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Mixed Media Classes at Scrap N Crop in Malaysia

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I had a wonderful time teaching at Scrap n Crop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I taught my Über*Media Acrylic Paint with loads of techniques around making your own background papers, as well as a Texture Season Canvas and a PanPastel Class. Here are some pictures of the class

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Scrap n Crop is an amazing store. A two story house filled to the brim with awesome products and a nice workshop room. It is massive. The coolest- not only awesome new product- but also older out of stock products that are still on high demand. If you wonder where all the cool Hambly Transparencies went…you can sniff those beautiful screenprinted beauties right there…and yes, some of them fell into my suitcase. With all the mixed media supplies and special treasures…makes your heart beat a bit faster!

 

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Of course seeing my Stampendous! signature Stamps and my StencilGirl Products Stencils in the store made my heart beat faster too. It is kind of unreal to see those things so far away from home – pretty pretty cool. And oh we used them all in the classes too.

 

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The first thing I learned myself on the first day was…you cannot talk to long when you have the acrylic paint laid out already. The paint dries so quick in this climate…unbelievable. Without a Slow Dri Medium it is really really hard to get anywhere. I have taught in pretty hot weather …unforgettable is Israel and Greece and one summer day in Spain makes me still faint, but boy this one beat it all. I had to change my teaching style instantly in order to make the demos work .

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We created a lot of texture with my stamps, stencils and acrylic paint – and stacked loads of papers

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and I loved seeing the results

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The girls were so talented and it was fun seeing them play with different acrylic media

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Of course we had to do a photo session the last evening.

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This photo of Val, Penny and me cracks me up…apparently Val too- LOL- she couldn’t stop laughing.

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It was sad to say good bye but we were sent of with freshly home made waffles and a loaf of yummie bread to the airport in the crack of the dawn. Thank you to all my wonderful students- it was wonderful to meet you. A special shout out to Saza who had her contractions during my class but was going to finish the first class because she waited so long for it. But then she really had to go…Congratulations to her wonderful baby she gave birth to the next day! I for sure will never forget this ;)

Thank you again to Val and Penny for inviting me to Malaysia for this Mixed Media event- it was awesome! Loves!

And that is it…Asia…so what is next on my teaching agenda? You can check my in-person workshops out here.

Huge hugs and have a gorgeous day

Nat

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  • Angeline

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    GReat to be in your class Nat! HAd tons of fun :)

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  • Laura Strack

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    Nat, You are loved the world wide. Aren’t you glad you didn’t have to delivery a baby? Congratulations to Saza! Love that story! We love our art time, don’t we?

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  • Sue Clarke

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    *your teaching skills that is:-)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    How wonderful that you get to travel and bring our teaching skills to other countries Nat. One city at a time you could create a more colorful, peaceful world. I believe that it could happen.

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Photos of my Asia Trip: Kuala Lumpur

After staying in Hong Kong for a couple days we flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The flight is about four hours – so easy peasy after the 16 hours flight from New York to Hong Kong ;)

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First glimpse of Malaysia. After a good nights sleep at our wonderful hosts, Val, Penny and their gorgeous Mom, we had a great breakfast the next morning with Val and then went sightseeing. You know for 1 Dollar this was pretty pretty delicious and the coffee was a good starter too :) I will get into food a bit more …hehehee

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Since I was teaching at Scrap n Crop for two days (photos are coming soon) and that was actually the main reason for going to Malaysia- I have not done as much sightseeing as my husband but I saw a couple things thanks to Val!

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Kuala Lumpur- the Petronas Twin Towers. Pretty impressive as the tallest twin towers in the world. Kuala Lumpur itself is pretty modern. I saw a bit of China Town and Little India- but again- it was more a fly by. It was fun though. It was different from what I would have expected of K.L. I also had some interesting talks with expats living in K.L Besides that there was a lot of talk during the classes. Since the incident with the plane which we all still don’t know what happened with, a lot of people in Malaysia are worrying in how other’s are perceiving Malaysia. All I can say is: You cannot make a judgement about a country, if you have never been there. There is also not a way to put Malaysia into one scheme. Malaysia is a very diverse country and it was interesting to see a glimpse of this. I had a wonderful experience. If you feel the urge to hear about my perspective – I am happy to talk about this in person.

 

One stop were the Batu Caves in which there is one of the most popular Hindu Shrines outside India. It was impressive and beautiful to be there.

 

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Some of these photos are actually taken by Val…because Knucklehead aka Nat Kalbach forgot her camera in the house! Good one ! So I was taking photos of my cell phone – which well..yeah – ok…whatever ;)

 

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It was quite a hike up those stairs- but beautiful. You have to imagine that at the Thaipusam Festival this becomes a pilgrimage for Hindus worldwide. I am not up for a disclaimer today (kids please do not do this at home!) – but if you wanna read more about the Thaipusam Festival- go ahead! All I say is, I am not complaining about this hike…it can feel worse going up there then just with no burden and without spikes and skewers through my flesh!

 

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Inside the caves were these beautiful temples and figures and the most awesome thing was that there were little natural windows in the caves – giving a beautiful light – it was just stunning

 

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Besides tourists like us

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there were also a lot of people praying – so we didn’t take too many photos as to respect this.

 

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As you can see there was also some monkey business going on. These little critters weren’t too friendly btw- they looked cute…but if you came to close they would show you two nice rows of teeth with a kind of a growling “get the heck away from me…or hand me all your food in your bag you upright walking idiot”…at least that is what I heard ;)

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The Batu Caves were definitely one of my very faves of the whole trip.

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We also visited the Cultural Center in K.L. where we picked up Val’s daughter from a field trip. We played a long like the kids and did some batik coloring- fun! There were lot’s of artist studios in the Cultural Center, most of them are doing batik or wood carving but also quite a lot painting in oil- mostly realistic . It was quite interesting.

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We also brought some long awaited rain with us and we spotted this guy on a motor bike in the rain who is a bread seller going from village to village. Speaking of Bread…

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Not only was Teo, Val’s and Penny’s Mom an avid bread maker which lead to several hours of conversations between her and my husband (who happens to love to bake bread too) but also did they all love to eat as much as we did and we went to the coolest yummiest places. BTW- I love that picture of Penny and her Mom- too cute!

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And ate and drunk non stop – at places we would have probably never found or picked if we would have been there by ourselves.

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I can in all honesty say that the food was another one of my faves and I think I have never eaten so much in my life…and…HA…I even dropped weight (cool because the workout clothes never left their initial spot in the suitcase – I am all  in for the dumpling-hawker-street-food-diet ;) )

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I also learned that some meals that might sound …ahem..as if you might not like them …like “Fish Head Soup” are actually the most delicious meals in the world (and you can get the soup with Fish Paste – which makes for an easier visual experience). I kid you not, I am still dreaming of this soup…drool. The soup is not in any of the pictures- LOL- but other delicious stuff.

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And here I am – relaxed and ready to start teaching my Mixed Media Workshop weekend in Malaysia. Note to self: Tug in your blouse hanger before taking a selfie, knuckle head! ”

 

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Val, Penny and their Mom were just the most amazing hosts! I learned so much about the people and the life in Malaysia…and the food ;) They opened their house and hearts and it was really special for me and my husband. Lot’s of things that we talked about and shared that are hard to write on a blog. I will always cherish this experience and I do know that I will see those 3 again somehow. They will always have a special place in my heart! Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed the little trip to Malaysia – I will post some photos of the workshops later this week. Until then…have a gorgeous day!!!!

hugs

Nat

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Comments (9)

  • Marjie Kemper

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    What an amazing trip! You can’t beat having locals show you the town, can you? Sounds like your hosts were the most lovely people. Can’t wait to hear about the workshops… I’ve loved all your photos!

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  • Amante del Papel

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    amazing photos!

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  • Yvonne

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    Tolle Bilder, danke fürs Zeigen. Es ist immer wieder spannend, wenn man so einwenig “mitreisen” darf.
    LG Yvonne

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  • Rachel Greig

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    I’m so glad to hear you had a great time! Aren’t Val, Penny and their Mum the best!! I went to Malaysia to teach for Scrap N Crop in 2009 and had the most wonderful time! I agree about KL, such a city of contrasts and diversity :) And we loved the food too!!!!!

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  • Kelly Belton

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    I love your travelogues Nat, this one is no exception, looks like an amazing place. The food pic at the bottom has me salivating as I munch on yet another kale salad, and that selfie – is a beautiful picture of you.

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  • Brenda

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    Dittos on all of the above comments. What an experience! Thanks for sharing your photos and stories.

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  • Kathy P.

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    Love seeing these awesome shots and hearing your wonderful stories. Makes me want to visit this beautiful part of the world….except for the long flight! Food sounds yummy…..you are very adventurous and I should be likewise!!! Looking good in your selfie, blouse hanger and all (which I would NOT have seen if you hadn’t pointed it out—but why I always cut them right off when I buy something—LOL)!!! Thanks for sharing a piece of this amazing story!

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  • Mary Beth Shaw

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    What an interesting opportunity. I would love to travel to Malaysia some time. And yeah, i think that food looks totally yummy.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    I LOVE LOVE LOVE when you share pics of your trips Nat and this set is no exception. How nice to see parts of the country that you wouldn’t on your own (and eat at yummy local restaurants).

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Malaysia Workshops – Contest !!!

I am so excited to be in Malaysia next month – March 22-23rd, 2014 to teach some fun Mixed Media Workshops. The even is organized by the amazing Scrap’n Crop and they had this wonderful idea for a contest to win a 1/2 day seat at the event and more! so if you are in the area and you would like to win- check it out!

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To all of my visitors today who enter the context- Welcome – so thrilled to have you! Good Luck to you and I hope I will see many of you at the wonderful event in Malaysia!

huge hugs

Nat

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  • Eva Ng

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    I deserve to win SnC’s 2014 CELEB ART RETREAT with Nathalie Kalbach 1/2-day workshop on 23rd March 2014 because I wanted to explore more in mixed media as I just started a piece & it is a great opportunity for me to be more “artistic” & a platform for me to try something more.

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  • Joanne Wong

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    I deserve to win SnC’s 2014 CELEB ART RETREAT with Nathalie Kalbach 1/2-day workshop on 23rd March 2014 because it would be an amazing opportunity for me to learn this new form of arts and crafts from a pro :)

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  • Jackie P

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    I won’t be in the area, but wanted to say WOO HOO! –Nat!
    Awesome for you and for all that will be able to go and play! have fun! hugs “)

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  • scrapinsue

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    I will not be in Malaysia so I don’t want to enter the contest but it sure sounds like fun. Unless of course airfare is included. LOL

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  • Yuzz Yusof

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    I deserve to win Scrap-n-Crop’s 2014 celeb retreat with Nathalie Kalbach 1/2 day workshop on 23rd March 2014 because I would love to learn all her tips, techniques and her layers of work is an explosion of texture, dimension and jewel tone colors.

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  • namizam muda

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    “I deserve to win SnC’s 2014 CELEB ART RETREAT with Nathalie Kalbach 1/2-day workshop on 23rd March 2014 because this is my new craziness towards the art media area. love to play colours and see how i can create with the stuff around me. cant wait till the day we play with all of them.

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Workshops at Scrap N Crop in Malaysia – how about a tour?

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Crazy cool :) I am totally excited and psyched that I was invited to teach in Malaysia next March at Scrap n Crop. We will have lot’s of fun with some awesome Mixed Media Workshop at their Art Retreat March 22-23,2014.

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As this is quite a distance to travel for two days of teaching- I would love to combine this with a workshop tour in either Asia and/or Australia. I had an amazing time teaching in Australia in 2011 and I know already who to contact to come back as they already hinted they would love to have me back :)  and I know that usually us teachers are just silently setting everything up…and I do this too ;) but I thought hey-  why not ask out loud for help and tips from my readers that might come from Asia and Australia. Because who knows better than you !

So here is my shout out for Help :)))

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  • If you are a shop owner or an event organiser and you would love to have me there – please contact me and let’s check if we can make it possible :)
  • If you are a reader that knows a store that might be interested in having me – please let me know which one it is or if you know the storeowner, maybe tell them about my plans and ask them to contact me :)

Thank you so much !!!

huge hugs and have a wonderful day

Nat

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  • Elizabeth Kelly

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    Hello again, I found the following information direct from the show organisers about next year’s shows: ” The Sydney Stitches & Craft Show will run from March 6 to 9. The Brisbane Stitches & Craft Show will run from March 20 to 23. They’re both four days, Thursday to Sunday and will be open 10am – 4.30pm”.
    How about a quick visit to Brisbane before the Malaysian workshops? They seem to have growing amounts of mixed media included each year. Would love to be able to take a workshop with you. The website for the Brisbane show is http://stitchesandcraft.net.au/Brisbane/

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much for all the information- that is wonderful of you and a lot of help!!! I will look into this! I would love to come to the Brisbane show but I am not sure if it works coming before my Maylasia workshops. but lemme look :) huge hugs , Nat

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  • Elizabeth K

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    I didn’t know about you in 2011 Nathalie – my loss. I’d love to see you here in Australia, particularly (selfishly) near me. There is a large Craft Show in Brisbane in March. I’ll have to search & find the details. It might work in well with you.

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  • Sue

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    OMG!!! I might actually be able to come this time if you come down under. Then again a holiday in Malaysia sounds good too.

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  • Peg

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    YES!
    I want you back Downunder too!

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  • Kathryn Dalziel

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    If you’re looking at coming to Western Australia, Scrapbook Secrets (http://www.scrapbooksecrets.com.au/) often have guest teachers and presenters.. I know Finnabair was there recently (I missed her class unfortunately :( ) But I hear they get great crowds.. might be worth looking at? xx

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Kathryn, I will def check them out :) huge hugs, Nat

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  • Mary Bennetts

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    Hope you come back to Australia, I totally loved the class I did with you
    Mary

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Mary! It was so much fun to meet you back then!! hugs, Nat

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  • Michelle Guest

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    How exciting! Hope you have a great time. Will be looking for your picture tour.

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