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Elephants Never Forget – Michelle Rydell

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Squad, Nat Elephant Design

CS May Elephants Never Forget

It’s Tuesday and time for a project from my Creative Squad and this month’s theme: “Elephants Never Forget”. Throughout the month of May, the team is using my new Elephant Foam Stamp, Rubber Stamp and Stencil Set to interpret the theme. I asked them to draw from a childhood memory, and to use the elephant as a symbol of something that fascinated them as a child. And if you want to hear a little bit about me, you can read about my personal connection to elephants here (just scroll down to “WHY an elephant…”)

Today we have an art journal spread by Michelle Rydell. Michelle used the theme as a jumping off point for this colorful page.  I love her inspiring message!

Michelle May Headshot

When I heard the theme “Elephants never Forget,” the first thing I thought of was my daily entries in my art journal. The ones where I record little bits of my life each day, so I don’t forget them! I decided it would be fun to let Nat’s regal elephants guard my memories for the week! Here’s how I did it…

I painted my whole background with black acrylic paint, and then covered up the black with squares of bright colors. Next I stenciled the foam elephant stamp with white paint onto black cardstock – twice, and then cut them out.  You know how sometimes people wrap a thread around their finger to help them remember something? I wrapped a little crochet thread around one elephants trunk, and the other ellies leg to symbolize that! After that I pasted the two elephants onto the journal spread.



I felt like the page needed something to make the colored blocks work cohesively together; so I glazed the whole page (except for the ellies) with a thin coat of Golden’s fluorescent chartreuse paint.


I used the stencil that comes with the kit to create a border with black paint. My page was then ready to add memories as the week progressed!


Here’s how the week looks all finished. I just love my elephants parading across the bottom. I really feel like it makes the page special!



I love Michelle’s color block background and the very fun way she tied reminder bows on the elephants!  Here are the links (some are affiliate links) for the supplies Michelle used:



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Maybe you will even play along with us -I would 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 what you did at the end of the month!

See you next Tuesday for inspiration from around the globe using some of my stamp and stencil products!



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  • Julie Tucker


    Love love love this Michelle!! LOVING those elephants and the colors!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Joi @RR


    Hehhehe – ADORABLE Michelle. What a great journal creation. j.


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Don’t Suck or … In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal


“Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck!”

so true – isn’t it? Tell you, what didn’t suck – playing with paint and doing a happy colored art journal spread 🙂


I played with my Bird Foam Stamp Set. I used the frond stencils and masks with acrylic paint on the background. Stamped the two sides of the included foam stamp- one side is solid and one is patterned. for the solid side I used a magenta color by decor art which is translucent and applied it very thin to my stamp with a brayer as I wanted the background to still show through and create the pattern of the bird. I love the outcome.


I traced the lines of the patterned foam stamped bird with a Graphic Painter Pen by Derwent- just to make it pop a bit. The flicks of paint you see here and there are actually also made with the Graphic Painter Pen – if you blow the side of the pen you can get some fine color mist spreading out- it is fun  to do  and looks awesome.

Here are the links (some are affiliate links) for the supplies I used:

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Hope you have a wonderful day and some time to create something!



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  • Joi@RR


    Hehehehhe – YES Nat – it’s true!!! Love this!! AND… you are using DecoArt.. I’m surprised! YEAH!!! Luscious background. And your bird stamp is just so versatile. Adore your birds!! XXj.


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      Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you Joi. Yes- I do have some deco art paints and like using them in an art journal or for mono printing.


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New class at Pratt in July!

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media Workshop

Art Journaling 101 at Pratt, NYC on July 16th

Learn how to become inspired and discover the basics of art journaling in this six-hour class. Explore mixed-media techniques using collaging and creating colorful backgrounds with acrylic paint and other media. Delve into this stress-relieving art form and create the first basic, beautiful pages in a visual journal.

Learn more about this class and register here!




I hope to see you there!



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