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Workshops in the Netherlands in April 2018

I’m happy to announce that I will be coming to the Netherlands in the spring to teach 2 workshops at De Scrapheap. Come join me on April 21 and 22, 2018 with some workshops to help you take your Art Journal to new places :) I am so excited to see both old friends and new faces at these workshops!

April 21, 2018

My Master Art Express workshop is a journey through art history that will help you find new inspiration for your art journaling. We’ll look to the work of master artists from all over Europe and then we’ll play with new techniques to help you push your own personal art journaling style.

April 22, 2018

Artvergnugen is all about taking your art journal to the next level! We’ll play with different media and techniques, we’ll use stamps, stencils, and acrylic paints to create rich layers, and we’ll discuss composition and making tough choices. Artvergnugen is what makes your art journal a work of art, and this workshop will get you there!

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Europe Workshop Tour- Part 8 – De Craftorij Workshops in The Netherlands

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After a couple days of relaxing, Birgit and I went down from the North of The Netherlands to Ede to teach at the De Cratorij Retreat. We had such a great time. We taught the same workshops as in Finland – a Mono printing Class together on saturday and then each of us an art journaling class on sunday.

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Thank you so much to Liquitex for supplying all the acrylic media for my Europe Workshop tour! That was amazing!

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Lia brought a lot of her store supplies to the hotel and it was pretty thrilling to see all those stamps and stencils of mine at one place – wowsers.

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so many stunning pages in the mono printing class

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and messy hands ;)

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this is our Saturday group

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we had a delicious dinner – and of course our table was the loudest!

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with Birgit – miss her already!

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we had mother and daughters spending a creative day together

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and friends coming all the way from Belgium

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we had a lot of fun as you can see

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and I loved seeing so many familiar faces too -it always makes me super happy to see students again – sometimes years later

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and here is Moreg and my sweet friend Marsha- which do not have a picture with – Hey Marsha, how did we forget this?

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Such a positive and wonderful group of girls – thank you all for coming!

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and then it was sadly time to pack the supplies up…and ooopsss – I guess I got some nice presents – Dutch Hagelslag with minions. Hagelslag are sprinkles that are eaten on sandwiches in The Netherlands. Thank you Helen and Sonja- they make me think of you every time I see the package and we are very excited here every time a minion falls out :)

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Thank you Lia for having us – you were a terrific host and we had a wonderful time with you! I cannot wait to see you in January at CHA in Anaheim!

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And thanks again to our gorgeous students- You ROCK!!!

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That was it from the Europe Tour. The next morning we got up in the middle of the night, drove to Amsterdam and I flew home. But traveling was not quite over yet- stay tuned ;)

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  • Paulien

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    It was SUPER !!!

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  • Joi@RR

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    You know what strikes me the most about seeing all your European Tour pictures Nat????? The fact that people all over the world “create” in the same way… doing the same things… smiling and forgetting their cares – loving one another. That probably seems like a strange thing for me to say but when you hear about all the challenges in this world every day – it’s just so refreshing to see how you went all over Europe and spread joy and love and paint! I love your art – you know how much I do. But I also love that you are such a wonderful Ambassador/Mentor/Teacher that can hold hands and love us all – worldwide… sharing, caring and giving across the world… what a great legacy Nat. I so admire you. Big hugs and big thanks…j.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Joi – I love love love what you wrote here!!!! I would love to share this comment – it is so true! we are all create the same things, love the same things, care about the same things and want to forget the challenges in the world! Isn’t that a beautiful thing ! Thank you Joi for making my morning with this reminder!

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  • Morag

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    It was a great weekend and a whole lot of fun meeting you and Birgit!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was wonderful to meet you Morag! Hope I will see you soon again!

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  • Marie-Anne Raeman

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    I enjoyed every minute of it, thank you for the wonderfull reportage of a great weekend

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Marie-Anne- thank you for coming all the way from Belgium- it was so good to see you again!!!!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Birgit has such a nice smile that her personality jumps right off the post page to tell me that she’s friendly and full of mischief.
    The photo at the dinner table and the group class photo are so wonderful. Thanks for sharing your adventures with your loyal fans Nat!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Sue – yep- you got it for Birgit – super friendly and full of mischief ;) Good mischief. Hopefully one day I will meet you too and we will smile a big smile at the camera :)

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Europe Workshop Tour- Part 7 – Having a good time in The Netherlands

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It was so good and so much fun to spend 4 days at Birgit‘s home in The Netherlands. We know each other for about 7 years (we can not totally figure it out) and we have taught so many times at the same events, shared rooms at CHA, chatted and over the year we really bonded as friends. After Birgit had been at my place last year now finally I got to see her home and meet her family which I essentially saw and hear growing up – but not in real life so far ;)

Besides going to the Groningen Museum, Birgit also took me to her painting class.

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Oh goodie- a color wheel in dutch :) But there was nothing to worry- Antje Sonnenschein the artist and teacher is German- I was in good hands. De Ploeg style was the topic of the several week long class- and I had a good time starting a painting of a windmill in Birgits home town Winsum.

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Here is how far I got in the class – I will still have to work on it here- but I like it. And I did learn some great new things in the 2 hours and was very inspired and relaxed. I wish Birgit and I could do this more often together.

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We did hang out a lot and just chatted and once in a while we took the bike and went grocery shopping.

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Where I learned the word for sausage …I might not get the spelling right though ;)

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And met Marlijn  – who has excellent shirt taste (take that, Julie!- LOL)

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And how do Dutch Students move from one place to the other? – Well ….

 

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Birgit in her amazing studio after our day at the H.N. Werkman exhibition.

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Enjoying Dutch humor when it comes to signs regarding natural needs of animals

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and human beings

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Looking at more windmills

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and enjoying lunch at a canal

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Groninger Mustard Soup with Groninger Country Bread – nom nom

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And the beautiful town of Winsum

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It was wonderful! Thank you to Birgit and her awesome family for having me! I miss you already ….but for all my readers …Birgit and I still spent more time together at our Workshop in Ede with De Craftorij – so one last Europe Blogpost is coming up :)

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  • Birgit

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    So much fun to read this and see rhe pictures! It was so good to have you here and I hope we will be able to do it again next year, either here or in the States! Miss you!!! xxx

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I miss you too girl- cannot wait to see you soon again …we will make it happen! xoxoxo

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  • Marie-Anne Raeman

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    Hi, Nathalie i think i remember the first time you two met and shared rooms….I think it was at the first scraptastic event, because then i had aked if you knew each other before, and you shared a room at the godshouse….hope i solved a mistery ;-)
    Enjoyed the reading of youre european tour so far

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Marie-Anne – good thinking – I think that is where I met you the first time :) But I think Birgit and I met the first time at an Workshop we both attended by Elsie Flannigan – I do not know the year anymore- maybe 2006. But I have really god memories of our time together with you at Scraptastic in Belgium back then!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh Nat – you just no idea how much I have enjoyed all your tour posts… I have ready them all more than once. I don’t know how you do it… traveling for so long and so far… but you look happy/healthy so that makes me smile. Thanks bunches for sharing all your adventures. Praying for you. j.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Love the signs. Both a place for my dog to poop and for me to pee!

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Europe Workshop Tour- Part 6 – H.N Werkman Exhibition in Groningen, The Netherlands

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From Helsinki Birgit and I flew to Amsterdam and I stayed for a couple days at Birgit’s home, which was awesome and we did so many fun things together- more about it in a different post. One fun thing was that one day we went to the Groninger Museum to see the Werkman Life & Work Exhibition.

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Werkman was a printer and artist and a member of the artist dutch avantgarde group De Ploeg . He lived from 1882 – 1945 .  “He developed a printmaking process he called “hot printing,” a technique incorporating found materials that added repeated design elements directly onto the paper—all without the use of a printing press.” (Alston Purvis, H.N. Werkman)

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Birgit and I were so inspired by the colors and the prints- and ideas- we could hardly contain ourselves and our heads were spinning with ideas and the urge to go home and work on prints ourselves. We were just standing forever in front of each print trying to figure out how he did it. If you have the chance to see some of this work- go and see it – these photos do not do his work justice but I wanted to show them so you get a sense.

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This was just amazing! I will share some of my H.N. Werkman inspired Mono prints soon. And I think … a class inspired by this is going to be in order too ;)

 

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  • Joi@RR

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    Happy 4th to you too Nat. These pictures – and all the others – are just soooo wonderful. I absolutely love seeing the world thru your eyes. What an amazing prints you have shown is in your pictures… but I just have to say… some of them remind me of your own personal artwork. Can’t wait for you to get home and start painting your versions of some of the pictures you have taken on this trip :) Hugs. j

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe thank you Joi! It is amazing how powerful this inspiration of this visit was :) showing soon what I made inspired by Werkman :) Hugs back!!!

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  • Denise Spillane

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    Love this Artist. I always love seeing your posts because I learn a lot. Thanks for introducing us to this artist. So cool. I hope you can add on line class for mono print.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you Denise -! I will most definitely add a class for mono printing soon – promised :)

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  • Kathy P

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    Wow, what an awesome trip you have had, Nat! Glad you could find some time to play amidst your hectic schedules! Love today’s artwork….can’t wait for the mono class!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Kathy :) the Class concept is in my head – now to bring it down ;)

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De Craforij Retreat 2015 in The Netherlands in June

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So stoked that I will be rounding up my European Tour in June  with an Artfusion Weekend teaching with my dear friend Birgit Koopsen at the De Craftorij Retreat 2015 in The Netherlands.  The retreat will take place in a gorgeous hotel in Ede on June 13 -14, 2015. You can read all details about the event, workshops, hotel etc.  in Dutch and English here.

Sign up is open now, you can book single days or a whole weekend .  I hope I will see some of my European friends there!

Have a wonderful day

 

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  • Marie-Anne Raeman

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    Hey Nathalie, I’m so excited to do the craftorij weekend and see the both of you again. It is so long ago :-)
    Just can’t wait

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