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Say Yes to New Adventures – Marsha Valk

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Creative Squad

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It’s Tuesday and time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s theme: “Say Yes to New Adventures”. Throughout the month of August, the team will use any of my n*Studio Stamps and Stencils they would like to use to interpret the theme. Here in the northern hemisphere, summer is coming to a close and it’s about time to seize the days and go on a little adventure before hibernation! With this in mind, the team will create something that celebrates the spirit of adventure.

This week we bring you Marsha Valk and her adventure with a new tool and the gorgeous accordion book that resulted from her journey!

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I go on new adventures all the time. I’m on new adventures as we speak. But the problem with new adventures is that it’s not always easy to talk about them. Because they’re new… and I’m only just getting used to the idea… and I don’t yet know how I feel and what I think about it.

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So for this month’s theme I took a simpler approach: I wanted to use something from my stash that I hadn’t used before. I decided to go with the round mini gel printing plate. And I just started printing on a A4 sized sheets of paper: adding paint to the little plate, making marks with my n*Studio Cling Stamps and using some stencils too. The outcome was sometimes unpredictable and messier than I had hoped, but that’s what happens when you go on an adventure!

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Once I had a couple of prints, I thought about what I wanted to do with them. I didn’t know. So I thought about how sometimes things get better when you cut them up and I started to cut each print in half.

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Then I thought: these prints would make nice simple cards. But once I had folded them into cards I thought: or maybe this could be a mini book or mini art journal. So I decided to fold the cards up like accordions and I glued each far left panel behind the far right panel of the previous accordion card.

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I haven’t decided if I want to keep it like this or to glue the backs together to make an actual little book. I figure that it will be easier to work on it in this state, so I decided to just embellish the front a bit more and leave the rest blank (and unglued) for now. It’s small and light, so it’s ideal to just doodle in whilst watching TV or to take with me when I have to go on a long train ride. I’m ready to take it on another new adventure!

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Marsha’s accordion book is stunning.  I love the super fresh color palette she chose and her bold move to cut the prints in half and reimagine the whole thing.  And of course, look at all those stamps!

Marsha used the supplies listed below (some are affiliate links) as well as Toga Alphabet Stickers:

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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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  • Joi@RR

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    Your new adventure is sooooo FUN Marsha. Love all the white space, all the wonderful stamps/stencils and the colors. What a great idea to put them together in such a fun way. I hope you will share your doodles when you get them finished. j.

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Demos at The Ink Pad in NYC

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media, Video

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Last month I had a fun afternoon demoing with my stamps at one of my favorite stores – The Ink Pad in New York.

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I showed some easy and fun Gelli-Printing tricks with acrylic paints and foam stamps

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having lot’s of fun with a round plate and using dye inks

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playing with small round printing plates

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having an Elephant in the room

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doing some collage fun

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and stenciling

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and of course taking over the whole store and making a big mess 🙂


We did a FB Live Stream right from the store on my Facebook Page of some fun techniques – you can see the store, some wonderful people and the store in action if you want 🙂 It was a lot of fun and thank you to all that came, the people who watched the video and joined and Anna and Jane from the InkPad!!!

Nat

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  • Linda Faber

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    Thanks, Natalie, for the great demos! Just what I needed, a refresher lesson on using my gelli plate. I will definitely have to visit that NY store!

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Glad you liked it Linda- and yes yes – The Ink Pad is worth a visit in NY 🙂

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  • Julie B

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    Looking forward to meeting you in Cali in a couple of months! Thank you for the video/tutorials.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Yeah- so looking forward meeting you in Cali too- it is going to be loads of fun!

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Rule of Three – #3 – Three Ways to color with Stamps

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Rule of Three

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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 – #3 – Three Ways to color with Stamps

Rule of Three #3 – Three Ways to color with Stamps from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you find these 3 ways to use color with stamps inspiring . Here is a full list of the supplies I used in my video – some of the links 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.

Don’t forget that I have a Blogiversary Sale right now going on with 20% off of online workshops (like Creative Jumpstart 2016), DVDs, and select items (including all the stamps and stencils) from the n*Store online.  The sale prices are reflected in the store now.

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

Nat

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  • Joi @RR

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    Ahhh – loved beginning my Sunday with you Nat! Really professional and informative video. HIGH FIVE!!! Loved seeing all three techniques and your fab stamps too. Xj.

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      So glad you enjoyed the video Joi! Have a gorgeous rest of the sunday 🙂 Nat

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  • Dara Hale

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    Love the Rule of 3 series with the stamp sets!!!! I own two and love trying different mediums to play with 🙂 Thank you for sharing with us Nathalie 🙂

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      Nathalie Kalbach

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      Dara, so glad you enjoyed the video and that you have fun playing with different media and the stamp sets 🙂 Share with me what you did with them – I would love to see 🙂

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