Blog: Art Journal

Greatest Discovery – Art Journal

“The greatest discovery of all times is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” -Oprah Winfrey

I love the opaque quality of Holbein Acrylic Gouache for a background, and used them here along with acrylic paint for one in lovely muted tones. Then I stamped some of my Stroll Through the Hood stamps. I sketched a trio of vintage style ladies using acrylic ink on deli paper and decorated their clothing with my Fanfare stamps.

Finally I added this awesome quote with a Fude pen. Hope I remember how transformative a simple attitude adjustment can be :)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Expect Nothing – Art Journal

“Expect nothing. Appreciate everything!” 

For the background I used a hand carved stamp inspired by a door I saw on one of my strolls through the hood. I stamped with Archival inkk over some acrylic paint, and then layered up my Manhattan stencil with spray paint.

I sketched in a figure with acrylic markers on deli paper so the background still peeks through.

And then my quote with acrylic markers :)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Who You Are – Art Journal

“Be happy with who you are!”

For this one I used bits and pieces I found on my workbench while packing up for my move and decided to make those work together. It included: my fan foam stamps and versailles foam stamps on deli paper… some old school excersises stamp that my friend send me…

And also samples from my Trace, Transfer, Transform online class, and even suminagashi paper from my session playing with that. Lots of leftovers together but an interesting challenge to make it all work together.

I journaled with a sharpie and think that the mash up kind of represents how we are all made up of so many parts and ideas. And when we can accept all that and love it, that is definitely something to be happy about :)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Untold Story – Art Journal

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

In this art journal page I made an effort to only use almost empty colors of acrylic paints right before our move – – it was a fun way to get a bit out of the comfort zone with lots of brown colors.

I also used my Exchange Place stencil and my Central Ave stencil, journaled with fine liners and added some extra color with Derwent Graphik Line painters.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Energy In Stress Out – Art Journal

“Cities make me breathe energy in and stress out… yes… told you I am weird.”

I used the “stamp kissing” technique for this page – I inked up a solid stamp and then pressed (kissed) the detailed stamp into the solid stamp to remove the ink. Then I stamped the solid stamp and you can see the design in there – pretty fun technique to play with. And I love the carbon paper effect.

I used my Solid Hex Large stamp and some of my Stroll Through the Hood 1 and 2 stamps.

The effect can be subtle or bold with how the detailed stamp shows. I think here it lends itself to a gritty city feel.

I finished off the page with some acrylic paint splatters for a little color, and did my journaling with a fude pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Turn the Page – Art Journal

“Turn the Page!” – Sometimes it is time to move on to the next adventure in life :)

For this art journal spread I built up a patterned background using some of my rubber stamps and a happy selection of ink pad colors. I started with my Fantastic Small and Solid Square Small stamps…

I alternated the direction of the fans as I went and filled the page.

Next I added one of the Hamilton stamps from the Floral Tile Small set…

And the finishing touch on the pattern was one of the Fanfare stamps – these are perfect for giving a pattern those little elements that bring it together.

Look at that lovely pattern! Well….

Oops. Can you spot the mistake? That’s what happens when you set your stamping block down the wrong way on your nice art journal background and it leaves a little ghost square. Oh well, it happens.

Time to focus on the positive :)

 

…Knowing we can always “Turn the page” in the end and start anew.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love the pattern and the colors you used Nat. I never get stamps on the paper the way I want to. It is better when I stamp on a mouse pad or something like that but I’m just never satisfied with the final product. Yes, I see your creative “mistake”. ;-)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Ha I know what you mean :) The key trick is to not strive for perfection LOL.

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Ultimately – Art Journal

“Ultimately all the puzzle pieces fell together… they always do!”

I used the stamp kissing technique with this art journal spread – inking up my Solid Hex Small stamp, then pressing a patterned stamp (here my Grannies, Star Fish, and Blocks stamps) into it to remove ink, and then stamping the hex onto my paper. It’s a great way to use solid and patterned or textured stamps together.

Oh look who showed up to give his kitty inspection? Pretzel always likes to get involved in the studio lol

I tiled up a pattern using plain Solid Hex Small stamps with teal ink and then went back into some with the stamp kissing in black ink.

I love that the stamp kissing gives a bit of grungy effect – almost looks like static on an old black and white tv or an old pixelated photocopy.

To finish it off I did my journaling with Winsor Newton fine liners.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

And I hope you join me on Wednesday October 16th at 3pm EST for a Kaffeeklatsch chat on Facebook! I’ll be broadcasting live from my new studio and catching up with you on everything that’s been going on around here :) Stop by and say Hello!!!

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Be Bad – Art Journal

“Be bad enough to be bad at something new.” – This quote totally makes me wanna just go for it when trying something new. Who cares?!

This one is all about yummy layers. I started with a thin layer of Holbein gouache, and stamped with my Fanfare and Fantastic Small and Large rubber stamps.

Then I dry brushed the copper paint (I made the paint in this class) over parts of it after stamping, added some markmaking and journaling with markers.

I love the play back and forth with all the layers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Wonderful variety of colors and layers and I just love the words Nat!

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Focus Reminder – Art Journal

“Reminder: Focus on your own shit”

I used my Suminagahsi paper -and pasted two different sheets into my journal as the background. And I added a sketch on Deli paper.

I stamped on one of the Suminagahsi papers with my Hex Small stamp and cut them out. After adding them to the page I also stamped my Gnarly foam stamp over top to tie everything together.

Here are some of the supplies I used:


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