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Don’t miss out – Creative JumpStart 2018 Sale!

Don’t miss out on your final chance to get Creative JumpStart 2018 for just $40!!! If you are looking for some inspiration for your artmaking this fall, CJS is just the thing for you. You’ll get 31 downloadable video lessons from some of my favorite mixed media artists. The lessons cover a variety of media and artistic styles and are super fun to watch and follow along with. You will also get access to the project gallery where you can see all the awesome projects that students were inspired to make and then you can share your own too! Join today!

Sale ends Monday, September 17th at 11:59pm EST. The clock is ticking!

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Jump into Autumn! Creative JumpStart 2018 Sale

Fall is just a week away and maybe you are looking for some inspiration? If you missed Creative JumpStart 2018 this January, it’s not too late to take advantage of the online workshop. For the next few days (September 14-17, 2018), I am running a 20% off sale on CJS18 for those of you who might need a little JumpStart to your mixed media projects :)

The price is just $40 when you sign up by September 17th, 2018. You can sign up here and get started right away!

Creative JumpStart 2018 features 31 downloadable videos by leading mixed media artists. The videos are downloadable until November 15th 2018 and once downloaded, are an invaluable resource when you need some new ideas.  Although you may have missed the fun and excitement of playing along in real-time with the CJS community, you will still have access to the CJS18 Classroom through Nov 15, where you will find material lists, artist bios, and galleries of project images that Jumpers uploaded during January.

Enjoy the sale and I hope to see you in January 2019 for the next Creative JumpStart!

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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

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    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

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

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  • Cath

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

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Jumping with… Jen Crossley…a CJS Interview Series

In this interview with Jen Crossley, we talk about Craft vs. Art, metal edging, junk stores, her love of cooking and the unlikely likely occurrence of poisonous spiders in Australia ;)

Jumping with… Jen Crossley…a CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Jen is also sharing one of her favorite recipes with us:

1 Lge BBQ chicken cooked
1 small Brown onion
1 pkt Bacon
3/4 cup Chicken stock
1 cup Milk
3 Tablespoons Plain flour ( not self raising)
3 dessertspoons Butter

Topping:
3 tablespoons of butter
2 cups cornflakes

Break up the chicken into small pieces no bones. In a saucepan melt the butter then add the onion, add the bacon and cook until done, do not brown the bacon or onion. Next add flour – do not brown the flour. Cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and milk, stir until this thickens then simmer for two minutes. You can add a bit more milk if the sauce is too thick. Mix in Chicken pieces then put it into a casserole dish.

Topping:
Melt the butter and the cornflakes together then spread on top of the chicken base. Bake in a oven on a medium heat till the cornflakes brown on the top.

Serve and enjoy!

You can download Jen’s recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Jen Crossley

I hope you enjoyed the interview- Jen’s video for CJS is shows such a cool technique! Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018  and see yourself !

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  • JoAnn Campisi

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    Hi Nathalie,

    Just caught up with your last two interviews – enjoyed them both. It was so nice to get to meet the artist in advance of their tutorial – tomorrow!!! Yay!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      so glad you liked the interviews- It was really fun to chat with them! Looking forward seeing you in the class room :)

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Jumping with…Kae Pea – a CJS Interview Series

It was so much fun to talk to Kae Pea, who is one of our teachers yet again for Creative JumpStart. Join us while we are chatting about unfinished art, how to find time for arting, how she finds inspiration for her stamp designs, cooking begrudgingly or not ;)

Jumping with…Kae Pea – a CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

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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Yummy Recipes for Hungry Artists – CJS2018 JumpStarter Recipes Part 2

Ready for some more Recipe fun? Our Creative JumpStarters thought they would share with you some more of their favorite recipes- from easy to hearty to holiday special. I hope you will also join us for their Mixed Media Recipes at Creative JumpStart 2018 !


Ingredients:
3 avocados, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
1 purple onion, finely chopped
1 lime, juiced
1 chili pepper, seeds removed, minced
garlic clove, minced
With a fork, mash 3/4 of the avocado in a bowl. Scoop all the other ingredients plus the remaining avocado in the bowl, toss and enjoy!

you can download Birgit’s Recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Birgit Koopsen

Turkey Chili with Vegetables

Begin by sautéing:
1 large, diced, onion, until translucent
Add (in this order):
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced zuke
1 diced pepper (any color)
1 peeled and diced eggplant

Add to taste:
2-3 diced jalapenos
2-3 cloves garlic

If you’d like some added heat, use a couple of canned chipotles in adobe sauce (scrape out the

seeds).
Brown 1 lb ground turkey add that into the veggie mix along with:
2 tsp dijon mustard

2 tbsp. chi li powder
1 1/2 tsp each: oregano, basil, cumin
1 (or so) tsp each ground chipotle and ground ancho chili powder
1 healthy pinch of cinnamon
1 can black beans
1 can cannelloni beans
1 can vegetarian baked beans (These are the beans I use. Use whatever beans are your favorites)
1 large can crushed or diced tomatoes (I like the fire roasted)
Couple tablespoons of tomato paste

Simmer the works for about 1 hour Just before serving add:
juice from 1 lime
1/4 c. grated bittersweet chocolate
a healthy dose of fresh cilantro (1/2 c or so, to taste)

You can download Diana’s recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Diana Trout

Sweet Noodle Kugel
Serves 10-15
1 cup raisins (optional) – you may substitute other fruits like dried chopped, apricots, or pineapple
12 oz wide egg noodles
6 large eggs
1 lb sour cream (2 cups)
8 oz cottage cheese (1 cup)
8 oz cream cheese, softened – OR farmer’s cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 tsp salt
Cinnamon and sugar for dusting
Nonstick cooking oil spray
large pot, 9×13 baking dish
optional: food processor or blender

Place a rack in the middle of your oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Cover the raisins with hot water and let them soak to plump while you prepare the other ingredients.Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles to the pot, bring back to a boil, and let them cook until tender (not overly soft), about 5 minutes. Drain and return the cooked noodles to the pot. In a food processor or blender, blend together the eggs, sour cream, cottage cheese, cream cheese, sugar, melted butter, and salt. Drain the raisins. Stir them into the noodles. Spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking oil. Pour the noodle mixture into the dish. Top the kugel by sprinkling generously with sugar and lightly with cinnamon. Alternatively, you can use your favorite kugel topping (streusel, crushed graham crackers, cornflakes, etc.). Bake the kugel for about 60 minutes, turning once halfway through cooking, till the center of the kugel is set and the tips of the noodles turn golden brown. Remove from the oven. Let the kugel rest for 15-20 minutes before slicing. Kugel can be served warm or cold.

You can download Jessica’s Recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Jessica Sporn

Buttery Pecan Tarts
Coat a 24 count mini cupcake pan with non stick spray

CRUST:
1/2 cup soft margarine
3 oz. soft cream cheese
1 cup all purpose flour

FILLING:
1 egg
3/4 packed cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon melted margarine
1/2 cup chopped pecans

PREPARE:
1.Mix margarine and cream cheese until combined. Stir in flour. Press a rounded teaspoon of dough into the bottom and sides of each
of the 24 cupcake openings to fully line each opening with dough. (use more or less dough per cup as needed)
2. In a small bowl, combine eggs, sugar, and margarine. Stir in nuts.
3. Fill each cup of dough with one rounded teaspoon of filling.
Bake for 30 minutes at 350*. Cool on wire rack.

You can download Rae’s recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Rae Missigman

Gwen’s Christmas Butter Cookies
Yield: about 2 1/2 dozen
Pre-heat oven to 325 F
Cream together:
1 C softened butter (no margarine or shortening)
3/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract (if you don’t like almond, just use 1 tsp vanilla and no almond extract)
6 Tbsp powdered sugar
2 Tbsp honey
Add
2 C flour
1 Tbsp milk
Mix just until no trace is left of the flour, then add in 1/4 to 1/2 C finely crushed pecans or walnuts and mix. (Larger nut pieces will make the cookies crumble, so make sure you get them chopped pretty finely.) Roll dough into 1” balls and place about 2” apart – I use a baking stone and cook for about 16-17 minutes, or you can cook on ungreased cookie sheet for about 14 minutes or until very light brown. While warm, roll the cookies in powdered sugar and then set on a cooling rack. Once almost completely cool, roll the cookies in powdered sugar again until thoroughly coated.

You can do download Gwen’s recipe here: CJS18 Recipes Gwen Lafleur

 

I hope you liked those recipes – see- you cannot make good art with an empty stomach …lol- or so I think ;) See you in the Classroom of Creative JumpStart 2018!

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  • Clavell

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    Thanks for the recipes, Nathalie! I can’t wait to try the Buttery Pecan Tarts in my NEW mini tart pan! Perfect timing! :D

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      oh that sounds like perfect timing indeed :) Happy Holidays Clavell!

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  • Maura Hibbitts

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    These all look YUMMY!!! I will have to try some! Love this recipe idea, Nat. Looking forward to CJS2018! Merry Christmas! Maura

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeah- hope you will try some of them – let us know how they worked out :) Happy New Years, Maura!

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  • Alisa Barott

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    Wonderful recipes! Thanks for sharing

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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

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    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

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      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!

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  • JoAnn

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

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      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 … Sandra Evertson – a CJS Interview Series

Super happy to have Sandra Evertson joining Creative Jumpstart 2018 as an instructor for the very first time. Sandra is a former model/actress turned artist, author, and collector and it was super interesting to talk with her. Check out my little interview with her:

Jumping with… Sandra Evertson – CJS Interview Series from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

As Sandra mentioned in the interview she also shares with you two of her most favorite recipes – I cannot wait to try them out myself- they sound delicious!

Serves 2

  • 1/2 lb sliced roast beef (Boarshead London Port)
  • 2 – 3 lemons
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil (match the amount of olive oil to the amount of lemon juice)
  • 1 tbl crushed red pepper flakes
  • Sea salt (3 pinches)
  • Spring Mix salad greens

In a bowl add olive oil, lemon juice, crushed red pepper flakes and salt.
Whisk until thoroughly blended.
Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Slice roast beef into 1” cubes.
Place salad greens in large bowls, add roast beef on top, remove dressing from refrigerator and whisk again thoroughly to mix ingredients.
Add desired amount of dressing to salad. (I divide the dressing into 2 servings equally on both salads.)

Serves 2

  • 8 Roma tomatoes (ripe)
  • 2 bunches fresh basil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 – 5 cloves fresh garlic
  • Parmesan cheese wedge
  • Ribbon pasta
  • Sea salt

Boil pasta in water with a pinch of salt.
Dice tomatoes in 1/2” pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.
Add approximately 1/2” cup olive oil (more or less to your taste) and a few pinches of salt.
Crush or mince garlic add to mixture.
Cut basil (leaves only) into strips, add to bowl. Mix together thoroughly.
Grate parmesan.
Drain pasta and place on large pasta plate, top pasta with tomato crudo mixture, garnish with lots of grated parmesan.

Enjoy!

*Note: If anyone makes these recipes, I’d love to hear how you liked them!!

Sandra

You can download the Delicious Mediterranean Roast Beef Salad here CJS18 Recipes Sandra Evertson 1

You can download the Pasta Crudo Recipe here CJS18 Recipes Sandra Evertson 2
I hope you enjoyed getting to know Sandra a little bit better .

Come and join us for Creative Jumpstart 2018 !

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  • JoAnn

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    How delightful the interview was. She is such a fun person and I am now anxious to check her out and look forward to her CJS project. Thank you so much for these chats with the artists in CJS – great way to learn more about them.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Yeahh- so glad you like the interviews JoAnn! I know you will love her video for CJS! I am happy you are with us again <3

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Wonderful interview and of course I had to go and order some of Sandra’s items.
    Thanks Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Sue, so glad you liked the interview – her products are so beautiful and unique, I bet you will have a lot of fun with them!

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