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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media still cruising around

Ohhh look – jump jump – happy dance! Here are some new photos of you with my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – where I was tagged . I get so giddy when I see that, it always makes my day. Thank you for sharing!!!

If you happen to have gotten my book, send me a pic or tag me on instagram or FB :) Maybe you take it on vacation with you or it is in your studio while you are creating – I would love to see :)

Lots of Love!

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Pattern Play

A couple weeks ago I did a guest blog post for StencilGirl Design and in case you haven’t seen it- I thought I post it here too :) I made a video showing some Pattern Play with some of my StencilGirl Products Stencils and the coordinating ArtFoamies Foam Stamps I designed. I love how different sizes of the same pattern on different tools open up many fun possibilities to do true Mixed Media projects.

Pattern Play with Nat Kalbach from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the video and they triggered some ideas for you on how to play with pattern.Here are some photos of the canvas boards in the video

using these Buenos Aires Stencils and Foam Stamps

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using these Manhattan stencils and foam stamps

Supplies that I used- some links are affiliate links:


Thank you so much for playing with me :)

 

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Photos of the Workshops in Oklahoma

As always I had a fantastic time at My Heart’s Fancy in Oklahoma. It was my third time teaching at this wonderful store and Maura makes my stay always most enjoyable.

Friday morning we went to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. It was an interesting visit and

I definitely learned more about kettle branding and barbwire when I ever thought was there to know :) 1000s of different ways to make barbwire -who would have known.

Friday evening I taught my “Stroll Through The Hood” and it was a colorful and fun class for sure.

Using my RubberMoon Stroll Through the Hood sets and other stamps some gorgeous city plates were created.

Maura had stocked up the store with all kinds of fun goodies from the n*Studio – so fun to see!

On Saturday we were diving into the Magic of Acrylics – exploring and playing with all kinds of different acrylic media.

Look at all those happy faces!

And …funny faces ;)

Lots of abstract canvases were created in the second half using the newly discovered magic of the media used in the first half of the class.

Loved to see abstract 4th of July Canvases and all kinds of other colorful artwork.

My favorite of coming back to stores is seeing familiar faces – I love my students!

hahaha- sorry Andi – I had to slip this in again – it made me laugh so much.

On Sunday it was all about “What’s Cooking” an art journal class to discover your style and get the right recipes for your art journal pages.

I loved how different all the pages looked like and I loved the outcomes reflecting each student’s taste.

Playing with pattern, texture, contrast, color and so much more

Ah happy pattern bliss

I had a wonderful time and loved the creative time together! Thank you all for coming and I hope I see you soon again !

If you missed this class and you would like to take an In-Person Class with me -check out where I am going next  – I will be coming to Southern California and Florida in September, to the U.K. in October and to Maryland and other places in November.

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  • Mary L Hockett Thoma

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    Nathalie was so much fun and her laugh is enough to make you smile . If you notice most of the people were smiling even when they were unaware of the camera. We all had a lovely time and made some gorgeous art. I cannot wait to go back again in July to My Hearts Fancy. I hope Nathalie will come back in 2018 to visit Oklahoma. Perhaps there will be time to take in the Dale Chihuly art glass on exhibit at the OKC Museum of Art, it is the largest permanent collection owned by a museum according to the docents.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- it was so wonderful to finally meet you! And yesss- I would love to see the Chihuly art glass on exhibit – the OKC Museum of Art is on my list. I saw later that they have an exhibition of WPA Art – which I would have loved to see. Hope to see you soon again Mary!

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  • Delores

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    It was a fabulous 3 days! It was wonderful to eee you again and to be able to take all 3 classes! I learned so much!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Delores, it is always wonderful to see you <3 Thank you for coming and making it feel like coming home.

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  • Maura

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    Best time ever! Thank you for coming to teach, play and laugh with us! We love you!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you so much Maura, for having me again. I always love coming to your store – love ya’ll too :)

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Open Mind – Art Journal Spread

It is always good to keep an open mind – don’t you think?

For this art journal spread I played with my still fairly new Montana spray paints. I do like their look as they are matte and result in a pretty soft look.

You can see a free video  on how I created the page and my thought process while doing it in the free classroom accompanying the challenge if you haven’t yet. You can sign up here . The videos and class room are still available until the end of July.

Not a color combination I use often but I really like it …maybe a little bag like this would be cool?

Here are the supplies I used for the spread -some of them are affiliate links:


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Oklahoma Workshops Coming Up!

There are still a couple seats left in my workshops this coming week June 16-18 at My Heart’s Fancy in Edmond, Oklahoma.

I am looking to so forward coming back – the store and the students are always so much fun to be around. Maura, the owner also ordered some copies of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media , so you can get your own there or bring yours if you have it already and I will sign it :) – Come and join the fun!!!

June 16, 20172:30 pm – 6:00 pmStroll Through the Hood – Mixed Media Wall Hanging

Let’s create a beautiful little wall hanging for your home, office, or beyond! We will begin by creating a colorful, patterned background. Then we’ll take it further by adding scenery using stamps, graphite, paints and other supplies. Finally we will add detail and highlights to pull the landscape together. We will be working on Ampersand Clayboard which offers a special and exciting surface to create your Mixed Media work on.

Register here or call to register 405-509-6788


June 17, 201710:00 am – 5:00 pmThe Magic of Acrylics – Technique & Abstract Painting Class

Join me for a full-day class exploring all kinds of different Acrylic Media – from Dumbledore to Merlin, from Acrylic Paints to Acrylic Inks, from String Gel to Pouring Medium, from Modeling Past to Black Lava and other fun stuff!

Learn their magic – and put an end to the mystery of how to use these amazing helpers in your Mixed Media and/or Art Journaling projects. The first half of the class will be technique based and in the second half you will put your own spell onto 3 abstract canvas paintings. After this class you will have a lot of fun waving your new magic acrylic wand whenever you create!

Register here or call to register 405-509-6788


June 18, 201710:00 am – 5:00 pmWhat’s Cooking – Art Journal Class

What makes an Art Journal spread, or for that matter a work of art, work?

Let’s explore in a playful and creative way the Principles and Elements of Art, using Mixed Media tools and supplies. Think of the principles as you might think of a recipe: a starting point to which we add the right ingredients – the elements – to make your art journal pages more interesting. Develop your individual recipes, which will result in your very own style. – LET’S GET COOKING!

Register here or call to register 405-509-6788


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Forward? Collage

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back = 2017

A lot of things going through my mind lately- how far have we come …how far do we step back in this time and age?

I created this canvas board based on an inspiration photo 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 loved playing with some collage materials that I have had in my drawers for a while and creating texture and fake rust.

I also had the photo for a long time and I was happy to finally use it.


Hope you are well and have a wonderful day!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love that you used a viewmaster “disc” and the message is appropriate for these days.

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Sustainable Souls Project: Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

The Sustainable Souls Project is a monthly artist collaboration inspired by sustainability issues, concerns, ideas, and thoughts.  Each month, they pick a sustainability topic and create awareness through art, using the monthly theme as inspiration.  Projects may include art-journaling, mixed media, assemblage and more. The idea is to create awareness around Sustainability through art, one paint stroke at a time! As this is a topic close to my heart I am happy to participate this month.

This month’s theme is: Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle

I repurposed an old canvas of mine for this theme

I didn’t like the acrylic painting that was originally underneath but I decided to “recycle” parts of the painting and cover other parts with trash and other texture making materials up.

My neighborhood is pretty much recycled – it was brand new and nice at some point, then people lost interest and treated it badly and now it is up and coming again. I am glad it wasn’t totally destroyed and wasted before it was discovered as love able again.

 

I stamped with some of my Stroll Through the Hood Stamp Sets onto painted cardboard and colored in some of the images with water color.

Can you imagine that this is how the area – about 10 minutes from my house –  that is now Liberty State Park looked like pre 1976 ?

(Photo from the Archives of the Friends of Liberty State Park)

We have come a long way – and then we haven’t. 

Recycling has always been a big topic during my upbringing in Germany. I learned about bringing bags to shops and not littering in the 80s in school and it has become such a norm to recycle everything, from glass – divided by brown and white glass, paper, cork, batteries, plastic garbage, compost. You are pretty much a frowned upon person if you do not recycle or do not bring bags to a shop. But then you have news and pictures like this:

Read about garbage patches in the ocean and what happens with our plastic garbage, how long it takes to “disappear” and the effects on the ocean life.

I think we need to make more choices in what we buy and how we buy  and then how we recycle/reuse/repurpose. I am not perfect myself and I am constantly catching myself not being responsible enough but here some small steps – I hope I don’t sound too preachy :

  • I bring bags and boxes when I do grocery shopping -instead of having someone stuff my shopping in double- or triple layered plastic bags – hey good reason to make some handmade cool looking artsy grocery bags ;)
  • I avoid buying plastic bottles – I don’t buy six packs which are held together by plastic rings – it is hard here to avoid it totally but keeping an eye open helps.
  • I have a fancy water glass bottle for the gym – it looks pretty cool and I can put it in the dishwasher when I need to
  • I try to buy as much at a farmer’s market or non packaged fruit and vegetables as possible – I mean – come on those bananas- they are protected already
  • Make your coffee at home – put it in a nice travel mug- it is cheaper but hey- do not use those single cup plastic coffee makers – then I’d rather suggest take you travel mug and buy your coffee at a coffee place to go.
  • Bring some fun silverware to work for lunch, instead of getting a pack of plastic flatware – it looks so much more classy anyway  ;)
  • Come on- you have a dishwasher and on a special occasion just put out the normal plates and silver flatware for a party and then throw them into the dishwasher. Or wash them by hand – nothing better then some bonding/gossiping time with a friend/spouse/sibling while doing some dishes – and if you do not wanna do that- put your kids to work …didn’t hurt us ;)
  • there is so much more- but this is a good start

Ahhh- there- I got preachy…sorry…but you know what….I feel so strongly about this – it should be something we all take care of …I hope you will understand: There is only Planet A !

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  • Christy Strickler

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    I love the way the canvas turned out! I will have to try this the next time I don’t like what I painted on the canvas.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Christy! I do this all the time- it is a great way to just reuse the canvases and often it makes some awesome texture :)

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  • Sandra L.

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    Love your recycled project. No apology needed for being preachy….nothing wrong with speaking your mind for a cause. I am the queen of recycling in my family. I always think twice before I put something in the trash or the recycling bins. Much to the dismay of my family I have even picked up discarded items to bring home for a project. For example bottle caps….have a jar of those. I use glass spaghetti sauce jars in my cupboards and in my craft room. I paint the lids and you have a free glass jar instead of going out any buying something.
    I hate plastic anything and wish companies would go back to glass jars for juices and soda (though I rarely drink soda). I recycle tea bags…the tea goes in the flowers on my balcony and the coffee grounds goes in the garbage disposer and the filers are air dried for projects. Love “recycle shame”….I am guilty of that and on more than one occasion but then again maybe it’s the German in me. lol.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      totally agree with you- and yes to the plastic containers- I hate them too. LOL- maybe since I am German I have a bit of the recycle shame in me too ;)

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  • Tina Walker

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    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for sharing your art with us again this month! I love your recycled piece – I personally think the recycled projects always turn out better than the originals…so many more layers, stories, and history. Interesting facts and images too – such an important topic and one I will definitely be focusing on more in the future. ♥

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Thanks for the post. I take items home from work to recycle but I can’t take it all. I work in a school kitchen and my recycle bin is only picked up every other week here. The school only recycles cardboard. Drives me nuts to throw large cans away.
    Hard to believe that pic of the park with the dignified Lady.
    We do have one of those filters for the Keurig and then you can use any coffee that you want to without throwing away tons of little pods. I was told that they were planning a pod that can be recylced but my guess is that folks won’t want to rinse it out (the convenience of the Keurig is key).

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  • Stephanie

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    Hi Nat – you are not preachy at all. I am such a green freak that I pick out cans and glass from the office trash and put them in the recycling container, the same with paper from the trash into the recycling bin. However, I do not “recycle shame” my co-workers, that would be preachy – lol!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- recycle-shame- I loooove that. Germans do that a lot btw- LOL.

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  • karen

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    Very good read. We were on vacay in Germany a few years ago & read that it is one of the greenest countries in the world. I do pretty well but realize from reading this I can tweek a few things & do better. Although I love my Keurig. We have a filter for it & will start using that instead of the pods.

    The painting is also really great!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      oh that is so cool that they do have a filter for the Keurig! I didn’t know that. As said Karen- I can do a lot better myself- I have to constantly remind myself on some things.

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  • Tracy Krueger

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    I love it Nathalie! The texture is amazing

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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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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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