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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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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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It’s a beautiful day in neighborhood!

“It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is a song from a show called Mr. Rogers, which I have never seen because it was not really running in Germany – but once in a while one of my friends sing it for fun – and so it got stuck with me and I love it. For those of you who do not know the lyrics:

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

It’s a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So let’s make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we’re together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?

Won’t you please,
Won’t you please,
Please won’t you be my neighbor?

I used my new RubberMoon Stamp Sets – Stroll Around the Block and My Home is My Castle with the journal spread. I used the small windows and doors and turned them into cassettes of the doors in – so much fun to play with this.

We do have a pretty cool neighborhood with lots of friends living close by and we do hang out a lot spontaneously – in the summer on the stoop – in the winter in one of our places.

I created a weathered background using some metallic acrylic glazes and acrylic paint, then stamped on top and colored the stamps in with acrylic paints.

I added the lyrics of the song with a pencil.

This spread makes me all happy and fuzzy and now I wanna see my friends who also happen to be neighbors.

Here are some of the supplies that I used for this neighborly spread :)


Wishing you a beautiful day in your neighborhood :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Please don’t laugh…I had such a crush on Mr. Rogers when I was a kid. Just loved the land of make believe. He was such a gentle soul.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I can totally understand Sue- I think , I would have liked him a lot as a kid as well.

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Up in the Air

Sometimes everything is up in the air …but you gotta just keep on going …

I mixed up stamping the patterned and solid sides of my Midtown Foam Stamp Set buildings with some Stroll Through The Hood buildings and hand painted buildings. I used various acrylic paint colors to stamp with the foam stamps and pain the buildings.

I painted over some area with a light gesso wash which helped making the fine lined stamps show better

I like how this came together and it is fun to use the Midtown Set from both sides- so many possibilities.

Besides acrylic paint , I used the following supplies for this spread:


Have a gorgeous day!

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Keep Your Eyes on the Price – Art Journal

Another sketch on deli paper with ink and a bamboo sketching pen which I pasted into my art journal.

I used the Grove Street Foam Stamps with the Artgraf Primary set- oh gosh – I love how the blue and yellow mixed into the green. Simply rub the graphite blocks onto your slightly wet foam stamps, mist it again and stamp.

I mixed the titanium acrylic paint with a hint of blue and stenciled it through the Amsterdam Stencil.

Love how the different paint media, flat and dimensional, shiny and matte work together.

Here are some of the supplies I used


Hope you had a wonderful week and you are ready for the weekend. Watch this place for the next couple days- there is a lot of stuff coming up – starting tomorrow :)

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Very cool art journal page! Love how the colors blend on the foamies.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Karen- it is really fun to blend different paint media on the ArtFoamies that are not acrylic paint- so many possibilities here.

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Integrity – Art Journal Spread

This was another spread that I had started in a class to show some techniques and when I came home I finished it up

I used Derwent Art Bars on top of my Grove Street Pos and Negative Foam Stamps 

Simply wet the foam stamps a bit, rub any water soluble wet wax bars/sticks on top of the stamp and then mist the stamp again and stamp. I love the effect.

The lady was sketched with ink and then used some Neo pastels to add some color to her hair and clothing. Love how this came together from a kind of raw weird class sample page :)

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread.


Have a wonderful day!!!

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She wished she could go back ….

“She wished she could go back to her younger self and tell her “It’s ok, to be weird, you’ll be fine” ”

This was a demo page from a class and I blocked in some color here and there and stamped with my new Exchange Place ArtFoamies Stamp. I added some stenciling with translucent acrylic paints using my Versailles Stencils – love how this turned out. I added some stamping with my Embroidery stamps to add some more even mark making using different colors of Archival Ink Pads- love those.

I painted the lady with acrylic paints neopastels and used some of the neopastels also here and there on the spread and scratched some writing into it.

I like how the lines of the Exchange Place Stamp and the floral Versailles Stencil work together.

Here are the supplies I used:


Hope you enjoy this page- have a wonderful day!

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Go and Grow – Art Journal Spread

Grow through what you go through ….still wading through it LOL

I do have to say I love how this turned out …I did the lady with a bamboo sketching pen and then added the textured background with sepia ink and the Cardboard RubberMoon Stamp Set. Don’t I wish I looked that elegant with a hat …but alas…I do not ;)

Then I colored the lady and stamping in with some watercolor and added the Stroll Through the Hood Set 1 and 2 RubberMoon sets in black with ink.

Using my new Van Vorst Positive and Negative ArtFoamies Stamps with acrylic paint, I added a ground on the bottom picking up the green color from the lady :)

Here are the supplies I used for this Art Journal Page:


Hope you are having a very wonderful day!

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Very unique & different I really like it. Cool sketch

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Which Direction?

I was thinking about how so many times in our lives we have to rethink the direction we want to head – always so tough , so many questions, so many uncertainties.

For this art journal spread I sketched the lady on the left with acrylic ink and a bamboo sketching pen, and colored her in with watercolor. The right lady is on a piece of painted deli paper which lets the background show through.

I added some stamping with my Stroll Through the Hood RubberMooon Stamps and stamped with acrylic paint and the MidTown ArtFoamies Stamp Set as well as the Mini Manhattan Positive and Negative Stamp set.

I sprinkled some golden ink over the spread and added the journaling. I do love how this turned out.

Different from my usually super filled pages- but still funky :)

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread


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  • Joi@RR

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    Love this one Nat. Your gals are so abstractly done – in a great way and then the buildings are more “solid” – stabilizing. Love that some are black/white too. And the Mini Manhattan stamp is perfect symbolism for the “which way” – and perfect in the varying colors to show different choices. This is one that would be great on a huge canvas – so symbolic and the type of art that speaks! You always inspire me. Have a blessed holiday season. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Joi! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season as well!!!<3

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