Blog: Derwent Artbars

Integrity – Art Journal Spread

This was another spread that I had started in a class to show some techniques and when I came home I finished it up

I used Derwent Art Bars on top of my Grove Street Pos and Negative Foam Stamps 

Simply wet the foam stamps a bit, rub any water soluble wet wax bars/sticks on top of the stamp and then mist the stamp again and stamp. I love the effect.

The lady was sketched with ink and then used some Neo pastels to add some color to her hair and clothing. Love how this came together from a kind of raw weird class sample page :)

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


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Bring It On!

I was playing with some color values and just painting them in my art journal and then I started seeing a city scape and added Atlas in front of the Rockefeller Center in NYC.

I stamped with my Grove Street Positive and Negative ArtFoamies Set and added some marks and definition as well as windows with Derwent Art Bars and Neocolor II (both are water soluble wax sticks) and white China Marker.

I added the journaling with a Fude Pen and a white Signo Pen. I love how this page just developed with no real agenda in mind and how all of a sudden I started seeing things.

Those are the most fun art journal pages to do for me when I am totally just enjoying playing with paints and media.

Here are the supplies I used for this spread:

 


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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love the colors and the feeling of this page!

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All That We Are Art Journal Page

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All that we are is the result of what we have thought – Buddha

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This page started out as a demo page at one of the Artvergnugen Workshop Demo Pages, I had created a simple background with acrylic paints and used my Stamps and the included templates with acrylic paints. I later hand cut out wonky circles, layered them on top of the spread and sprayed over with Liquitex Professional Spray Paints. While the Spray Paint was still wet, I lifted off areas with a paper roll and scratched off parts with the brush end to reveal more areas of the background again.

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I liked the result but it looked a bit flat so I added some more dimension and interest by using the Derwent Artbars – water-soluble wax bars – in different colors around the circle patterns. I love how the Artbars pop off the acrylic paint. It was a fun, easy and fast spread, especially since the background was already there and saved my day having me feel I did something creative when I spent most of the time with paperwork.

Here is the list of what I used:

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I wish you an amazing and creative day

Nat

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  • NANCY

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    Love your background. What was the color of the base of the page?. Did
    you cut out the circles to make a stencil and spray yellow?
    Keep up your beautiful work. I really enjoy following you.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Nancy- the base is a background that looks like everything you see that is yellow. Then I cut out circles, masked off areas with them and sprayed over with the beautiful Blue Liquitex Spray Paint. I love to do this whenever my background doesn’t really speak to me as smaller parts of it are more interesting than bigger :)

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  • Tracy

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    Such great colors! The Buddha comment is really a good one. I actually thought of s song by Pink when I read the post title. The song’s called “Are We All We Are.” Great spread! I want those stamps!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I just got this stamp set in the mail yesterday and will share something that I create with it if I feel it is ‘worthy”. :-)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      All you do is worthy!!! Cannot wait to see what you do with it.

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Standup Bass or…New Stencil with Stencil Girl Products

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New Stencil in the house and it is a 6×6 Standup Bass Stencil :)

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One of my favorite things in our household is my husband’s standup bass- I just love that thing  – and I thought it would be a great stencil using it for everything related to music, or lyrics you quote , or layouts with bands, theater, concerts…etc :)

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I used the stencil positive and negative at the same spot – meaning I sprayed over the stencil , then flipped it over at another spot to get the access paint onto the page and then took another color and sprayed over it again .

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Love the dimension and the layers you build up with this method. Other than that I used Derwent Arbars, Dylusions and Liquitex Spraypaints with the background. The stamps you see are stamps I found at a store around the corner I am so in Love with them.

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I hope you like my new stencil. It comes in two different sizes 6×6 and 4×4 inches.

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Here is what I used for this art journal page

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Have a beautiful and creative day !

huge hugs

Nat

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  • Sue Clarke

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    This bass so makes me think of some of the music that you’ve had playing in the back ground of some of your tutorials. And nice that it also comes I the smaller 4X4 size. I must find a local store to get these stencils at.

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  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    Oh lovely!

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  • muriel

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    aah, I so love the sound of stand up bass! I could use your stencil for layouts with photos of when I was expecting my son and listened to pieces of music with this instrument all day long. And I looove your typewriter too, I have some in stamps but not in stencils……….for the moment…..

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  • Gypsy Chaos

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    LOVE the double triple use technique. I’ve been ‘printing’ the excess paint on paper for awhile – never thought of doing it on the same project.

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Yes, I Can or…Yes, I can

Sometimes it is good to affirm yourself with a little tongue in cheek approach ;)..besides the title is meant to be true ;)

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Pretty big canvas I worked on – at least for me and it was a bit hard to adjust…I think a bigger me would have been better design wise – but for my first time working on such a scale I am ok with it ;) …because yes I can…hehehe.

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So many things are on my plate right now- in my professional life and my private life…it is good to do something for fun and tell myself that I can do it.

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And now it is dooming off my studio wall as a constant reminder…hope it doesn’t fall of the wall- LOL ;)

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Have a gorgeous day and don’t forget …YES, YOU CAN!

Nat


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Über*Media is my series of online workshops that is dedicated to different kinds of media that cross a variety of materials. I also teach project based online workshops which you can find here.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    YES you CAN Rosie…I mean Nat!

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  • Sara

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    Oooh, love this one! Cool colors and love the photo!!
    Thank you for the awesome workshop today!! Will make a hell of a lot of portraits of ladies… :-D

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  • Estella Magnuson

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    Thank you for your inspiration of art and strength.

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  • muriel

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    Great canvas! And your wall is great too!

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  • mjmarmo

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    Yes – perfect reminder! You can and so can I!

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  • Debi

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    Luv it! Great color and You Can Do It!

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  • Diana

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    i love it!! and for sure YES YOU CAN!!! love your art wall by the way!! NICE!!

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  • Rose

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    love it! Yay for Rosie the Riveter!

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Only One Page or…Viva Las Vegas Stamps

Here is my second project as a guest designer for Viva Las Vegas Stamps. I created an Art Journal Page

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I totally fell in love with the Map Background stamp and when I created a transfer of a photo of Yosemite I thought that the Map Background would fit perfectly to the theme and that the roads itself would make perfect connections with the branches that transferred. I used the Bird Head to make connections and also because it had the same visual map feel to me.

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I stamped with black Ranger Distress Paint which generated a nice resist to the Watercolor and the Derwent Artbars and Inktense Blocks I used over it.

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Other Supplies Used: Liquitex Gel Medium, Liquitex Acrylic Ink, Deli Paper, Ranger Distress Paint, Derwent Artbars, Derwent Inktense Blocks, Schmincke Watercolors, Graphite Marker, Prima Canvas Letters, Markers

Have a wonderful day

nat

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  • rondapalazzari

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    This is such a beautiful piece Nat. I really love the colors!

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It Made Sense to Her…Art Journal

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Carelessness responsibility

continued considered

in worker indication

such managerial of much

to be an errors too

for a may be.

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Supplies: PanPastel, Ranger Dylusions, Ranger Distress Paints, Derwent Artbars, Derwent Sketching Pencils, Posca Markers, Prima Engraver Collection Paper, Louise Nelson Stamp, Heidi Swapp Chipboard Alphas, old book and magazine snippets.

Wishing you a wonderful creative day!

Nat

 

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Enough Feathers Lost – Art Journal Page

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I got these amazing self carved feather stamps and stencils by the super talented Louise Nelson at CHA. Love her so much for this present and I am playing with them ever since like a happy little kid :)

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Enough Feathers Lost – Time to Take a Birds Bath . You always get your feathers ruffled in different stages of your life, right, but there is a point where you have to say ….and move on. chirp chirp ;)

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Playing with Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic Paints, Derwent Artbars . I also put a bird on it …now it is trendy- LOL

I am still in Love with feathers. I just asked on Twitter a couple of days ago though which of the trends in craft/home decor and fashion you are tired of seeing?

For me it would be Washi Tape, Chevron and Sandal-Roman-Ancle Boots (if you love any of the three- please please don’t take it personally- when you use it, decorate it or wear it – I am sure it is awesome – take the statement as a tongue in cheek comment ;) !)

Have a gorgeous day

Nat

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  • cal8007

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    I took a stamp making class with Julie Fei-Fan Blazzer, but I need lots and lots more practice! I’m having fun making the simple one now it’s time to try the more difficutlt ones.

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  • Carrie

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    Ooh this is beautiful, and I love your new feather stamps! I’m a big fan of feathers and birds. I guess I’m trendy too ;) But I find them perfect for Spring. I totally agree with you about washi tape and chevrons, though!

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  • Lisa Flaherty

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    Beautiful spread, Nat! The colors and the layering, and the stamps are gorgeous! What a lovely gift from the lovely Louise! The water spilling over the birdbaths is dreamy. Love it! Had to chuckle at “I put a bird on it…now it’s trendy!” Thumbs up for Portlandia!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL I know…actually Nancy would tell you that I made this artjournal page especially for you ;) As far as the owls go….yeahhhh – I still kind of like them…but I never really used them

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  • Jocelyn Turner

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    Love these feathers and colours are amazing!

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  • loolabelle

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    Oooh Nat I so so love what you have created with the stamps and mask :) thank you so much!!!!! xxx and a big squisshy aussie hug!

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  • Kathy P

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    This is beautiful, Nat! Love the feathers, and the cute bird just finishes it! I don’t like the sheerness of the washi…you can’t put it over anything with a pattern. And I am totally over plastic journaling spots and calendars.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Ahh, the greens that I’ve come to expect from you Nat. Nice LO.
    I am still loving washi tape so I won’t take it personally.

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  • rains

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    The first thing I thought of when I saw your beautiful layout was real birds losing their feathers as they hit my studio windows! I love having so many windows but that is the bad side. I need to get my kids to make more window gel designs to protect them.

    I am sick of seeing chevron and yet really love the chunky chevron stencil and want it. So depends on the chevron. Hate those sandals. And don’t get me started on super low riding jeans…

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Oh no- those poor birds! LOL- yes more gel designs ;)

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New Adventures – ArtJournal Page

This time when I came back from CHA I made an effort to play at least half an hour in my studio in my artjournal with the new CHA stuff before tackling all the emails and other things that had to be taken care of.

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2013 is a very exciting year for me and the adventure started on the day I did this journal page. I will fill you in later in a couple of months- LOL.  The bright colors of this page are a good indicator how excited and full of hopes and happiness I am for things to come :)

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I used Julie Fei Fan Balzer’s and Dina Wakley’s new stencils for Crafter’s Workshop – love! Also used Ranger Distress Inks, Liquitex Acrylic Paints, Liquitex Professional Spraypaints, Derwent Artbars and Posca Markers.

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Are you going to spend some time in your studio today?

Have a wonderful day

Nat

P.S.

As you know the Creative JumpStart 2013 is over. Almost 6000 Subscribers – I am speechless…as I am wading through the comments -last time I checked it was over 500 on my final post…I got all teary eyed, in a good way ;) … thank you for all the sweet words about Creative JumpStart 2013- it means a lot to read all those wonderful comments!

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  • Sherri Sinclair

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    I love your creativity and those flowers are awesome:).

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  • andrenesmith

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    Loving these pages….you have a ton of layers – gorgeous. Love the Cornflowers!

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  • Kathy P

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    I AM going to play a bit today before the Superbowl game starts!!! I just finished an order and got some of the new CW stencils…and now I’m sad that I didn’t get those awesome flowers!!! Love that artbook two page spread!

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  • Kathy Gledsdale

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    Great work!

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  • mjmarmo

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    This is absolutely wonderful! The colors drew me in right away! Thank you again so much for Creative Jumpstart!

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  • Chris

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    So bright and cheerful and stunning. Your work is one to aspire to. TY

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  • Delores

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    I too am missing the videos! Amazing job! Thank you so very much for all the time and effort you put into providing us with a truly creative jumpstart to 2013!! We appreciate you and say thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

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  • Cheryl

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    Nat – Creative Jumpstart was a wonderful event. I’m going to try to incorporate all of the great ideas into my artwork. I already miss the morning video. You are such a generous soul – thank you. Your hard work, and, of course, the work of all the special artists and everyone who participated, is appreciated. Thank you, again – so much. And your beautiful, bright journal pages have sparked more inspiration. I’m so glad I found you.

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  • Nadège

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    You totally deserve all the comments. You did an excellent job, you offered it for free in a super happy spirit.
    I love this art journal page. Feels like summer, like laughter and happiness. Awesome.

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  • Dara Lynn

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    You are such a special lady!

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