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The Sketchy History of Pencils

As some of you might know I live in the old Pencil #2 Factory in Jersey City. While there are no more pencils being made in my building, there is still the General Pencil Company which still operates here in Jersey City. I try to buy a lot of pencils (and also brush cleaner) from General Pencil Company because I love that they are right here and produce locally. No wonder I was totally happy to see this video by NPR’s Skunk Bear “A Sketchy History of Pencils” .


I love seeing how art supplies are being made. What art manufacturer would you like to visit to see how they make things?

 

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  • Sharyle

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    Enjoyed this video! Fascinating to see how pencils are made. I’d love to visit the Golden paint factory and see how they make all those fabulous colors.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Oh I would love to go there too Sharyle! Thanks for checking in :)

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Wonder Full Stuff featuring Artful Adventures

My wonderful and talented friend Mystele Kirkeeng did an amazing 3part series of videos showing a piece of art she created inspired by my new book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media. Here is the first part:

Check out her Part II and Part III video to see how the gorgeous art journal spread comes together and subscribe to her youtube channel– she is amazing!

Thank you Mystele, for your review and super inspiring videos. I am blessed to have my artist friends <3

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    I am a huge fan of Mystele ,her art and her teaching! Thanks for including her in your book Nat! xo

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  • leslie

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    Dear Mystele:
    I like the way you show the process step by step in a thinking process. You have patience and your imagery shows that the artistic process is part in fact a large part of the process. Thank you for sharing, Leslie

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Mario Robinson speaks the “Truth”

Some of you might remember my friend Mario A. Robinson who was part of Creative JumpStart in 2016.

This 10 min video of him by Jesse Brass is just beautiful:

Truth from Jesse Brass on Vimeo.

“The real power of art, is the ability to galvanize and organize all those pigments and materials, and pour a soul into it.” Mario A. Robinson

What a wonderful human being and super talented person he is!

If you are into Watercolor – check out his great book “Realistic Watercolor”:

Hope this inspired you – have a gorgeous day!

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  • JoAnn

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    Wow!!! Beautiful – I love his work.

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Find Out Fridays or …A Challenge is a Challenge

A couple months ago Donna Downey sent me an email and asked if I was up for a challenge. She would send me 4 supplies one month for her Find Out Fridays Challenge and I would have to record the unpacking and creating with those supplies. I was allowed to add whatever I wanted from my own stash. Now …I thought why not and said yes :) And then the package came …and I realized …a challenge is a challenge. LOL. It was pretty pretty hard to be honest and I didn’t want to add gazillion of things from my own stash as that felt like cheating for me …but see yourself ;)

Here are some photos:

It was actually fun and super out of my box- thank you Donna for making me get out of my comfort zone- We all need that once in a while :)

In addition to the Find out Fridays kit, I used the following supplies, some affiliate links:


What would you have created with the supplies?

Have a wonderful day

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  • Laura Weed

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    Wow, Nathalie!! What a cool project. I think you did an amazing job with a surprise package! Thanks for sharing!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Laura :) Thanks for coming by and have a gorgeous weekend!

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  • Jean Goza

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    Very cool project! The gold gesso is now on my “want” list. Love the effect.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Jean! The gold gesso definitely is yummie :) I like it a lot!

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Art Journal Flip Through 3/2017

It’s been a while since I did an Art Journal Flip Through. I am keeping about 4-5 journals at the same time, sometimes I send one out to a publisher and then it takes a couple months before I get it back or I work in several at the same time – anyway- this one in the video started in late 2014 and I did the last page this March in 2017 and I think it is interesting to see how my style changed in one book.

Art Journal Flip Through 3/2017 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I am having a hard time with some of the pages in the beginning – thinking “oh boy” – which I guess is normal when you look at older work- LOL. But I also see some things thinking “oh, I should do this again” .

Hope you enjoyed this- have a gorgeous day!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Oh wow – I remember seeing some of those the first time!!! How fun was this??? FUN FUN FUN. Smiling Big. Thanks bunches for sharing Nat. Xj.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Joi , it is fun to look back at those older page! Thank you for watching :)

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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    Thank you for sharing – wonderful art journaling.

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  • Rachel Greig

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    So inspiring Natalie! Thanks for the flip through!! Loved seeing all of your pages together like that. :)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you so much Rach ! hope all is well in Australia :)

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Jumping with Pam Carriker – A Video Conversation

A couple days ago I had a great chat with Mixed Media Artist Pam Carriker. We talked about why it seems that a lot of Mixed Media Artists decided later in life to become artists, what a day in the life of Pam looks like, why she loves to combine wet and dry paint media and her thoughts on how substituting art supplies adds a little bit more of you into your work.

Jumping with Pam Carriker from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Join Pam Carriker and 26 other Mixed Media Artists at Creative JumpStart 2017 – register here!

Hope you enjoyed our conversation ! Have a wonderful day

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  • Nathalie

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    I need to reach you on your email but I don’t have your email address. Could you please send it me? I still cannot log in. It does not recognize either my ID or my password. I really need help to be able to attend the Mayfair workshop. Could you possibly help me find a way to start over with my account
    and change it?

    Thank you for your help.

    Vicki Sheppard

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Dear vicki you did not seem to have ever signed up for the class! If that is indeed the case you simply have to purchase it and sign up and create new user account when you check out . If you have purchased the class and my assumption you haven’t is wrong contact me through the contact form let me know your transaction number or order confirmation number, so I can help you from there! You are talking in one of your comments about a “Mayfair ” workshop ! I am not sure if you might be onnthe wrong website? This is Creative Jumpstart not Mayfair. Hope we can sort it out but not through comments!

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  • Vicki

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    This is not helpful. When I go to log in it says either have the wrong email address or the wrong password. Is there a way I can create a new account?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      The first question isvhave you even signed up for Creative Jumpstart? If not, you purchase it and create an account during sign out! If you have purchased it and have problems please email me , go to the Me section and go to contact me! Do not leave your personal information for everyone to see on the comment section. I will reply to your email during businesses hours and I am happy to help you through the process but first check if you purchased cjs! Best, nat

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  • Vicki

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    I am interested in creative jump for 2017 but I am n0t sure on a couple of things. I guess it has already stated and I just heard about it just to day. How would I catch up? Do I understand correctly that I will have free access to all video?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Vicki, yes it started but you can watch all videos either on the side until November 2017 or download ALL the videos once you are in to keep forever. (you have to download them also until November 2017. You can also still win all giveaways- if you are commenting and signing up before the end of January :) We would love to have you!

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      • Vicki

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        OK, here’s the problem. Every time I try to log in I am being told the my email is wrong. It is the only email I ever had so that is one problem. Can I possibly create a whole new account but with the emaiL
        addreass I have always had. IF SO, HOW CAN I DO IT?

        sincerely,
        vICKI sHEPPARD

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        • Nathalie Kalbach

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          could you please email me – so I see your email address and see if you have been a user before? Thank you :) Nat

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Jumping with Gwen Lafleur – A Video Conversation

Last week I had a wonderful time chatting with Gwen Lafleur. We talked about her inspiring travels, why creativity likes constraints and how she incorporates creating daily after working a full-time job.

Jumping with Gwen Lafleur from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Join Gwen Lafleur and 26 other Mixed Media Artists at Creative JumpStart 2017 – register here!

Hope you enjoyed our conversation ! Have a wonderful day

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Jumping with Gina – A Video Interview

Last week I had a wonderful time talking with watercolor and mixed media artist Gina Lee Kim.  We talk about her love for watercolor, her philosophy of Mixed Media artists as problem solvers and why you should have dessert first!

Jumping with Gina Lee Kim from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Join Gina and 26 other Mixed Media Artists at Creative JumpStart 2017 and– register here!

Hope you enjoyed our conversation !

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  • Gloria J Zucaro

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    Looks like a lot of fun to start off the new year!

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  • JoAnn

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    Loved the interview with Gina – she is a bundle of energy and fun! Looking forward to her video along with the others. OMG – CJS begins tomorrow. Yay!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so much fun to chat with her! and her video is really outstanding! Wohoo for CJS- Happy New Year JoAnn!!!

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Jumping with Joe – A Video Conversation

I had the pleasure to video chat with Joe Rotella  and we talked about his creative process, how he envisions a story for each of his pieces and how he looks at different material to create certain parts of the story.

By the way ….sometimes it takes several takes to just do the intro for a video- check out how Joe and I giggle silly about me not being able to pronounce anything right

Join Joe and 26 other Mixed Media Artists at Creative JumpStart 2017 –register here!

Hope you enjoyed our conversation ! Have a wonderful day

Nat

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