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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… 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

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.

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


    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!!!


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      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 !

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

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

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

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

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
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!

Comments (6)

  • Clavell


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


    • Nathalie Kalbach


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


  • Maura Hibbitts


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


    • Nathalie Kalbach


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


  • Alisa Barott


    Wonderful recipes! Thanks for sharing


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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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