Art Journal Flip Through 3/2017

It’s been a while since I did an Art Journal Flip Through. I am keeping about 4-5 journals at the same time, sometimes I send one out to a publisher and then it takes a couple months before I get it back or I work in several at the same time – anyway- this one in the video started in late 2014 and I did the last page this March in 2017 and I think it is interesting to see how my style changed in one book.

Art Journal Flip Through 3/2017 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I am having a hard time with some of the pages in the beginning – thinking “oh boy” – which I guess is normal when you look at older work- LOL. But I also see some things thinking “oh, I should do this again” .

Hope you enjoyed this- have a gorgeous day!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh wow – I remember seeing some of those the first time!!! How fun was this??? FUN FUN FUN. Smiling Big. Thanks bunches for sharing Nat. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Joi , it is fun to look back at those older page! Thank you for watching :)

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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    Thank you for sharing – wonderful art journaling.

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  • Rachel Greig

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    So inspiring Natalie! Thanks for the flip through!! Loved seeing all of your pages together like that. :)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you so much Rach ! hope all is well in Australia :)

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Mono Print Painting Fun

Next Thursday my sweet friend Birgit Koopsen is coming from the Netherlands and I cannot wait to see her. Besides some girlfriend time and sightseeing we are also teaching several workshops together, one is a Mono Print Painting class  at The Ink Pad in

NYC  on March 18th, based on a technique we came up with after we went to see the H.N. Werkman exhibtion when I visited her in the Netherlands.

I wanted to incorporate some of my class samples in an art journal and here are some samples of what I was doing last week.

The cat below is of course inspired by Klee :) and I picked up the Manhattan Border pattern in the print on the lest side with the Manhattan Tile Stamp.

I am kind of liking the idea of incorporating the prints which you do not want to hang on a wall or else into the art journal …you see some really raw experimentation with this here :)

This is the stare in my face I wake up to in the morning …ah the joy of being a cat owner- LOL

This one was of inspired by Matisse – the left is the Mono Print Painting using the Versailles Stencil and on the right you can see the smaller pattern with one of the Versailles Foam Stamps.

It is really addicting to play with those Mono Print Paintings and Birgit and I have heaps of techniques to apply to them – and you get two teachers with different ideas on this :) There are still some seats left- so if you are in the NYC area- join us for this Mono Print Painting Class March 18th or the Artful Transfers Class March 19th …or even both (special price) !

Have a wonderful day

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  • stephanie

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    hope you have some of these techniques in your Artiscape classes too. :)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I will teach loads of techniques on all of the classes there :) Looking forward seeing you – woohoo.

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  • Lisa Flaherty

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    Wow, wow, WOW!! This Mono Print Painting class looks Ah-maze-balls!!! If instantaneous travel were a thing, I would sooooo be there!! <3

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- Lisa- it would be so awesome to have you!!! Have an amazing week!

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Interview with Jimmy Leslie

Jimmy Leslie is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I am so super stoked about the artwork and thoughts he contributed, that I wanted to interview him a bit more in depth. Grab a seat and a cuppa , or listen to this extensive but super interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Does the world need art?
  • Thoughts on mentoring
  • Is art work?
  • Jimmy’s Sketchbook
  • Jimmy’s Artful Adventures
  • Why we should embrace WEIRD
  • Art is Problem Solving
  • Who is Lloyd? and
  • How we look at artwork

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Jimmy Leslie from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can find Jimmy and more of his artwork here:

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You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

 

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  • Joi@RR

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    Thank you Nat. Super neat. So excited about your book :) Xj.

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  • Jackie

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    Loved the interview! I enjoy “getting to know the artist” videos. Thanks for sharing this with us…and look forward to more.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeah- so glad you enjoyed the interview Jackie! there are more coming soon :)

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  • Kim

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    Loved listening to this – not only was it full of great tips on how to get inspired, it was just enjoyable to learn more about Jimmy and to hear his funny stories. If you’re in an art rut or just need some positive vibes, I recommend listening to this :) And a note for Jimmy: I would absolutely be interested in watching a video series about a cross country bike trip / sketching / laundry conserving / Artful Adventure so get your go pro’s ready for your summer trip!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeah- so glad you enjoyed the interview! I had so much fun and found it so interesting as well!

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On whom to marry – Art Journal

“Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do” J.D. Salinger.

Agreed :) and that is one of my favorite things about my marriage- my husband and I can laugh at the same silly things together which probably have other’s just roll their eyes.

I used the Versailles Stencil oversprayed with different acrylic spray paint colors on the top.

For the bottom part I used the Toledo Foam Stamp stamped with some acrylic paint. and then journaled on top.

I used a catalogue image and painted over it with acrylic paints and markers. The faces are a bit …ahem- scary- LOL- but hey…another thing I can laugh about and I am sure my hubs would too ;)

Here are some of the supplies I used in this spread- some links are affiliate links:

P.S.  I cannot believe my wonderful friend Birgit Koopsen from the Netherlands is coming already next Thursday and we cannot wait for our workshops at The InkPad  there are still a couple seats left – check it out when you are in the area and join us!!!!

You can also get a special deal by signing up for both classes ! what are you waiting for  – two Europeans at once :)

Wishing you a wonderful day filled with laughter :)

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  • Torsa Saha

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    Beautiful project for a snowy friday!! ❤❤

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Torsa!Stay warm today and have a wonderful weekend!

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Art Stroll: Matisse and American Art at MAM

A couple weeks ago my friend Heather pinged me on a Sunday morning and said “Hey, I need to see art today – let’s go to a museum”. I had seen a news report on the exhibition “Matisse and American Art” at the Montclair Art Museum and since I use Matisse as an inspiration for my classes sometimes, I convinced her to go there with me. It was soooo worth it!

The exhibition strives to explore Henri Matisse’s influence on American Artists from 1905 to the present. The list of profilic artists inspired and influenced by his work is immense and the exhibition showed in an interesting way how some artists explored some of his work  for a while and some of them took it even further and let it immerse into their own style.

Andy Warhol – Woman in Blue (After Matisse), 1985, synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen inks on canvas.

This painting by Warhol was directly inspired by the Woman in Blue by Matisse from 1937 and even though it is pretty much copied from Matisse down to the colors red, yellow, blue, black, and white, you can see the flatness of the painting so typical for Warhols techniques and the hand holding the necklace says Warhol to me.

Morton Livingston Schamberg- Studio of a Girl, ca. 1912 – Oil on Canvas

Schamberg traveled extensively in Europe and he must have seen many Matisse paintings during his time there. The paining reminds of Matisse’s painting Painting of Madame Matisse. The Green Line.

Roy Lichtenstein – Bellagio Hotel Mural: Still Life with Reclining Nude (Study), 1997 cut -and pasted, painted and printed paper on board.

Roy Lichtenstein had a longtime interest in Matisse and Picasso and many references to their artwork can be seen in his work like the simplification of form or direct references of elements in Matisse’s paintings. In this painting parts of his studio, the open window, the patterns.

Judy Pfaff – Six of One-Melone, 1987 – Color Woodcut

In her installations, prints and sculpture, Pfaff translates Al Held and Henri Matisse’s theories of color into her own visual language. Pfaff says that Matisse gave her “courage” and has been ” the source of how to teach and how to see”.

On a little side note: Heather and I saw this woodcut different than in the image above. It was hung upside down from what you see here and we remember this so well because Heather actually had a very strong reaction of dislike to the artwork and we stood in front of it discussing why. When we later talked about the exhibition and this piece with our friends we opened the exhibition catalogue to discover that it was displayed as above, and further research had me find it is also displayed differently on the artist website as well as on the MAM instagram account (I used their image above) . Heather like different display in the catalogue also way better than how we actually saw it.  So this haunted me for days and finally I wrote MAM and asked if there is a reason for hanging it the other way (artist instruction that it can be hung any way) or if this was an overseen mistake by the technical staff who hung the artwork. And here is their answer:

“Thank you for writing to the Montclair Art Museum. We had been in conversation with the artist about this issue since the exhibition installation, and have just now heard back. The image used in the catalogue and online was provided by and checked by Crown Point Press; when unpacked the artist’s signature placement indicated that it instead by installed as you saw it. Judy Pfaff has now confirmed that the way the artwork is hung is correct, and you’ll find that all publicity and use of the image going forward will be corrected.”

And so apparently the way we saw it as below – is the right way (btw- it is now changed on the Artist website as well) :)

Now which way does speak more to you? I actually liked it the “wrong” way in the catalogue and instagram page better than the way it is hung and apparently now supposed to be hung. the shapes feel more organically and right – and the forms are more balanced for me in the top version. But hey ….who argues with the artist. But I thought this was interesting.

 

Mark Rothko, No. 44 (Two Darks in Red), 1955 – Oil on Canvas

Mark Rothko called Matisse “the greatest revolutionary in modern art”. Rothko studied Matisse’s The Red Studio (1911) after MoMA had acquired it in 1949. He went to the museum and every day for several months just to stand in front of the picture. While viewing the painting he said ” You became that color, you became totally saturated with it as if it were music” .

William Baziotes, Toy Animal – 1947 – Oil on Canvas.

Baziotes was so inspired by his visit to the Matisse retrospective at MoMA in 1931 that he resolved to move to New York to study art. Baziotes’ basic shapes and luminous color recall many of the plant and human forms that populate Matisse’s work.

Al Held – The Space between the Two – 1992 – print

Al Held studied and used Matisse’s ideas about color, form, structure and scale.

Denice Bizot, Urban Flora, 2014 – 1960s Chevrolet truck hood cut with plasma torch

Bizot’s organic shapes are reminscent of Matisse’s paper collage cut- outs of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Doris rosenthal, Gran Terrazo, ca. 1920-1922 -Pastel on Paper

This painting shows Rosenthal embracing Matisse’s vibrant color and idyllic subject matter. Matisse often used windows as a vehicle for exploration into color, light and interior versus exterior space.

Janet Taylor Pickett, Indigo Bottle Dress – Charms and Inspirations – Acrylic, digital photograph, glass bottles with written messages and twine on shaped Arches Paper.

Picket’s creative conversation with Matisse spans her entire  career.

Janet Taylor Picket, Dressing in Context 2, 2015  – Collage of various papers, thread and acrylic on Arches paper with grommets.

Janet Taylor Pickett, Me & Matisse, 2003 -04 – Handmade book

In this book, Taylor Pickett’s aspirations to become an artist are combined with her travels abroad to France and her longing for home, which she characterizes as “a metaphor, an idea for finding my voice as an artist”.

As you might imagine the books made me swoon and I want to do something like this !

It was an amazing and inspiring exhibition. I loved seeing all the different ways how other artists were inspired- and still are inspired by Matisse . I came home from the exhibition totally recharged and explored different – Matisse-inspired- things in my studio for several days.  It made me yet again so aware of our differences and our connections – magical! I was also surprised what a wonderful Museum this is and what a huge amount of artwork from even more than the shown well known artists (couldn’t show all) like Stuart Davis, Milton Avery, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hoffman, Robert Motherwell and many more the museum was able to show for this exhibition. I for sure have this museum on my list and if you are in the New Jersey area- check out this exhibition which is still on view until June 18, 2017.

I hope you enjoyed this little Art Stroll and found some inspiration in it!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Indigo bottle dress is super cool and I would love to have it in my bedroom.
    As to Judy Pfaff’s – Six of One-Melone I do not like it hung the “correct” way…seems off to me.
    Funny how that works.
    I always enjoy strolling with you Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I loved that dress too, Sue …I actually also want the red little alcove in my bedroom :) I agree with you on Six of One Melone! Have a gorgeous weekend!

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  • Jean Goza

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    Always enjoy your Art Strolls. Invariably I find new artists that inspire me. And Matisse has always been a favorite of mine so I enjoyed seeing other artist’s inspiration from his work. Regarding your question on Judy Pfaff’s Six of One Melone piece, I definitely like the “upside down” version better. The balance of the “correct” version feels off to me. It feels as if the larger components of the piece want to “collapse” into the small red and yellow area at the bottom. As you said, you can’t argue with the artist. It’s always fascinating to me the different emotional responses people will have to a piece of art.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Jean! Yes- I agree on the composition and how it feels better the “wrong” way. I am also fascinated that people have different emotional responses to art – sometimes certain artists use symbols or subject matters that resonate differently depending if you have the same cultural background as the artist which I find very interesting to discover with friends when going into museums.

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  • Bea

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    Really interesting…thanks…

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I Hope Your Lips Are All Smiles Today – Art Journal

“What words are spoken between us in the unnamed language that sparks into existence at the precise moment our lips stop being lips and start being smiles?” Tyler Knott Gregson

I recently discovered Tyler Knott Gregson and his poem is just so beautiful I  had to use it in my art journal. Check him out – he has an instagram account where he posts daily his inspirational poems and his book

Wildly into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind is on pre-sale now and I cannot wait to hold it in my hands. 

The background was just a bit of play with color and the Santiago Foam Stamp- but I loved the background and I decided- this is it. You know…you can do that too right ? LOL- don’t forget you are the boss of your own Art Journal – so background – foreground – who cares. For the journaling I used a Striper Brush – basically a brush with super long hair – which you can use to create long lines. I used it with acrylic ink and practiced a bit to alternate the the pressure onto the brush while moving it, to create a variation in the thickness of the line. I like this –  it was a good exercise and I really like how the journaling in between came out :)

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


I hope your lips are all smiles today :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Nat, I like the words and sometimes simple is better. I try to laugh as much as possible and smiling usually comes natural to me when I look into another person’s face. Have a cheery day creating.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- I love that Sue! Smiling people always make me happy :) Have a cheery day as well!

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  • Jean Goza

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    Nice layout. Especially like the yellow peeking through the blue. Thanks for sharing info on Tyler Knott Gregson. A beautiful quote. I will definitely look at more of his work.

    Happy day to you!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Jean – yeah I think you will like his work – I also love how he writes and types on paper pieces he finds. Happy Day to you too <3

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Say It Like You Mean It – Tina Walker

 

Hello from the Creative Squad! This week Tina Walker is kicking off a new theme for us with a beautiful and very meaningful book that I am so happy to share with you today. Along with my new Stroll Through the Hood #1 cling stamp set, Tina created something very powerful using the new monthly theme Say it like you Mean it – Let your unique voice be heard and tell us what’s on your mind. Be bold. Be yourself. We all have something to say and sometimes we need to shout it!


Hi! Tina Walker here today with my take on this month’s theme, ‘Say it like you mean it’. The U.S. is in a pivotal period of transition and the theme this month is a perfect way to support and vocalize my feelings and thoughts. I am saddened by what is occurring in the current administration and I am standing up and fighting for my rights and the rights of others. I am incredibly proud of my project and it is one of the favorite things I’ve made in many years. It really does prove that when you are passionate and inspired, creating reflects a piece of your heart.

The pages for MY VOICE mini, are scraps of black leather. I cut them into various rectangle shaped pieces, both small and large.

Using stamps from the Stroll Through the Hood #1 collection, heat emboss each page with the various stamps from the set. I really love the white embossing against the black leather.

For just a bit of color, dry brush several sections of each stamped image. The idea is not color the image, but add highlights.

I am a person of few words. Instead of filling my mini with paragraphs and paragraphs of many words, I choose several that say exactly how I feel. My words of support and protest are stamped on scrap pieces of fabric. Machine stitch the journal strips to the leather pages.

Using small scraps of leather, heat emboss the graffiti words from the stamp collection and stitch to the pages with a decorative zig zag stitch.

The binding for my mini are large eyelets. It was a challenge to get the large eyelet holes through the leather, but in the end, it was worth it.

Do you create and put your thoughts and feelings to paper or fabric? Do you find personal liberation when writing or creating with your feelings? I’d love to hear how you voice your mind.


Wow. Thank you Tina for a such an honest and meaningful project. You are right – when passion and creativity come together in art, something truly special comes out of it. In addition to scrap fabric, a sewing machine, and various embellishments and jewelry, Tina 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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Resist – Art Journal Spread

Some of my thoughts on how sometimes women are told to behave in a certain way and be a good girl and how this actually never really resonated with me :)

The background was painted in a very bright orange and purple and layered the Santiago Stencil on top and sprayed with a blue spray paint over it. I applied some light yellow and white gesso in a think layer here and there to tone it down.

I stamped with the Grannies and Running  Stamps and archival ink for some marks. Next I picked up the orange again stamping with the Santiago Foam Stamp on top of some areas.

I used a pencil for the journaling.

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



Have an amazing day my friends!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    Beautiful art journal spread and message ❤❤❤

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