Blog: Art Journal

Art is Hope – Art Journal

“Art is the highest form of hope.” – Gerhard Richter

I used a round Gelli plate and versafine ink pads. I stenciled on top with my Art Nouveau Wallpaper, Art Deco Fairview, and Art Deco Empire stencils, used deli paper on top, then printed onto my art journal. For some like the yellow ones for example I then added a solid yellow layer to the plate and then pressed the still wet surface of the before printed deli paper back on top and got then the pattern into the yellow – kind of going back and forth a bit.

I painted black gesso around it and used a white signo pen for the journaling.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Make a Mark – Art Journal

“There! I made a mark for myself!” There is a lot going on in this spread, including marks :)

I used acrylic ink in my background and a mix of black liquitex spray paint and acrlyic paint. Lots of layers and visual and actual texture… and mark-making with my new Tokyo stencil for the pattern.

Then I went in and traced the stencil with a white signo pen.

And then acrylic ink for my drawing.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Dare to Err – Art Journal

“Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish play.” – Friedrich Schiller. I love this quote and it’s great motivation to just play when you are creating and see what magic may happen.

For my vibrant background I used Gouache, Gold Gesso, and White gesso.

Then I went in with my Art Nouveau Wallpaper and Art Deco Fairview stencils for some subtle pattern elements here and there.

For my mark making I used a fude pen and a white signo pen.

I put a light coating of white down before adding my quote and framed it with some more quirky mark making.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love the colors and the message Nat.
    Happy New Year!

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Sparkle Year – Art Journal

This is your year to Sparkle! – I love all the possibilities that the new year brings, with maybe a fresh start and a burst of energy and enthusiasm.

For my background I used heavy body acrylic paints and white gesso, but also I used the Gold Gesso by Daniel Smith for some serious sparkle with my Art Nouveau Wallpaper and Art Deco Summit stencils.

 I hope you are ready to sparkle :)

Here are some supplies I used:

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  • Kathy

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    What a lovely spread, it looks very oriental. I almost expect to see a stork flying by on the pages, very pretty.

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  • JoAnn

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    Love the effect of the gold – I too have Daniel Smith Gold Gesso but have not gotten the results you did – will give it another go. BTW, CJS2020 is phenomenal. Thank you for making it happen!

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Sharing Space – Art Journal

“You don’t have to be the same to share a space.”

I stamped out a background pattern with my Fantastic Small, Small Circle Jumble, and Fanfare stamps. I used a pencil eraser for some dots in between.

I sketched the figure right on the page with ink and pencil and then filled in with gouache and watercolor.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Is it Worth it? – Art Journal

“Is is worth questioning yourself by comparing yourself to others?” Never! Such a hard lesson to learn that I continue to work on. How about you?

I used my Art Deco Summit Stencil and then painted my figure over it with acrylic paints and adding black gesso surrounding her.

My quote I did in gold and white acrylic markers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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New Lines – Art Journal

“She couldn’t keep her colors inside the lines, so she drew new lines.” This time of year always gets me thinking about new lines :)

I used my new Space Age Modern stencil in the background along with acrylic paint and the topper stamp from my Large Circle Jumble set.

Also a bit of collage in here with papers that I used with my Kyoto stencil, Signals stencil, my Numerals stamp, and my Brownstone stamp. Lots of layers and lots to look at.

My quote is also collaged in – mixed media tissue paper from Dina Wakley.

Here are some of the supplies I used.

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Fantastic Bad Ideas – Art Journal

“I think my problem is that I have many fantastic bad ideas!” – but I guess that is better than no ideas lol

For my background I used acrylic paint and my new Space Age Modern stencil, along with collage material from old gelli prints.

There is a hand carved stamp in there and then my figure on deli paper with ink. I used acrylic markers for the journaling.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

And don’t forget – time is running out to get Creative JumpStart 2020 for just $50. Sale ends on December 31st!!! Join us in the classroom when the workshop begins on January 1!

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  • Mary Todd Boyd

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    I’m enjoying your blog. I’ve already registered for jumpStart. On January 1, 2020, where do I find the program. Attached to your blog? Site of it’s own? Have not seen that, a supplies needed or curriculum. Have I missed these somewhere?
    I’m excited about seeing this faculty!!!!!
    Mary Boyd

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      HI Mary, you should have received an email right after you signed up with all the information. I am sending you an email now again and hopefully it will reach you. Check your spam folder in case not. Please email me with further questions – I am happy to help. nat

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New Windows – Art Journal

“Keep creating new windows from which to look at your world.”

This was a fun page to make – I used acrylic paints and my new Signals stencil for the background and then I carved stamps for the window and architectural elements.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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