Art Journal

Let it Flow – Art Journal Spread

“Fall in Love with the pieces and the results will come. Let it flow!” – my creative mantra :)

Sketched and painted with some acrylic paints and acrylic inks – I just wanted to see how I liked painting with some thinner paints and acrylic inks- it is a bit challenging and I do like parts of it -the way it makes the colors really pop due to the translucency – but I do miss my texture.

Love how the Clam Hex Stamp provides a nice pattern – All in all I like the flow of this page :)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Forget to check your phone! Art Journal

Do more things that make you forget to check your phone!

I used my new Exchange Place Stencil with Black gesso and added a cut out from a magazine. I painted over her with acrylic paints and markers.

For the journaling I used some self adhesive canvas .

I am working to do more things again that make me forget my phone. How about you? :)

Here are some of the supplies I used

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When Gossip Dies – Art Journal

“Gossip dies when it hits a wise person’s ears” – what a wise quote :) – Not mine unfortunately I didn’t see a name attached to it.

this spread started out with a mono printed page and it somehow reminded me of a One Thousand and One Night Scenery so I picked the Star Struck and Santa Fe Stencil to build up on the theme.

I used a calligraphy pen to write the journaling and added some white on top of it.

some pencil marks and some additional “houses” and done. I had fun with this.

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I Believe Her – Art Journal

“She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared but because she went on so strongly, despite the fear”

Sometimes my art journaling is indeed influenced by current events and it is therapeutic.

The day I created this journal spread I was gutted, and sad and I still am.

Today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow to all the women and men out there that endured something like this : I Believe You!

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All That Glitters is Not Gold – Art Journal

Something to remember ! :)

Painted the background with white and gold gesso and stenciled on top


in red using my Park Blvd Stencil. In order to make the design pop more I  layered the stencil back on top after the paint dried and traced the pattern inside the openings.

Love the red and gold although I am not really big fan of gold – like say with jewelry etc.

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread:

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Book Review: Paint , Play, Explore by Rae Missigman

My friend Rae Missigman sent me her new book Paint, Play, Explore – Expressive Mark-Making Techniques in Mixed Media and I couldn’t wait to dig into it.

I wasn’t disappointed – Rae’s love for mark making and finding all kinds of tools and ways to inspire you to make your own mark in your artwork is contagious.

I was inspired by her idea of creating marks on fabric and I couldn’t wait to get into my studio to do this myself.

I cute a piece of this beautiful fabric which I had hoarded for ever and used a brayer to add some color on top of it to reveal the pattern and texture of the fabric even more

Using a rigger brush I added some marks as lines playing

I used the same colors to paint a grungy background into my art journal.

Then I grabbed my Embroidery Stamp Set as well as a purple ink pad

and added some stamped marks to the art journal but also on top of the fabric

Then I grabbed some embroidery thread and a needle

and added some cross stitches and french knots as marks to the fabric

I cut out circles out of the fabric and added a blanket stitch around the big one and then glued them down onto the art journal

I love how they tie in with the design of the background but still create their own little focal point

I added journaling and some hand drawn marks with a pencil and white woody

And there it is the finished Art Journal page inspired by Rae’s book – full of marks

Paint, Play, Explore oozes of gorgeous colorful and energizing photos and Rae shows in four chapters her favorite mark making tools, what kind of marks, artwork and projects.It is a wonderful inspiring book – Rae definitely left a mark with her wonderful book – Paint, Play, Explore.

Go and get it to leave your mark in your artwork as well!

Comments (4)

  • Gill


    Hi Nat,
    I just wanted to tell you how much I love your Star Fish stamp. It is my favourite background detail stamp.
    Thank you. Gill


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Awe- thank you so much Gill – I love the Star Fish stamp too and it makes me happy that others love it too :)


  • Rae Missigman


    Oh Nat I’m so thrilled that you enjoyed the book. Thank you so much for the kind words. It makes my heart happy. Your work is always so inspiring and your spin on this technique is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us! Can’t wait to see what you create next. Xx Rae


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      Thank you so much Rae- your book is so awesome!!! you are amazing- Loves!!!


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Ungrounded – Art Journal

Just another day floating around, felling ungrounded ….


Using my new Grove Street Stencil and a RubberMoon Inkpad – sometimes just using the middle of the circle to create the background.

I think playing on this spread grounded me a bit that day ;)

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Be Kind, Always – Art Journal

I loved playing with my new and secretly new favorite Hamilton Stencil and tons of spray paints.

I pasted a piece of deli paper on top on which I had drawn.

I love how reapplying the stencil and spray partly with different colors and then repeating the process a couple times makes the pattern look so dimensional. It is my favorite thing about using spray paint.

Here are some of the supplies that I used:

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Things will work out – Art Journal

Love how this one turned out- see it all works out ;)

I used my new Broadway Stencil and with a Distress applicator I added some Distress Oxide ink through the stencil. I used different colors.

For the right page of the spread I applied some Distress Oxide ink with the applicator, then washed the applicator out and while the foam was still wet, rubbed lightly over the stencil

which resulted in a nice subtle pattern – love this!

I painted with some artgraf charcoals on top and added some gouache here and there.

I added some journaling with the artgrafs into the openings on the left and used a thin wet brush to go over to desolve it a bit.

I love how this turned out. Fun to play with those Distress Oxides.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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