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I don’t ask for much but …or … in My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal

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“I don’t ask for much but enough room to spread my wings” – I love this – and isn’t that the truth as an artist and as a person – all you need is room to spread your wings.

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While thinking of the quote, I painted the background loosely with soft body paints:  paynes grey, brilliant blue and yellow azo and then stenciled with green permanent using the What’s the point and Ornamental stencil.

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Stamping in white was done with a pigment ink pad -loved how it popped off the page. I should have heat set the stamped images though as it took forever to dry on the acrylic paint and I smeared it accidentally when adding the images. Markers were used on the images. The wings are chipboard wings which I found in one of my drawers …I have to use up some of my chipboard- I hoarded a lot of chipboard shapes thinking one day I will have the best opportunity to use it – hey but the best opportunity is now 😉

Here is a list of what I used

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  • JackieP Neal

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    way cool Nat! I always dig your palettes!! hugs “)

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  • Joi@RR

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    Definitely a unique one! The background is super – so YOU – Nat. Your sentiment made me “think”!!! I like it. It never took much room for me to spread my wings… but I know folks that take lots of room! Somehow I put you in that category Nat. You are so talented and have so much to give in so many different ways… I’m hoping you have an abundance of room to “fly high” when you need it! j.

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Criticized Anyway or …In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal

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Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway! – Eleanor Roosevelt

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This resonates with me right now a lot. Very quick spread – I brayered the colors on then stamped and stenciled using my Batik Stencil and Wired Stamp Set.

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I cut out some shapes out of deli paper that I had used to print off access paint on the Printing Plate. I love deli paper as it makes for wonderful collage elements.

Now that I am back for a while and cut back on traveling for the second half of 2015, I cannot wait to dive into creating more – I missed my studio :)

What are you working on right now?

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  • Kathy P

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    A truer quote never spoken! Great page! And I agree, while it is great fun to travel, the sweetness of it comes when returning home! Enjoy the rest of your summer, Nat!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Kathy! Hope you are enjoying your summer too!!!

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  • Joi@RR

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    YEAH – it will be fun to see you create more Nat. I’m excited. But… I did love traveling “with” you too. Love this page – and the fact that you did it fast is encouraging! Great quote and so true. Glad you are safely back home. Hugs j.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Joi :) No worries- LOL- the next travels are being cooked up…but for now I am happy at home. What a beautiful summer this is!

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Photos of the Art Journaling Live 2015 Event

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

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Exactly 48 hours after I landed in Newark after my trip to Europe, I was back at the airport to head out to Arlington, Texas for the Create Art Journaling Live 2015 Event. After a mayor delay  and a pretty insane flight – which I add to my “gotta great travel story to tell ” repertoire I arrived late in Dallas. As I had a dinner date with my sweet friend Julie and Margaret and Jackie, I went by taxi right to the restaurant from the airport. Only…due to a major miscommunication, I went to the wrong restaurant in Plano and not in Dallas. Which left me alone and pretty much throwing a pitty party for myself and exhausted on a parking lot in the middle of nowhere in Texas. But good friends don’t let you hanging and so Julie, Margaret and Jackie drove to get me. In the end my very first huge pile of Smoked Texan BBQ Ribs and a good drink as well as lots of laughter made me feel as if the world was still awesome 😉 Thank you girls <3

The next morning the event took place – and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Dina Wakely, Mary Beth Shaw and I taught some fun Art Journaling Techniques.

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We had 75 students and it was so much fun to see so many familiar faces in the round. Thank you for coming – that was awesome!

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The classes and the students were video graphed during the day and in a couple months you can actually purchase the whole event as a class DVD. I will keep you posted.

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As you can see we were sitting a bit on a high podest (here is Dina in action) – which was a bit awkward since we couldn’t walk around or move much- and if you know me I am usually bouncing around like a rubber ball  in my classes. But it was the way it needed to be for the filming. The students could see everything on a big screen and followed along and it was fun to see what they are doing too.

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We other teachers sat in the back of the room playing around in our journals.

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Here are Jackie and Margaret and Katie all named Margaret on their tags- which made me laugh big time! So wonderful to meet them!

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As I said it was awesome to see many familiar faces too – makes me always super happy!

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Here I am on my “throne” – I was really nervous before the whole thing, I have never taught such a big class and on top being on camera too – but then I forgot the cameras and kept on going …and melting…as you can see the huge light.

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And below is the reason why I never do manicure. I believe those hands looked good about 2 minutes on camera

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And here are the four of us after the event!

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That was fun! Thank you to all of our students,  Cloth Paper Scissors for having us and the fun video team. Thank you also to Liquitex for sponsoring the huge amount of acrylic media in the class kits and to Stampendous for sponsoring one of my stamp sets for the students!  I will keep you posted on the release of the DVD/Download :)

Have a gorgeous day

Nat

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  • Denise Spillane

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    I can confirm that this was a fun and fabulous event! I would do it again in a minute! The only thing better would be two days so we could have more time withe each of you!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Denise, thank you so much for coming! It was so good to see you and I agree- a two day event would be fab!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Welcome Home Nat! Dear me… you are off and running again fast! This was fun to see – although I hate to think of you alone in Texas at the wrong restaurant – ugh. Glad you were rescued :) You look GREAT on your throne!!!! Love the last picture of the four of you together – great smiles!! Looks like it was a great success. REST…. if you can! j.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- thank you Joi- yep I am glad I got “rescued” 😉 I did rest a bit after the event – and I am fully energized but a bit lazy now 😉

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  • Susan Schultheis

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    WOW! 4 of my fave artists. Maybe one day you will have your Art Journaling Live a little closer to Maryland?? I sure it was a fantastic everything.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      That would be cool Susan. I would love to come to Maryland. Who knows :)

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