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Whatevers Part Three – In the Garden

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we decided to revive the Whatevers every Wednesday this May on our blogs :)

Here is my project for this weeks’ photo

“Betsy’s community garden was a little piece of happiness for the kids n the otherwise quite kid unfriendly city.” …”Rolf became a florist, Fred became a landscaper, Matt became a Park Ranger and Betsy…never stopped planting seeds.”

This spread was actually a demo page for an image transfer class I taught a while ago and I was waiting for the right occasion to use the background with the buildings for. I painted the sunflowers onto the background.

I printed the photo out on printer paper and cut the persons out and applied them to the page. I painted over them with acrylic paints and markers and then added the journaling.

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:


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  • collette marcsis

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    I absolutely LOVE The Whatevers! I love the creative stories and how different three people can use the save photo. I admit I’ve spend a lot of money on “Found Relatives” and then they just sat. Thanks for the inspiration to start using them in my journal.

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  • Janelle Rourke

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    I am so happy to see the Whatevers again. I loved playing along!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeahhh – hope you will play with us again for this month. We have two more coming :)

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  • Cat

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    I am absolutely in LOVE LOVE LOVE with this. It’s perfect in every single way, I love how you added the hand painted flowers in the background. It’s stunning. Did I mention I love this? :-)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you my sweet friend! I do love yours so much too – and Vic’s !!! This is so much fun!

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Find Your Fire !

I love making art, I love being creative, I love to craft. I often think how lucky I am that I found my fire! I would have never guessed that this is where my path would lead me in my later life. I hope everyone can find their fire!

What is yours?

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  • stephanie

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    What a great spread! Thanks for so much inspiration to find our fires too.

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Powerful Vision – Art Journal Spread

When I close my eyes my vision is even more powerful.

In this art journal spread I played with different collage elements from photos I printed out, images I found in magazines, advertising and paintings by other artists.

I layered stamps and stencils and I love how everything came together.

Here is a little list of some of the supplies I used- some are affiliate links:


Have a wonderful day <3

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  • Tina Walker

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    I really love this Nat! The colors, the composition, the design! ♥

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Whatevers Part Three – Distracted Dude

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we decided to revive the Whatevers every Wednesday this May on our blogs :)

Here is my project for this weeks’ photo

“Uncle Alfred always was a bit different and they couldn’t believe it that he ruined that he ruined the very pricy family photo by distractedly looking into the other direction. Little did they know that Uncle Alfred just saw the world in a different way and that right at that moment a miracle had happened.”

For this spread I stamped with the Versailles Negative and Positive and the Buenos Aires Border Foam Stamp using acrylic paint. After the paint dried, I brushed yellow acrylic ink over parts of the spread. Love the effect. I printed out the photo on printer paper and cut the family out and painted over them with acrylic paint. I also added my star tag stamp in different colored ink, rotating it and adding some strings with a signo pen. (thank you Marsha for that inspiration!)

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:


P.S: Don’t forget that the Artful Adventures: Stroll Through the Hood Challenge and Free Class starts today!

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  • Vicki

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    Your color use is always amazing! Love!!!

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  • Cat

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    I love the bright colors and how you created those lovely layers! You’re foam stamps are so amazing! I wonder what the miracle for Alfred will be, are you going to reveal it next week? I love this so much Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you Cat! Ha…I think no-one will ever know what the miracle for Alfred is but it is sure colorful ;)

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Whatevers Part Three – The Dam Family

A couple years ago my friends Vic Chrisman, Cat Scanlon and I founded The Whatevers, a Creative Storytelling Project. In a nutshell we decided to give old discarded photos we found a new life by telling the story of those shown. The three of us wrote an article for the recent Cloth Paper Scissors Issue – and we even made the cover :)

So we thought we would celebrate this by doing a monthlong revival of the Whatevers and the three of us a posting our project based on a photo we picked every Wednesday this May . Maybe you will even play along with us. Here is my take for our first pic this month:

“Tiffy was not amused…of course Dad and uncle Bob were the only ones opposing the war on the block and so they dressed up as Mr. and Mrs. Dam  to tell everyone what they thought about it. But good grief…The worst really was that she had to sit with them. If only Mom wasn’t visiting her grandparents right now. ”

The whole photo is just super interesting. I am assuming it was taken during a 4th of July Parade and so I wanted the background to be colorful and funky. I stamped and stenciled with acrylic paint. I printed the photo out on printing paper, glued it into the journal and painted over it with watercolor.

Now let’s check out what Vicki and Cat did with the photo and in case you want to play along with us -here is the original photo for you. Share with us what you came up with on the Whatevers Facebook Page or leave a link in the comment section :)

Here are the supplies I used for my page – some links are affiliate links:


Comments (6)

  • Julie B

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    You gals had fun with this photo…….

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      lol, we did! hope you download the photo and play along with us!

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  • Stephanie

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    How fun!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I hope you join in :) Download the photo – and have fun with it :)

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  • Catherine Matthews Scanlon

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    I love how you did the background, it is super interesting with your stamps. Love love love! I think the added flag is the perfect touch. I so much love how we both got the clue that little girl wasn’t happy, she is actually my grandmother, whose name was Cordelia. Can’t wait until next week! Xoxo, so happy for the revival.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Ohhh you didn’t tell us – you need to tell me the real story of this pic if you know :) LOL. Off to check your and Vic’s project :)

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A Line is a dot…on a stroll – Art Journal Spread

” A line is a dote that went for a walk” – Paul Klee. A lot of lines in this spread -strolling around.

This was a demo spread which looked a bit sad, so I painted the areas in different colors, stamped with different stamps of my RubberMoon Stroll Through the Hood sets and then added some marks and journaling with a white China Marker. China Markers are great to write on acrylic paint.

Here are some of the supplies I used – some links are affiliate links


Speaking of walks- have you done a walk lately that inspired you?

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  • Sue Clarke

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    What great quote and I like your version of it…especially since your strolls are so inspiring.
    I’ve been sick in the house for almost a full week and I can see the buds on the trees starting to bloom.
    So my short walks out to my yard with my dog have inspired me by seeing these buds and my chicks and hens which are growing very well. Peace.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you Sue! I am so sorry to hear you are sick- hope you feel better soon!!! huge hugs, nat

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No Reason to Avoid Influence – Art Journal Spread

“For my part I have never avoided the influence of others. I would have considered it cowardice and a lack of sincerity toward myself” Henri Matisse

Some stamping with several of my ArtFoamies Stamps including my new super cute Versailles Positive and Negative Mini Stamps. I used only two colors of the stamping and once I filled up both pages, I painted with some yellow acrylic ink over part, which turned green over the blue and stayed yellow in the white off -set stamped areas.

I like how this spread turned out- it was fun. Here are some of the supplies I used – some of the links are affiliate links:


Have a wonderful creative day!

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  • Julie B

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    Love the mix/matching of the various sizes of Versailles stamp with a little Buenos Aires for interest. Thank you again for the inspiration.

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Art is a Line Around Your Thoughts

This is an art journal spread entirely inspired by Gustav Klimt- the patterns and colors.

I love breaking up stenciled patterns with hand drawn patterns. I also loved playing with all the different shapes and doodles- it was a very relaxing page to create .

You also see I am still on a little Gold-Hype :) Here are the supplies I used in this spread -some links are affiliate links:

What are your favorite shapes to draw?

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  • Julie B

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    EEK! LOVE THIS! Absolutely love the layers, colors, texture, shapes and design. Love how the gold gesso pops the page. Thank you once again for the inspo!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      awe thank you so much, Julie! cannot wait to see all your go,d adventures :)

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  • Shelley Graham Turner

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    Loving your gold hype! The mix of gold and orange, with the black and white pops? YUMMY!

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  • Torsa Saha

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    It’s amazing!!

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Live Like It’s Spring – Michelle Rydell

Hello from the Creative Squad! The monthly theme is Live Like it’s Spring – Springtime is when Mother Nature kicks it into high gear. It’s the time to wake up and approach life with renewed energy.  Let’s join Mother Nature in this reawakening and create some things in the Spirit of Spring! Today Michelle Rydell is playing with different parts of my stencils  to celebrate spring with a gorgeous mandala. Check out her nifty beautiful idea to use stencils!


When I heard that the theme for this month was about springtime, the first thing I thought of was flowers! Then I took out my Wanderlust stencils to see what I could see. I love looking deeply into Nat’s stencil patterns, because you can see so many patterns within patterns. This time, what I saw was a cute little tulip within the Santa Fe Stencil. Do you see it too?

That gave me the idea to create a springtime mandala with the little tulips as a starting point. I’m creating this spread on watercolor paper in a 9” x 12” journal. The guideline I’m setting for myself is to only use bits and pieces from the following Wanderlust stencils: Santa Fe, New Orleans, and Manhattan. Here’s the step-by-step…

I started with the basic diamond shape (from the Santa Fe) in the middle, tracing it with pencil in the middle of the page. Then I drew a line straight out from each point and side of the diamond. Then added a “tulip” at the end of each line…

From there I just started building outward with various shapes from the stencils; first tracing with pencil, then going over it with pen, once I knew I liked the way it looked.

When I reached this point, I started to see the center of a giant daisy emerging! I found a quote that felt perfect to tie the mandala in with springtime. I drew a circle around the mandala, leaving a little room to add the quote to the inside of the circle. In case it’s hard to read, here’s what it says…

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” ~ Rachel Carson

Then I drew the petals, to complete the flower…

Colored it in with tombow markers…

And cut the shape of the flower out, so you can see the journal page before and after behind it.


Wow – I love how all those different parts of the stencils created something new and beautiful – stunning, Michelle! She 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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  • Sue Clarke

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    It’s amazing how a crafty person can create such beauty while using different pieces of this stencil.
    Thanks for the ideas Michelle as I tend to create “in the box”.

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  • Julie Tucker

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    This is gorgeous! LOVING how you assembled that flower!!!!!!!!!!!

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