This Must Be the Place – Marsha Valk

  

Welcome to the Creative Squad! This week Marsha Valk is sharing with us her awesome technique for creating a project based on our new theme: This Must Be the Place –We’re all on a journey to somewhere or something. Sometimes we’re just making preparations for simple things like dinner or weekend plans. Other times we’re aiming for bigger goals, bigger places. Whether it’s a location or a state of mind, you’ll know when you get there. Where are you headed? Marsha is using stamps from my My Home Is My Castle set, Embroidery set, and Cardboard set. I just love watching her in action in the video below!


I don’t know where I’m heading, but I do know how I want to feel when I get there. It could easily take a lifetime to arrive because goals and places always shift. You may think that this will be the place but it might turn out it isn’t what you thought it would be once you’re there. Or you’ve grown and evolved in the meantime, and the next place is already on the horizon.

So for this month, I decided to use supplies I want to keep in my suitcase while moving forward. Because where ever I’m headed right now I’m sure I’m going to need mono printing materials, stamps, an ink pad, a pair of scissors, glue and a black fineliner.

Watch me create this page!


Thank you Marsha! Absolutely loved watching your process and seeing all those stamps being used for all kinds of visual texture! Here are some of the supplies that Marsha used:




Play along with us too: I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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  • Maura

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    Delightful scene, Marsha! Love the bright happy colors! Maura

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Workshop with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in the UK! November 2018

The Mixed Media Circus is coming to town in Coventry, UK! Come one, come all! Join Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and myself for 3 days of mixed media madness in our newest workshop: Whimsical Collage. Take an art making vacation with us November 2nd-4th, 2018 with the amazing folks at Art Workshops in Coventry.

Mixed Media Circus: Whimsical Collage – A thrilling three-day art adventure awaits you! Join Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Nathalie Kalbach for an intensive art-making weekend packed with tips, techniques, ideas, laughter, and excellent instruction. Over the three days we will create our own unique papers, build complex backgrounds, layer collage and paint and collage again, use stamps, use stencils, draw, splatter, scrape, and learn varied art concepts from color mixing to design principles. You will leave the workshop with TWELVE completed mixed media collages and an arsenal of art techniques and ideas that can be used in your art journal, on canvas, and while papercrafting. You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to expand your repertoire of techniques! Please join us for Mixed Media Circus: Whimsical Collage.

To sign up and claim your spot, contact:

Sue Tucker, Art Workshops

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NorthEastArtWorkshops/

Email – info@artisttradingpost.com

Phone 07769 342 995

See YOU in Coventry!

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Buzz of the City

I am taking a Drypoint Etching Class and I am so loving the whole process! The powerhouse etching on the right was an experiment and it did come out not as I wished but I still liked it so I wanted to add it to my art journal.

I will share some photos of the class and samples soon. For the print above I experimented printing on a monotyped piece of paper. As some of you might now I love the Powerhouse here in Jersey City so it is a repeating theme in my artwork and I even made a stamp with it :)

I like the idea of adding prints into my art journal – I am still exploring this. I am also thinking of buying a small printing press that is not costing a fortune but I am careful and still investigating.

Does anyone of you have experiences with small converted die cut machines or small letter press to use with drypoint or lino cuts? I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences!

 

 

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  • Andrene

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    I had to look up drypoint etching :) It looks fascinating and fun. Cant wait to see more posts on it!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I am thinking that you can add architect to your list of artist and paralegal.
    Enjoy your weekend Nat!

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Inspiration from Around the Globe

Hello my friends! Today we have some projects from around the globe to inspire you. It’s always fun to see how you’re using my stamps and stencils and I am so happy to share some examples today. So let me know if you’re doing something cool with my products, and you might see yours on the next Inspiration from Around the Globe!


First we have a few “stroll-velopes” by Judi Kauffman from Washington DC to share with you. I love the little scenes that Judi put together using my Adirondack Chairs, Snail Mail, and Street Sign stamps from my My Home is My Castle stamp set. She also used my Tread and Pie Top stamps and my Love Knots stamp.

Here is Marlynn from Virginia with a powerful art journal spread. Love how she used my Brownstone, Warehouse, and Main Station stamps for that cityscape. And I see a bit of my Tread stamp in there too!

Here is Linda Edkins Wyatt from NYC and her gorgeous art journal spread using my Broadway foam stamp set. I just love it in purple!

From Mary Thoma in Oklahoma, we’ve got this great little “catch” using my Art Deco Wallpaper stencil, and inspired by one of our Creative JumpStart lessons :)

And finally we have two lovely art cards from Frieda Oxenham from Scotland. She is using my Marks stamp set in these – X marks the spot :)


Here are some of the stamps and stencils that they used:



As always, please let me know if you are using my products in your creations! I would love to include your work next time.

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  • Frieda Oxenham

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    Thanks so much for featuring my work!

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Stroll Through The Hood – January 2018

Time for a Stroll Through the Hood . Strolls through my hood get me out of my studio, they help me unstuck and often I get inspired by what I see and to get new ideas to create something. It is part of my philosophy about Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – which is the subject of my book. Here are some photos that I gathered in the last couple weeks.

Pretty cold her most of the days for strolling but still have some seen some fun stuff. The picture above shows part of a door I saw in Lower Manhattan -it is so cool!

If you remember Ken-No-More – the pumpkin I showed in one of my former strolls this fellow has replaced Ken on a neighboring window. I start to think the guys in that house have a really fun humor :)

On New Year’s Day my husband and I walked down the Liberty State Park- booooyy it soo cold and nobody was out there- but it was a beautiful walk. Never getting tired of the few of the city from the park.

Not all glory and shine the day after a snow day – pretty hard to cross the street as a pedestrian btw – and yeah …you see right …some snow is yellow ;)

but the view from my studio window was quite nice – I love the untouched snow blanket.

I saw the mural above by Seth Globepainter on my way to my art class – I cannot believe I have missed it so far- I guess I haven’t been a while in that particular area of my hood. Love this so much!

Speaking of Art Class- I am currently taking a Drypoint Etching class and I love it so much. Above is a plate I was working on in my first lesson. 

And here we are with a friend eating the first ice cream of the year …it really was a bit too cold- but the guys wanted to do it- so why not ;)

I hope you enjoyed this little cold stroll -see you next month – I hope you will join me on my February Stroll.

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Love the stroll!! That girl mural is crazy amazing so realistic!!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Of course I love your strolls Nat.
    We eat ice cream here in NH every season so it’s never the first one of the year. LOL
    Your deck is sweet…and a nice view from your studio for sure.
    Your view of the city is gorgeous…I tend to forget just how close to NYC you really are.
    Enjoy your day,
    Sue

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL- I love this “it’s never the first one of the year” . Enjoy your day as well Sue and have an awesome start into the week!

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The Small Things in Life – Art Journal

I created this Art Journal spread on a snowy day last week – as you can probably guess :)

The lady is drawn on deli paper, stamped and pasted into the journal. I stamped with different of my ArtFoamies Designs and then painted with grey and white. I like how it came out.

For the journaling I used a bamboo sketching pen and ink – I love using a bamboo sketching pen – have you ever seen my video I once made of the match made in heaven? It is a bit older but you might still find it interesting to see how I use those pens with the ink

Liquitex Ink and Bamboo Sketching Pen from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Here are some of the supplies I used with the art journal spread


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June 22-24, 2018 3 Day Workshop in Coventry, UK

Birgit Koopsen and I are so excited that we are coming back to teach another 3-Day Workshop in Coventry in the U.K for Art Workshops.

Take a Stroll Around the Block with Birgit and Nat and discover that inspiration is all around you! I
In this 3 day workshop, we’ll embark upon a creative scavenger hunt to seek out inspiring clues in our environment. You’ll learn how to turn these inspiring clues into artwork by using inspiration maps, some of Birgit and Nat’s favorite techniques and tools, and your own personal style.

Based on what you have seen on your stroll and how you apply these tips and tricks, you’ll come away with very unique and personal art journal pages that work. In the end, you’ll have learned about pattern design, composition, and other Elements and Principles of art and a new technique for gathering inspiration for your art-making.

After these three days you ‘ll know how to find and look for inspiration in architecture, street art, nature and museums and how to translate all this into meaningful and creative artwork.

I hope you will join us, we had such an awesome class last year in Coventry- you can see some pictures of the 3Day Workshop back then here.

Here is a little video where Birgit and I are talking a bit more about the workshop and what we will do:

Birgit and Nat talk about the Stroll Around Block Workshop from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Information for sign up and pricing can be found at Art Workshops.

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  • Karen Bearse

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    Dream team this look awesome! How much fun that would be.

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