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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

Comments (4)

  • stephanie


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


    • nathalie-kalbach


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


  • Lisa Flaherty


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


    • nathalie-kalbach


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


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My City Speaks to Me – Cheiron Brandon

CS April My City Speaks to Me Blue

It’s Tuesday so it’s time for my Creative Squad to share a project with you! The theme for this month is “My City Speaks to Me” and throughout the month, the team will be using my new Urban Scribble Foam Stamp, Rubber Stamp and Stencil Set. This month’s theme is all about expressing what your hometown or city is all about.  What makes it special, vibrant, and important to you?  This month, our Creative Squad will take us on a trip to their city!

Here is Cheiron Brandon and her super colorful interpretation of the theme, which happens to feature a city that’s my neighbor too!


Cheiron April Headshot

Even though I am a Jersey girl, New York City has always been my city. I live about 8 miles from NYC and get a beautiful view of the skyline on my drive to work each morning and most times, I see the sun coming up. It is like the city is saying hello to me each morning.


For my project this month, I created a journal page with all the colors of the morning sunrise using the Urban Scribble stamp as the main focal point.


To start I used a page where I had wiped up some Distress stains from another creative adventure. I stamped the page using stamps from the Marks, Wired, and Mish Mesh stamp sets along with various Archival Inks to create a background. Then I stamped the skyline twice and colored it in with Faber Castell PITT artist pens. This stamp was so fun to color! I fussy cut around the stamp and adhered it to some crinkled black tissue paper to use as my focal piece. Once my piece was done, I adhered it to the background with matte medium.


I hope you enjoyed Cheiron’s gorgeous art journal page! We are both Jersey Girls so I totally understand her love of the NYC skyline – it inspires me all the time. I love her choices of color too and the way she layered several stamps in the background to capture the energy of the city.
Besides the supplies listed below, Cheiron also used black tissue paper and Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Picked Raspberry and Wild Honey:

And maybe you will even play along -we would love to see how you interpret the theme – email me how you used my stencils and stamps with the theme and email me an image – I would love to share what you did at the beginning of next month!

See you next Tuesday for the another project with the theme ‘My City Speaks to Me’.

Comments (5)

  • Dee Ann O'Brien


    What a beautiffully happy city -so warm and inviting1


  • gwenlafleur


    Beautiful pages! Really love your colors and how you filled in the city stamp. Lovely!


  • Joi@RR


    Sooo vibrant and fun Cheiron. I love orange so you had me captured immediately!!! Love that background and you definitely put a whole new pizzazz into Nat’s Urban Scribble city scape. BRILLIANT!!! j.


  • Miriam Prantner


    What a fantastic page! I love those sketchy buildings, a wonderful cityscape!!!


  • Brenda


    I love the colors of the morning sunrise too! Love how you applied them here on your page.


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Inspiration Overload or…a Day in NYC

julie and Nat

Last Wednesday I took the PATH from Jersey City where I had also a fun day on Tuesday to New York City and visited my friend Julie Fei Fan Balzer. I love spending time with her. Not only is she an amazing artist, always happy to share and help with her never-ending knowledge and input, but also as a real friend. It is just the best to hang out with her.

Every time I visit her I get struck by the beauty of her art – in real life even more awesome. These two pieces were my favorite :)



After some chatting we went to MoMA. Not before takings some elevator photos- as those are Julie’s daily routine. As you can see…this needs practice – LOL



I love MoMA and every time you go there is something new to discover. This time Julie gave me her 1 Dollar tour…which she never got- although the tour was worth more…oh well…lol- ssssshhh ;)


Cat and Bird by Paul Klee. I love the color choices



Marc Chagall


Paul Klee – I believe- awesome weaving!



Edvard Munch: The writing on the pre-study touched me – and it somehow for me belongs together with the painting

Geschrei: Ich fühlte das große Geschrei durch die Natur

Scream: I felt the big scream passing through the nature



my absolute fave by Paul Klee: Vocal Fabric of the Singer Rosa Silber

After all that we needed a little lunch break -nom nom pouched shrimps


and then we went to Rockefeller Center with a short glimpse of the tree. Here is a little tree parade – all what I saw that day in NYC:


THE tree, shortly before the lighting of the tree


awesome lego tree


Radio City Hall Tree lit on the way to Pen Station shot out of window of taxi cab



Anthropologie Tree with nice mirroring building

Speaking of Anthropologie- which is one of my most favorite inspiring stores, there is no visit to the States for me without going to Anthropologie. This time I have been in 3 locations- LOL. NYC, Montclair – NJ and Palm Beach-FL – call me obsessed ;)



These boots were calling my name- until I saw the price tag- ahem, then the voice got more into whispering mode ;) . But aren’t they just beautiful?




I want this fox – I love foxes :)
















Funky bunny ornament







I would love to have those for my drawers in my craft room!







Felt Garland





From there we went back to record the Adventures in Arting: Globally Thinking Podcast .



And after some tea and a bit more chatting  with Julie and her Mom Eileen,  I had to go home :( SAD…..Thank you Julie for an awesome day full of inspiration! I so can’t wait to see you soon again.

What is your favorite inspirational store?

huge hugs


  • Michelle Hernandez (@willieburgscrap)


    I CANNOT BELIEVE we were at Rockerfeller Center at the same time on the same day!!!! The crowds were crazy so it would have been a miracle to have bumped into you. I was with my 3 year old daughter and we spent most of the time sitting on the floor in the Lego store. I don’t think I would have stopped you though- it would have been strange. But fingers crossed we’ll bump into each other on your next visit- we frequent the same places! I LOVE Anthropologie!!! There are 3 other stores in Manhattan and each does it’s own display so I often go on a “tour” just to see what the current display trends are. Last time I went they had gold dipped rubber tree leaves hanging from the ceiling- it was an amazing sight!


  • Jessica


    I live just over the river in New Jersey! Next time you visit Julie, I’d love to see you!!


  • SusanJane


    Actually it’s not a store at all. Free even. Clouds. Especially cirrus clouds which are those long whisky ones made out of tiny ice crystals high up. But there are so many types of clouds. Of course clouds make the best sunsets. Ever seen a sun dog? They are the small lone clouds that float all by themselves at sunset. When ever I feel awe and wonder I feel inspired. Having it be free is priceless.


  • Isabel LopezDel RinconTroussel


    I Love, love, love NYC in December…! Did you also see the Christmas tree at the MET? It usually is amazing! If not, well, at least you went to the MOMA, another of my favorite places in that city! And also the Folk Museum, the Bronx Botanical Gardens…. Oh, and one of my inspirational stores is MOMA Design Store (as is any other museum store… Also, a couple stores in SoHo: Leekan Designs and The Enchanted Forest… not sure if they still exist… Oh! and Pearl Paint of course!!!


  • mjmarmo


    Looks like fun!!


  • Mariana Granoni


    Moma is my favourite museum, LOVE IT. Great photos Nathalie. I’m a huge fan of both of you. Merry Christmas! and a Very happy new year!!


  • lisa


    Hi Nat, looks like you had fun : ) Love the fox and the bunnies : ) xx


  • Mary Werner


    Paint your own pair of boots – I bet you and all of us would love them even more!!!!!!


  • Martha Richardson


    I’m so glad that NYC survived after the 2 of you got together…DOUBLE TROUBLE!!!


  • rains


    I just toured those same stores while visiting with my 12yo son in Sept! We went to Anthropologie (for me, could only afford some clearance sunglasses, but they’re purple and wonderful) and to the lego store for him. Both were sooo inspiring and I took many pictures of the displays. Also, the candy store in Rockefeller Center that has been there for decades. They make amazing paper animals in which to wrap an individual chocolate. That’s soo inspiring to me. I loved seeing your day with Julie. Thanks for sharing.


    • rains


      Oh! And MOMA! I go there every time I get to NYC and it is the most inspiring of all museums, to me.


  • Sue Clarke


    Yeah, another post with my two favorite creative ladies (together)!
    I love the Lego tree and the rabbit from Alice and Wonderland (the one with the spy glass).
    I find inspiration while at Barnes & Noble since that is where I purchase Somerset Memories. Also at a local gift shop which has local art and awesome jewelry. It is called the Andovers Gift Shop.
    Fun post Nat.


  • Marit


    Oh wow, I would love to spend a day at the MoMa… even more now that I’ve seen your photos! Gorgeous and inspiring! Thanks!


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