!

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  • Connie

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    Thanks for providing inspiration for us all!

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  • Andrea

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    I really love Jodi’s art! That would be so nice to win a copy of her book!

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  • Alisa

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    Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book! I’m sure it is amazing!

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  • Lisa

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    This looks like a fantastic book! Congrats to Jodi and to you! :)
    I will be standing in So Cal, facing north and waving at you while you are in San Jose. :) So close, and yet too far to make it to a midweek class. Have fun!!

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A Visual Interview with Rae Missigman

Meet my friend , media artist Rae Missigman. See what her secret talent is, what makes her smile and how she starts her creative day!

A Visual Interview with Rae Missigman from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Rae is one of the teachers of Creative JumpStart 2017 along with 26 other artists – read more about this Mixed Media Online Class and sign up here. It is not too late to join us!

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