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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year my friends!

I hope 2020 brings the best for you whatever your Vision 2020 may be! Thank you for all the ongoing support the last year – I hope I can bring you lots of creative joy for this year and we will be on this ride again together :)

Also, Happy Creative JumpStart :) – class starts today so I hope you will head over to the Creative JumpStart 2020 classroom and JUMP with us :)

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Review 2019 & Vision 2020

What a year 2019 has been. So much was going on while at the same time I took a hiatus from teaching and traveling. I don’t even remember what my word for this year was …I think it was “home” but maybe that is just what it turned into LOL.

As most of you know, we bought an old house with a bit of renovation work to do. Being able to tend to the construction and go to the house almost daily during the 7 months it took, was definitely very helpful. 

We had a really nice construction company and besides the usual delaying headaches of permits, inspections and the one or other hiccup it went all pretty smooth and we are happy with the house.

It was fun and exhausting at the same time ..the process was slow and quick at the same time …

…the only consistency was me being tired and unkempt in the attempt to juggle two places, the “we-do-this ourself-projects” and maintaining my art business. 

Things were opened, destroyed and discovered –

like roofs, walls, old newspapers

and crown molding. 

New things were created like decks, skylights

and matching crown molding

and some things just took care of themselves, like our amazing garden. 

We sorted a million things for the move ….

and contemplated a lot about the fact that we acquired so much SCHTUFF again 6 years after moving with just a shipping container and having downsized a lot. 

We spent a ton of time together and we loved our project -we are a good team. And we enjoyed our big housewarming party after we finally moved in. 

I love my big studio –

I am so stoked about my wall easel and my little fireplace seating area. 

We also spent lots of time with friends and family and we finally managed to take two separate beach days off …WOW – shoulder patting – especially since we are only about an hour away from the beach. 

I went on a lot of art strolls- I thought I didn’t, but looking back I did quite some fun art stroll stuff. Especially amazing was the af Klint exhibition at the Guggenheim which I saw with Kim 

and my special surprise birthday trip to Storm King with my hubs

as well going to the Re-opening of MoMA with my friends Julia and Adam

which resulted in my FAVORITE Photo with art EVER. Epic! I will never look at this particular Mark Bradford piece without also slightly giggling …sorry Mark! 

We made it twice to the Opera this year …wowsers  and we had a lot of fun with friends “watching” from our nose bleeding seats. 

We also tried a lot of new restaurants because something had to give going back and forth between neighborhoods, so why not trying new places including this fabulous and now one of our favorite Bangladeshi Restaurant Korai

The saddest this year was that we had to say good bye to our sweet cat Niles in the summer. We had him for 19 1/2 years. I am still very sad about it and Christmas was especially hard being the first Christmas without this little sweet fur ball sitting under the tree. 

We welcomed Mingus, a new kitten to our home just a couple weeks ago -and Bobby Pretzel adopted him and they are already buddies! They make us laugh a lot! 

I started playing the Ukulele and found some fun new friends – we even performed at a Holiday party – creating art prepared me definitely for the “it is about the fun and not so much about the outcome part” here LOL. You see I have to drink the water that I am preaching in my art classes …or however that saying goes ;) I am not sure if the people listening had that much fun, but we sure did. 

Art wise- I painted a bit, I hosted a ton of challenges, released some stencils and stamps, released a couple new online workshops and filmed for Sketchbook Skool as well. It felt good to concentrate on some other parts of my art life …things that I usually do not have that much time for when I travel every other weekend. 

I did miss going to Germany to see family and friends and also seeing students in Person, but I have to admit I also loved staying home the whole year and putter around here. Making a new home, embracing my home and the people that are nearby. You can def. say all of those things were connected to “home” whether that was my word for the year 2019 or not LOL.

So now what is my word for 2020? I think it shall be “vision” as in “the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.” I have some visions for my business for 2020 and some ideas for my art , I am longing for some clearer vision in general and in some areas for a vision at all. That might sound weird, but I feel like I used to have so many visions and then either the plans came to fruition or were neglected. Now I long for a bigger vision yet again. The whole house project this year showed me that. So there we go …Vision 2020 …I am on it ;) Let’s see what Hindsight (is) 2020 will show in terms of successfully getting there next December ;) 

What is your word for 2020 if you, like me and many others, pick a word instead of new year’s resolutions?


Comments (7)

  • Theresa Gonzales


    What an amazing year you have had. I can’t wait to see what 2020 brings for you (and me). My word is preparation.


  • Liz Thayne


    Wow what an amazing year you have had and what a lot you have achieved. Hope 2020 will be another successful year for you.


  • Jean Goza


    What an amazing year for you! I have no doubt that 2020 will reveal even more wonders for you. Looking forward to CJS and hope to see you in person again sometime. Happy New Year!


  • Pam Hansen


    Thank you for sharing your 2019 adventures. It’s lovely to see your new home and fabulous studio. Happy New Year and I’m excited to see what 2020 brings, hopefully a chance to take a class with you again! ❤️


  • Janet


    It sounds like you had a pretty incredible year! Except for Miles. I’m very sorry to hear that news. Wishing you a fabulous 2020. Looking forward to another year of CJS! Thank you so much for offering it again!


  • Rebecca Buchanan


    I so enjoyed reading this post and seeing the photos. I remember the first time I signed up for Creative Jump Start, you were still living in Germany at the time. It has been so inspiring to watch you grow as an artist over the years. Thank you for sharing this latest journey with your new house. Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best! PS All signed up and looking forward to another exciting CJS!


  • Linda Corbin Youn


    Thank so much for sharing your journey. I look forward to seeing what visions you create for the new year. My word is organize, especially as it applies to my office/studio and including blocks of art time on my calendar.


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Free Shipping Days are Here!

If you spend more than $25 of physical products through tomorrow (December 14th, 2019) in my online shop, you can get free shipping in the US. Just enter the coupon code FREESHIP25 when you are checking out and all those goodies will get shipped to you for free! Who doesn’t like a little free this time of year?

It’s a great time to buy foam stamps like my Fairview Fan set…

or my Mini Tile set.

Or how about a few of those rubber stamp sets that are already on sale like my Fan-tastic Small set:

Or my pick for anyone who loves architecture, the Stroll Around the Block set:

And of course all those new stencils I released just yesterday. They ship in the US for free too with any order of $25 or more of physical products.

Enjoy all these and lots more. Take a look here and get those last minute gifts taken care of :)

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NEW Stencil Designs! December 2019 Release

Today I am releasing 8 new stencil designs with StencilGirl Products and am very excited to share them with you! You can check them out now in my Online Shop.  I’ve been playing with them for the past month and I just love the diversity of the group – some art deco fan stuff for you pattern lovers, abstract stuff for layering and texture, and more Mid Century motifs because we love modernism :)

Here are the new designs – hope you are as excited as I am to create with them!

First up is Art Deco Empire – I’m showing it here oriented upside down because I think it can work either way and I love how it kind of looks like crowns here.

Next is Art Deco Summit – A nice mix of pattern and solid shapes that I think is perfect for creating a balance of color and open space.

Here is Art Deco Fairview – another that I am showing here upside down to show how you can use it either way. Love this pattern.

Art Nouveau Wallpaper is another that mixes pattern and solid areas so you can really play with color here.

Kyoto is a fun mix of abstract marks that can oomph up your mark making in backgrounds and such.

Tokyo is a more energetic field of marks and again, really awesome for backgrounds.

Space Age Modern is a funky cool modernist pattern that is another fav.

Finally we have Signals – a field of abstract pattern that is ideal for backgrounds, layering, and creating visual texture.

So I hope you take a look at all the new stencils in my shop – it is an interesting mix of styles, shapes, and patterns – something for everyone :)

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To All – Happy Thanksgiving! (and a big SALE)

I want to take a moment today and just wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! I know I have tons to be thankful for and one thing that I always think about this time of year is all my readers :) Thank you for tuning in each day and hopefully you are enjoying what I share and learning and finding lots of creative inspiration. Thank you!!!

For those of you who are beginning your shopping today or maybe just need a little break from eating (haha), I am starting my BIG sale today. You can save 25% off all physical products in my online shop now through Cyber Monday, December 2nd.

Rubber stamps, stencils, foam stamps, original artwork, mugs, giclee prints, destash and much more is all 25% off – just use the coupon code FRENZYFIVE when you check out. Even sale items are eligible so yup those Fan-tastic rubber stamp sets are in it while supplies last. Woohoo!

And for those of you who like to wait until Friday to shop – no worries. This sale goes through 11:59pm EST on December 2, so you can return to your Thanksgiving festivities and please enjoy!!!

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  • Sue Clarke


    Happy Thanksgiving Nat! I am thankful for the daily inspiration that you give to me.


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Card Making Workshop in Jersey City – Dec 12

I hope you can join me on Thursday, December 12th for a festive evening of holiday card making in Jersey City! I am teaching a workshop at a new space in my hood and am excited to be bringing some stamping and watercolor fun to help you make a batch of 12-15 cards for your holiday wishes.

It will be a relaxing good time with lots of creating and some refreshments also will be served. Spend an evening with old friends and new, enjoying a holiday activity that will help you spread some joy too :)

You can learn more and sign up HERE

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New Workshop – I’m teaching with Sketchbook Skool!

I’m so excited to tell you that I will be teaching with Sketchbook Skool for their new online workshop Mixed Media Journaling! I will be joining 3 other amazing teachers – Mary Beth Shaw, Seth Apter, and Kecia Deveney for this 4 week course that begins on November 11th. Check out the gorgeous promo video and sign up HERE today!

For those of you who know Sketchbook Skool, you know it is THE place to learn about the art of drawing and sketching. This new course focuses on creating from a mixed media slant, and wow it is really nicely done – they know how to film and produce top quality videos and this is no exception. It also includes an emphasis on community, so in addition to learning, you will enjoy interacting as well.

Come join us for this online course with a focus on mixed media and enjoy learning from teachers who are both fun and inspiring. Sign up HERE.

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NEW Online Workshop: Artful Adventures with Andy Warhol

Today my newest online workshop Artful Adventures with Andy Warhol goes on sale on my website!

Get ready to go on an Artful Adventure with us! Through 4 lessons you’ll learn a variety of fun and clever ways to translate some of Warhol’s signature artistic moves, to help you add new elements to your art journaling and artwork.

Sign up NOW to enjoy great pricing: Early Bird pricing – 25% off the regular price of $39, so just $29.25!!! – now through Monday October 7th.

Check out the promo video:

Sign up now through Monday, October 7 and get the workshop for just $29.25. Throughout the workshop I show you ways to pull off Warhol style elements without fancy equipment so you can combine it with your own artmaking practices and style. Collage, making multiples of images, portraiture, and stamp carving are all explored in the lessons. If you are ready for another Artful Adventure, this is the perfect workshop for you! Sign up TODAY

The Artful Adventures workshop series will introduce you to master artists from around the world and throughout history, and through their techniques and style inspire YOUR art journaling and artmaking. Check out Artful Adventures with Joan Miró for another fun workshop in this series.

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