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Be Brave Art Journal Page and Stampendous Giveaway

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

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Today is the last day of the Nathalie Kalbach & Friends Stampendous Summer Hop – so much fun 🙂

What better way to celebrate summer than with some summer colors, I thought and created this Art Journal spread with all kinds of bold summer colors and different sets of the stamps I designed for Stampendous.

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I layered some acrylic paint onto my art journal pages and set it aside for later. A list of all supplies can be found at the end of this post.

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For the Bird, Elephant and Urban Scribble image I wanted to create my own patterned paper and I love to use deli paper for this because it is cheap and thin enough that you can use it to wrap up small presents, and can be used easily as collage material in your mixed media art work. I used the same colors over and over again, first adding big patches of colors to the deli paper, then stamping with acrylic paint and all kinds different Rubber and Foam Stamps. Later I layered some of the stencils which are included in my stamp sets on top to tie some areas together. Last but not least I used the Urban Scribble rubber Stamp and black archival ink and stamped randomly here and there.

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I traced the Foam Stamps onto the back of my new patterned paper and cut out an elephant, bird and the urban skyline. I glued all the cutouts down onto my earlier painted art journal spread using Matte Medium and a cosmetic sponge. Then I added a couple more marks and colors to the page and outlined the shapes in a sketchy manner. Added some Journaling- and voila 🙂 It was a lot of fun to just play with all the different stamps. I cannot wait to make more patterned paper to use this way for wrapping paper – a good way to use up some of your left over paints and stamp off your inked stamps. Here are the details of the elements on the finished page

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I hope you enjoyed this fun and colorful post 🙂

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Do not forget that you can win all three of my Stamp Sets by commenting today on the blogs with projects of my stamp sets in this list from the whole week. Check out all those amazing projects my friends posted – I am blown away:

Stampendous Blog Post Monday

Pam Bray Monday

my blog – Creative Squad – Cheiron Brandon on Tuesday

Katy Leitch on Tuesday

Stampendous Blog on Tuesday

Stampendous Blog Post Wednesday

Gwen Lafleur Wednesday

my Creative Ice Breaker Wednesday

Louise Healy Wednesday

Stampendous Blog Post Thursday

Rae Missigman Thursday

Marsha Valk Thursday

Katy Leitch on Thursday

Allison Heikkila on Thursday

Mark Gould on Thursday

Stampendous Blog Post Friday

Tina Walker Friday

Pam Bray Friday

Lea Fritts Friday

Katy Leitch on Friday

Tenia Nelson on Friday

my blog- you are here 🙂


 

Have a wondeful day and good luck!!! Stampendous and I will post about the winner on our blogs next week!

Here are all supplies including the stamps I used (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.

Nat

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  • Claudia Jean Nelson

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    You have made my week . I love seeing everyone’s ideas. Your peice is so great. I love how you combined them all. You are an amazing artist and person. Thank you so much for the inspiration from so many great artists. C

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  • Myriam Le Blanc Élie

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    Wow! I love this idea of using the stamp as masks, they really pop that way! Thanks for this week! Myriam from Quebec, Canada.

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  • Jean Marmo

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    So creative and Bold!! I love all the details! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Ahhhh so YUMMY Nat. Love how you did your stamp images all in the same colors of GLORIOUSLY LOVELY green shades. And your background is MARVELOUS. This is such a VIBRANT and GLORIOUS make.

    This has been SUCH a fun week for me seeing all your wonderful products used in so many outstanding ways. I think each designer did you proud girl! I so looked forward each day to seeing what they did for you next. There were truly some amazing creations.

    I’m sooooooo proud of you and for you. XXj.

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  • Catherine adams

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    Beautiful abstract technique!
    Thanks for hosting the challenge. Hope I win!
    Cja Geneseo, NY

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  • Catherine adams

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    Hope this isn’t a duplicate, if so I apologize. Funky iPad.
    I love this stamp set and how you used it. Hope I win one of the giveaways so I can try your techniques!!!
    Cathy
    Geneseo, NY

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  • TracyM #6773

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    BOLD & BEAUTIFUL pages!!!
    LOVE the layers of PRETTY colours and AMAZING detail!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION 🙂
    Tracy from Australia

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  • Robin C

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    Wonderful journal page! I love the inspiration! All of these new sets are just gorgeous!! I have enjoyed all the tutorials this week. I am just starting in the mixed media realm and appreciate all the info this week. Thanks so much for a chance to win these!!! Lots of hugs, Robin

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  • barb macaskill

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    When I scrolled down and saw the art journal spread I almost swallowed my tongue in my excitement!! Absolute perfection! Your background is magical and festive and the images are divine!! I always love seeing what you create because it is always so fresh and exciting!!! TFS!
    Barb in VT

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    Naturally my eye is drawn to the elephant. he just glows.
    The bird and the cityscape also glow from the
    beautiful background.
    It’s been a wonderful week.
    thanks for sharing.
    I’m in southern Illinois

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  • marian riley

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    Your new stamps are amazing!!!

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  • VikiB

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    Awesome! I love all the wonderful colors and layers.

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  • Kathy Burgess

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    Love your journal pages! Good to see someone else has pages using the same colors! Thx for your inspiration!

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Absolutely stunning! I am blown away by YOU! 🙂

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Beautiful pages and
    the bright colors are
    so neat!
    Carla from Utah

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  • Tamiko McCurry

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    I love all the colors and technique galore.. thanks for the inspiration.. I have been eyeing these stamps all month.. I wish my familly got them for my birthday.. but oh well.. 🙂

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  • Stampendous Stamps

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    Is it really all over? What a fantastic week. It was a splash of colorful creativity every day and wow!, this page really sums up how awesome the week has been. Thank you for bringing some of your mixed media friends and rockstar designs with you for the hop.

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  • Susan

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    So much summer joy in your art journal post. Love your work

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  • stephanie

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    Deli paper for wrapping paper what a fab idea! Thanks for all the inspiration this week.

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  • Delores Azary

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    Greetings from Oklahoma! This has been a lot of fun! Creative juices are flowing! Thanks to everyone who participated! Good luck to everyone commenting on the prizes!

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  • Sarah

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    I love your art work Natalie, always so colourful and vibrant. Thanks for sharing your techniques and expertise. i’ve had a lot of inspiration from the week.

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  • Lilian

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    Very cool colors!
    Lilian (Maryland, USA)

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  • julie b

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    Wonderful hop! I just got your elephant set but see from the hop that i still need to do more shopping….fun times ahead. Love the techniques and inspiration. Thank you.

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    Jacqvz

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    So inspiring! Love the hold colors!

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  • Sarah P.

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    The journaling pages are so colorful and make a statement. I love them, they catch your eye for sure.

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  • Jackie Schachter

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    When I reached this page I just said to myself “wow’. Love the
    brilliant colors of the backgrounds and stamps. You and your
    designers are so talented. Have enjoyed this week’s blog
    hop – it was fun. TFS.
    Jackie, Tel Aviv, Israel

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  • nicole n

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    Love all of the bright colors and the elephant!

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  • Janet Staples

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    I LOVE this! So bright while being subtle and bold! Brilliant. I’m glad I ran across this…can’t wait to see the other artists’ interpretations! Thank you so much for all of your inspiration Nat!

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  • Leadonna Fritts

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    I absolutely love your style of creating, Nat. Like me, you love color and it shows beautifully in your work. Your art journal pages just speak to my heart. Thank you for sharing!

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  • D.Ann C

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    Oh, I have a serious crush on your user of neon colors!!! I have also developed a serious crush on your stamp/stencil sets this week. Can’t wait till my budget let’s me indulge in getting some!!! -FL

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  • Linsey

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    Oh goodness! Your art journal pages are SO gorgeous and completely inspiring!!! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome creativity and talent and for coming together to bring your fans this super cool mixed media hop!! I’m thoroughly enjoying seeing your marvelous designs come to life!!!

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Creative Ice Breaker – Morning Art Journal Play

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Creative Ice Breaker

 

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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 – and hope you enjoy it. Take it as what it is – a morning art journal play- not a tutorial 🙂

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Don’t forget there is also a Summer Blog Hop with Stampendous going on and you can win one of the three Price Packages containing all three of my Foam Stamp Sets I designed for Stampendous.

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Check out the other blogs today on the hop and comment here and on those for a chance to win:

Stampendous Blog Post Monday

Pam Bray Monday

my blog – Creative Squad – Cheiron Brandon on Tuesday

Katy Leitch on Tuesday

Stampendous Blog Post Wednesday

Gwen Lafleur Wednesday

my Creative Ice Breaker Wednesday

Louise Healy Wednesday

Here are the supplies I have used in my Creative Ice Breaker video above – some 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.

I hope you enjoyed the video 🙂 Have a wonderful and creative day

Nat

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  • barb macaskill

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    LOVE your routine! When my 4 year old granddaughter REALLY likes something she says it is the BEST BEST and as she watched this she said you are “da BEST BEST colorer!” I have to say that I agree with her!! LOVED watching this and the final piece is awesome!! TFS!

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  • Pam Beatty

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    great video!

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  • Michele K. Henderson

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    I love your new release, especially the elephant! Great inspiration all week long!

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  • Patti

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    Love how you forge ahead with layers. You inspire me as I have white paper-itis a lot! Hugs to you.

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  • Joi @RR

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    Such a TREAT to see your morning ritual video Nat. And your Fashion Dame looks lovely on the fun background you created for her. Loved all the stamps you used too. Your Fiesta stamps are some of my favs!! Thanks bunches for such great eye candy today!! XXj.

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  • Amanda Rhodes

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    I love your journal page and all the different details!

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    What a fun video – thanks for sharing your beautiful creativity. I think I need to be brave … thanks for the inspiration to do so.

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  • Judy B

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    Journal pages kind of scare me. I’m always afraid I will mess up and have to throw the pages away. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  • Julie

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    Thanks, that was fun to watch! 🙂

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    I love your stamps with the stencil included.
    The three featured on this hop are marvelous –
    especially the elephant. I can’t wait to get
    my hands on him.
    thanks for the view into your morning routine.
    I’m in southern Illinois.

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Gorgeous work and
    love your process.
    Carla from Utah

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  • Jean Marmo

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    Such fun! Love the stamps and stencil sets! Thanks for sharing your routine!! I know I tend to overthink too much! I need to just create!

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  • Myriam Le Blanc Élie

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    Thisi is such a great process video! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Myriam from Quebec, Canada.

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  • Kathy Burgess

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    What a fun video!! If only I could work that fast!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Joela Pascoe

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    I get scared by the journaling process, and I commend and thank you for sharing your ritual.

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  • stephanie

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    great spread! Thanks for sharing

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  • Rob

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    Thanks for the inspiration Nat, Love your new stamps sets. I’m from Taree, north of Sydney Australia.

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  • Robin C

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    What a great project! I love the sentiment! Hugs, Robin

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  • D.Ann C

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    Super fun! Wish you could come hold my hand as I work on the first pages of my first art journal so they could turn out so well! : )

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  • VikiB

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    This page is wonderful! I love this stamp. I wish I could bring myself to paint in the mornings.

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  • Claudia Jean Nelson

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    I love your page,and your creative use of deli paper. Thank you for your inspiration

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  • TracyM #6773

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    EXCITING CREATIVE ACTION!!!
    LOVE your pages, LOVE your words of wisdom too!!!
    I already ADORE Fashion Dame, feeling TOTALLY INSPIRED now,
    THANK YOU for sharing 🙂
    Tracy from Australia

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  • Jackie Schachter

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    Enjoyed watching your video. Loved the way you made
    such a pretty, colorful background. Have never tried journaling – not
    so ‘artistic’ as you, but I do like doing mixed media on canvas. TFS.
    Jackie from Israel.

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  • Carol

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    I love your layers and colours. Brave indeed!

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  • Christine Dring

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    Gorgeous journal page! Love your sentiment – very empowering!

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  • Deborah S

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    Wow what a great way to start your day kind of like stretching before your morning run. I really enjoyed your video it was very inspiring. I can’t seem to find my way into mix media. My style is to controlled and stay in the lines. I guess I just need to be brave and jump in. What do I have to lose right. OBTW you ARE the best, best colorer lol tfs!

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  • Teresa Godines

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    Love all of your great colors. TFS

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Elephants Never Forget – Gwen Lafleur

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Creative Squad

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Happy Tuesday! It’s time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you with this month’s new theme: “Elephants Never Forget”. Throughout the month of May, the team will use my new Elephant Foam Stamp, Rubber Stamp and Stencil Set to interpret the theme. I asked them to draw from a childhood memory, and to use the elephant as a symbol of something that fascinated them as a child, inspired awe, or just got their little brain all wrapped up with wonder. And if you want to hear a little bit about my childhood, you can read about my personal connection to elephants here (just scroll down to “WHY an elephant…”) 🙂

Today we have a super vibrant art journal page from Gwen Lafleur. As a travel enthusiast, her interpretation of the theme is definitely close to my heart.
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With this month’s theme of working from a childhood memory that fascinated me, the Elephant Stamp & Stencil set couldn’t have been more perfect! In my art journal spread, the elephant represents this memory and the object of my childhood inspiration perfectly. The memory that jumped out at me was one of me laying on the floor of our living room on my stomach poring over a book. Not just any book, but “Lands and Peoples of the World.” I was obsessed with it, and this particular scenario played out many times. Looking back, the book probably wasn’t all that great – the cover was brown with a photo of a tribe of some kind, and most of the pages were black and white. I’m guessing it was printed in the 70s. But it enthralled me completely. I can’t remember precisely what it was that I loved about it, but I think just the idea of all of those places and cultures that were so different from what I knew, really captured my imagination. As an adult, I’ve been blessed to take that fascination and act on it, traveling all over the world and seeing many of those places and cultures first hand. I’ve since looked for it at my parents’ house on many trips home, and have finally accepted the fact that the book is gone, but the memory remains. As for that childhood fascination with exotic locales? Some things never change!

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For my art journal pages, I decided I wanted to go really bright to represent all of the intense colors and patterns of many of the places I dreamed about visiting and have since gone to. I painted some stripes of paints in different shades of blue, yellow / orange, and green acrylic paint – all different brands, I just randomly grabbed what I had.

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Then I used all three of the stamps in the set to stamp out elephants on to deli paper. I used paint with the foam stamps and black Archival Ink with the rubber cling stamp. I used the stencil from the kit on top of the plain stamped elephant to add some pattern with gold paint. Then I pulled out Nathalie’s Elephant Parade stencil that matches this set and stenciled the larger open elephant with Golden Gold Iridescent heavy body paint, and I stenciled the patterned version with black acrylic paint onto a red background. I cut out each elephant and adhered them onto the background with Golden Matte Medium.

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Next, I started adding details. I used a black PermaPaque marker to outline each elephant. I also added some embellished circles to connect and ground the images. I colored in the different sections with various paint markers and started adding dots. I knew I wanted to use maps on the page to reinforce the theme, and I wanted to put them in the middle of each of the circles. Since I needed to be able to see through and trace the area to cut out, I decided to do a quick packing tape transfer. I just put two strips of clear packing tape over a section of a map. Then I soaked it in warm water until the paper on the back started to pill when I rubbed it. I gently rubbed off all the paper leaving just the image on the tape. This made it pretty transparent, so I traced the shape of the circles onto the tape with a Stabilo All pencil and cut them out, then adhered with more matte medium.

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For the third phase, I added white dots around everything to create unity on the page, and went through and added a bit more detail here and there. To add depth to the piece, I used oil pastels to put in a bit of shading. I really like using these on top of acrylic paints; you just have to be careful not to put them where you want to add more layers or acrylic or do any writing – the paint won’t stick to it and the pens won’t write on it, so this needs to be one of the top layers.

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Finally, I used some old rubons to add a title to the page, then just went around randomly adding writing around the elephants and journaling about this memory.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project! I’m really looking forward to hearing about the rest of the team’s memories, and hopefully some of you will play along as well!

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Oohhh this is so much fun!  I love all the ways Gwen incorporated the Elephant stamp in her page and her use of pattern definitely suggests exotic far-off places. I hope she finds that book again!

Besides the supplies listed below, Gwen also used acrylic paint, markers, maps, clear tape, and old rubons:

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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.

And maybe you will even play along -we would love to see how you interpret the theme. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share what you did at the end of the month!

See you next Tuesday for the another project from the Creative Squad, with the theme Elephants Never Forget.

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Gwen, such a little addition, but the white dots do pull it all together.

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      Thanks so much Sue! I really love my dots 😀

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  • Michelle Rydell

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    Gwen your page is beautiful! I love the vibrant colors and all of your doodly details!

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  • Mary Holshouser

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    I am so jealous. I collect elephants and would love
    to have this one for my collection.
    I have to get that stamp and make my own.
    thanks for sharing.

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