Blog: Mini Fan

Be Loud – Art Journal

“Be loud about the things that are important to you!” After all, they are the things that really matter, right?

I built up quite the background here with acrylic paint, a brayer, and my Mini Fan foam stamp set. I also used the black Moonlight Duo ink pad and stamped in both the black and white sides to get gray, and used my Triangle Love rubber stamps with that.

I also went back in and highlighted some of the shapes with Posca markers.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Your Biggest Fan – Judi Kauffman

Happy Tuesday and welcome to a post from my Creative Squad. Today we have a post from Judi Kauffman. You can learn more about Judi from our Nice to Meet You blog post featuring her creative story and artwork. This time Judi is sharing her Fan Mail Envelope project using my Mini Fan Foam Stamp Set and this month’s theme: Your Biggest Fan – Let’s give a shout out to someone who is doing an amazing job. In a world obsessed with Me Me Me it’s important to take a look around sometimes and give some encouraging words to another, and not just in your art and craft making :) Be their Biggest Fan!  

I’m crazy about this month’s theme. Telling someone you’re their biggest fan is so important! It ensures that my nephew’s little boy knows how proud I am of him, that my friend who is going through chemo knows that I support her every single day, that my neighbor knows how much I appreciate her many kindnesses, along with all of the recipes she’s shared over the years…and…and… So many people who matter in a person’s life.

I do try to express these things in person with words and hugs, but sometimes putting it into the form of a card or letter just makes more sense. And since I love decorating envelopes, I like to turn that part of the project into something special, too.

My new set of Nathalie’s Mini Fan stamps (ArtFoamies), two or more inks, a couple of colored pencils, and a craft sponge were all I needed to whip up a batch of Fan Mail Envelopes! I die cut my envelopes from heavyweight pale yellow paper because I like the option of having a variety of flap styles (half-circle, Victorian, etc.), but smooth-finish purchased envelopes work great as well. 

Use my samples as a jumping-off point: Do a bit of smudging, mask with torn paper, tap the envelope against the edge of an ink pad to create lines for the name and address; use colored pencils to add little pops of color here and there. Optional: Stamp or hand—write the words FAN MAIL in small caps to hint at the contents of the envelope.

Thank you Judi – these positively glow! And we love reading your thoughts too – so true that if you think about it, there are a lot of people in everyone’s lives that could use some encouraging words. Want to give Judi’s project a try? You can find all my Foam Stamps in my Online Shop and here are some of the other supplies she used:

Feel inspired? Working on something yourself that you’d like to share?  I love to see how you interpret our monthly themes. Email me or tag me #natkalbach how you used my stencils and stamps – I would love to share your projects in my next  “n*Spiration From Around the Globe“.

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Who You Are – Art Journal

“Be happy with who you are!”

For this one I used bits and pieces I found on my workbench while packing up for my move and decided to make those work together. It included: my fan foam stamps and versailles foam stamps on deli paper… some old school excersises stamp that my friend send me…

And also samples from my Trace, Transfer, Transform online class, and even suminagashi paper from my session playing with that. Lots of leftovers together but an interesting challenge to make it all work together.

I journaled with a sharpie and think that the mash up kind of represents how we are all made up of so many parts and ideas. And when we can accept all that and love it, that is definitely something to be happy about :)

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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Gelli Printed Card Mix

I thought it might be nice to play with my Mini Fan Set foam stamps and a Gelli plate to make a few cards.

I used Hero Arts ink pads as well as Memento inks on the gelli plate and then just stamped into the inked up plate and put the cards on top.

I used a fountain pen for my sentiments – lots of options here so I made a variety.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

And don’t forget: today is the final day to sign up for my new online workshop Artful Adventures with Andy Warhol at the Early Bird price! Early Bird Pricing ends TONIGHT, October 7th at 11:59pm EST. This workshop will show you how to interpret some of Warhol’s techniques into your own art journaling and artwork. Collage, repetition, stamp carving and more will be covered. Join us in the classroom! Class begins TODAY!

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Learn to Rest – Art Journal

“If you get tired, learn to rest not to quit.” Here’s some motivation for your day :)

I wanted to try out my new Mini Fan foam stamp set for this one, so I stamped all 4 of the designs in the set into a nice ombre-esque pyramid using acrylic paint.

I went back into the designs with a little black pen – my new fav Winsor Newton fineliners.

And my quote with some nice flourishes – little dots here and there to give it character.

Here are some of the supplies I used:

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  • Sue Clarke


    Nat, that is exactly what I needed to read this afternoon!
    I especially like that the pattern is a hill…one more step.


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