Whatevers Round 2 #1 or Choice



Are you ready for the 1st of the Second Round of Whatevers? If you missed what the Whatevers is all about or want to see all the past photos and takes…check it out here.

Click here to see what Cat, Vicki, Martha and Cuchy made out of the photo and which story they tell.

Here is my take:




In a wicked and not understandable way, Elizabeth and Matthew had decided to live a miserable life. You’d never see them smile, always clinged to each other with an aura of tragedy and hard to grasp sadness. And in a weird and very brain twisted way…this choice made them life a very happy and fulfilled live together.



When I saw this picture of the siblings and how sad they looked , this journaling came instantly in my mind. And as you know from the first round of the Whatevers – I like to give my Whatevers a dark twist- LOL- so here we go again.



I used Liquitex Acrylic Paints, Liquitex Spraypaints and Markers on this art journal page as well as my Stencil Girl- What’ s The Point Stencil and Jessica Sporns Cascading Leaves Stencil. I love white colored journaling and in order to make this work, I usually journal first with a black marker and then go over with a white marker.


And here is the photo of this month’s Whatever for you:




Here is how it works

  • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Martha and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story– it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page


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Comments (11)

  • Jill Blevins


    Have you read Ransome Riggs’ “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children? Riggs uses found photos in these books and weaves a wonderful tale.

    I love this idea that you are doing.


  • Cuchy


    That’s the point, that’s the point. if they’re happy the way they are…
    I do want to know who they are too
    You made them bright themselves. Beautiful!


  • Vicki Chrisman


    Awesome Nat! You always amaze me with your beautiful work!


  • Lisa Flaherty


    I love the creative writing that goes along with the visual creativity in the Whatevers challenges and am so pleased you all are continuing for Round 2!

    Oh, the power of choice!! What twisted little munchkins Elizabeth and Matthew are!! Love it!! Your What’s The Point stencil is really cool, perfect finishing touch to unify the pages.


  • Martha Richardson


    I love your take on this photo…they do look so sad! I would really love to know who they are ;)


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Me too -kind of what is the real story with them, right? Nat


  • Jean A Marmo


    I so love seeing these each month! One of these days I am going to play!!


  • sue_clarke@hotmail.com


    They sure do look miserable. Twisted I like. At least in your story it’s a choice that they make and it makes them a little happy.


  • Fran


    Nat, you have no idea how much I enjoy receiving these “whatever’s” . I find them really inspirational and can’t wait to get busy with my “story” thanks so much. All the best for your big move


  • Catherine


    Love the story and your new stencil, its fantastic!


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