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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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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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Nathalie Kalbach & Friends Blog Hop – Win all three Stamp Sets!

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

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Woot Woot- so stoked that the Stampendous Design Team and my wonderful Creative Squad is doing a blog hop together this week. It always is my favorite thing to see how others use my stamp and stencil designs – makes me so happy. Loads of yummie projects – check it out!!!

Here are the links for today:

Louise Healy 

Janelle Stollfus

Marsha Valk

Gwen Lafleur

Michelle Rydell

Cheiron Brandon

Lea Fritts

Pam Hornschu

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I thought I would play along with my awesome team’s theme this month “My City Speaks To Me” and I used the Urban Scribble Stamp Set as well

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My city – Jersey City – is such a city of juxtapositions. Grungy – Spotless, Old – Modern, Artsy – Financial, Jersey – NYC, Loud – Calm ….and so much more. I love it – it is such an inspiring place to live.

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I stamped with the solid side of the Urban Scribble Foam Stamp and yellow acrylic paint into my art journal and then used the Rubber Stamp with black ink to stamp over it. The Solid Foam Stamp and the Rubber Stamp pattern fit perfectly together. I painted the background and for the grungy side on the left I used the rubber stamp on purpose rudimentary and in a non perfect manner to enhance the juxtaposition of the two sides.

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Watch this video if you want to know how to apply acrylic paint to the foam stamps:

Rule of Three – #1 “Three Ways to “Ink” up Foam Stamps from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Check out all the wonderful posts, comment on any of those posts and win a price and join us 🙂

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Stampendous is offering three prize packages that consist of ALL THREE of the foam/cling/stencil sets. THEY’ll ship them to anyone who wins (yes, internationally, too) just comment on this post here or any of the posts the teams or Stampendous or here to be eligible to win. Good luck!!!!
Thank you so much for visiting- I hope you like my new Bird, Elephant and Urban Scribbles Foam, Cling Rubber and Stencil Sets ! Have a beautiful and creative weekend!

Nat

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  • Carol I Moore

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    Thank you for the video. Your city speaks of many interesting stories. Enjoy your amazing creativity!

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  • Karen D

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    Blog hops are such fun! It’s great to see how people use the same stamps in totally different ways.

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  • Bec

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    I loved seeing your stamps used this way. I love the ease of it and the ‘off centre’ sketchy look of it. Thanks fo sharing!

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  • barb macaskill

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    LOVE the yellow against the blue background!!! I have fallen in love with Urban Scribbles which surprised me because it isn;t my usual style! Now I am dying to get my hands on it to get creating! This week’s hop planted an idea in my head using it and I am excited to get started! TFS!

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  • Becca Yahrling

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    Love your journal page. This could be any big city, anywhere … looks like Miami to me (I love very close!). Awesome hop full of inspiration this week.

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  • Dee Ann O'Brien

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    Fabulous electric city!

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  • Pam B

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    Great layout!

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  • Liz

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    Love your journal page- I think the cityscape is my favourite out of the 3 stamps. Great to see all the different creative ways your team has used the sets.

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  • Nicole N

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    Great layout. Thanks for the opportunity to view everyone’s “work-of-arts”.
    Great way to showcase creativity.
    Sent from Connecticut

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  • Karen Petitt

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    My brain has been stimulated and enthused by all of the wonderful inspirations here and on the rest of your DTs blog. I have so many ideas spinning around in my head that it is popping with colours and ideas – huge thank you for that. Thanks for the blog hop, the art, the inspiration and education I have learnt so much. I hope you have a great weekend Karen x

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  • Laura Weed

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    Wow, love this page, Nathalie! It’s such a good depiction of the wonderful weirdness that is any big city! Great job!!

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  • Carla Hundley

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    Wonderful products you
    have created and have
    enjoyed the week on
    all the blogs!
    Carla from Utah

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  • Ina Good

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    Great video love the new line and stamps especially the interesting I love Birds one in particular!!! Thank you and stampendous and the designers for the great hop!!!!

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  • Amanda Rhodes

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    I love how you overlapped stamps and the different textures! What a great hop!

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  • Dee Spillane

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    Nat, I love your sets, everything inspires creativity. I plan to get them at the scrap/stamp convention in June. Hope to see you there.

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  • Miriam Prantner

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    Wonderful pages! I love the images on the right and how the left is kind of an abstract impression of them!

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Very cool spread Nat! Love love love your stamp/stencils sets!! xo

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  • Kate B

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    Fantastic stamps & project!!

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  • Alison

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    I love this journal page!!! I think I love it because of the cool stamp that was used! Thanks for sharing this page and thanks for the chance to win!!

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  • Florence Turnour

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    That city scape is my favorite of you new stamps. Maybe you’ll work a Sydney Opera House into it someday? 🙂

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  • Carmen Lucero

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    Natalie, I saw the CHA demonstration video and fell in love with your awesome stamps. Wonderful blog hop!

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  • Carol K

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    Thanks for the tutorial! Love how you use colors. . . .

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  • Jacqueline

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    Hello form the Netherlands! Thank you so much for your inspiring pages, I love your stamps and love the blog hop :-). And of course I would love to win them!

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  • Karla Yungwirth

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    These stamps and stencils are awesome!! Love the cityscape and your beautiful project!

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  • Gayle Kush

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    Love your tutrials and all the things you so graciously share with all of us on your blog. Including your friends in the form of this blog hop! Thank you for the tips on inking your stamps. I work in fabric but almost everything you do I can use in my fiber arts adventures. I love your stamps and use them all the time in my work. Thanks again!

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  • Sandra L.

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    Love your project and love the stamp set. I live in New Jersey and you summed up your area perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

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    robynseaniger

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    I love these new stamps Nathalie and I thoroughly enjoyed using them at your recent Mixed Media Circus Workshop at Darkroom Door. I know I need these for my art journaling 🙂

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  • Tracy Moloney

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    EXCITING pages, your city is ALIVE – LOVE IT!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your video too, these sound like such an ADVENTURE to CREATE with 🙂
    Tracy from Australia

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  • Agata

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    Such a beautiful layout you have created! Love your products!

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  • Keitha

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    Love all three sets Nathalie; it will be hard to decide which one to get first. Great blog hop!

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Won’t Be Easy or … In My Art Journal Today

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal

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“It won’t be easy, but it’ll be worth it”

I have to remind myself 😉 This page started actually out as a demo page in class and I had shown my students how to apply gesso over a pre-painted page and then scratch into the still wet gesso to reveal the under layer. This is a technique called sgraffito.

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Once the gesso was dry, I stamped loosely parts of the Urban Scribble rubber stamp and parts of the Mish Mesh stamp onto the background.

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I cut some self adhesive canvas sheet for journaling, fringed the edges and added some titanium white before journaling because i didn’t like the stark white of the canvas pieces.

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It was a fun page ….actually easy and still worth it 😉

Here is a list of the supplies I used:

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I wish you a wonderful day !!!

 

Nat

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  • Joi@RR

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    What an art journal treat this is Nat. I have never tried scratching thru paint like that but… I”m ready now!!! Might just try it today!! It looks wonderful and so do the stamps. Perfect background for your very chic gal. Love her outfit and face. You always inspire me girl. Thanks bunches! Have a happy Sunday and a super fine week. Hugs. j

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