Creative Squad

Free For All – Tina Walker


If you are in the US today, Happy 4th of July from the Creative Squad! Today Tina Walker is starting us off on a new July theme with a gorgeous piece of assemblage using my Stroll Through the Hood #2 Main Station and Cardboard stamps and my Toledo stencil. This month’s theme is: Free for All: It’s time for summer vacation and relaxing so around here the Creative Squad is taking a break from themes this month. They’re just going with the flow and making a project of their choosing. It’s a Free for All!

Hi! Tina Walker here today with a new month and a new theme. July’s theme is a Free For All! How perfect is that? We can make whatever our creative little hearts desire! But, to be honest, I always struggle with ‘anything goes’ challenges. I have so much product and love creating so many different types of art, it can be overwhelming. But no worries…my ole’ standby to the rescue – Assemblage Art!

There is something about combining bits and bobs together to create a unique, one-of-a-kind piece. Stamps and stencils always make creating texture on assemblage easy and quick. Let’s see what I’ve created.

Cover all assemblage base pieces with a thin layer of gesso.

Apply modeling paste with your favorite Nat Kalbach stencil to your larger base pieces, I used the Toledo stencil here.

Paint your assemblage pieces with medium of choice. Acrylic paints, spray mists, inks, and pastes all work beautifully.

Just look at how the paint ‘grabs’ the stenciled image. Divine!

Stamp one of your favorite Nat Kalbach ‘Stroll Through the Hood 2’ stamps, such as the Main Station stamp, onto a transparency sheet. Layer it behind one of your assemblage pieces to resemble a window.

For even more texture, heat emboss some of your assemblage pieces with more favorite Nat Kalbach stamps, such as the Tread stamp.

Assemble all of your project pieces together and call it DONE!

I hope you enjoyed my projects today. Have a great day!

Thank you Tina for such a cool project! In addition to Green Apple and Celedon All Purpose Ink, a vintage doll head, and PaperWhimsy chipboard componants, Tina used these supplies – some links are affiliate links:

Play along with us this month and share 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 “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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Whatevers #9 or Having a Ball

Are you ready for the 9th Whatevers? If you missed what the Whatevers is all about…check it out here.

Click here to see what Cat made out of this photo and which story she tells

Click here to see what Vicki made out of this photo and which story she tells

Here is my take on it

Having a Ball


Nobody ever knew what Margriete was doing behind her closed studio door. All she would ever reveal was that she was having a ball.


Her Name: Margariete – sister of Marco


I wanted to play with something totally different – and I had sooo much fun – I can’t even tell you :) Putting this old Sachertorte box to a whole new thing together was just cool. I am not so much about assemblage usually and I am having a hard time working in with boxes…but this was different. There is so much I used- but probably is only making sense to me …and Margariete ;) Paperclay, wire, tissue paper, scraps of technique papers, spray paints, found objects, …


the canvas on the wall is a miniature of my “Free Your Creativity Canvas” and I made the lightbulbs on the left with resin and Amazing Mold Putty. I posted a tutorial on how to work with it a couple days ago.


Here is the original of the canvas which I taught many times in Australia, the U.S., Canada and many other countries- still one of my faves :)


I love playing with our whatevers- it is such a great way to just let the phantasy carry your creativity :)

And here is the photo of this month’s Whatever for you:


Here is how it works if you want to play along:

  • Vicki, Cat and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you – just right click on it to safe it to download and show us your version of The Whatevers.
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story– it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us andshow us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate post in the comment section .
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page

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Comments (10)

  • vickichrisman


    I love it! Hey.. we both did something really different this month. funny! This is an amazing piece Nat… very cool!


  • mjmarmo


    How clever! I love all the details!


  • Pearl Maple


    Great assemblage for your story, she looks like a fun personality


  • Riikka


    Really amazing! Love the idea and the finished project!


  • Catherine Scanlon


    OH MY, I love the way you created this box — so very cool! Is it a candy box?? I couldn’t tell. I think maybe Cordelia is going to have something to do with your poison next month, he he he lol!


  • Deborah Pierro


    Your whatevers assemblage is really good, Nathalie. I’d like to see more assemblages from you, but all of your art is great!


  • Gunvor


    It’s awesome! But what about the poison? ;)


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      hehehe- Gunvor…who knows the poison might come up in a later whatever again ;)


  • Sue Clarke


    Margariete looks like she is having a blast. I wonder about the mystery of the poison that she stores in her closed studio door. Are you trying to tell us something Nat? LOL


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      LOL- maybe the poison will be part of a different Whatever ;)


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