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The Chunky Monkey Painting or … City Spring

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media Painting

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I started a new urban painting and wanted to change things up in how I start my paintings . So instead of the normal procedure I forced myself to do it a bit differently.

I was inspired by some sgraffito in paintings by Paul Klee and Jean Dubuffets – which I have just shown in my Post here. Here is how my painting looked for a couple days when I was undecided if I should leave it like this or not. I actually really liked it.

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I love taking photos of my work in progress to see in hindsight what I did and sometimes also …where I should have not taken the next step. As in this. Now that I look back …I almost 😉 wish I would have just stopped. But I didn’t …a weird “this cannot be it” – feeling kicked in …and so I continued. And I went a bit overboard with it … kind of like when you hand me a jar of Ben and Jerry’s “Chunky Monkey” Ice Cream …nothings gonna stop me there either 😉 although I know pretty much after two scoops that should be it.

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Pretty soon I realized that it is not going into the right direction, but then I just wanted to see how far I could push it and I painted a lot with palette knifes -which I usually only use for texture. That was cool.  And then I also got totally addicted to sketching with a mixture of Soft Body Paint and Ink (Titanium White and Carbon Black) filled into a Fineline bottle. I know now exactly the consistency of the mixture of those two paint media I need to make it work. I just loved the way the lines came out and the erased dimensional look.

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Do I regret going further although I am not loving the outcome? Nope …absolutely not. I learned a lot by doing this and I found some new things I definitely want to incorporate more into new paintings. I also learned that less is sometimes more and not boring …although overall more is more for me… I might just sulk and eat some Chunky Monkey now  😉

I think it is important to do things in our creative process that we are not loving in order to stretch ourselves and learn . I really enjoyed the process and keeping track of this, so the time was not wasted.  And you know what …I can always make a new painting … maybe I even just gesso over this one …the texture underneath will probably already define the city skyline …what do you think? Now that makes me excited about this again … LOL – maybe it will be the continuing City Spring Canvas Saga.

Are you a less is more or more is more person? 


Nat

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  • Bea

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    sorry, i like it…b

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  • Deborah A. Pierro

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    Nat, I like the soft look of your new urban painting. I also like your previous urban paintings.

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  • Joi@RR

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    Good morning Nat. I like the first one – the more pastel one BUT… here’s the thing… if I went in a gallery looking for your paintings – I would never have picked the first one as YOURS. Sooooooooo…. my fav is the second one. PLEASE don’t gesso over it!!! It’s really Wonderful. Totally love the brown building especially the staircase and the sign on top. To me… it just is so you and also – to me – it’s a work of art. The first one is lovely – and it could be a new side of you – but the second one is FABULOUS… I love it. j.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you for your feedback Joi! I agree- the first one was just not feeling me – but I liked it :)

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  • JanJ

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    Wow! I like both. In the original the colors are soft and light. I struggle trying to keep in pastel colors. To me, your completed one is more dynamic and powerful. I just can’t choose. Thumbs Up!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeah- the pastel was my problem too – it is just not me – mmmh mhhh – LOL

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  • Cheryl

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    I really like it, for it looks quite professional. I loved all the colors you used, and it looks and feels like an inner city. I hope you will keep it, frame it, a d. E pleased with the results of pushing yourself. I would hang it in my home!

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Fiesta Girl Canvas

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media

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I created this canvas board with my new Stampendous Fiesta Stamp Set for the CHA Booth.

 

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I first painted the background with different green shades. Then I stamped the background with different acrylic colors and the Fiesta stamps. Next, I masked off the background with the woman silhouette and used Parchment and a light mist of Black Liquitex Spray Paint over it.

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I took some paint at some areas off again and then used Titanium White Spray Paint and an alphabet stencil moving over the whole canvas with the lady still masked off. The letters were applied in the end with Gel Medium.

Here are the supplies I used:

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have a wonderful day and do something creative!

Nat

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  • Nurse-Ratchet

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    Love it!! Just picked up my Fiesta Stamp set yesterday ….. It is more amazing in person!!

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  • Seth

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    Great piece Nat. Thanks for taking the time to share the process as well!

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    smokeysmom

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    I love this Nat! Is the female portrait one of your masks? Where can I buy it? This piece really speaks to me, it’s just perfect:)

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  • Joi@RR

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    She is so unique… love the florals inside and the numbers outside… so many thought provoking meanings come to mind. Beautiful.

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Gorgeous canvas Nat! Love those stamps as well as the colors you chose!

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    Yankeegirl

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    This is really awesome, Nat! Love the greens and blues on the grey, and the numbers really set the shape off!

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    Andrene

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    Really beautiful! I love the colors you’ve used and the stamped images were the perfect choice for that silhouette.

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  • tesa

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    Beautiful!!

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  • Stampendous Stamps

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    This canvas just has the most soothing color palette with such an exciting design idea. Love the use of type as an element as well. Always eye-catching. Another masterpiece, Nathalie!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    jo.murray.art

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    LOVE the under printing in the silhouette.

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  • D.AnnC

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    Really love the colors in this! The more I see of this set, the higher it climbs on my wishlist!!

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  • Jacquelene L

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    This canvas is my favourite piece from cha. When I saw it, I went to the stampendous website to try and figure out what stencil you used. I love the women stencil and the stamps. Thank you for sharing your inspiring techniques for this canvas. In the future this stencil and stamps will be used in my art journals and cards. Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us.
    Jacquelene L
    Canada

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Mark Maker

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media Painting, Stamping

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This Canvas was created for the CHA Show (Craft and Hobby Association – which has a yearly trade show in Anaheim) and where my new Stamps with Stampendous are released at the moment…I am waving from there right now.

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I used the Mark Maker Stamp Set with it- that also includes a stencil

The stamps will be available soon. I used them with acrylic paint on top of the canvas – my favorite way to use stamps.

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For texture I added Frantage Aged Embossing Powders and smoothed and mixed some acrylic paint over the heat embossed areas with my finger. The washers and metal pins are also heat embossed with Frantage Embossing Powder.

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Here is a list of all the supplies I used

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Hope you like it – have a great day!

 

Nat

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    Yankeegirl

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    I ordered your three newest stamps from Amazon and they are ON THEIR WAY to me! Yay! Love what you have created here. Have fun in Anaheim!!!

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    judyb41

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    Love your work. Would love to win some Liquitex products.

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    JackiePN

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    Very cool canvas and congrats on the new stamp line!!

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  • Sue Hiles

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    I love your work and found your blog from someone on You Tube. I live about 15 from Jersey City near Morristown. I will check out your stamps, I hope I can tell which ones are yours. :) I am also a mixed media artist, for less than a year now but I love it immensely. Sue

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  • Seth

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    Ahhhhhmazing. Love this piece and your new stamp sets too Nat. Congratulations!

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  • stephanie

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    can’t wait to get your new stamps!

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