Blog: Acrylic Paints

Workshops at J.P. Morgan in Luxembourg

Last weekend I had the pleasure to teach 3 workshops at J.P. Morgan in Luxembourg. I was invited by the Social Committee and it was so much fun. It was an amazing crowd of people- very international and with lot’s of languages involved. I was sticking to my two- English and German…my attempt to learn Luxembourgish was poor ;)

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We had a really great room…the canteen- which was PERFECT for a workshop – lot’s of light, lot’s of tables, lot’s space, lot’s of yummie snacks ;)

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The first class was my Yawp PanPastel Class on Saturday afternoon and we dabbled into a lot of techniques and the students loved playing with the different yummie colors and techniques.

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Heating guns were used in wild west style to get the techniques rolling ;)

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Sunday morning I taught the Über*Media Acrylic Paint Class first. We covered lots of techniques and made a big pile of background pages for art journals. Not many pictures here- obviously I forgot to take pictures

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Next up was the Season /Texture Canvas Class. It was awesome. Most of the students never worked with Acrylic Paints..some even stated to never have held a paint brush in their hand (hard to believe- I know) and they had so much creative fun!

 

Everyone was very open to try out things, but the best was…they had no finished picture in their head when they started, which made them more open to try new things – I loved that.

So we had a little Monet inspiration going on here

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and some Pearl Jam inspired texture galore here

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and some rainbow light fun here

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and awesome texture flower bouquet inspiration here

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some real awesome flower application/transformation here

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beautiful text textured flowers here

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and a whimsical flower spin here

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Here is a group shot with the happy ladies- some had to leave earlier- so there is a lot missing on the photo

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Thank you so much everyone who took the classes- it was a wonderful weekend with you and you inspired me a lot too :)

Thank you also to the J.P. Morgan Social Committee for inviting me and to Lydia for inviting me to her home and taking more than good care of me ! You are fab!

I will show you some of my sightseeing pictures in Luxembourg next…what a beautiful little country!

BTW – if you are interested in having me come and teach at your event, store or for a certain private or company group – please feel free to contact me !

You can also check out my In -Person Workshops here and see if I am close soon to where you live or check out my Online Workshops here to take classes whenever you want.

Have a gorgeous day

hugs

Nat

Comments (6)

  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    Amazing work!

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  • Jean Marmo

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    What a lucky group they are to have you teach!

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  • cal8007

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    So much fun, and so many techniques!! I wish you could come to Texas!

    Hugs,

    Carmen L

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  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    What wonderful results! Are you coming to the UK at all? The South East of England would be just amazing!!!!!!!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    How funny that at most crops that I go to someone usually uses a heat gun or an ATG to “be a cowgirl”. Great techniques and colors. That space looks wonderful…big and bright.

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  • basementgal

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    Wonderful pictures Nathalie. I had a brilliant time and absolutely loved it. Thank you for all of your inspiration.

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Balzer Designs’ Art Journal Every Day – my fast forward video

Julie Fei Fan Balzer has this amazing series on her blog called Art Journal Every Day. You can commit along with her to do something small every day in your Art Journal. It is such an awesome concept and it works. You can play along for just a week or a month or the whole year- it is up to you.

For the next weeks Julie has some Art Journalers as guest bloggers lined up to show in a fast forward movie how they create their Art Journals.  Mine was up last friday on her blog. Here is the video:

Julle also asked me a couple of questions – you can read all the questions and answers on her blog– but I would like to put part of it on here too:

Q: Why do you art journal?

I actually call my art journals: Art Mournals – I usually only art mournal when I feel not good or when I’m angry -in a not so good mood. I am a very happy and optimistic person. Once in a while though there is something that upsets me or is unusually long on my mind. I need an outlet for expressing me that is uncensored and raw. I censor my lot in some of my work because it is used on websites or is work for someone else. In my art mournals I do not care what people think. And often after I worked on my page…I ‘m actually good again – all bad feelings or thoughts are in the page and I can move on and be the happy me again.

Another reason is that for me the process of creating something is often even more important than the outcome. I enjoy creating the art mournal pages as I can also get lost in the process of making them.

supplies used: White Gesso (Gerstaecker – thick gesso), Claudine Hellmuth’s Multi Medium glossy, Brush, old hotel key card, Crafter’s Workshop Stencil Circle Grid TCW203, Tattered Angels Screens, Staz On, Darkroom Door French Script Background Stamp, Eco Green Crafts Acrylic Paints, Eco Green Crafts Artist Medium Matte, Eco Green Crafts Artist Spackle, Eco Green Crafts Artist Glue, Magazine Image, Sassafrass Lass Paper, Typewriter, PanPastel, Derwent Inktense block, Heidi Swapp Chipboard Letters

I am so obsessed with pink red, yellow and also- not on this page orange right now.

Do you art journal/mournal and if so, why do you do it?

Have an amazing day !

Nat

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  • france papillon

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    wow, so much going on on this page, that’s what i love! layers and layers of creativity :)

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  • Dottie

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    I have a similar experience with art “mournaling”, I have had a job loss that has been really devastating for me over the last months. I started art journaling and it has been amazingly helpful. I loved your video. watched it first on Julie’s blog. I am more convinced than ever that art heals!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I am so sorry to hear this Dottie! Our job is such a big part of our life, it has such a huge impact on us. You are so right in “Art heals” . Huge hugs from one art mournaler to the other :)

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