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Artful Adventures Stroll – Transportation

Subway – Billy Collins 1941

As you fly swiftly underground

with a song in your ears

or lost in the maze of a book,

remember the ones who descended here

into the mire of bedrock

to bore a hole through this granite,

to clear a passage for you

where there was only darkness and stone.

Remember as you come up into the light.

I created this art journal page based on two inspiration photos I took for the “Stroll Through The Hood Challenge” . You can see a free video  on how I created the page and my thought process while doing it in the classroom accompanying the challenge if you haven’t yet. You can sign up here

I love the poem and I liked incorporating it into my art journal. All in all I am so grateful we have such an amazing public transportation system here- unless it is early in the morning and the train is full to the brim. Good think I work mostly from home ;)


Hope your days is awesome filled with easy transportation – no traffic jams- no packed trains :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Speaking of transportation…I just received an email from amazon that your book should arrive to be on May 31st!
    Earlier than I expected it…woot woot.
    Hope you have a glorious day Nat.

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Artful Adventures – Interview with Seth Apter

Seth Apter is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about him and some of his thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Artful Adventure Dreams
  • Connecting with People
  • Massive Scary Street Sweepers
  • Collecting “Trash”
  • Organizing Found Objects
  • Seeking Out Inspiration from Peace and Stillness
  • Travel Journals
  • The ARTifacts Project
  • Ephemeral Discoveries

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Seth Apter from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview – I sure did – let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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Book Signing @ The Ink Pad – Meet & Greet Nat!

Meet me at The Ink Pad in NYC for a book signing with my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media! Pick up a personalized copy of the book and go on an Artful Adventure with me :) To add to the fun, there will be some special prizes for the first 5 in-store preorders and first 5 in-store purchases of the book.  Drop by, say Hello, and pick up your copy!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017: 4pm – 7pm

See you there!

And for those of you who cannot make it, order a FREE signed Bookplate from the n*Store for your copy of Artful Adventures in Mixed Media. I will even personalize it for you if you let me know in the notes section of your order.

 

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Gone Destination – Painting

I wanted share with you my painting “Gone Destination” which I had painted for one of the chapters of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media. The painting shows “Pearl Paint,  an art supply store, I used to visit often in NYC when I was still living in Germany and once in a while visit my family in the States. I loved this place and I loved the building. I was very sad when it closed down.  The paining is part of one of my chapters in my book where I show how and why I created the background – and what it was inspired by. I was pleasantly surprised that this was picked as the cover image for my book by the publisher (you see as an author you do not have a lot of say on that ;) ) . A student of mine, Julie B., really wanted it and so it is now on it’s way to California. I am so happy to know this painting that is so special to me will have a new loving home.

Speaking of Artful Adventures- are you playing along in the Stroll Through the Hood Challenge and Free Classroom? It is so much fun and I love seeing all the different “hoods” of those participating from all over the world, from all kinds of different neighborhoods- rural, urban …It is like an inspiring mini-vacation! Check it out if you haven’t yet and join the fun!

Have a wonderful day!

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Out and About – Tina Walker

  

Hello from the Creative Squad!  This month the Creative Squad will be playing along with my Stroll Challenge and today Tina Walker is starting us off with a really cool mixed media project using my Stroll Through the Hood #2 stamp set, and working with the theme Out and About – Sometimes it’s hard to see all the cool and inspiring stuff that’s right under our noses. This month we hope you will join us in our 30 day Stroll Challenge and get Out and About where you live, and find some local inspiration.


Hi! Tina Walker here today with my take on this month’s theme, ‘Out and About’. During the month of May, as part of n*Studio’s 30 day Stroll Challenge and getting out in my neighborhood, I thought it would be fun to take one of the photographs from the challenge and use it as inspiration for my project. We hope you will join us this month and get out and about and say hello to your neighbors and enjoy the spring weather.

To kick off the STROLL, I used this photograph as inspiration this month. I was ‘strolling’ to my mailbox and captured this shot of my walk, mid stride.

Because my stroll was taking me to the mailbox, I immediately spied the fabulous Mailbox stamp include in the ‘Stroll Through the Hood #2’ stamp set. It was serendipitous!

I haven’t created a trio of ATC cards for a while, so I thought I’d pull out some blanks and get creating.

To create the background of each ATC, I covered each blank with a sheet of dictionary paper. I then heat embossed the Warehouse, Main Station, and E-Train stamps also included in the set.

I added lots of distressing with Distress Oxide inks, reacting the inks with water.

The mailbox embellishments were created by stamping into oven back clay. Once hardened and cooled, I distressed each piece with acrylic paint.

To finish each ATC scene, I added people die-cuts, stamped fabric sentiments, and a hand-cut and colored Flag stamp (also included in the set).

Each ATC was machine stitched to a scrap piece of leather and cotton batting, incorporating a fabric ‘hanger’.

I love how my patriotic ATCs turned out. Each vignette made me think about the generations of people, strolling to their neighborhood mailboxes, sending well wishes, happy thoughts, and joyous news. It seems all so simple and uncomplicated, in our new world of electronic media, and impersonal communication.

I hope you enjoyed my project today and join us this month. Have a great day!


Thank you Tina for taking us back in time and inspiring us to get Out and About wherever we live! In addition to scrap fabric and a sewing machine, Tina used these supplies – some links are affiliate links:



Play along with us this month and join the 30 day Artful Adventures Stroll Challenge! 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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    Love those “romantic” ATC’s Tina. My favorite is the optimist one.
    Perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July coming up!

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  • julie b

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    oooh! What a great post….I love that mailbox stamp and it was cool to see the embossed buildings in the background. Just might have to try this technique with the fire hydrant as my walks to the mailbox always include walking the pug (who likes to mark the neighborhood gnome as every other dog has done so too). Shhh, she also has a favorite mailbox she likes to mark (the only one out of 60+ in the neighborhood).

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  • Gerrie!

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    These are really awesome Tina!! Love how you incorporated the stamps into the background, and people!

    Funny thing….I live in a different area…southwest Florida – where I live we don’t have sidewalks, few houses…we have no mailboxes except for the ones in front of peoples homes, and a blue box in front of the post office. If I go for a stroll, I see some houses, and lots of vacant lots! We have no factories or industry……….our oldest house was built in the late 1950’s! I will really have to put my thinking cap on to play along.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      You can take a pic of your mailbox, from an angle, upside down – it can be also your postoffice or anything- think in the widest sense, make up your own rules ;)

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Artful Adventures – Interview with Birgit Koopsen

Birgit Koopsen is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Artful Adventures in Brooklyn
  • Challenge Surprises
  • How Inspiration Strikes
  • Treasures of Nature
  • Exploring a Theme in Depth
  • and some bloopers ;)

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Birgit Koopsen from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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Join the Artful Adventure! Challenge & Free Class

I invite you to an Artful Adventure Challenge with a Free Class !

Play along with me on this 30 Day Challenge, beginning on May 10th, 2017 and culminating in the release of my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media: Techniques Inspired by Observation and Experience on June 8, 2017!

Go on an Artful Adventure with me and join into a Free Classroom with some fun tutorials!

With the challenge find inspiration by taking a “Stroll Through The Hood” and observing the details of the world around you. Anyone can join in on the fun by following our list of daily prompts. Each day you will have a new word to inspire you. Go for a stroll outside, snap a photo of something that you feel illustrates the word of the day, and build a collection of visual material to inspire your artwork, art journaling, and mixed media projects. Along the way you’ll discover things about your Hood that you may have never noticed before, and you’ll learn to find inspiration just outside your door. Use #ArtfulAdventures on social media and share your photos and the projects you were inspired to make.

Go even further and sign up to access the FREE classroom going along with the challenge. The classroom will offer several tutorials by me, my photos for the challenge with explanation what inspires me, some surprise guests with tutorials, a place for sharing, a community environment, and multiple chances to win a free copy of my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media..  Join me on my #ArtfulAdventures as I show you how I transform my prompt-inspired photos into artwork. Share your photos in the daily lesson prompts and see what others are observing in their “Hoods”. Comment and discuss with a whole bunch of people who are taking the challenge with you.

I hope you will join the fun! It’s free- so …come on :)

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  • Stephanie

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    Woot! I’m signed up too

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  • JoAnn

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    Just signed up for class – don’t know how much I will be able to participate but am anxious to see what you share. Can’t wait to get your new book!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Yeah- so good to have you JoAnn! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Artful Adventures – Interview with MaryBeth Shaw

MaryBeth Shaw is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • The Perfect Artful Adventure
  • Jazz
  • Inspiration from Books
  • #IseeStencilsEverywhere
  • Her Artwork in the Book
  • The Fascination of Triangles

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Mary Beth Shaw from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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  • Joi@RR

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    DELIGHTFUL – this was just FABULOUS to see and hear. Thanks bunches two you both. Xj.

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  • JoAnn

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    Wonderful interview – thank you for sharing. I never heard of Diebenkorn – didn’t even know how to spell his name – but will definitely check him out……and maybe use more triangles. Look forward to your book – it sounds fabulous!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      JoAnn, glad you liked it. Let us know what you think of Diebenkorn and also how the triangles go :) Hope you will like the book- thank you so much for your support!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    Oh I can’t wait to listen to this video I love these and listening to you talk. Thanks for sharing with all of us !!!❤❤❤

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Artful Adventures – Interview with Natalya Aikens

Natalya Aikens is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Combining Architecture with Fashion with Art
  • Gathering Inspiration
  • Tactile Art
  • Natalya’s Artwork in my book
  • How life experience changes your appreciation for different art styles
  • Art History and Docent Tours
  • Stitching the ancient architecture of Greece

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Natalya Aikens from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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