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designed by n*Studio features: Judi Kauffman

One of the things that make me really giddy is when I spy someone using my new stamps by Stampendous or also my Stencils with StencilGirl Products :) So I thought once in a while I would feature the work of those wonderful talented people with a new Series called: designed by n*Studio features:…..

And today I feature: Judi Kauffman

I am so happy to have my friend Judi Kauffman back for another feature! I had her a couple months ago and I just love the way she includes a very detailed description on her projects! She uses my products in such fun and unique ways- I love it!!! Judi has no blog- so leave her some love here:)

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About Judi:

Judi Kauffman wears, and has always worn, many hats at the same time. She is a designer, writer, and teacher who has worked in the craft industry for over 25 years. She has also been a graphic artist, art director, photo stylist, illustrator, and weaver. She has an undergraduate degree in printmaking and a master’s in fibers. Judi’s projects, articles, and reviews appear in a wide variety of magazines, she works for several manufacturers in design and product development. She is a frequent guest artist for Elizabeth Craft Designs, Walnut Hollow, StencilGirl Products, and other manufacturers. She has also written five books (alas, all now out of print).

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Thanks for inviting me back as a Guest Designer, Nathalie. I thought it would be fun to use your Grunge stamp and template set to make a Grunge Shelf. The shelf is 11” long by 1½” deep, the right size for styluses, palette knife, mini brayer, small tubes of paint or other tools. Or it could go on a dresser to hold lipsticks, eyeliner and such, or on a desk for pens and a letter opener!

 

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Lady Liberty Goes San Francisco – Canvas

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Another city for a change – yep – Lady Liberty went San Francisco ;)

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I guess I have a crush on Flat Iron Buildings  – we have a tiny one here in Jersey City too – I think it is time to add that one to my J.C. Canvas Collection :)

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  • Laura S

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    Gorgeous, Nathalie! I wonder if every metropolitan city has their token Flat Iron? It might be cool to travel to each city in the US or the world, and visit these historical beauties. Have a beautiful week!

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  • Laura

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    A flat iron building would make a great stencil ;)

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    Love this piece Nat..I have a love of the Flatiron buildings as well, especially the one in my home town.

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On The Flip Side – Canvas

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My new canvas “On The Flip Side” – Jersey City in the background and “our” Lady Liberty . Why “our”? Well…it is in our yard and faces New York…go figure ;)

What a symbol this statue carries, how much hope and how many dreams are connected with it – amazing.

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I can see her from my studio window and from the deck and it makes me always happy… What a view when I had my brand new green card in my pocket and we looked for an apartment…it was like a promise for good times to come. So far there are very good times… maybe Lady Liberty is my token of luck ;)

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I played with a different background this time and I like the outcome a lot.

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Have a wonderful and promising day !

Nat

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  • Kelly Belton

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    Wow Nat, I really love this. The colours are beautiful, the painting is beautiful. I think you’re on to something with that Lady Liberty inspiration thing- it really seems to work for you! This is my favorite. More please!

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  • Gina Sismilich

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    Nat – that is a fabulous painting! Really love it

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  • Laurie Hunt

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    Hi Natalie. I don’t leave comments all that often but I’m out in the “blogosphere” always with an eye on what you are doing. I have to say that I am loving your recent canvases of your jersey city home. I especially like what you’ve done with this one. I agree this new background is a keeper. But then I’m a sucker for blues and purples! Lady liberty is also an American icon that I love. I remember seeing her as a kid being amazed that she was green and not shiny brass or copper like the little replicas that I had seen!

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  • Denise Spillane

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    Wow Nat, this is so beautiful! It is sort of the view my dad had from his office in the twin towers. No he wasn’t there for 9/11 he had already passed but I know he would love this painting. Maybe even more then me, that is up for debate. I sure love it.

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  • Kathy P.

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    This is so awesome, Nat, and I am thrilled that you have ‘fallen in love’ with our lady….she is truly something special. I am jealous that you can just look out your window and see her every day!

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  • Brend

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    Love the Statue of Liberty ! I love taking out of town visitors on the Beast cruise (it’s a 30 minute high speed boat ride)for an up close view of her and the skyline.

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  • Amante del Papel

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    is a stunning work!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    How awesome is that for a view to wake up and create to!
    Thanks for sharing your canvas…nice one.

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  • Laura Strack

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    This is so beautiful, Nathalie! What an inspiring view you have from your studio. No wonder your art just keeps getting more gorgeous.

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designed by n*Studio features: Chris Lim

One of the things that make me really giddy is when I spy someone using my new stamps by Stampendous or also my Stencils with StencilGirl Products :) So I thought once in a while I would feature the work of those wonderful talented people with a new Series called: designed by n*Studio features:…..

And today I feature: Chris Lim

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I met Chris in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she was taking on of my Mixed Media Classes. I was blown away by her talent and I have been following her ever since. I love her style and I am happy she is using my stamps. chris has no blog, so please give her some love here :)
The stage is hers:

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Hi! My name is Chris Lim, a mother to three grown up boys and a grandmother to my 3 year old beautiful granddaughter.

Basically, I am a scrap booker/paper crafter who loves all things beautiful. My style, to many who have known me, is more of shabby chic. Being an avid crafter, I began to explore beyond paper crafting. I now enjoy creating with different mediums and elements. As such I have gone beyond my ‘shabby chic style’. The current ‘in thing’ for me now is painting doll faces with big eyes and long lashes. I hope my work will inspire other crafters.

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I love Chris’ very femine and intricate style !

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Love how she ties everything together and uses all kinds of different embellishments and materials on this canvas.

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And here is a beautiful Scrapbooking Layout where Chris used my stamps and stencil template:

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I love the hint of grunge in the background- wonderful! Thank you so much Chris for sharing your work using my stamps with me!!

Here are the n*Studio Stamps used:

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have a fantastic day!
Nat

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  • lily

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    Lovely canvas! Looks like some spiritual happiness to me :-)
    and the layout is awesome too!
    And as for Nat: really like the idea of showing work of some of your “users” :-)

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  • Suzie

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    Wow, Chris, your creations are stunning! I love that they are feminine & pretty with just a hint of grunge mixed in. Really, really fabulous!

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  • Kathy

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    Lovely! Great design!

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  • Amante del Papel

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    It’s a great, great artisc, fantastic projects!

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  • Kathy

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    Gorgeous designs, Chris! I love your artistic style, using all these different mediums so well! A feast for the eyes!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Beautiful work Chris. Thanks for sharing it with us. I like how you used the stamps in the background of the layout.

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Standing Strong Canvas or… Blog Hop with Dina Wakley

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I am very proud of and happy for my friend Dina Wakley who just launched her own signature line of acrylic paints with Ranger. So when she asked me if I would participate in a blog hop and show some work using her paints, I said of course yes.

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I had planned on doing a canvas on the Flatiron Building in NYC – as many others I find it highly intriguing – the more as I learned through the PBS show “Treasures of New York” about it’s history.

 

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The name “Standing Strong” is the name my artist friend Tanya Watts Wedhorn gave it after I posted a sneak on my Facebook page and asked people to help me with a name. She is fighting returning cancer and what she said really touched and resonated with me„I remember seeing this building when visiting New York and it just seemed like a building that has really had to stand it’s grounds in a quick growing and changing city. It reminds me of strength and not changing for anything or anyone. So my title would be Standing Strong! Xxx“ Stand Strong Tanya – Lot’s of Love!!

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I had fun painting with Dina’s paints, and using her brushes and the Gesso and Gel Medium.  Love the colors she included in her line- I used almost all colors she sent me.

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Check out the other, super amazing Mixed Media artists that are participating in this blog hop today – and be sure to not miss the giveaway of two complete sets of the paints on Dina’s Blog:

Dina Wakley http://www.dinastamps.typepad.com
Dyan Reaveley http://dyan-reaveley.blogspot.com/
Roben-Marie Smith http://www.robenmarie.com/
Mystele Kirkeeng http://www.mystele.com/
Dawn Sokol http://www.dblogala.com/
Julie Fei-Fan Balzer http://balzerdesigns.com/
Nathalie Kalbach http://www.nathaliesstudio.com/  Permalink: http://wp.me/p3Cnxf-4nr
Kirsten Varga http://www.smilingeyestudio.blogspot.com/
Traci Bautista http://www.treicdesigns.com/

Hope you enjoy the artwork created with Dina’s new line!

Have a gorgeous day

Nat

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  • Barb

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    Natalie,
    This is a fabulous email. I have not been able to download any of the videos you have posted. Just wanted you to know.
    Thank you so much for sharing your creative world and talent.

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Everything is Gentrified Canvas

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I was working on this canvas for quite a while- I had a love-hate relation ship with it while I was working on it- it was a very demanding project.

The street is partly what you see when you go out on my street, a neighborhood in Jersey City which years ago was a totally different neighborhood. Jersey City has not the best reputation …which reminds me on my old hood in Hamburg, Germany. When I  moved there my family would call me every time something bad was shown about it on the news (about every other day) worried if I was ok. Today it is a thriving and gentrified area, unfortunately driving the “old” people out of the neighborhood as they cannot afford it anymore. People like me are part of the problem. Jersey City reminds me a lot of my old hood how it was 15-20 years ago.

I think about these things a lot when I do my art – I love to create projects showing houses or neighborhoods. Things change…for the better and for the worse- there is no black and white.

Deep eh? Oh well…LOL – take a closer look then at the canvas ;)

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I want to create a couple more of those canvases in a series.

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I mostly worked with Liquitex Acrylic Media and touched it up here and there with Derwent Artbars. Here is a small list of come of the supplies I used for this Mixed Media Canvas.

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Wishing you a wonderful day :)

Nat

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CREATE Mixed Media Retreats in New Jersey

I am very excited about teaching at Create Mixed Media Retreat in Somerset, NJ. In 2012 I visited the U.S. and took some classes at CREATE and ever since I was dreaming of teaching at that event…so much to my delight…here we go :) (Yes…I am still excited about teaching…YEAH :) )

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ENCRUSTED SHRUBBERY CANVAS (6 HOURS) • NATHALIE KALBACH

Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Wednesday, July 9 • 9am-4pm $152 $15
Skill Level: Intermediate Technique: Collage & Assemblage
You will leave with… a beautiful finished home decor item and lots of knowledge of techniques that you can apply in future projects.
Description: We will create a wonderful home decor canvas using Acrylic Paints, Stamps and Templates as well as Embossing Media and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Students Should Bring: Please bring 12×12 inch big stretched and pre-gessoed Canvas, 5-8 different colors of Acrylic Paints as well as Black and White Acrylic Paint, (Liquitex) Matte Gel Medium, (Liquitex) Gesso, a water jar, brushes in different sizes and formats, 6-7 cosmetic sponges, a water mister, baby wipes, a paper roll, a craft mat, a heating gun, an apron, scissors, palette paper, black permanent inkpad, versamark embossing pad

 

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TEXTURE HEAVEN ART JOURNAL (3 HOURS) • NATHALIE KALBACH

Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Thursday, July 10• 6-9pm $89 $25
Skill Level: Intermediate Technique: Printmaking & Surface Design
You will leave with… a finished texture art journal and lots of technique ideas for future projects.
Description: Create wonderful texture pages with monoprinting, stenciling and stamping techniques, encrust them with different Embossing Media and bind them together in a beautiful tactile art journal.
Students Should Bring: please bring 3-4 colors of not too thick Acrylic Paint- I prefer Liquitex Soft Body 4 pieces of lettersized sturdy white cardstock or sketch book paper, (Liquitex) White Gesso, Brayer, Rubber Brayer, Black Permanent Ink Pad , Versamark, Heating Gun, 6-7 Cosmetic Sponges, Baby Wipes
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IT IS ALL ABOUT LAYERS: ARTJOURNAL CLASS (6 HOURS) • NATHALIE KALBACH

Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Friday- July 11• 9am-4pm $152 $15
Skill Level: All Levels Technique: Bookmaking & Art Journaling
You will leave with… a load of knowledge about paint media and techniques and various finished pages in your art journal.
Description: Create depth and dimension by adding several layers with different paint and other media to achieve intriguing art journal pages. Learn about different media and playfully explore how to express yourself in your art journal. It’s all about the layers—so come and join us!
Students Should Bring: Please bring 5-8 different colors of Acrylic Paints as well as Black and White Acrylic Paint, (Liquitex) Matte Gel Medium, (Liquitex) Gesso, a white and a black journaling pen, a water jar, brushes in different sizes and formats, a fashion magazine, 2-3 cosmetic sponges, an old credit card, a water mister, baby wipes, a paper roll, a craft mat, optional deli paper, a brayer, an apron, scissors, palette paper, a heat gun, and an/your Art Journal. I use a Ranger Dylusions Journal but you can also use a Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook – whatever you prefer to work in.
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TEXTURE GALORE CANVAS (3 HOURS) • NATHALIE KALBACH

Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Saturday, July 12• 6-9pm $89 $20
Skill Level: All Levels Technique: Collage & Assemblage
You will leave with… a wonderful tactile canvas that serves as a home decor item.
Description: In this workshop you will create a stunning and unique canvas that will be a wonderful home decor item. Learn how to create dimension and texture with tissue paper, items of daily life, acrylic paint, lace, burlap, and gesso. Learn how to reveal the interesting and eye-catching texture with acrylic paints, art bars and acrylic inks and add some fun stamping techniques on top.
Students Should Bring: Please bring 12 x 12 stretched primed canvas, 5-6 different acrylic paints – colors you like, black acrylic paint, pencil, 2-3 sheets of plain white 12 x 12 cardstock, water jar, brushes in all sizes bristle and round, apron, cosmetic sponges, baby wipes, scissors, black journaling pen, White Gesso (Liquitex) , Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex)

Registration is now open and you can Register here Create Mixed Media Retreat in Somerset, NJ.

Hope I will see some of you there :)

huge hugs

Nat

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Fragmented J.C. Canvas

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The last couple weeks I was working on a new 27.5×31.5 inches canvas. I had back in Hamburg already created a Hamburg themed one for the other side (below) and brought an identical canvas so that I could do a Jersey City Theme.

I  cannot wait to hang the second canvas and I hope it will be looking as good up there as the other one. Lady Liberty btw ….I know you think NYC, right? pffff- no way…she is standing with her back to Jersey City…meaning she is in OUR yard…not NYC’s yard ;)

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I am up for another canvas this size…but I might have to rethink the wall spacing problem soon ;)

Have a wonderful day

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Nat

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Whatevers Round 2 #7…or Weird But Happy

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Are you ready for the 6th photo 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. (I will add the missing links later- since I am at CHA we couldn’t get all links together ahead of time )

Here is my take:

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Journaling: Some People thought they were a weird couple, but they just had a fun and wonderful time and he carried her on his hands.

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The tutorial on how I made this and what I used is part of Creative JumpStart today :) So if you signed up- check it out at noon EST :)

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

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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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thank you :)

Nat

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