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Stamping Up a Storm – DIY Napkins and Kitchen Towels

By now my friend Kim and I made it a habit to meet every couple weeks for a fun project and I love this so much. This time we decided to make some napkins and kitchen towels.

We got some fabric paint and nice white kitchen towels which can also serve as nice big napkins and started playing.

Using my ArtFoamies Minis on those were the perfect pick. Foam Stamps work so well on fabric!

The size is great and it was a quick and fun way to enhance the fabric.

The fabric paint we used was a little bit too fluid for our taste but it actually worked well – after brayering the paint on top of the stamp we went sometimes with a cotton swap over the stamp to even out some areas or even to take off some paint if it seemed too much. At the end of the day this is a handmade result- so hey- let go of perfectionism :)

Because the paint is a bit thin it tends to seep through the fabric- so putting something for protection underneath the area you stamp when you layer up your fabric is a good idea. We just used paper towels.

We both especially liked the blue.

But also adding more and more white and yellow to the dark green after each row was fun for getting a kind of ombre effect. I love this.

It didn’t take long for the paint to dry and after following the directions on the paint jars to iron the backside of the printed fabric, and then washing them- they are ready to be used.

 

Here are some napkins- I love the set -even though the patterns are different they belong together due to the same color. For the napkins we mostly only printed one row.

For the kitchen towels we added a bit more

Aren’t they fun?

I will definitely make more of those- they make a really good  and personalized gift too. Hope you like Kim and my little project – we already scheduled the next one :)

Here are the supplies I used:



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  • Marsha

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    Love, love, love this!!!

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  • Klara

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    I love these so much! Green set and blue set are my favorites! What a fantastic idea!

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  • Stephanie

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    What a great idea! Thanks Nat

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  • margaret griffiths

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    OK I love your stamps!!! I guess its time to go buy them…
    Thanks, for the wonderful website and ideas

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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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Nice to Meet You! with Keren Tamir

Hello and welcome to a blog feature I call Nice to Meet You! From time to time I learn about some amazing artists out there who are working with my stamps and stencils and are creating some pretty fun and exciting projects. It’s always inspiring to see what others do with my designs and sometimes they even introduce me to a new way of seeing the pattern or a new technique to try on my own. Today I’d like to introduce to you Keren Tamir!


Please introduce yourself to our readers:

I live in Thornhill, Ontario which is in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada. I’m a true suburban girl and I love it. I live with my husband and two kids; one 16 year old teen and one 10 year old girl. Although I love to travel, I’m a true homebody and love spending time at home.

How do you make time to be creative?

I make some time every day to be creative in my studio. I have a few hours to create after I drop off my kids at school, I love working in the morning as it gives me a few solid hours to design and create a project. Although I would love to create every minute of every day, weeknights and weekends are mostly spent with my family. Of course there are also those days where I do have to do some computer work and social media sharing. Those days might not be creative days but without them I would not be able to do what I love!!

What are some of your favorite n*Studio stamps / stencils?

My favourite n*Studio products are the foam stamps. I specifically love the BirdElephant and Urban Scribble sets. I’ve used all three sets in several projects and I just love how the stencils and stamps combine so nicely together.

Bird Foam Stamp Set
Elephant Foam Stamp Set
Urban Scribble Foam Stamp Set

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do you love to use them?

I love experimenting and trying new techniques with the stamps. I’m always trying to find ways to use them differently than the norm. I love using them with other mixed media mediums, not just paint and ink.

What is your favorite medium to work in?

I love all mixed media mediums but if I had to choose just one then it would have to be gel medium. There’s just so many ways you can use it and so many techniques to experiment with. Of course that without the other mediums like gesso, paint and texture paste it can be limiting. I love the formulas, mixing and combining mediums together. Makes my heart so happy!!

What inspires you to be creative?

I love thinking out of the box, I like being original. I love creating pieces that have movement and that inspire others. Everything that I make, I make from my heart and soul and so that’s why I originally chose the name of my blog to be called: “Expressing from my heart and soul”

Do you have a favorite artist?

All kinds of artists and styles inspire me. I find inspiration from the masters and also from artists who have just begun their journey. I truly find inspiration everywhere as every person who creates from their heart inspires others and so I get inspired from them all.

How did you get into art-making?

I always loved art, since I was little. I used to always doodle during class and draw things on my notebooks, I took some art classes in high school but never pursued it after that. I tried painting, sculpting, watercolors in my 20’s but It wasn’t really my thing. Then in 2003 I started scrapbooking just for fun and it opened up my world to so many products. Scrapbooking lead me to Mixed Media and I started combining art products with scrapbooking. Finally I felt like I found my calling, as if I found what brings my heart joy and then I never looked back. When I found mixed media it’s as if everything in my soul became alive.

In three words, how does art-making make you feel?

Peaceful, Happy, “Full of Light” (pretend the last one is one word, LOL)


Thank you Keren for sharing your story and the wonderful ways that you’ve been working with my foam stamp sets! I hope everyone will watch Keren’s videos to see some of the super cool techniques that she uses :)

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Rule of Three – #4 – Three Ways to use my Pos+Neg Foam Stamps

Here is another episode of my new series of mini-videos: “Rule of Three”. As we all know all good things come in three and these mini-tutorial-videos will show you all kinds of fun and practical things and techniques coming in three.

Rule of Three – #4 – Three Ways to use my Positive and Negative ArtFoamies Foam Stamps

Rule of Three #4 – 3 Ways to use Positve & Negative Foam Stamps from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you find these 3 ways to use my positive and negative foam stamps inspiring . Here is a full list of the supplies I used in my video – some of the links are affiliate links:


I am looking forward to share more Rule of Three videos with you soon! Have a wonderful creative day!

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Creative Ice Breaker – Morning Art Journal Play Video #8

In the mornings I play in my art journal to get myself into the creative groove and break the ice – so to speak- and get ready to paint. I recorded and fast forwarded my morning ritual for this video – and hope you enjoy it. Take it as what it is – a morning art journal play- not a tutorial.

Creative Icebreaker #8, April 2017 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Here is the art journal spread I created in the video

Here are the supplies I have used in my Creative Ice Breaker video above – some links are affiliate links.Please note that my Manhattan Minis will be available soon- some select stores carry them already (The InkPad, Scrapbook Centrale) and I will soon too :) )

I hope you enjoyed the little glimpse into my morning warm up play! Have a wonderful and creative day!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    I love your creative ice breakers they are so fun to watch you create!!! Thanks for sharing and such a beautiful page !!! xxoo

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you Sherry! have a gorgeous and sunny weekend

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I am a Slipping Glimpser – Art Journal Spread

Each new glimpse is determined by many, many glimpses before. It’s this glimpse which inspires you — like an occurrence. And I notice those are always my moment of having an idea that maybe I could start a painting… As a matter of fact, I’m really slipping, most of the time, into that glimpse. I’m like a slipping glimpser.

-Willem de Kooning

I had such a fun time playing with this spread. Some stamping with the Versailles and Toledo Foam Stamps and Acrylic Paint .

I transferred some parts of a photo of a graffiti wall I took in San Francisco with Gel Medium  and stamped in between with the Stroll Through The Hood 1 and Stroll Through the Hood 2 as well as the Cardboard Stamp Sets.

I also played with my newish Caran’d Ache Museum Aquarelle Pencils – I basically dipped them in water and then went to town creating color blocks and marks. LOVE how vibrant they are !

I love the grungy look of this spread – I am super happy how it turned out. Here are some of the supplies I used – some links are affiliate links


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  • Sue Clarke

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    The layers and layers are awesome.
    I must challenge myself to doing a page with this many layers!

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Impossible to Forget – Art Journal Spread

“I will not be another flower, picked for my beauty and left to die. I will be wild, difficult to find and impossible to forget!” – Erin Van Vuren

I loved the quote when I found it – and I had to include it in my art journal.

The background was a VERY purple background – LOL- so I toned it down a bit by using some Baltic Blue Acrylic Paint and gesso over some of the areas. I used my Manhattan positive and negative Foam Stamp set as well as the Manhattan Border Foam stamp for a pattern. To break the very linear pattern up a bit I used the Grannies Rubber Stamp.

I painted over a magazine image that I had saved , using acrylic paints and some markers. That was fun. A different color scheme when usual for me but it is totally my cuppa tea :)

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



Have a beautiful day!

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Let’s Go Somewhere – Michelle Rydell

  

Happy Tuesday my friends! Today Michelle Rydell from my Creative Squad is sharing a happy and bright journal cover using the Batik Pattern 2 foam stamp, the Batik Pattern 4 foam stamp, and this month’s theme: Let’s Go Somewhere. We’re in the depths of winter here in the Northern Hemisphere and looking for an escape! This month let’s reminisce about past vacations and plan future adventures to help us get through these gray days.


I decided it would be fun to bring this month’s theme to the project of decorating my journal cover – which is the place where I document the biggest adventure of all – life! Here’s how I went about doing it…

I already had painted a base coat of orange and pink paint on my journal cover. I busted out the Batik 4 stamp, the stamp buddy, and some pink, white, yellow and Quin Magenta paints to get started…

I applied the paint to the stamp buddy in a stripey pattern, and covered the whole cover with the Batik 4 stamp, in a tile fashion…

Next, I applied some fuschia and payne’s grey paint in random patches to knock back the busyness just a bit…

For the third layer I used the swirl from the Batik 2 stamp and turquoise paint applied with a sponge, to add a border along the bottom. After that was finished I could see the beginings of a sunrise peeking through. Do you see it?

I decided to bring the sunrise out with some fluorescent orange paint; and filled in the rest of the foreground with more of the yellow and white Batik 2 stamping…

Final details were added with white and black sharpie poster paint pens. I’m so happy with my new journal cover – I’m all set to document the journey of life!


I love these colors!!! Thank you Michelle for such a vibrant project and for showing how you can use just parts of the Batik stamps to create new designs. Here are the supplies Michelle used in her post- 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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  • Diane Baker-Williams

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    Love the colors you used. They make the white truly pop. Appreciate you sharing the steps you took to create.

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  • Sherry Canino

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    What a gorgeous art journal spread !! Absolutely love the colors too ❤❤❤

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  • Gerrie Johnnic

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    Love love love this! Wowza, what colors…….amazing project!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Such vibrant colors Michelle! I feel like I took a few minutes on a warm island while sipping my chai this morning.

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Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – Tip #7 Cleaning Foam Stamps

Art Tapas are short videos that will give some practical tips or advice about anything that is related to tools, art supplies or processes and any Mixed Media or Hobby Artist might appreciate.

Lots of times these reflect some mistakes that I made along my journey, so to speak, things that I learned the hard way and sometimes they are just some things that I would have loved to have known when I actually started in Mixed Media. (Find the previous Art Tapas here)

Today’s Art Tapas is about Cleaning Foam Stamps

Art Tapas – Bite Sized Tips for the Mixed Media Artist – #7 Cleaning Foam Stamps from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed this little bite –  and if you have questions that you would love to have answered in some of the Art Tapas videos- let me know below in the comment section and I might just cook one up for you to nibble on!

Below are some of the tools and supplies I mention in the video- some are affiliate links:


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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    I haven’t washed my foamies in the past but found that when I switch from acrylic to the ink pad my print is very light. I will definitely try the Murphy Oil Soap to clean them and hopefully will get better results. Thanks for the info – love your art tapas.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you JoAnn! I would assume that the ink will always give a slight light imprint because the foam is just a bit more light -but that is something that works really well to your advantage if you are up for layering.

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  • Kathy Adams

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    I use Murphy’s on my brushes when they get really bad. Thanks for the tip, since I never thought to use them on my stamps. I am sure it would work for rubber stamps as well. Question: did you use it full strength or diluted with water?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Kathy, I diluted it a bit with water- but not much. I was really a bit worried about getting the oil out of the foam later – so I wanted to make sure this is not going to be the super gooey stuff :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I have Murphy’s soap at home and use it on my floors. I never would have thought of using it on my foam stamps.
    I will have to try it. Usually I use a baby wipe to get the paint off and then rinse for a long time in the kitchen sink.
    I will try your method next time I use paint and my foam stamps.
    Thanks for your creative insight Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Sue! This is really only when you have totally dried up layers of paint on your foam stamp – I think I would not use it on a regular basis.

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  • Rae Missigman

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    I love that you figured this out! So so cool that there is a solution for our foam stamps. I am really really bad about being in a groove and not getting up to go to the sink! EEK! I do employ the baby wipe method as you mentioned, but this is going to be a game changer. Thanks for sharing. Hugs!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      <3 Thank you Rae! I know it is hard sometimes to keep up with cleaning the stuff - I am too :)

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