Blog: Texture

New Downloadable PDF Art Lesson: Texture Adventures #10

My latest Texture Adventures Art Lesson is now available in the NorthLightShop! This one is called Tactile Art Inspired By Street Art and for $3.99 it’s a great value – you get a full step out and a 10min video.

In this lesson I show how to create texture with spray paint for backgrounds and layered work. Inspiration is everywhere – I’m inspired by the spray paint street art that I see in my neighborhood, and I want to share with you how you can use spray paint in your art journals and mixed media projects. It’s a fun and versatile medium that isn’t just for graffiti artists :)

You can purchase the lesson here.


If you are in my area on Sunday, November 19th, I invite you to stop by the Art Mart at 313 Gallery in Downtown, Jersey City.

I will be participating in this pop-up event along with 8 other really awesome local artists. We’ll be selling unique artist-made goods, priced under $100, so it will be a nice opportunity to begin your holiday shopping. I’ll have cards, prints, mugs, and wine charms with my artwork on them :)

I hope you’ll drop by and say Hello!

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New Downloadable PDF Art Lesson: Creating Texture

I’m excited to announce that my downloadable PDF Art Lesson 9: Creating Texture Plates Inspired by Nature is now available in the NorthLightShop! For $3.99 it’s a great deal – you get a full step out AND a 10min video :)

As you know, I love playing with texture in my artwork, especially the textures that can be found in nature. In this Art Lesson, you will learn a way to create some super gorgeous textures with a few new materials and techniques, and I will share with you how I use inspiration from nature to guide me. I begin with an inspiration photo of geysers I took at Yosemite National Park, and by using a variety of mediums and mixed media techniques, I create a deeply textured plate that begs to be touched.

You can check out on ClothPaperScissors how this lesson and tips from my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media inspired Jeannine Stein to create some beautiful nature inspired tags.

The Lesson is available here.

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CJS 2016 – Texture Explorations

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Today is my day on Creative JumpStart with some Texture Explorations in an extra bonus long video showing my whole thinking and creating process for this canvas:

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It has been such a blast and the community is so much fun! Loving all the projects everyone is sharing based on the Creative JumpStart videos! I am so sad that the live event is ending tomorrow. But no worries- if you still need to catch up – you have time until November to watch the videos and also download them. AND you if you haven’t signed up – you can still sign up here and do the same :)

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Trust or Bust … or In My Art Journal Today

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True, I guess …sometimes it is hard to trust…but what else is left over?

Some texture play in my art journal. I used flexible modeling paste through my Crackle Stencil, let it dry and then applied some Glass Beads here and there.

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After the glass beads dried I used Liquitex Spray Paints and sprayed over – sometimes going back in while the paint was still wet and blending some of the colors. I finsihed the spread off with some white ink splatters and the “trust” sticker as well as some writing.

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I hope you have a great day <3

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Abstract Kaffee Klatsch

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This Canvas was really fun to make. I used the Stencil in my Kaffee Klatsch Stamp Set with Heavy Gesso, and used the stamps with Acrylic Paints but also pressed into the gesso and paint surface as texture tools.

 

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I love how the patterns of the stamps became organic

 

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some hints of purple and orange as a contrast and finished up with a splatter of black acrylic ink.

 

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Here is what I used:

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Hope you are having a great week!

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  • Keast

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    Really love the texture on this and your colors… Makes me happy and want to play.

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  • JAN KRASSNER

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    Natalie, this is fabulous! I love abstracts with lots of color and texture; and, this painting has it! What size is the canvas?

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  • Leadonna

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    Love the colors and the texture, Nat! Beautifully done, as always!

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Yes, I Can or…Yes, I can

Sometimes it is good to affirm yourself with a little tongue in cheek approach ;)..besides the title is meant to be true ;)

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Pretty big canvas I worked on – at least for me and it was a bit hard to adjust…I think a bigger me would have been better design wise – but for my first time working on such a scale I am ok with it ;) …because yes I can…hehehe.

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So many things are on my plate right now- in my professional life and my private life…it is good to do something for fun and tell myself that I can do it.

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And now it is dooming off my studio wall as a constant reminder…hope it doesn’t fall of the wall- LOL ;)

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Have a gorgeous day and don’t forget …YES, YOU CAN!

Nat


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Über*Media is my series of online workshops that is dedicated to different kinds of media that cross a variety of materials. I also teach project based online workshops which you can find here.

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A Good Day or…Spring Texture Canvas

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It was time to get some spring feeling into the house. Outside a constant freezing cold breeze alternating with snow flakes make it hard to believe that I am on track with the right date. I might have missed something…probably spring was just postponed this year ;)

I had a lot of fun playing around with some stuff I had at hands though…so that made up for the weather.

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A different kind of texture…making me happy..I am just a dork when it comes to texture- LOL

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Used: Liquitex Professional Spray Paints, Liquitex Acrylic Paints, Liquitex Professional Paint Markers, Liquitex Gel Medium, Signo Pen, Birch Panel, Norwegian Reindeer Moss, Eggs, Feathers, Branch

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I am ready dear spring…VERY ready…

Wishing you a gorgeous sunny spring day :)

Nat

 

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  • Denise spillane

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    Love this project. Nature is such a wonderful topic for inspiration

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  • Michelle Looi

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    This is absolutely gorgeous! Such a masterpiece!

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  • Marsha.

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    Cool! Love it!
    I seem to have forgotten to decorate for Easter this year… All the Easter crafts I created this year were commissioned, so all of them have unfortunately left the building. I promise (myself) to do better next year ;-).

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  • Yvonne

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    WOWWW! Das gefällt mir supergut! LG aus Frankfurt, Yvonne

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  • Susan

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    Lovely! Love the flowers too. I’ve got the same colors but roses.
    I’ve tried out your tape tutorial and really loved it.

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  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    Oh this is so lovely!

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  • Carrie

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    i ADORE this canvas! Spring is struggling here, too, where it snowed yesterday and continues to be cold. But here you’ve put together my favorite Spring colors AND my favorite Spring textures! The moss is fabulous, and the speckled eggs look great with it. Wish I could find a cool birch panel like the one you used here. Love, love, LOVE it!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Carrie…I had found them once in a decoration store for christmas stuff…They were stacked and bound with metal and I instantly thought I would take them apart- LOL. I wish I had another one- I would have sent it to you – but I think I used the last.

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      • Carrie

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        Aw, thank you for even thinking of it! That’s very sweet. What a great find!

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    That is exactly what it looks like in Toronto…. A wee bit of colour here and there. I was actually noticing this morning how many birds I am hearing this week…oh and the local woodpecker is waking up the neighbourhood ! Not me, I only hear the owl occasionally when I leave before dawn!! The canvas is stunning and I love your use of eggs!!!

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