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Workshops at A Work of Heart in San Jose

Last week I taught two workshops at A Work of Heart in San Jose. I taught in Andrea’s old studio last year and was excited to come back and to check out Andrea’s new place – a gorgeous huge new studio with ample of room for creative fun. It’s a dream!

Also – this mural in progress on the side of the studio – love! And …note the cats in the picture ;)

The first workshop day was my “Mono Print Painting” Class and we explored the basics for mono printing and then took it a notch further.

Using a gel plate, lots of fun colors and tools.

We made collage paper

using stamps, stencils and brayers

and moved way up to some more thought out prints.

so much fun…

And of course- the most important thing “Don’t overthink”

We worked with different paint media on top , made our own stamps and tools

and there so many fun and colorful patterns – Loved it!

Oh and then there was Bob “Bobby”…he was being fostered with two siblings at A Work of Heart and he was asking to be taken home with me….and since hubby said “well if you figure out the transportation problem” …

Here is the group from Sunday!

On Monday I taught my “Art Rules – Art Journaling ” Class – always love the exploration in color theory part of it and see what the students create

 

We looked at artwork from different Modern Artists and let us inspire for different techniques and methods.

Loved seeing my new Circle Jumble Rubber Stamps in action too.

as well as the other rubber stamps, foam stamps and stencils.

I had such a good time with my students and Andrea – well and …the little kitten will always remind me of the workshop as well ;) Yes- of course we figured out the transportation problem ;)

BTW there are still two adorable sisters waiting to be adopted – so if you are in the area (Andrea would even bring them a couple miles!) and want your heart be melting by kitten cuteness overload….contact Andrea ! They are total studio artsy cats, super cuddly and used to people and other cats

Thank you for a great time and lots of laughter, creative play, and inspiration. I love teaching and spending time with students is always a treat. Thanks Andrea for having me once again and for being such a wonderful host (and also thank you for this bundle of joy – LOL). I hope I will be back again :)

If you want to take an In-Person-Class with me- check out the schedule for the rest of this year. I will be teaching in Germany in September at an Ostsee Scrap Retreat, as well as a workshop co-taught with my friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in the UK,  and I will be adding a workshop in my own space soon.

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  • Julie b

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    What a great recap of your 2-day workshops! I can relive them over and over again here. LOL! Thank you for a fabulous time filled with learning……about various artists, so many techniques, playing with your fabulous stamps/stencils and of course, laughter. I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to do in-person workshops here and glad that your trip with “Bob” was a success. He seems to have adapted to life in New Jersey well…..loved to see him scampering up and down the stairs. YIKES!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so wonderful to see you again Julie- always so much fun to be with you! Hahaha- yeah Bobby Pretzel is a handful -LOL but brings much joy :)

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  • Sue Clarke

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    That mountain page and the one with all that blue and the house on the left…swoon!
    Congrats on your new fur baby and what does cat #1 think of kitty #2?

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Yeah- those pages were superb!
      Hahah- cat #1 is curious, playful and peeved all at the same time …it takes a bit of time…

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Photos of my Workshops at Ephemera Paducah in Kentucky

Last weekend I taught three days at Ephemera Paducah in Kentucky. It was so much fun!

We started off with my Mono Print Painting Workshop and worked our way up with some basics. Kathy and Valerie did approve – no, really :)

After some basics we were ready for some fun and more and more elaborate prints.

Lot’s of cats :)

and beautiful happy colors.

And of course Elephants :)

It was easy to be inspired in this wonderful classroom! Rebecca and Gwen are totally in the zone

Such a cool space!

Cats and Dogs- fun!!! Allison did the one on the left and Kristen was like- hey – I am a dog person ….

and Lisa thought, cats, dogs, I do abstract ! All at one table- cool, right?

Saturday and Sunday I taught a two day Artful Adventures in Art Journaling class

I loved meeting all those wonderful students from 11 different States ..yes 11- isn’t that amazing!

It is my favorite thing of a class – getting to know the students and spending some extended time with them.

Look at all the yummie pattern – Art Foamies were used left and right :)

Those patterns and colors- yummie!

How can you not get in a good mood seeing this.

Here are some different pages – can you see the Elephant Stencil was quite the star LOL.

Lots of mark making and color play and layering.

And here is Jackie – she drove 11 hours – WAHHHH -thank you so much for coming from so far !

Mhhh that bird better watches out! ;)

City scapes – here with one of the Midtown Stamps.

and some Chicago love and Batik love as well :)

Some serious easy peasy sketching :)

And hey lots of smiling faces

in those gorgeous city scapes created with the help of my RubberMoon Stamps.

Just looking at those pages makes me all smile – I hope my students had as much fun as I had.

I really love Karen’s grid ! And do you see John Travolta below …well I did and I showed my Travolta imitation …you have to take a class if you wanna see it- LOL

Claudia smiling at us  and Kristen, the owner and wonderful host of Ephemera , checking what shenanigans I am up to now-

Tana and Dana smiling beautifully and no …I did not rhyme their names during class- this is a coincidence here !

Oh looksie !!!

It was just so so cool how all those pages came together and incorporated techniques and materials we used throughout the workshop.

I want the the funky pants on the top left , the skirt on the top right and the dress on the bottom- woot woot.

Dana and Laura from Memphis

and here are cool collage of some more pages.

Thank you so much Kristen for having me – I truly enjoyed my time in Paducah! And thank you to all some of you traveling so much -and for your super sweet help!!! You were awesome and I hope I will see you some time again!

You missed this class? I am teaching a couple more classes this year which you can check on my In-Person Class here- but the next one is in San Jose at A Work of Heart. I will be teaching my Mono Print Painting Class there on July 29

and an Art Journaling Class on July 30th

there are still spots available and I would love to see you there. Let me know if you go !!!

Have a wonderful day!

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  • Lisa

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    Great post!! We had so much fun with you in class. I enjoyed every minute of it. Ephemera Paducah is an awesome place to take classes! Thank you for making it fun. I’m obsessed with drawing people now thanks to you. 😁

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so so good to have you! Thank you for coming and thank you for bringing me to the airport at this terrible time :) You are the best!

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Photos of my Workshops in Maryland

Last weekend I was back at  The Queen’s Ink in Maryland to teach two classes to two wonderful and super talented groups of ladies!

Saturday I taught my Art Rules- Art Journaling class and we talked about several wonderful artists and let them inspire us to pursue different styles and techniques.

Look at those gorgeous windows in the classroom – The Queen’s Ink is located in an old Mill and it is just an amazing facility.

Lot’s of color and pattern coloration in this class and lots of super sweet and happy smiles

And look- is Lea hugging her self made foam stamp?

Tough to get a photo of the group- but here they are.

Loving this colorful Mid Town City scape by Kitty creates in this picture.

And in the front seeing a lot of those little n*Studio products made my day – I tell you, it never gets old.

More wonderful smiles

some sketching and stamping

Lot’s of layers later

still smiling – woot woot :)

Look at the gorgeous page by Peggy- lots of doodling and color- LOVE

And at the end of the day a sweet photo with some of the gorgeous ladies with my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media.

On Saturday I taught my Mono Print Painting class. We started with the basics of mono printing

made our own stencils

and printed more and more

and then went full force into Mono Print Painting.

Loved seeing the different approaches to the technique – so much fun

 

I think I see a face in this print -but what do you see?

and this is really cool!

And Janene and Lea holding up their books to me …they know what makes me jumping up and down – LOL

Thank you to all of the students who came to the classes- it was so great to spend creative time with you!!! I hope I will see you again! Thank you also to The Queen’s Ink, Katie, Lea and Terry for having me and taking so good care of me.

If you want to join any of my In-Person Workshops a list of them is posted here. I will be teaching a lot of fun workshops in Salem, Oregon at Runaway Art and Craft Studio – December 2 -3, 2017. On January 17 (Mono Print Painting) and January 18(Artrules) I will teach my first couple workshops of the year returning to A Work of Heart in San Jose. I hope I will see some of you there! Have a wonderful day!

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  • JoAnn

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    Looks like everyone had a great time – hope to take one of your classes soon.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I would love to have you JoAnn!Have a gorgeous weekend!

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Photos of the Workshops at The Ink Pad in NYC

Last weekend my friend Birgit Koopsen and I taught to classes at The Ink Pad in New York City and we in both classes a wonderful group of 16/17 students and a huge amount of fun. They were all so amazingly talented and it is a pleasure to spend time with.

Here are some pictures of the students and their artwork from the Mono Print Painting class we taught on Saturday:

It is always fun to see how different everyone interprets the techniques and samples.

so much color and happy figures and shapes:

And sometimes “mistakes” turned out into the most beautiful pieces …but Colette still gave me the “fun” eye ;)

On Sunday we taught our Artful Transfers class showing all kinds of different transfer techniques for your art journal.

From grungy transfers to almost perfect transfers there was something for everyone.

 

Here is a great background transfer page – such a wonderful start for a journaling page

Birgit in action

Aren’t those cool?

It was also great to see my RubberMoon stamps as wooden stamps have arrived at The Ink Pad – woooohooo.

Birgit and I had a wonderful time with all of you – and thank you Anna for having us at The Ink Pad . We hope we will see you all on- or off-line soon again.

Have a beautiful creative day!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    The photo (about 7 down from the top) keeps catching my eye…something about the browns and blues…I just love the combo!
    Looks like a fun and creative day. I really hope to make it to one of your workshops in the future Nat.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I love that one too Sue! I hope to meet you some time Sue – I would really love to meet you in person! have a wonderful saturday!

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Mono Print Painting Fun

Next Thursday my sweet friend Birgit Koopsen is coming from the Netherlands and I cannot wait to see her. Besides some girlfriend time and sightseeing we are also teaching several workshops together, one is a Mono Print Painting class  at The Ink Pad in

NYC  on March 18th, based on a technique we came up with after we went to see the H.N. Werkman exhibtion when I visited her in the Netherlands.

I wanted to incorporate some of my class samples in an art journal and here are some samples of what I was doing last week.

The cat below is of course inspired by Klee :) and I picked up the Manhattan Border pattern in the print on the lest side with the Manhattan Tile Stamp.

I am kind of liking the idea of incorporating the prints which you do not want to hang on a wall or else into the art journal …you see some really raw experimentation with this here :)

This is the stare in my face I wake up to in the morning …ah the joy of being a cat owner- LOL

This one was of inspired by Matisse – the left is the Mono Print Painting using the Versailles Stencil and on the right you can see the smaller pattern with one of the Versailles Foam Stamps.

It is really addicting to play with those Mono Print Paintings and Birgit and I have heaps of techniques to apply to them – and you get two teachers with different ideas on this :) There are still some seats left- so if you are in the NYC area- join us for this Mono Print Painting Class March 18th or the Artful Transfers Class March 19th …or even both (special price) !

Have a wonderful day

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  • stephanie

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    hope you have some of these techniques in your Artiscape classes too. :)

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I will teach loads of techniques on all of the classes there :) Looking forward seeing you – woohoo.

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  • Lisa Flaherty

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    Wow, wow, WOW!! This Mono Print Painting class looks Ah-maze-balls!!! If instantaneous travel were a thing, I would sooooo be there!! <3

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- Lisa- it would be so awesome to have you!!! Have an amazing week!

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Join Birgit Koopsen and Me in March at The Ink Pad in NYC

Birgit and I will be teaching at The Ink Pad in NYC on March 18 and March 19, 2017! Come and join us

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Let’s push mono printing to a whole new level.

Join us for a day long class in Mono Print Painting. We will dive into the basics of mixed media mono printing first and will introduce you to our Mono Print Painting technique inspired by H.N. Werkman. We will show you different ways on how to create elaborate and layered mono printed paintings using self made tools as well as stamps and stencils. We will share with you thinking process on developing the technique and how we put our own personal spin on it, so that you can take this even further.

Register here

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Join us for a fun day of exploring and incorporating different transfer techniques into your art journal pages. The imperfect look of transferred imagery in your art journal opens up so much creative potential. Not only are there many different ways to actually transfer images, there are also many different ways to treat those transfers in your art journal. We will show you our favorite techniques and how you can make your art journal pages even more meaningful by using artful transfers.

Register here

We hope to see you there!

If you are looking for an In-Person Class with me check out my upcoming classes

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