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Photos of the Mixed Media Workshops at ESS in Florida

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media Workshop, The Traveling Artist, Workshops


I had such a great time with my Mixed Media Workshops at Everything Scrapbook and Stamps in Florida. Thanks to Michelle for bringing me back and being such a great host :) Here are some pictures of the three days I taught there:


Friday I taught a Mono printing Class – lot’s of fun and texture and I loved seeing my stencils and stamps being used so much :)




and we used loads of Liquitex Acrylic Paints.



And everyone was hands on :)




In between I learned that this is the only snow you can get in Florida ….sounded good to me with the arctic weather back home and comfy 86F at Lake Worth :)



Saturday I taught my Artvergnugen art journal class. My nifty students had practiced how to say Artvergnugen and were even able to show me :) Made me laugh big time!


We had an awesome day playing with paint and creating layers upon layers in our art journals








Sunday I taught a Collage Class- and I loved loved loved all the different results- it was loads of fun !







Thank you to all my amazing students for coming, being so amazingly creative and making me laugh! Until next time :)

Have a gorgeous day




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  • Laura Strack


    Looks like you all had so much fun! I can hear you laughing, right now, at their little English/German lesson. That’s hilarious!!


  • Belinda Basson


    Wow, they look like they had loads of fun and great projects to take home too!


  • Sue Clarke


    Just look at all that marvelous Liquitex products!
    My favorite is the page with the teal and brown feather stamp!!!


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      Not Stamped Sue- she hand drew it over the texture stamped images- pretty cool huh?


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As Easy as 1-2-3 Background² Tutorial

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Backgrounds


Today I am showing you how to make a background- actually two different backgrounds – for an art journal spread as easy as you count to 3…or almost as easy ;)


Picking my art journal, my Lily Wallpaper Stencil and Liquitex Spray Paint I start by spraying over the stencil over the left spread of my art journal.


Using the paint on the stencil for a negative imprint, I simply flip the stencil over to the right side and brayer over the back of my stencil


You can use the flip over step of course on a total different spread- because essentially these are actually two different background starters with the same techniques and materials. But I like to work in a double spread on my art journal and I like it when the sides are similar – like here in pattern, but still have  some interesting differences.


Using a big brush I spread a thin layer of Acrylic Ink over the spread. I love how the effect  – on the left side the lilly design is more bound in


while on the right, by taking some of the ink off with a baby wipe, the blue spray paint color pops even more.


I picked the same blue as a Soft Body Acrylic Paint as I used as a Spray Paint (Phthalocyanine Blue (Green Shade) for the next step. Layering my Ornament Stencil over the empty spaces of my Lily Background I stenciled single ornaments in.


And done is/are my background(s)


Here is the background 1 …and


Easy, wasn’t it? I will show you in a couple days, what I actually did in my art journal with these two backgrounds.

Here is a complete list of the supplies I used


Have an amazing day




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  • Jani Franck


    I love how the layering works – gorgeous technique, thanks for sharing :)


  • Sue Clarke


    Sweet and you make it look so easy.


  • sécotine La Petite Française


    thanks so much for sharing your amazing work!!! love to play with the transparences of liquid acrylic paint!


  • Christy Tremblay


    REALLY Cool!!!
    I am going to have to try this. Thank you for sharing and the nice pictures!


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Layered Art Journal Page Tutorial

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Tutorial


“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a stroke of luck” – Dalai Lama

And sometimes you won”t find out about that until much later… ;) For this spread I wanted a layered look to go with this quote. Let me share with you how I worked on this art journal page


I chose three vibrant but close red /pinkish Liquitex Soft Body Paints: Naphthol Crimson, Fluorescent Red and Hibiscus and dry brushed and blended them together on the blank page.


Using the Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil I designed for StencilGirl Designs I spray painted here and there a second layer with Cadmium Red Deep Hue 5 onto the spread.


The result was very subtle as  I used the same color scheme as for the background but exactly that gives it so much dimension and depth. So I grabbed my Lilly Wall Decor Stencil and sprayed over it with Cadmium Red Light Hue.


I just love the crisp stenciling effects with those spray paints!


For my next layer I wanted to tone down the brightness a bit and was going for a white. But I also didn’t want a shiny white to not pick up on the brightness of my background and so I chose Gesso instead of Acrylic white paint to use with my Batik Stencil.


I used only parts and bits of the Batik Stencil here and there.


For my next layer I picked up the Lilly Stencil again – Repetition of Patterns is also a good way to layer and I had already used the Lilly Stencil AND I knew I was going to use my Elephant Stencil that has the Lilly in a smaller form as a pattern too :)


I used Iridescent Bright Gold and used a cosmetic sponge to stencil through. BTW the sad looking foamy thing on the right is the cosmetic sponge. It looks like this because I use it several times cutting off the tip for new colors to make the most of it.


And since I was talking about repetition : As the Elephant Parade Stencil also has small parts of my ornament stencil included, I pulled out the Ornament Wallpaper Stencil and stenciled with gold here and there.


I wish the photos could do the gorgeous golden color justice…but you just have to take my word for it…it is amazing in real life! Then it was time to get the big guns…eh Elephants out. My Elephant Parade Stencil.


I mixed some gesso with a drop of Ultramarine Blue and stenciled through the Elephant Silhouette part.


I may repeat myself…but remember …I was talking about repetition? Using the patterned Elephant part of the stencil showing parts of the Ornament and Lilly Stencil I used the leftover paint and stenciled some of the images here and there onto my art journal page.


Then I layered the patterned elephant stencil part over the area where I created the elephant silhouette and sprayed over with three different spray paints  – variating the pressure and areas to get color graduation and more dimension. I used: Parchment, Phthalo Blue and Neutral Grey.


To get a bit contrast in I knew I needed some black in the page and since I do love to make a mess…I grabbed my Splatter tool and some black acrylic ink. To make sure that I was not getting any splatters into my elephant, I shielded it off with the elephant mask that is also part of the Elephant Parade Stencil. YES…three in one : Mask, Silhouette and Stencil – pretty pretty cool- if I dare to say so ;)


And then I used my new found Love… I had tested the Derwent Graphik Line Painter already in spring at NAMTA and I couldn’t wait for it to finally be available. LOOOOOVEEEE – I am a nerd for a really good black journaling pen and this one writes beautifully and without any problems on dried (!) acrylic backgrounds and it is permanent once dried. Awesome journaling and sketching pen – the black is one numbered #18.


Here are some details of the finished page




Hope you liked the little layering tutorial – I won’t lie – it takes some time and usually …I would even go for more layering before adding the final focal points on my spread :)

Here is a list of all the supplies and colors I used


Have a gorgeous day:)



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  • Sue Clarke


    Nice layers and I’ll have to try working with multiple shades of the same color for a change. I must search for that new black pen as well.


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