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Find Your Tribe or … In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, designed by n*Studio

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Find your Tribe. Love them Hard.

I truly believe in this 🙂 There are so many amazing people out there and they just get you, or your art or your passion and when you find them…love them, lift them up and be with them.

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For this art journal spread I used mostly my stamps and the stencil with the man and woman silhouette in my Fiesta Stencil. I stamped and stenciled with a dark and light acrylic paint green.  Once it was dried I mixed some gesso with magenta acrylic paint and scraped it in a thin layer using the Catalyst tool over most of the spread to achieve a glaze and change the color. This also creates some texture.

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Next I used some yellow which I also mixed with a tiny bit of gesso to make it more opaque and stenciled again with the Stencil in the Fiesta set. I love the lady and the gent – they are so versatile 🙂

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I wanted the under layer peak a bit through but cover most of it- hence the gesso in the yellow.

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Next I used this stamp set- which I scored a couple weeks ago at a Jazz festival. Yes, you heard right. I went to a jazz festival and there was a tent with some antique stuff for sale and of course I was instantly drawn to these old sign marker sets. The smaller one with the colorful box is from the 50s and other one is a big set with lower case and upper case letters in a huge wooden box and is from the 20s – I am so over the moon – and I tried it out for the first time on the spread.

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The set has a little wooden stick which is meant to be used as a guide to stamp evenly- as you can see…that only works when you do not move the stick (note to self: don’t move the stick ! 😉 )

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I added some white sharpie marks into the letters and outlined them with a fine acrylic markers. Added some dots- and voila …done 🙂

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It was a great morning session which didn’t take too long but made me instantly happy as I played with paint, stamps, stencils and even new treasures.

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Did you find your tribe yet? 

Here are the links to the supplies I used for the art journal spread -(some are affiliate links):

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Have a gorgeous day!!!

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    YES, I have found my tribe (or two) and I just love those words.
    I think that they’ll be perfect for a canvas that I’m working on right now.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeah for finding your tribe and I love the idea to put this on canvas!!!

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  • stephanie

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    I’ve got a small tribe. Working to nurture it. That type is SOO awesome.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      YEah- glad to hear. and yes the type is pretty cool – I am not sure how often one can find those sets, but I think they are not super rare, so maybe you score one too 🙂

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  • Stampendous Stamps

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    Gorgeous page, Nathalie! Just love that stencil/template, those gorgeous, versatile, flippable heads are so perfect for so many projects! And the lace is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  • Tracy Welham

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    Wow, I love this! Great sentiment, fab colours and layout. Creative Blessings, Tracy x

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My Own Drum – Marsha Valk

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Squad

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It’s Tuesday again and time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s theme: “My Own Drum”. Throughout the month of June, the team will use my new Fashion Dame Rubber Stamp Set to interpret the theme. This theme is all about inspiration, creativity, and personal expression. I asked my squad to create something that celebrates the power of individuality. March to the beat of your own Mixed Media drum this month!

This week we bring you TWO projects from Marsha Valk. Marsha gives us two super fun and colorful answers to the theme to inspire us today.

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At first I thought this would be easy. That I could do whatever I wanted. But then I read the theme again and… I started overthinking: My Own Drum… What is my own drum? Do I have one? How does it beat? Is this the right beat? Is this the right drum?! Who do I think I am, claiming a drum for myself!

The best thing would be to just shut off my thoughts… But not before I had decided that my project had to involve a couple of things: it had to have a recycled element (preferably cardboard), colours are important to me so I wanted to choose a colour palette and of course I had to use the Fashion Dame.

Long story short, this is what I created:

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(If you want to find out more about how I created it, check my blog post for last weeks Stampendous Summer Blog Hop!)

But then I turned my thoughts back on. And I thought: this drum is fine, I can definitely march to it, but… I think my own beat is messier and free-er than this!

So I tried again, using all the messy stuff that was already there on my table. I had been mixing paint, cleaning brushes and dabbing paint off onto a sheet of grey board… And I decided to use this sheet as a base.

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I cut the sheet into 4″ x 6” cards. I added more (leftover) paint and gesso to the cards, using a brayer, using stencils and a cosmetic sponge or an old plastic gift card and of course using my fingers.

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I had also spilled some embossing powder and I decided to use this on the cards, applying VersaMark through stencils, sprinkling the (mixed up) powders on top, tapping off the excess powder and then heat setting it.

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This time I stamped the Fashion Dames on vellum with Archival Ink. I didn’t want to wait for it to dry, so I heat set it.

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I wanted to machine stitch the Dames to the cards, because that’s something that I used to do a lot, but hadn’t in a while.

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Once the Dames were stitched, I coloured them in with acrylic paint, Posca markers, Pearl Pen, Neocolor II’s and I finished the cards off with some paint marker splatters.

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I love Marsha’s super juicy backgrounds and that she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty in the process!

In addition to Talens Acrylic Paints in Deep Gold, Lamp Black, Phthalo Blue, Turquoise Green, and Quinacridone Rose, a sewing machine and thread, and an old plastic card, Marsha used the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links):

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Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.

Maybe you will even play along with us -I would 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 next “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

See you next Tuesday for another project from the Creative Squad!

Nat

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  • Michelle Rydell

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    Marsha I LOVE all of your projects! It’s so interesting the huge leap between your first project and the other three! They are all beautiful, but the last three really have your own drum in them! I love all the splatters and the stitching, and the colorful outfits!

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    • Marsha.

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      Thanks Michelle! Yes, I agree: the leap was interesting! I might have to do something like that again!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love the stitching Marsha!

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    • Marsha.

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      Thank you Sue! So glad you like it!

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Inspiration From Around the Globe!

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Squad

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This Tuesday we’re taking a short break from our Creative Squad (they will be back next week with a new June theme to play with!) to bring you some amazing projects from around the globe. My stamps and stencil designs are available for purchase online and maybe even in your local craft store, so crafters and mixed media artists and art journalers from around the world are using them. I am always excited to see how YOU use my products in your own projects. I am even more excited to share some of the beautiful and creative examples of these projects with you today. Enjoy this inspiration from around the globe!

Robyn Seaniger

First we have this very fun travel-inspired art journal spread from Robyn Seaniger from NSW, Australia.  Robyn has used both my Elephant and my Urban Scribble foam stamp sets to create this colorful ode to India.

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Metal Artist Elitia Hart from Calgary, Canada, used my Elephant Parade stencil in this very original metal embossing project.  This is a very creative use of the stencil and I highly recommend checking out her video below explaining her process.  It is long but definitely worth watching as it is a real step by step class!

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Judi Kauffmann from Maryland, USA sent me this fun mail art envelope using my Bird and Urban Scribble foam stamp sets. What a nice surprise in my mailbox 🙂

Finally, we have a couple of awesome videos from Lindsay Weirich from Maine, USA for you to check out.  In these videos, Lindsay uses my Urban Scribble foam stamp set to create a cool card project and then she uses my Bird, Elephant, and Urban Scribble foam stamp sets to make a gorgeous art journal.


Join us again next Tuesday for another great project from one of our Creative Squad members!  They will be working with a new theme for June.  And in the meantime, share with me what you’ve been working on with my stamps and stencils.  I would love to feature your project in an upcoming post!

Try some of the above techniques for yourself with these n*Studio supplies:

Please note: Some links on this blog are affiliate links for which I receive a small percentage of any sales generated by the link.


Nat

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