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Sometimes you are the window…sometimes you are the rock

Loved Michelle Ward’s video at Creative JumpStart 2018 and used her technique with my Amsterdam and Versailles Stencil creating a grungy background.

Just love the outcome – Michelle does the technique a bit different when I usually do- so it was fun to do it with a different approach. What Technique you ask ? WElllllll…LOL- yes- I am doing this to you right now…you gotta sign up to and see yourself- it is so much fun and the videos are so awesome. You still have time to join us for Creative JumpStart and play along!

Loved creating the girl with some ink sketching and stamping- ….I kinda want her coat- LOL.

Here are some of the supplies I used for this spread:

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  • Dee Spillane


    Love this so much!


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(self-)Respect – Art Journal

I am so excited- LOL- Hold your horses! This is the very first year in seven years, I actually started to play along with Creative JumpStart– usually there is just too much going on on the administrative side of organizing the workshop, traveling to teach and with CHA/Creativation that I just cannot play along. But ha – this year I am in! This art journal spread was inspired by the first video with Mystele in CJS18 – wow- she rocked that video. I used some of her ideas to jumpstart my own page and then went for it.

Mystele painted a gorgeous face – I used a hand carved stamp – see you can do whatever you want with those videos (get inspired by the technique, the material, the way the artist use things, the look, the colors…nameless options) but they do totally feed you if you are just willing to play- and Oh and I am willing this year ;)

My word for 2018 is (self-) Respect – and so it was a good page to do !

Are you in for Creative JumpStart 2018? If not you can still join – check it out !

Give yourself the permission to play!


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  • Sue


    Wow, I love the colours, and energy from this page.. and LOVE that hand carved face!


  • Cath


    To quote you “love love love” that you are finding time and space to JUMP as well :-)


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Jumping with…Joe Rotella – a CJS Interview Series

A lot of giggling in this video with my dear friend Joe Rotella, who is one of our teachers yet again for Creative JumpStart. Check out our,sometimes not so serious, talk about Automatons, Apprenticeship, Community and Instagram.

Jumping with…Joe Rotella – a CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

And Joe is also sharing with us a delicious Recipe

Pumpkin Chip Muffins

Makes 12 regular or 48 miniature.

1-2/3 c. whole wheat flour (white flour works well too)

1 c. sugar

1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2 lg. eggs

1 c. plain pumpkin (half of 1 lb. can)

1/2 c. (1 stick) melted butter

1/2 to 1 cup slivered or blanched almonds or flaked sweetened coconut

1 c. (6 oz.) chocolate chips

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.

In another bowl whisk until well blended: eggs, pumpkin and butter.

Stir in almonds and chocolate chips.

Pour over dry ingredients and fold in until just moistened.

Grease muffin cups or use paper baking cups.

Bake at 350°Ffor 20 to 25 minutes.

Make 1 or 2 days ahead for best flavor

You can download Joe’s Recipe here:

CJS18 Recipes Joe Rotella

I hope you enjoyed the interview- his video for CJS is full of techniques and ideas! Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018  and see yourself !

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Let’s get Cooking: It’s Soup Time – CJS2018 JumpStarter Recipes

Ready for some Recipe fun? Our Creative JumpStarters thought they would share with you some of their favorite soup recipes and since this is the season for home made food. I hope you will also join us for their Mixed Media Recipes at Creative JumpStart 2018 !

Hodge Podge Soup (Serves10 to 12)
1 cup chopped raw carrots
1 celery rib, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 medium white potatoes, diced (about 1/4 inches)
2 cups cold water
4 cups or 48 oz box of beef broth (or vegetable broth), divided
1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
2 cups frozen chopped broccoli
1 cup frozen green beans (cut to one inch pieces if necessary)
1 cup frozen chopped spinach
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worchester sauce (optional)
black pepper (optional)
grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

In a large pot (more than 6 cups), cook the first three ingredients in olive oil (about 1 to 2 Tbs.)until the onions are translucent. Add minced garlic and cook for one minute or until fragrant. Add potatoes, cold water, and 2 cups of broth to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook them for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Add remaining 2 cups of broth and crushed tomatoes to the pot, and stir. Add all of the frozen vegetables, basil, sea salt, red wine vinegar, Worchester sauce and black pepper. Stir until well blended, and bring it to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to low or med-low and let it simmer for 20 minutes, partially covered. Add more sea salt if necessary. Serve in bowls or cups with grated Parmesan cheese on top if desired.

You can download Andrews Recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Andrew Borloz

Creamy Carrot Soup Recipe
(Serves 4-6)

4 T unsalted butter
1/2 large onion, roughly chopped
4 cups thinly sliced carrots
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 cup milk
2 t salt
1/4 t white pepper
1/2 cup half and half (cream)
parsley for garnish
ground nutmeg for garnish

In a large saucepan, melt the butter, then saute the onion, carrots and garlic, cooking gently over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until slight softened. Add the milk, salt, and white pepper and stir to combine. Cover the pan and continue cooking for about 20 minutes. Cool slightly, then puree in a blender. Place cream in a bowl and whisk in a little of the pureed soup. Add this mixture back into the pan with the remaining soup. Gently heat through, on very low heat, without boiling, then divide soup among bowls. Garnish with herbs, and nutmeg.

Download Jane’s Recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Jane LaFazio 1

And Jane even has a second recipe for you :) check it out: CJS18 Recipes Jane LaFazio 2

Sydney Butternut Squash Soup
(Serves 4 people)

• 1 onion
• 300g potato (10.6 oz)
• 1 butternut squash
• 1 dash of olive oil
• 1 chi lli pepper
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 1 dash of white wine
• 700ml chicken stock
• 150ml cream
• 2 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce
• 100g smoked chicken breast (3.5 oz)
• 80g macadamia nuts (2.8 oz)
• chives

Peel and chop the onion. Peel and dice the potatoes. Cut the squash into parts. Deseed and remove the skin if you prefer (I usually don’t – I just give the squash a good scrub beforehand) and then dice it. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the onions and fry a couple of minutes. Add the potato and squash. Cut the chilli pepper into rings (remove the seeds for a milder version). Add the pepper and turmeric and let it fry for a bit. Deglaze with wine and stock. Let the soup cook for about 30 minutes on a lower heat. Add cream and soy sauce and puree the soup. Chop the smoked chicken breast and add it to the soup. Scatter the nuts in a dry frying pan and toast them until lightly golden. Roughly chop them. Cut the chives into small rings. Serve the soup in bowls and sprinkle with nuts and chives.

You can download Marsha’s Recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Marsha Valk

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup
From Pam’s Kitchen

1/2 stick of butter
1 TBS olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped mushrooms (optional)
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
2-3 cups 1/2 half and half
2 cans chicken broth
1 TBS fresh thyme
1 cup fresh spinach leaves, chopped
1-2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 16oz package gnocchi
1-2 cups parmesiano regianno micro planed
Salt and pepper

Cook gnocchi according to package directions. Sauté onion, celery, carrots and mushrooms in butter and olive oil. Add the flour to create a roux and cook for a minute. Add chicken broth and cook stirring until thickened. Add half and half, cheese, and spinach. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with salad and garlic bread

Download Pam’s recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Pam Carriker

Kasia’s Hot Broad Bean Bowl

” Here’s a recipe for something ridiculously easy, healthy but most of all full of amazing flavour. This is a dish perfect for Sunday brunch, an easy lunch or a little supper and also as a nutritious snack for those days that we spend in the studio. Put it in a bowl, grab a fork and munch on while you cover your great canvases with layers of paint! With these recipes you’ll make enough for two hungry artists!”

Baby broad beans – 2 cups
Cooked chickpeas – 1 cup
Garlic – two gloves
Harissa paste – 3 tsp or more if you like it hot
Eggs – one per person
Cooked white and wild rice – 1 1/2 cups
A mix of veggies – a bit of everything you like (very finely chopped pepper, mushrooms and broccoli, garden peas etc)
Olive oil for frying

Heat a bit of oil in a big frying pan.
Finely chop the garlic and put it on the frying pan along with harissa paste. Fry them for a moment on a medium heat – don’t let the garlic turn brown! Turn the heat up and throw in the broad beans, chickpeas and your favourite veggies and cook for about 10 minutes stirring from time to time. Add the rice and cook together for further 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Try the broad beans, if they are soft enough for you, spread the mixture evenly on the pan and crack the eggs. Don’t stir anymore…Turn the heat back to medium, cover with a lid and let them cook until they are done enough for you. You can have your yolk runny or cooked – your call! Simply turn off the heat and divide the beans and eggs into two bowls. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, grab a fork and enjoy!

You can download Kasia’s recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Kasia Avery

Are you hungry yet? Which recipe are you tempted to try? I am so excited about these delicious recipes, I cannot wait to cook them and I hope you will let us all know if you tried them too! See you in the Classroom of Creative JumpStart 2018!

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Jumping with…Carolyn Dube – a CJS Interview Series

I hope you will enjoy and laugh as much watching this video as I had chatting and laughing with Carolyn Dube in my interview. We talked about food shopping, the question of purpose in art making, and how we would shake up with world of Matisse and Picasso.

Jumping with…Carolyn Dube – a CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- her video for CJS is very inspiring! Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018  and see yourself !

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  • JoAnn Campisi


    Really enjoyed your interview with Carolyn. It is always interesting to learn a little bit about the artists that are part of CJS. Love her laid back approach to art. Definitely can relate to it. Is it January 1 yet??


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      so glad you enjoyed the interview JoAnn! wohooo- almost January :)


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Jumping with…Kasia Avery – a CJS Interview Series

It was super fun to have an interview and chat with Kasia Avery this summer for CJS. We talked about Art Journaling, identity, storytelling and all kinds of Artful Adventures.

Jumping with…Kasia Avery – a CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- her video for CJS is very inspiring! Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018  and see yourself !

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  • Jackie P Neal


    OMGosh! This was the best interview! I was giggling right along with the two of you!
    Nat, I love the questions you posed to Kasia- very genius as her answers were. I know that place you two speak of and wish to go to chill out- I think every artist needs this weekend or more! lol

    Thanks so much for sharing this and I sooo look forward to the new CJS!! Yay!!

    Merry Christmas to you and your husband and kitty!
    Jackie xo


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      LOL- I am glad you giggled with us and liked the interview Jackie! So stoked to have you back fro CJS- woot woot! Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones as well!


  • JoAnn


    Just listened to interview with Kasia and found it very enjoyable. I look forward to seeing her segment!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      JoAnn- so glad you liked the interview with Kasia – her video is really cool- so happy you joined again for CJS!!


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Jumping with … Dina Wakley – a CJS Interview Series

It is so wonderful to have my friend Dina Wakley join again for Creative Jumpstart 2018 . I always love to chat with her and I hope you will enjoy the interview with her where we talk about all kinds of stuff, from artful adventures, to scuba diving, and from product design to deadlines and what they do to your creative mind :)

Jumping with… Dina Wakley – CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- her video for CJS is amazing! Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018  and see yourself !

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My Fire Burns Bright – Marsha Valk


Welcome to December and a new post from my Creative Squad! Today we have a series of gorgeously layered pieces from Marsha Valk. To create such lovely backgrounds, she used my Downtown foam stamp set, my Amsterdam stencil, and a variety of my cling rubber stamps. This month the squad is using a new theme for inspiration: My Fire Burns Bright – Creativity is a passion that can come from deep within the heart and soul of the maker. Sometimes this fire gets ignited by an event or an influential person in our lives, and other times it can be ignited by a love for a material or just simply the enjoyment that comes from making. What makes your creative fire burn bright?

My creative fire ebbs and flows like I’m sure yours ebbs and flows too. We all need new input now and then, to spark creativity, get new ideas and to try new supplies or old supplies in a new way.

Nat’s Creative JumpStart always hugely ignites my creativity. And by that, I mean not only the event in January, but also the brainstorm and preparations I get to do as one of the featured artists(!). It’s so much fun creating something extra special just for CJS!

In January I attend the online event and watch all of the videos together with all of you. I always find new artists to follow (or take classes from), and I take notes of what supplies, techniques or ideas I want to try myself later in the year.

One artist that inspired me in particular during Creative JumpStart 2017 was Mystele Kirkeeng. It wasn’t until recently though that I purchased a couple of her Wonder Paint episodes. In these recorded studio sessions you get a chance to look over Mystele’s shoulder while she paints, explores and plays. Mystele uses all kinds of supplies in her beautiful art, and that lead me to unearth stuff from my stash that I usually never use.

She prompts me to ask myself questions about what attracts me to specific art or supplies and reminds me that it’s OK to work on loose scraps and sheets of paper just for the sake of creating, layer after layer after layer.

Two of these ‘loose sheets of paper’ started out as Gelli Prints, the other two are cut from paper I used to clean my brayers and brushes. On top I scribbled, stamped, heat embossed, collaged, painted, scraped, sprayed, splattered, made marks and doodled and I pretty much used anything that was within reach.

The results are super messy, colourful and highly textured pieces of paper that I immensely enjoyed making!

If you want Mystele to ignite your creative fire too, then you are in luck because she’s one of the 31 featured artists for Creative JumpStart 2018!

I cannot wait to see what she has cooked up for this edition of CJS. Join us and register for Creative JumpStart 2018 here!

Happy December!

Thank you Marsha! It’s not only a pleasure to see this super juicy series of yours, but it also makes me grin to know that CJS is doing what I always hoped it would: inspire artists of all levels to feel a renewed sense of creativity :)  Marsha used the following supplies (some are affiliate links):

Play along with us too: I love to see 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 next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.


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Creative JumpStart 2018 AND CYBER MONDAY SALE


I’m excited to announce Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2018! If you’re not familiar with CJS, it’s a one-of-a-kind online event, now in it’s 7th edition, to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2018.

The Theme this year is “Now We’re Cooking: Mixed Media Art Recipes”. We’re heading into the kitchen of creativity for this one: the Mixed Media studio! Join our crew of Mixed Media Artists and Crafters as they grab their aprons, favorite tools of the trade, and share with us their own recipes for a mixed media masterpiece. They’ll share with us their favorite art ingredients and show us how to put them together to create original projects. These are mixed media art recipes for art journal pages, canvases, assemblage and more!

Learn techniques, discover new materials, and connect with other artists and crafters.

Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. Over 6 hours of video content will be available to you!

I’m proud to be the founder of Creative JumpStart and one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

Announcing Creative JumpStart 2018 – CJS18 from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Sign up here and find out more details:

n*Studio CJS2018 – Let’s Jump!

And the best? It’s CYBER MONDAY!!!!!

You get 31 videos – over 6 hours worth of video content –  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 29 11:59 pm EST, 2017. Afterwards it will be 45USD until December 31st, 2017 before it goes to its normal sale price of 50USD.

So what are you waiting for? SIGN UP HERE

So can this Cyber Monday get any better????

YESSSS- it can ….how about 25% off stamps, stencils, books, and DVDs in the online shop. Sale runs until Monday, November 27th at 11:59pm EST. Shop and save big. Just enter the coupon code SMALLSAT25 when you check out.

Support small businesses this holiday season!

Happy Monday!




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