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Power to Act – Art Journal

Art Journal Page using Chicago Stencil and Motifs Rubberstamps by Nathalie Kalbach.

“Hope gives us the power to act.” – Remaining hopeful on so many levels and trying to act as well :)

Detail of spray painted background - Stencil Chicago and Mini Motifs by Nat Kalbach

I used spray paint and my Chicago stencil over a colorful background to tone it down a bit. Then I stamped one of my Mini Motifs rubber stamps to give the pattern some more intricacy.

painted street scene in Jersey City

I used acrylic paint and posca markers to sketch the buildings and add my quote. I splattered a little white to unify everything.

Detail of street scene in McGinley Square in Jersey City

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke


    I love the message and really like how the colors came out. The background screams London to me.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      thank you Sue – oh that is so funny – I wonder what it is that screams London to you …mhhhh – maybe it reminds you of the underground???? fun!


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Owning Your Story – Art Journal

“Owning your story is the bravest thing you will ever do”

I started with some acrylic paint on my background and then created the all over pattern with my new Mini Santa Fe foam stamp and black ink – love this little repeating pattern.

I used little mini alphabet wooden stamps – stamped on printing paper and cut out the words and glued them down with a glue stick.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Change is Permanent – Art Journal

“There is nothing permanent except change.” Hard to accept sometimes but oh so true.

I created a repeating pattern using Moonlight Duo ink pads and some of my rubber stamps – the Triangle Love set and my Solid Square Large

I used a Fude pen for my quote and added some details with a white Signo pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Vitamin Sea – Art Journal

I need some vitamin Sea! How about you? I was inspired by our Creative Squad theme this month – Under the Sea. Are you longing for the ocean too?

I used acrylic paints for my background and posca markers with my Kyoto and Star Struck stencils. I also threw in my Wabi Sabi rubber stamps with archival ink so a little play with changing up scale with the same design elements.

I tried out a new set of Posca markers and really like the colors and pastel shades of them. You can find those in the links below.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Perfect vs. Great – Art Journal

Perfect is the enemy of Great  …something to keep in mind when you are struggling to get something just right. Maybe it doesn’t need to be perfect…

My background was a bit of a struggle on this one. I had added leftover acrylic paint from another project to my art journal since I do not like wasting paint and in the process the background just became a bit wild and dull. In order to push the background back – well where it belongs :) I then  added my Art Deco Summit stencil and that began to bring it together. Next I stamped one of my Mini Motifs stamps with the white side of a Moonlight Duo pad – it fits nicely in the stencil pattern – and then one of my Fan-Fare stamps. I finished off the pattern with some new Posca markers I am loving – you can see the link for those below.

It’s a pretty wild background! I added gesso in the quote area and finished it off with a signo and fude pen.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • JoAnn Campisi


    Love the colors🌿


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A Look Back – Cool Stuff You May Have Missed 18 – Inspired By Love

A Look Back – This time I’m looking at drawing inspiration from that universal emotion – Love. I like to use quotes for my art journaling because hey, sometimes a powerful quote exactly captures what I am feeling. Love is something that inspires me again and again and if you happen to look for quotes, you will see that there are plenty to choose from. I thought sharing some of my art journal pages through the years would be fun here.

A Look Back is a blog series to show you some projects and posts that you may have missed – sometimes going WAY back in the archive. I think it will be fun to revisit a few ideas that we haven’t seen for a while. I’m excited to see how a little look back might inspire something new in the future :)

“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.” – Sarah Williams

In 2014 I created this page using my Crackle stencil and spray paint.

“Live, Laugh, Love”

In 2016 I played with my Versailles foam stamps, acrylic paint, and a big tag in this art journal spread.

“Courage, like love, circles back around and finds us again. Love, like courage, only blooms when there exists so many reasons to be afraid.” – Tyler Knott Gregson

In 2017 I created a big cityscape using my Stroll Through the Hood #1 and #2 rubber stamp sets, along with watercolors in this spread.

“Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.”

In this bold spread from Valentine’s Day in 2018 I used some transfers of a photo of my great-aunt Margot and my great-uncle Hans, along with my Love Tag, Tread, and Grannies rubber stamps.

“Love is love is love.”

In 2019 I created this rainbow flag in my art journal using a whole bunch of my rubber stamps (see supplies below) and Moonlight Duo ink pads.

I hope you enjoyed this look back and maybe it inspired you to give something new a try :)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Be Loud – Art Journal

“Be loud about the things that are important to you!” After all, they are the things that really matter, right?

I built up quite the background here with acrylic paint, a brayer, and my Mini Fan foam stamp set. I also used the black Moonlight Duo ink pad and stamped in both the black and white sides to get gray, and used my Triangle Love rubber stamps with that.

I also went back in and highlighted some of the shapes with Posca markers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Certain – Art Journal

“It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.” ― James Baldwin

I think we are seeing some of this terrible combination at work these days so I had to use this quote in my art journal.

Pretty simple to bring this page together with acrylic paint and my foam stamps. I used both of my Midtown sets for this page to show the size difference between Midtown and Midtown Minis.

And the quote in uni posca black with white signo overtop.

Here you can see the two stamp sets and how they compare.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Be the Change – Art Journal

“Everybody wants change but nobody wants to change. Be the change!” A good message I think when you feel powerless – you CAN make a difference and be the change!

I used acrylic paint and acrylic markers here for my building scene and background. I had fun focusing on some of the patterns in the architecture.

I added paint splatters to bring everything together.

Here are some of the supplies I used.

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