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Ornament Wallpaper – NEW STENCIL

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Here is the last one of my new five Stencils I released with StencilGirl Products. This 9x 12” Ornament Wallpaper Stencil –  was also inspired by my workshop travels to China and Malaysia in 2014 where I saw ornamental patterns in all kinds of shapes and forms in temples, wall decor and paintings.

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For this art journal spread I used Liquitex Spray Paint over the Ornament Stencil, when I let it dry and used some Liquitx Acrylic Inks over the background. I love how it makes the colors pop.
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Once that was dry I used again spray paint and this time only stenciled a band of a couple of the ornaments on each side of the art journal spread.
I will show a couple more projects using the new stencils- also how you can use them together for some new designs :)
Hope you like this one too.
Here is a list of supplies used:
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Wishing you a wonderful and creative day!

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Lilly Wallpaper – New Stencil

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Here is another of my new Stencils I designed for StencilGirl Products. This 9x 12” Stencil is called Lilly Wallpaper Stencil-. This design was inspired by my workshop travels to China and Malaysia earlier this year. I saw Lilly’s in all kinds of shapes and forms in buddha statues, wall decor and paintings – I loved it.

 

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For this art journal spread I prepared the background using different colors of Liquitex Spray Paint over my Arabesque Stencil . Then I used Neutral Grey Spray Paint and sprayed a loose frame around the spread.

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Then I layered the Lilly Wallpaper on top and sprayed with two different colors over for a layered Lilly look.

Hope you like my new Lilly Wallpaper Stencil- more projects using it to come soon.

Here is a complete supply list:

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Have an most amazing day!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I really must try those spray paints. They are not cheap and I’m trying to decide which colors to start with…another nice stencil Nat.

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Art Deco Wallpaper – NEW STENCIL

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So loving my new 9×12” Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil I designed for StencilGirl Products – I know, I know…I’m full of myself- LOL. But seriously it is a stencil I wanted for a long time!

I love Art Deco Design – in my travels through Europe, especially to Paris – I made a lot of sketches from wallpapers in museums and hotel rooms from this era.

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In this Art Journal Page I used the stencil as a background and spray painted over it with several different Liquitex Spray Paints. I love how dimensional you can get with different color layered up.

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Here is another sample using it as a whole on both art journal pages …as …a …wallpaper for the quote :)

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I painted the background first with different acrylic paint colors and then layered the stencil over the background spraying with white and grey Liquitex Spray paint.

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I wrote the quote with Liquitex Acrylic Ink and a Bamboo Sketching Pen.

I will show some other ways on how to use this stencil in the next weeks :)

Here are the supplies that I used for those two pages

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Hope you like the stencil- have a gorgeous day!!!

 

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  • Laura S

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    Woohoo, I too am looking forward to that bamboo pen video. I remember you mentioning the bamboo pen at Create but I never made time to ask you more. I love that art deco stencil and seeing your design ideas only motivates me to go into my studio and play. Hugs!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Laura! So glad to hear that this motivates you to get into your studio and play! Get them tiger :) hugs!

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  • Rebecca Buchanan

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    Glad you will be doing a video about the pen, but came here to comment that I also love this art deco stencil. You can be as full of yourself as you want because we are all sharing in the benefit of your creativity–can’t wait to get my hands on this. Kudos to you!

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  • Linda K

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    I was wondering about the bamboo pen also. I will be watching for your video on how you use this and any tips you may have. Thanks much.

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  • Kim T

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    Adore the colors in the second one and the way you used the stencil over it … I went to a Liquitex demo a couple of weeks ago and it was so fun seeing all the different products, amazing, the colors are just yummy.
    I also bought a bamboo pen and cannot figure out how to use it … I got it because Iove the way you use it in your journal, but there is nothing online on how it works … any insight? Love your blog!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Kim! The Bamboo Pen is a Dip Pen – you dip it into ink – that is the whole secret :) I will do a video about this soon though as you are not the first one to ask :) will try to do it soon :) Have a gorgeous day ,Nat

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    Love that stencil and will be ordering it from Bizzy B. have never seen the Prima Writers tape before..looks intriguing !

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Wohooo – glad you like the stencil! BTW- the Writers tape might be not available anymore. Basically you can just cut up raw gessoed canvas pieces and fringe the sides and use those adhered with Gel Medium :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I love the colors in that second page and your stencils layer quite nicely.
    Have a splendid day Nat.

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Whose Front Yard? – Canvas

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A new canvas finished – I had a great time painting. It took me quite a while to finish it deciding when to finish :) That is always the hardest part, don’t you think?

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I used Liquitex Soft Body and Heavy Body Acrylic Paints as well as Markers, Inks and Spray Paints. I made a lot of marks with the Liquitex Freestyle Palette knife – I love using it to create texture and marks into the wet but also into the dried paint.

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I am thinking about having this one scanned, too, and make it available as prints. What do you think? (I will add the prints to my shop as soon as they are ready.)

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Wishing you an amazing start into the week!

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    I love that in your world the sea gulls are pink and orange!!

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Time is Killing You or …In my Art Journal today

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Do something instead of killing time. Because time is killing you. – Paulo Coelho

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I spray painted the background  in brown and blue tones and lifted off some of the paint by pressing different household items  into the wet paint getting a nice texture and pattern. I splattered some acrylic ink in white here and there and then adhered the clocks which I found in a newspaper with Gloss Medium and Varnish.

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I like how the background turned out a lot – I want to use this technique more often.

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Have a gorgeous day!

 

 

 

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  • Karenliz

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    Love this! Your journal pages are such inspirational. I love that splatter brush. It must such great marks and textures.

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Be The Flower …Not The Gardener

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is something a dear friend said many many years ago to me and I have tried to follow this advice in certain fields of my live and also told other’s to follow it ;) It is good to be the flower sometimes ;)

 

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I created the background by using spray paints and then dry brushing them after they had already dried a tiny bit. I love the effect. The flowers itself come from some drawings on watercolor paper which I had done a couple months ago and then colored in with the Liquitex Paint Markers. I do love how you can blend them and create also a nice texture with them. I cut the flowers out and collaged them onto the background.

 

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You see you can use other art work or projects and include them in your art journal.

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Hope you are the flower today :)

Have a great one

 

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  • stephanie

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    Nice work. Good quote. Did you use the paddle brush on the spray paint?

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Listen or…Anything Can Be

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I used this Shel Silverstein Poem- which I really love:

Listen to the mustn’ts child,

listen to the don’ts

listen to the shouldn’ts ,

the impossibles, the won’ts.

Listen to the never haves

then listen close to me

Anything can happen child,

ANYTHING can be

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I created with backgrounds by just using Liquitex spray paints over some gesso textured pages and also through the cut out page. Easy and fun.

Do you have a favorite poem?

hugs

 

 

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  • KimMJ

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    That is such a beautiful page! I LOVE that poem. I had forgotten all it until now.

    I recently started making backgrounds in 2 art journals but have been at loss at what to start with. A poem is a great starting point. Time to crack open my favorite Alan Ginsberg or Walt Whitman and get going. Thanks for sharing and for all of the inspiration. :)

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  • Joan vMetz

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    I love this poem…. I do so enjoy how you’ve taken this poem and done this page! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Tracy

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    I’d never read this poem until today, but I love the message. Your did a great job combining the colors and using the cut-out

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  • muriel

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    This is one of my favourite poems. And I am a lover of Shel Silverstein. I often use his poems to teach English to my pupils. I love how you used your cut out.

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Photos of the Acrylics Demystified Workshop

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It was such a great and fun day teaching my Acrylics Demystified Workshop for The Ink Pad in New York City. As with most of the bigger group workshops it took place at the Westbeth Community Room which is the perfect location for those kind of workshops- huge space, lot’s of light, outdoor space and a little kitchen included.

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We talked a lot about Liquitex Acrylic Paints and Acrylic Inks and Markers. About art supply labeling and the main groups in acrylics.  And then started playful by pooling, puddling and stringing with Liquitex Pouring Medium and String Gel. I showed how to make acrylic skins and demonstrated several possibilities of using them. Perfect way to get over the White Canvas Horror :)

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Then we sculptured our way up using Liquitex Flexible Modeling Paste -look at Karen’s awesome canvas on the top right and then we explored the possibilities of making your own glazes and playing with layers, translucency and colors in collages.

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We used Ceramic Stucco, Super Heavy Gesso, Natural Sand played with different Transfer Techniques and it was fun to see how all these little techniques and informations sparked a load of creative ideas for future work and exploration in the heads of my wonderful smiling students.

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Lastly we did a bit spray painting with Liquitex Spray Paints in the end to cool down outside  .

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To finish the workshop off I asked everyone what their favorite Acrylic was and which techniques. I was happy to hear that about everything was mentioned at least once with some clear winners on the Liquitex String Gel, Liquitex Super Heavy Gesso and the Liquitex Gel Medium & Varnish and for the techniques Glazing, Texture Creating and Painting with Newspapers 

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thank you girls for such an amazing and fun workshop day . An extra thank you to Linda Brun from Norway who was on vacation in NYC and when she heard I was giving a class signed up. This really touched me especially since she has taken a couple workshops with me in Paris, Belgium and Norway already…so she totally knew what she got herself into ;) Thank you for spending your vacation day with me!!!

 

I wish you a gorgeous and creative day

Nat

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  • Ellie

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    Nat do you teach this class on-line? I’d be interested in learnng more about acrylics from you.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Ellie, it is in the planning- keep an eye out for it on my blog :) I will announce it there!, Nat

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  • Amante del Papel

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    I hope one day, took one of your workshop!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Are you sure that Ms. Brun didn’t come to NYC just to take the course with you? Now that would be a compliment! Looks like you ladies had a splashing good time.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      LOL Sue – I am sure there is more to see in NYC when my workshops ;)

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Photos of my Workshops at the Baltic Sea in Germany

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It was such a fun trip to Germany and see friends and family but mainly to teach again at the Ostsee Scrap Event in Boltenhagen at the Baltic Sea. Just as last year it was a really intimate and gorgeous 3-Day event with round about 25 wonderful students located in a holiday village with a 2 minutes walk to the beach.

I had a blast. Thank you to all my students for coming and being open to try new things and dive right into paints – you rocked it :) Also thank you to Daniela for another amazing event – as last year I had a great time and the organization was exceptionally well done. And last but not least: Thank you to Liquitex for supporting the event and my workshops with wonderful materials – it is not a secret that their products are very dear to my heart and that they make it a breeze to get the results you are going for in your art work!

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Since my students were mostly scrapbookers and a lot of them were dabbling for the first time into Mixed Media, I made sure they understand the essential message of this weekend …which somehow they really took to heart – LOL. They took this photo of me (thank you Sandra!) “It is not your life, it is just paper!” so overcome your fear of trying things and if they do not work as you want them , so what?- get over it! ;)

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We started with a fun mono printing workshop, adding loads of texture and layers and just to loosen up :)

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and soon the whole room was covered every where with prints and papers and booklets and they liked just playing and trying new things.

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Here is Dani the wonderful organizer, who also made sure we would eat loads of yummie German food in between…oh man I filled up on sausages and German cake- LOL…I guess I missed that ;)

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Next up was a canvas workshop – here is another photo collage I stole from Sandra :)

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We used mostly Acrylic Paints and Acrylic Inks by Liquitex to get a nice background and then worked with my Stampendous Stamps and found objects on top of it.

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It was so much fun to see them play with different colors and motifs and incorporating my stamps in different ways. Pure bliss and I heard some canvases are already hanging on walls :) Here is a group photo

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In between I was able to dip my toes into the Baltic Sea with Andrea Gomoll and Janna Werner, who also taught there. Melanie Hoch was somewhere…she was another wonderful teacher at the event and kept hiding from us ;) just kidding ;) It was wonderful to spent some time with all three of them – I find it always super special to meet other creative teachers and exchange thoughts and support each other.

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The last workshop I taught was an art journal technique workshop and the girls were ready for it on the last day :)

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We used a lot Acrylic Paints and Acrylic Markers Markers as well as my Stencils by StencilGirl Products and my Stamps by Stampendous.

 

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that was it…if you made it with all the pictures till here…you need a break and should do some art ;)

Have a gorgeous day

Nat

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  • Natalie Strauß

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    Sooo schöne Fotos.Ich schwelge immer noch in Erinnerung.Die Workshops waren so klasse.Bis hoffentlich ganz bald.
    Lg Natalie

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  • Sandra

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    The weekend was so much fun. Just love how you teach :). Hugs, Sandra

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Yes I made it all the way through and now I will go play in my art journal.
    Those canvases are awesome and I especially like the pic of you and the other lady with “duck lips”.

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  • Seth

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    Great work made by everybody and it looks like all these workshops were a lot of creative fun.

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