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Photos of Art Journaling Live 3

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Mixed Media Workshop

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Last week I went to Arlington, Texas to teach together with MaryBeth Shaw, Jodi Ohl and Gina Rossi Armfield an Art Journaling Live Class which was recorded and will be available as DVDs and Video Download at the end of November this year.

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I started with some Creative Icebreaker techniques and lot’s of visual and actual texture.

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And it was fun to see what the amazing students created in this 1 1/2 hour with me.

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All the while Aaron was being serious and filming everyone and everything 😉

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Here is Amy Jones, our wonderful producer and you can see Jeannine Stein the editor of Cloth Paper Scissors doing fun stuff with Jodi in the background.

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And here is Jodi showing off her hands to proof she painted

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My favorite part of the day was that after I was done with my teaching, I got to play along in all the other classes and below you see what I did in Jodi’s fantastic class …I changed her awesome whimsical birds and fish up a bit and out came: Botox fish – I love them- they crack me up 🙂

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Here is a view of the classroom.

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And the amazing MaryBeth Shaw – so good to spend time with her too

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and take her amazing layering and stencil class

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I realize, I do not have a photo of Gina- grrr- but she was sitting right next to me

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and she taught a really really wonderful watercolor class which makes me want to do more with watercolors!!!

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And here we are – all four of us – relieved and happy that we made it- and super thankful for all the wonderful and talented students we spent time with on that day.

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I will keep you updated on the DVD and Video Download but meanwhile you can check out the ones from last year and some others I did


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  • Sue Clarke

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    Botox fish…LOL.
    Great pic of the 4 of you at the end of the post!

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  • Denise Spillane

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    Hi, it was such a fun day and wonderful seeing you. It’s fun to see the pictures. Would it be okay to “borrow” the first and last pictures for my blog. I will include a link to yours.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Denise- so good to see you again- and of course you can use the pix !!!! have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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  • Joi @RR

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    ADORE your botox fish Nat. Hehehhehehe – made my day!!!!

    And what a wonderful array of FABULOUS photos. I loved seeing EVERY one of them. And the last one of the four of you together is so perfect. How fun that you not only got to teach but had some fun learning time too!

    Thank you sooo much for sharing your journey. XXj.

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Be Brave Art Journal Page and Stampendous Giveaway

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, designed by n*Studio

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Today is the last day of the Nathalie Kalbach & Friends Stampendous Summer Hop – so much fun 🙂

What better way to celebrate summer than with some summer colors, I thought and created this Art Journal spread with all kinds of bold summer colors and different sets of the stamps I designed for Stampendous.

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I layered some acrylic paint onto my art journal pages and set it aside for later. A list of all supplies can be found at the end of this post.

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For the Bird, Elephant and Urban Scribble image I wanted to create my own patterned paper and I love to use deli paper for this because it is cheap and thin enough that you can use it to wrap up small presents, and can be used easily as collage material in your mixed media art work. I used the same colors over and over again, first adding big patches of colors to the deli paper, then stamping with acrylic paint and all kinds different Rubber and Foam Stamps. Later I layered some of the stencils which are included in my stamp sets on top to tie some areas together. Last but not least I used the Urban Scribble rubber Stamp and black archival ink and stamped randomly here and there.

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I traced the Foam Stamps onto the back of my new patterned paper and cut out an elephant, bird and the urban skyline. I glued all the cutouts down onto my earlier painted art journal spread using Matte Medium and a cosmetic sponge. Then I added a couple more marks and colors to the page and outlined the shapes in a sketchy manner. Added some Journaling- and voila 🙂 It was a lot of fun to just play with all the different stamps. I cannot wait to make more patterned paper to use this way for wrapping paper – a good way to use up some of your left over paints and stamp off your inked stamps. Here are the details of the elements on the finished page

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I hope you enjoyed this fun and colorful post 🙂

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Do not forget that you can win all three of my Stamp Sets by commenting today on the blogs with projects of my stamp sets in this list from the whole week. Check out all those amazing projects my friends posted – I am blown away:

Stampendous Blog Post Monday

Pam Bray Monday

my blog – Creative Squad – Cheiron Brandon on Tuesday

Katy Leitch on Tuesday

Stampendous Blog on Tuesday

Stampendous Blog Post Wednesday

Gwen Lafleur Wednesday

my Creative Ice Breaker Wednesday

Louise Healy Wednesday

Stampendous Blog Post Thursday

Rae Missigman Thursday

Marsha Valk Thursday

Katy Leitch on Thursday

Allison Heikkila on Thursday

Mark Gould on Thursday

Stampendous Blog Post Friday

Tina Walker Friday

Pam Bray Friday

Lea Fritts Friday

Katy Leitch on Friday

Tenia Nelson on Friday

my blog- you are here 🙂


 

Have a wondeful day and good luck!!! Stampendous and I will post about the winner on our blogs next week!

Here are all supplies including the stamps I used (some are affiliate links).

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Nat

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  • Claudia Jean Nelson

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    You have made my week . I love seeing everyone’s ideas. Your peice is so great. I love how you combined them all. You are an amazing artist and person. Thank you so much for the inspiration from so many great artists. C

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  • Myriam Le Blanc Élie

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    Wow! I love this idea of using the stamp as masks, they really pop that way! Thanks for this week! Myriam from Quebec, Canada.

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  • Jean Marmo

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    So creative and Bold!! I love all the details! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Ahhhh so YUMMY Nat. Love how you did your stamp images all in the same colors of GLORIOUSLY LOVELY green shades. And your background is MARVELOUS. This is such a VIBRANT and GLORIOUS make.

    This has been SUCH a fun week for me seeing all your wonderful products used in so many outstanding ways. I think each designer did you proud girl! I so looked forward each day to seeing what they did for you next. There were truly some amazing creations.

    I’m sooooooo proud of you and for you. XXj.

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  • Catherine adams

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    Beautiful abstract technique!
    Thanks for hosting the challenge. Hope I win!
    Cja Geneseo, NY

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  • Catherine adams

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    Hope this isn’t a duplicate, if so I apologize. Funky iPad.
    I love this stamp set and how you used it. Hope I win one of the giveaways so I can try your techniques!!!
    Cathy
    Geneseo, NY

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  • TracyM #6773

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    BOLD & BEAUTIFUL pages!!!
    LOVE the layers of PRETTY colours and AMAZING detail!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION 🙂
    Tracy from Australia

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  • Robin C

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    Wonderful journal page! I love the inspiration! All of these new sets are just gorgeous!! I have enjoyed all the tutorials this week. I am just starting in the mixed media realm and appreciate all the info this week. Thanks so much for a chance to win these!!! Lots of hugs, Robin

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  • barb macaskill

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    When I scrolled down and saw the art journal spread I almost swallowed my tongue in my excitement!! Absolute perfection! Your background is magical and festive and the images are divine!! I always love seeing what you create because it is always so fresh and exciting!!! TFS!
    Barb in VT

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    Naturally my eye is drawn to the elephant. he just glows.
    The bird and the cityscape also glow from the
    beautiful background.
    It’s been a wonderful week.
    thanks for sharing.
    I’m in southern Illinois

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  • marian riley

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    Your new stamps are amazing!!!

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  • VikiB

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    Awesome! I love all the wonderful colors and layers.

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  • Kathy Burgess

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    Love your journal pages! Good to see someone else has pages using the same colors! Thx for your inspiration!

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Absolutely stunning! I am blown away by YOU! 🙂

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Beautiful pages and
    the bright colors are
    so neat!
    Carla from Utah

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  • Tamiko McCurry

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    I love all the colors and technique galore.. thanks for the inspiration.. I have been eyeing these stamps all month.. I wish my familly got them for my birthday.. but oh well.. 🙂

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  • Stampendous Stamps

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    Is it really all over? What a fantastic week. It was a splash of colorful creativity every day and wow!, this page really sums up how awesome the week has been. Thank you for bringing some of your mixed media friends and rockstar designs with you for the hop.

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  • Susan

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    So much summer joy in your art journal post. Love your work

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  • stephanie

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    Deli paper for wrapping paper what a fab idea! Thanks for all the inspiration this week.

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  • Delores Azary

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    Greetings from Oklahoma! This has been a lot of fun! Creative juices are flowing! Thanks to everyone who participated! Good luck to everyone commenting on the prizes!

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  • Sarah

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    I love your art work Natalie, always so colourful and vibrant. Thanks for sharing your techniques and expertise. i’ve had a lot of inspiration from the week.

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  • Lilian

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    Very cool colors!
    Lilian (Maryland, USA)

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  • julie b

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    Wonderful hop! I just got your elephant set but see from the hop that i still need to do more shopping….fun times ahead. Love the techniques and inspiration. Thank you.

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    So inspiring! Love the hold colors!

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  • Sarah P.

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    The journaling pages are so colorful and make a statement. I love them, they catch your eye for sure.

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  • Jackie Schachter

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    When I reached this page I just said to myself “wow’. Love the
    brilliant colors of the backgrounds and stamps. You and your
    designers are so talented. Have enjoyed this week’s blog
    hop – it was fun. TFS.
    Jackie, Tel Aviv, Israel

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  • nicole n

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    Love all of the bright colors and the elephant!

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  • Janet Staples

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    I LOVE this! So bright while being subtle and bold! Brilliant. I’m glad I ran across this…can’t wait to see the other artists’ interpretations! Thank you so much for all of your inspiration Nat!

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  • Leadonna Fritts

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    I absolutely love your style of creating, Nat. Like me, you love color and it shows beautifully in your work. Your art journal pages just speak to my heart. Thank you for sharing!

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  • D.Ann C

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    Oh, I have a serious crush on your user of neon colors!!! I have also developed a serious crush on your stamp/stencil sets this week. Can’t wait till my budget let’s me indulge in getting some!!! -FL

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  • Linsey

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    Oh goodness! Your art journal pages are SO gorgeous and completely inspiring!!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome creativity and talent and for coming together to bring your fans this super cool mixed media hop!! I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing your marvelous designs come to life!!!

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My Own Drum – Gwen Lafleur

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Squad, General Announcements

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Happy Tuesday! It’s time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s new theme: “My Own Drum”. Throughout the month of June, the team will use my new Fashion Dame Rubber Stamp Set to interpret the theme. This theme is all about inspiration, creativity, and personal expression. I asked my squad to create something that celebrates the power of individuality. March to the beat of your own Mixed Media drum this month!

We are kicking off with an art journal page from Gwen Lafleur. This is a super inspiring reminder to us all to do what we love, even if it means covering stuff up 🙂

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This month’s theme, “my own drum” was perfect for me, and lots of fun to work with! I tend to be a bit of a loner – I’ll go off on my own or join up with tour groups where I don’t know anyone else and go on crazy, exotic adventures. I’m also usually one that follows what I like rather than what’s trendy in clothes (even as an 80s child in elementary school, I knew parachute pants weren’t a good idea for me. LOL.) I’m the same with music, food, and especially with my art! Don’t get me wrong… I love to see what new things other people are doing and what tools and techniques are cool. That’s how we learn, right? But more and more, it’s important for me to take whatever I learn and go in my own direction as much as possible; to be true to myself in my work, even if no one else likes it.

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For this month’s project I took those thoughts and used them to create this art journal page. I used the Fashion Dame stamp set and created three silhouettes as my focal point – in my mind, they’re three different aspects of me. There’s a bit of a double meaning to the color and pattern on this page… first, something I like to do a lot in my work that really bothers some people is to cover things up. Second, I love the idea of the inside of the silhouettes being full of pattern and bright colors while the outside is extremely subdued. I think that speaks a lot to my own personality (and the rich inner life of an introvert. Ha!)

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To make this page, I started out by stamping with the Fashion Dame stamp set – I did different combinations of the body and clothes to get the three silhouettes. I just stamped them on copy paper and then cut them out. Next, I prepared my background. I gesso’d and painted, then I collaged on pieces from a sewing pattern (I couldn’t resist the tie to fashion!) I did some stenciling on top with some of Nathalie’s StencilGirl stencils. Once I had a nice hot mess of color and pattern, I took my three silhouettes and adhered them securely with repositionable adhesive. Next is the part that upsets some people… I took some Payne’s Gray paint and mixed it with satin glazing medium, then proceeded to paint over the entire page.

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For the next step, I use baby wipes to push back a little of the wet paint. I wanted most of the page to be at least somewhat veiled with the darker color, especially near the silhouettes. Then I peeled off the masks / silhouettes (do this while the paint is still wet so it doesn’t seal down the edges of the mask.) I love the contrast of the areas that were masked off versus the dark background with just hints of pattern and color showing through.

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To finish it off, I took a fine line painting pen and filled the well with white acrylic ink. I used this to add the journaling around the silhouettes and to put a border on the page. I added the dots with a white paint pen, then used red fluid acrylic paint mixed with airbrush medium in a fine line applicator to sprinkle some dots around the page. Voila! A finished art journal page that shows how I like to march to my own drum both in my art and in life.

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I think it is so cool that Gwen followed her instincts with the dark overlay – this is what the  theme is all about and the results are gorgeous.

Besides the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links), Gwen also used a vintage sewing pattern and Hermafix temporary dot adhesive:

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

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 your projects in my next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“!

See you next Tuesday for another project from the Creative Squad!

Nat

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  • Gayle

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    Loved this demo! I was stuck on a mixed media piece and after reading Gwen’s process, I decided that covering it up and wiping off a few areas is exactly what it needs because I too am an introvert – Thank you both for this “eureka” moment!

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      Thanks Gayle – so glad it inspired you! I don’t know if my love of covering things up is directly linked to being an introvert, but it’s certainly symbolic… lol.

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  • Michelle Rydell

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    Gwen, your page is beautiful! I love the way the bright colors peek out from the dark background! What an awesome way to use the stamp set!

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      Thanks so much! It took me a while to figure out how to interpret this month’s theme, but once it hit me I really had a lot of fun 🙂

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  • stephanie

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    I love the contrast of the dark and the bright patterns showing! Stunning

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  • Joi @RR

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    LOVE that you are so unique and your own person with quirks Gwen. That’s the kind of art I love. Today – your art reminds me of something Nat would create and I love that too. You are both so FREE and FUN – completely BODACIOUS in your creativity – LOVE that so much. Your creativity today is just so SUPER. Your ladies are all splendid – the same – yet so different. Such a great message! Thanks bunches for sharing such fab inspiration. j.

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  • Sarah P.

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    Love your unique style. Coloring outside the lines is awesome.

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