Workshops

Workshop Photos of Transfer, Trace, Transform

Last Saturday I hosted my workshop Transfer, Trace, Transform at home and I loved having a wonderful intimate group of 6 talented Ladies coming from Maryland, Connecticut and New York.

The dining room area was transformed into a workshop area

It was so wonderful seeing how the workshop techniques came to alive

And slowly a creative mess was made :)

It is really super fun to teach a small group

Loved seeing all the transfer techniques in their art journals

We covered quite bit of techniques

and here are some more pages

and pattern fun !

Nothing better than a colorful Saturday

There was a lot of swooning over James Dean …I mean …of course

and after a pizza break and the tiniest cupcakes you have every eaten

things got pretty elaborate

So much fun! Cannot wait for the next workshop at home!

Probably coming up in Spring or Summer . I am taking a bit of a break next year from traveling and teaching in person to take care of some “projects”  :)  but I am teaching right now a fun BYO – Built Your Own Art Journal– online and more online workshops are to come to come.

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  • Joanne Howard

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    I spy Janene and Kate! You must have had a fun day! Would love to come up sometime as well! Looking forward to next year! We are so lucky to have some talented folks within driving distance!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Loved seeing what folks created with these new techniques!
    How fun to be a part of a workshop at your house Nat.
    Did the cat and kitten get involved?

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  • Linda Wyatt

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    Next time I’m coming even if my sore shoulder says no🎨🎨

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  • Janene

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    I had a FABULOUS time spending the day with you and my fellow art journalers! I learned so many fun transfer techniques. Count me “IN” the next time you offer a class in your studio. Thanks for the wonderful experience!

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  • Barbara Murphy

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    Thanks for posting the pics, Nat. Such a fun weekend, and great group of ladies. I can’t wait to come back again, as long as James Dean shows up. I plan to have lots of fun with your tracing technique, and I’ll probably see you in those on-line workshops. And, what a loveley hostess you are.

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Photos of the OstseeScrap Workshops in Germany

I had such a great time teaching for the third time at the Baltic Sea for the Ostsee Scrap Retreat in Germany. It was wonderful to see so many known and new faces again and yes it was also fun to teach in German for a change again :)

18 gorgeous ladies joined for the 3-Day Retreat filled with different workshops ranging from pure Scrapbooking to Art Journaling to Mixed Media Canvases. I taught two workshops starting with a Mono Printing workshops.

From some basics about using different tools

and supplies to create texture and patterns

we worked our way up.

Made our own stamps and stencils

and got our hands dirty with wonderful colors

Some created backgrounds for Scrapbooking Layouts

And some created some Mono Print Paintings

It was a fun morning

and I am super happy to report that many are joining the dark site of mono printing ;)

I hooked them up  LOL. they cannot be stopped anymore!

I lurked in some of the other classes – here is Mel teaching an amazing mini album workshop …and as you can see the students are very behaved ;)

And here is a photo of Denise and me …also well behaved …and no, I did not drink hahaha- jet lag at its finest ;)

I also had a little bit time on Saturday to down the beach – which is about 3 mins next to the workshop room

Even though it was raining in between it was wonderful to walk around , and breathe in some fresh air.

I miss those iconic Windbreaker Seats – Strandkorb – typical for the Nordic Sea and Baltic Sea in Germany . When I see one of those I always feel wind in my hair and smell sunscreen …no kidding

And …another typical sight -a smoked fish hut along the beach. Also pretty cool.

I was also super stoked to see my sweet friend Andrea again – she was also teaching and I haven’t seen her personally in about 4 years. She and I go way back together in doing what we do :)

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture with Sandra who also taught a wonderful workshop – but hopefully next time :)

On Sunday I taught an art journaling class

Loved seeing some self made journals

but also some students decided to use the techniques in their daily journals

or on background papers for scrapbooking Layouts

and even in mini albums

I love that- it just shows the versatility of the techniques that you can use in an art journal.

I loved gorgeous patterns

colors

and how the stencils and stamps were being used –

And loved seeing some super free pages

 

 

I had a great time- thanks Susan for the shot of me at the end of the last workshop

Danke ! to all the students – it was so wonderful – AMAZZZZIIIINNNNGGG – wedel wedel – to see you and thank you to Dani, who once again organized a great retreat- thank you for having me!

If you would like to take an in-person class with me, I am teaching two more in-person classes this year:

there is one spot left in a workshop at my home on October 13th “Transfer, Trace, Transform” and I am also teaching a Mixed Media Collage WS with my friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in Coventry, UK for Art Workshops on November 2-4- and I think there are one or two spots left.

If you cannot join me in-Person – check out my new Online Class – BYO Art Journal – it is super fun !!!

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  • Denise

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    It was such a pleasure and *fangirlmode on* honor *fangirlmode off* to meet you.

    The workshops were aaaaaammmmmmaaaaaaazzzzzziiiiiiinnnnnnnggggg.

    Love from the Baltic Sea <3

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      AWEEEE- Denise es war so schön, Dich zu treffen!!! BUSSSIIIIII – nat

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Jump into Autumn! Creative JumpStart 2018 Sale

Fall is just a week away and maybe you are looking for some inspiration? If you missed Creative JumpStart 2018 this January, it’s not too late to take advantage of the online workshop. For the next few days (September 14-17, 2018), I am running a 20% off sale on CJS18 for those of you who might need a little JumpStart to your mixed media projects :)

The price is just $40 when you sign up by September 17th, 2018. You can sign up here and get started right away!

Creative JumpStart 2018 features 31 downloadable videos by leading mixed media artists. The videos are downloadable until November 15th 2018 and once downloaded, are an invaluable resource when you need some new ideas.  Although you may have missed the fun and excitement of playing along in real-time with the CJS community, you will still have access to the CJS18 Classroom through Nov 15, where you will find material lists, artist bios, and galleries of project images that Jumpers uploaded during January.

Enjoy the sale and I hope to see you in January 2019 for the next Creative JumpStart!

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Back to School: Watercolor Class at JCAS

Last Sunday was the last lesson of six in a Watercolor class with John Duval at the Jersey City Art School. As some of you might know I have taken two printmaking classes already there and I really love being able to do something different over several weeks, and just being able to walk there.

This was the first time I took a Sunday morning class and I have to say, despite my first hesitance of getting up early on a Sunday it was really awesome – having my friend Mary join helped ;)

What drew me in taking the class were several factors – I really suck in painting with watercolors and I love John’s loose expressionistic style depicting urban landscapes. Here are three gorgeous samples of John’s work- check out his website for more or follow him on instagram!

John started with explaining and showing the different applications of watercolor he uses for his watercolor paintings- from very wet application (wash), to medium wet and sticky watercolor application, to dry brush application.

He talked about the importance of planning a painting and how to not shift your plan. You can imagine that was a tough one for me ;)

Above one of my first attempts …gosh …sigh …but hey- it was fun and I learned a lot

One of my favorite aspects of the class was his usage of a limited color palette (yeah I know guys- awkward right?) and how to play with alternating warm and then cool colors and vice versa in the layers.

Me trying out the one tone approach – there are areas that I like and some I am like “WTH”?

I loved seeing his demos of painting from start to finish and talking through his process as well as how he chooses a subject to paint. At first I was really itchy to get back to the easel and paint myself, but I realized very soon that a lot of what he talked about and went through sticked in my head and was helpful for my own process. Very dear to my heart was his approach of not being afraid of changing up the scene so that it looks interesting or reflects how you feel rather than the actual depiction of the place.

John about to start after sketching a rough scene from a photo.

John’s finished piece piece from one of the demos- you can actually see a bit of the original photo on the left.

As we progressed in the class we picked our own images and I loved seeing what everyone was doing and talk through it.

I focused on the house and the water …as you can tell trees and foliage …not so much ;)

Love the beach scene of one of the fellow students- especially her shadows.

Such a great water texture here and I love the color scheme.

And I really loved the mood in this one- so gorgeous!

John is a great teacher, he is very good in explaining what he does and why he does it and he is good showing students why and where things work and where not. I loved taking a class from him and I will def. do so again …yes in watercolor —gasp ;)

If you are in the Jersey City – NYC area- take a class with John Duval – I am sure he sends out class informations through his newsletter !

What I learned in this class:

  • Watercolor is fun and sometimes you just need it to let it do it’s own thing
  • “Never say die until it’s dry” – John Duval – meaning once it is dry you cannot fix things so be quick
  • think about warm and cool colors more and how this can create visual interest and contrast
  • The watercolor consistency is defined by the water in the brush not on the palette – so don’t dip your paint brush all the time into the water (I only learned this so far in theory- still working on it)
  • Don’t give too much visual information – our little brains do a lot to fill in the gaps

What I take away for the future:

  • Why not add some “people” into a painting to make the scene more lively
  • Change scenes up – you can take a photo if you are going for reality
  • Have the wash or underpainting in my acrylic paintings look through a bit more often
  • Work with a limited color palette or even just one color and play with the tones, tints and shades for a study
  • Why not paint a bit more in watercolor – it is quick and it is just paper and I can actually only improve ;)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    What a fun post! I love the limited colors that you used in that first piece that you did (I do bet that it killed you to use limited colors).
    The beach piece is delightful.
    He really is talented and I just don’t know how artists can do so much with watercolors.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      ha. you know me well -yes it was really challenging to only use a limited palate but it was really good to do so . :)

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Workshop at Nat’s Place – Transfer, Trace, Transform Art Journaling Oct. 13

Come to my place for the day!

I’m super excited to announce that I will be teaching an extra special workshop right here in my home in Jersey City, NJ on October 13th, 2018! I invite you to my home for the full day Transfer, Trace, Transform art journaling workshop.

Join me for a fun day of exploring different ways to trace and transfer images into your art journal pages. The imperfect look of transferred photos can serve either as a building block of your layering process or as a stand alone focal point of a page. Tracing techniques provide just as many creative choices, and we’ll learn loose tracing techniques based on different image sources to give you a variety of options for your art journaling. Not only are there many ways to actually transfer or trace images, there are also many ways to transform those images in your art journal into something personal and unique.

AND we’ll do it all in my home in Jersey City, NJ so you can bet it will be a one-of-a-kind experience, with new friends and old, and lots of laughs :)

Space is extremely limited, sign up today!

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Workshops at A Work of Heart in San Jose

Last week I taught two workshops at A Work of Heart in San Jose. I taught in Andrea’s old studio last year and was excited to come back and to check out Andrea’s new place – a gorgeous huge new studio with ample of room for creative fun. It’s a dream!

Also – this mural in progress on the side of the studio – love! And …note the cats in the picture ;)

The first workshop day was my “Mono Print Painting” Class and we explored the basics for mono printing and then took it a notch further.

Using a gel plate, lots of fun colors and tools.

We made collage paper

using stamps, stencils and brayers

and moved way up to some more thought out prints.

so much fun…

And of course- the most important thing “Don’t overthink”

We worked with different paint media on top , made our own stamps and tools

and there so many fun and colorful patterns – Loved it!

Oh and then there was Bob “Bobby”…he was being fostered with two siblings at A Work of Heart and he was asking to be taken home with me….and since hubby said “well if you figure out the transportation problem” …

Here is the group from Sunday!

On Monday I taught my “Art Rules – Art Journaling ” Class – always love the exploration in color theory part of it and see what the students create

 

We looked at artwork from different Modern Artists and let us inspire for different techniques and methods.

Loved seeing my new Circle Jumble Rubber Stamps in action too.

as well as the other rubber stamps, foam stamps and stencils.

I had such a good time with my students and Andrea – well and …the little kitten will always remind me of the workshop as well ;) Yes- of course we figured out the transportation problem ;)

BTW there are still two adorable sisters waiting to be adopted – so if you are in the area (Andrea would even bring them a couple miles!) and want your heart be melting by kitten cuteness overload….contact Andrea ! They are total studio artsy cats, super cuddly and used to people and other cats

Thank you for a great time and lots of laughter, creative play, and inspiration. I love teaching and spending time with students is always a treat. Thanks Andrea for having me once again and for being such a wonderful host (and also thank you for this bundle of joy – LOL). I hope I will be back again :)

If you want to take an In-Person-Class with me- check out the schedule for the rest of this year. I will be teaching in Germany in September at an Ostsee Scrap Retreat, as well as a workshop co-taught with my friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in the UK,  and I will be adding a workshop in my own space soon.

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  • Julie b

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    What a great recap of your 2-day workshops! I can relive them over and over again here. LOL! Thank you for a fabulous time filled with learning……about various artists, so many techniques, playing with your fabulous stamps/stencils and of course, laughter. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to do in-person workshops here and glad that your trip with “Bob” was a success. He seems to have adapted to life in New Jersey well…..loved to see him scampering up and down the stairs. YIKES!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so wonderful to see you again Julie- always so much fun to be with you! Hahaha- yeah Bobby Pretzel is a handful -LOL but brings much joy :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    That mountain page and the one with all that blue and the house on the left…swoon!
    Congrats on your new fur baby and what does cat #1 think of kitty #2?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Yeah- those pages were superb!
      Hahah- cat #1 is curious, playful and peeved all at the same time …it takes a bit of time…

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Workshops in Oregon, Cali, & Online

Hello my West Coast friends! I am coming to Runaway Art & Craft Studio in Salem, OR in October to teach 2 workshops: one that is all about getting the most from your Gelli Plate and a second one that is a NEW art journaling class.

Saturday October 13th, 2018: Uber Gelli Plate Printing

Join me for a day long class, diving into the basics and beyond of gelli plate printing. We’ll play with pattern making and we’ll discuss color theory and design. I will introduce you to the Mono Print Painting technique inspired by H.N. Werkman and we’ll learn different ways to create elaborate and layered mono printed paintings. Using self made tools, stamps and stencils, we’ll take your gelli plate printing to a whole new level. This is the ultimate in uber fun and easy printing techniques.

To register: call Runaway Art & Craft Studio at 503-881-6270 or email christy@runawayart.com

Here are some fun photos from when I taught this class last – so many beautiful prints, happy faces and great memories!!!

And the next day a brand NEW Art Journaling class that you will love…

Sunday October 14th, 2018: Transfer, Trace, Transform

Get ready to transform your art journal!

Join me for a fun day of exploring different ways to trace and transfer images into your art journal pages. The imperfect look of transferred photos can serve either as a building block of your layering process or as a stand alone focal point of a page. Tracing techniques provide just as many creative choices, and we’ll learn loose tracing techniques based on different image sources to give you a variety of options for your art journaling. Not only are there many ways to actually transfer or trace images, there are also many ways to transform those images in your art journal into something personal and unique.

To register: call Runaway Art & Craft Studio at 503-881-6270 or email christy@runawayart.com

This is a brand new workshop that I am super excited to share with you. Here are some of my own art journal pages that use techniques that we will be learning in the class:

I hope to see you there and maybe you make it a full out Artsy Weekend and join me for both :)

Also don’t forget if you are in Northern California I am teaching in July workshops at A Work of Heart in San Jose, CA:

July 29: Uber Gelli Plate Printing – Take your gelli plate printing to the next level with this one day workshop on mono printing and layered printmaking.

July 30: Art Rules- Art in  Translation Art Journaling – A one day art journaling adventure where we take inspiration from the techniques of master artists and then translate it to our own unique style.

Sign up for these workshops in San Jose by July 8th for Early Bird pricing!

And finally, maybe you cannot see me on the West Coast and maybe you LOVE taking an online workshop and still learn something new:

Art Journal Summer School is just for you – Join me and 12 other awesome teachers for a 10 week online workshop to keep you art journaling this summer. This workshop is designed to fit in your busy summer schedule – no big commitments here! There will be 21 fun, short downloadable videos and 1 e-book, and all of the teachers will be using similar materials that can fit in a small travel bag, so you can take us with you, wherever you go this summer!

Hurry Up: AJSS begins July 1!

See you here, there, and everywhere this summer :)

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Art Journal Summer School – Early Bird Sale

Now is the time to sign up for Art Journal Summer School! Early Bird pricing ends May 31st and class begins in July – Woohoo! This will be the Art Journaling party of the summer :)

Here is a little preview of the fun we will be having:

I’m loving the lineup of teachers and I know they will give lots of new ideas to try, in whatever setting you find yourself this summer. Even the supply list is designed to go anywhere you do – travel, beach, back porch – and be super no-stress and super lots-of-artsy-fun. That’s the whole idea with this workshop: Summer can be busy but if you love creating as much as I do, you know you want to carve out a little time for arting.

To register and check out all the info just go HERE.

See you in Summer School ;)

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  • julie

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    Just saw this…..I tried to sign up and wonder with the time change, did i miss the early bird pricing? this looked like a great class. Thank you.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Julie the time for the sale was on European Standard Time midnight- which is 9 hours ahead of you. There is still another Lucky Bird Price on there right now that is still 20 EUR less then the normal price. So if you would still like to join- go and hurry- it is going up again in two days.

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Photos of my Workshops at Ephemera Paducah in Kentucky

Last weekend I taught three days at Ephemera Paducah in Kentucky. It was so much fun!

We started off with my Mono Print Painting Workshop and worked our way up with some basics. Kathy and Valerie did approve – no, really :)

After some basics we were ready for some fun and more and more elaborate prints.

Lot’s of cats :)

and beautiful happy colors.

And of course Elephants :)

It was easy to be inspired in this wonderful classroom! Rebecca and Gwen are totally in the zone

Such a cool space!

Cats and Dogs- fun!!! Allison did the one on the left and Kristen was like- hey – I am a dog person ….

and Lisa thought, cats, dogs, I do abstract ! All at one table- cool, right?

Saturday and Sunday I taught a two day Artful Adventures in Art Journaling class

I loved meeting all those wonderful students from 11 different States ..yes 11- isn’t that amazing!

It is my favorite thing of a class – getting to know the students and spending some extended time with them.

Look at all the yummie pattern – Art Foamies were used left and right :)

Those patterns and colors- yummie!

How can you not get in a good mood seeing this.

Here are some different pages – can you see the Elephant Stencil was quite the star LOL.

Lots of mark making and color play and layering.

And here is Jackie – she drove 11 hours – WAHHHH -thank you so much for coming from so far !

Mhhh that bird better watches out! ;)

City scapes – here with one of the Midtown Stamps.

and some Chicago love and Batik love as well :)

Some serious easy peasy sketching :)

And hey lots of smiling faces

in those gorgeous city scapes created with the help of my RubberMoon Stamps.

Just looking at those pages makes me all smile – I hope my students had as much fun as I had.

I really love Karen’s grid ! And do you see John Travolta below …well I did and I showed my Travolta imitation …you have to take a class if you wanna see it- LOL

Claudia smiling at us  and Kristen, the owner and wonderful host of Ephemera , checking what shenanigans I am up to now-

Tana and Dana smiling beautifully and no …I did not rhyme their names during class- this is a coincidence here !

Oh looksie !!!

It was just so so cool how all those pages came together and incorporated techniques and materials we used throughout the workshop.

I want the the funky pants on the top left , the skirt on the top right and the dress on the bottom- woot woot.

Dana and Laura from Memphis

and here are cool collage of some more pages.

Thank you so much Kristen for having me – I truly enjoyed my time in Paducah! And thank you to all some of you traveling so much -and for your super sweet help!!! You were awesome and I hope I will see you some time again!

You missed this class? I am teaching a couple more classes this year which you can check on my In-Person Class here- but the next one is in San Jose at A Work of Heart. I will be teaching my Mono Print Painting Class there on July 29

and an Art Journaling Class on July 30th

there are still spots available and I would love to see you there. Let me know if you go !!!

Have a wonderful day!

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  • Lisa

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    Great post!! We had so much fun with you in class. I enjoyed every minute of it. Ephemera Paducah is an awesome place to take classes! Thank you for making it fun. I’m obsessed with drawing people now thanks to you. 😁

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so so good to have you! Thank you for coming and thank you for bringing me to the airport at this terrible time :) You are the best!

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