Blog: Online Workshop

Beyond the Paper Live – Webinar April 1

Join us for a pre-workshop chat! We’re having a Beyond the Paper Live webinar on April 1st at 12noon EDT (NYC time). Register here to attend!

Birgit Koopsen, Marsha Valk, and I have released a new online workshop that begins April 4 and it’s all about exploring mixed media surfaces. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut with art making, so we wanted to push you (and ourselves too) to think Beyond the Paper and create on other substrates. For more information and how to sign up for the Beyond the Paper online workshop, go here.

Before the workshop kicks off, the Beyond the Paper Live webinar will let us chat a bit more about why we designed this workshop, what techniques and supplies we’re using, and then it will also give us a chance to take some audience questions too.

This webinar is open to all, register HERE today!

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New Online Workshop AND New ArtFoamies!

Super happy to announce this very special workshop that I am releasing today – Beyond the Paper. I’m teaching along with my amazing friends Birgit Koopsen and Marsha Valk in this 3 week online workshop that goes on sale today and begins on April 4th.

Let’s go Beyond the PaperJoin Nat Kalbach, Birgit Koopsen, and Marsha Valk for an online workshop that goes Beyond the Paper! We’ll be exploring exciting and original substrates to create on, that will invigorate your idea of art journaling and mixed media in general. Cardboard, Dura-Lar, Fabric, and more will be the foundation of our creations and we’ll discuss how to make the most out of these unique surfaces with techniques including foam stamping, printmaking, collage, stitching, and image transfers to name a few. To wrap things up, each teacher will bring some pages to completion and then show you a binding technique for pulling it all together. Learn more and register here.

The goal of Beyond the Paper is to inspire interesting, new ways to think about mixed media and to learn from the perspective and artistry of three different teachers. Also a special NEW foam stamp set, Triple Play will be used in the lessons and is newly released TODAY – for more on that, keep reading :)

Sign up TODAY for Early Bird pricing: Today, March 19th – April 5th, 11.59pm EDT this course is just $89 USD. After that, the course will be its regular price of $139 USD. Sign up now and get a fantastic deal.

Check out the promo video below:

Beyond the Paper includes 21 downloadable video lessons: 7 lessons by each of our teachers. The workshop will begin on April 4 and run for three weeks. Students will have access to a virtual classroom where they can comment on the lessons, ask questions, and share examples of their own work. A live webinar with the teachers will take place at the end of the workshop and students are encouraged to attend to learn more about the teachers, ask questions, and participate in some light-hearted activities. 

Sign up HERE.


NEW ArtFoamies set – Triple Play!!!

I’m also excited to announce the new Triple Play foam stamp set!!! Birgit, Marsha, and I designed this 7 piece ArtFoamies set to be used alongside the Beyond the Paper workshop, but of course this versatile set is perfect for any of your mixed media activities :)

Each of us designed two of the triangle stamps that fit nicely inside the hex border. Can you guess who designed what? I’m sure some of you may recognize our signature style.

For a while I have been obsessed with creating patterns with stamps (remember April Patterns?) and this set really allows you to explore that like crazy. You can use just one triangle to make all kinds of designs within the hex…

Or try combining two of the triangles for a cool field of pattern…

And how about layering it up a bit?

And then just look what happens when you really pull out all the stops?

I hope you join us for Beyond the Paper, with your Triple Play foam stamps in hand! I always love teaching with Birgit and Marsha and this time we all bring so many different ideas to the table that I know everyone will be inspired to think waaaaaay Beyond the Paper!

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LAST DAY – Online Workshop Sale

My 20% off Online Workshop Sale (excluding CJS21) ends TODAY, December 21st at 11:59pm EST. 

Hurry in and take advantage of the Workshop Sale: Just use the code WORKSHOP2020 when you check out and save 20% off online workshops.

Take a look at the variety of workshops I offer here on my website: My Artful Adventure series looks at taking inspiration from master artists. My Time Traveler Workshop with Birgit Koopsen and Marsha Valk looks at different stylistic periods in history for inspiration. And my Best of CJS series offers small collections of videos from past years of CJS. Check them all out, and many more, HERE on my website.

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Online Workshop Sale – Happy Holidays!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so I’m running a Workshop Sale ALL weekend. From December 18th through 21st at 11:59pm EST you can save 20% off my online workshops. This sale excludes Creative JumpStart 2021 but wait, that is still on sale for $69 through the end of the month so you don’t have to miss out on that either.

How can you take advantage of the Workshop Sale? Just use the code WORKSHOP2020 when you check out and save 20% off online workshops. Take a look at the variety of workshops I offer here on my website.

There are many to choose from like…

Artful Adventures with Gustav Klimt will help you achieve Klimt-style glamour and beauty in your art journal and beyond. Learn the art of creating patterns and metallic elements, and discover ways to pull everything together in a successful artwork. Check out the workshop HERE.

Time Traveler that I co-teach with Birgit Koopsen and Marsha Valk will show you how to draw inspiration from different style eras in history. Learn how to translate the design motifs into your own artwork with a focus on Gelli printing and mini book making. Sign up HERE.

Artful Adventures with Andy Warhol will introduce you to the artistic tricks of Pop Artist Warhol. Visual repetition, finding beauty in the everyday, and working with pops of color are all covered in this adventure. Find the workshop HERE.

The Best of CJS workshops offer small 10-12 lesson snippits of Creative JumpStarts from the past. We were able to bring some of our favorite videos back from the archives for these little bundles. They are download only workshops but a great taste of previous CJS’s that you may have missed. You can find those HERE.

Trace, Transfer, Transform explores several different methods of bringing visual material into your artwork. Work with photos, print outs, and other sources to transform your art journal and artwork into something with strong focal elements and intriguing backgrounds. Learn more HERE.

There are so many options for learning and inspiration so I hope you join us in the classrooms :)

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One BADASS Art Journal – Online Workshop

Registration is open for One BADASS Art Journal – an online workshop I am teaching in! This is hosted by Tiare Smith and includes 16 teachers and 17 lessons to help you unlock your inner artistic badass.

The workshop begins February 1st, 2021 and goes for 4 months through May 31, 2021.  Afterwards it is completely self-paced and you have lifetime access to videos and lessons to help you get a bit more confident with your artmaking. Find out more and register HERE.

Here’s what you can expect: Step-by-Step Mixed Media Tutorials, Video Tutorials, Downloadable PDFs, Wonderful for beginners or anyone who wants to embrace their inner BADASS.

Creative JumpStart 2021 is also on SALE now – just $59 with Cyber Week pricing through December 4th at 11:59pm EST. This is our BIGGEST Creative JumpStart ever with 45 different artists and 45 mixed media lessons designed to JumpStart YOUR Creativity.

Sign up now and get ready for a new lesson each day from New Year’s Day through Valentine’s Day. Our theme this year is Storyteller and our artists are sharing their stories through artistic techniques and projects designed to inspire you in 2021 and beyond.

Unlock the power of storytelling in your artwork! Sign up HERE today.

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I’m Teaching in One BADASS Art Journal – and Giveaway!!!

I am super excited to announce that I am a Guest Teacher on One BADASS Art Journal 2021! (And I’m giving away one spot for free – read on to find out more about that too.)

One BADASS Art Journal is an online workshop designed to inspire you to create, to learn, to feel confident and provide you with the tools, techniques and inspiration needed to feel BADASS every day that you make art. With 16 teachers and 17 lessons, you’ll be immersed in happiness, gratitude and fun from day one with this workshop.

Registration opens December 1, 2020, Class begins Monday, February 1, 2021 and goes for 4 months through May 31, 2021.  Afterwards it is completely self-paced and you have lifetime access. Learn more HERE.

Check out all the awesome teachers below:

Be sure to bookmark THIS PAGE so you can join the moment it goes on sale on December 1st.


And even MORE exciting news is that I can give away a spot in this amazing creative community. That’s right: I am giving away a spot on One BADASS Art Journal 2021 to 1 lucky person! And you can use it for yourself or even gift it to a friend or loved one – your choice :)

Entering is easy: 1. Tell me what you love about art journaling in the comments below. 2. Join Nat’s Creative Hood on Facebook. 3. Get a bonus entry HERE on the One BADASS Art Journal website. Enter by November 30th for a chance to win a spot.

Winner will be contacted via email by December 1, 2020.

Good luck and I hope to see you in class!

Are you supporting small businesses this Saturday? I would love you to stop in my Online Shop and enjoy my Seasonal Spectacular Sale that is going on right now :) All physical products (stencils, rubber stamps, foam stamps, original artwork, prints, mugs, ink pads, and more) are 25% off when you enter the coupon code SEASONAL25 during checkout. Sale ends Monday, November 30th so hurry in and check off some of those folks on your list ;)

Comments (2)

  • rajatoc


    Art Journaling protects my health and well being. I can collage all the bits and pieces that identify all my wishes and hopes or accomplishments in my world. Sometimes it clicks other times I don’t feel it hits my mark but I keep on trying to sooth my need to express and create what makes me at peace and complete. I have a relationship with all the other creatives I’ve met along my journey. I know that some day I will do a spread that will be the calling card to all my dreams come true…and that is a satisfying notion indeed. Thanks Nat…MBS…Mary Nassar…Pam Carriker…Seth…June…Robin and Jackie Jimerson (get well soon)…Love You Guys So Much!!!


  • Sue Clarke


    What I love about art journaling is that it doesn’t need to be presentable.
    When I scrapbook I want the LO to look really good.
    When I art journal it’s for me…the process and playing in my book.
    Thanks for the chance to win a spot Nat!


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Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 5 – Online Workshop Bundle

I’m releasing another Best of CJS bundle today!!! 

Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 5 is now on sale! This is the fifth bundle of mixed media lessons by some of our super talented CJS artist teachers, this bundle includes videos from Creative JumpStart 2019. The CJS 2019 theme was: My Home is My Castle and our artist teachers were asked to create a lesson inspired by what home means to them.

For only $9.99 you will receive access to download links for 12 inspiring Creative JumpStart lessons from 2019. Here are the amazing teachers and lessons in this bundle:

  • Marsha Valk 2019 : Building Blocks of Home
  • Gwen Lafleur 2019 : Home Gratitude Journal
  • Aaron and Jenny Holiday 2019 : The Family Flag
  • Andrea Gomoll 2019 : Home is a State of Mind
  • Birgit Koopsen 2019: King of the Castle
  • Julie Fei-Fan Balzer 2019 : Home Sweet Home
  • Andrea Chebeleu 2019: A Home for Your ATCs
  • Sandra Evertson 2019: Wood Burning for the Home
  • Jen Crossley 2019 : Tiny House Jewelry
  • Mary Beth Shaw 2019 : Stenciled Home Decor
  • Mystele Kirkeeng 2019 : Assemblage Home
  • Nat Kalbach 2019 : My Home is My Stamp

You can learn more and sign up HERE. Take a peek at the lessons below:

If you’re looking for more videos, be sure to check out some of my other CJS workshop bundles: Best of CJS Vol.1 from 2014/2015, Best of CJS Vol. 2 from 2016, Best of CJS Vol. 3 from 2017, and Best of CJS Vol. 4 from 2018. Each year had a different theme, a unique variety of artists, and an inspiring mix of lessons. Jump with us!

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Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 4 – Online Workshop Bundle

Today I’m happy to announce that Best of Creative JumpStart Vol. 4 is now on sale! This is the fourth bundle of mixed media lessons by some of our amazing CJS artist teachers, this bundle includes videos from Creative JumpStart 2018. The CJS2018 theme was: Now We’re Cooking: Mixed Media Art Recipes and our artist teachers were asked to create a lesson inspired by their recipe for creative success.

For only $9.99 you will receive access to download links for 12 inspiring Creative JumpStart lessons from 2018. Here are the awesome teachers and lessons in this bundle:

  • Nat Kalbach 2018: The Secret Ingredient
  • Mystele Kirkeeng 2018: A Recipe for Play
  • Catherine Scanlon 2018: Traced Flower Painting
  • Marsha Valk 2018: Sole Picasso
  • Diana Trout 2018: Spice of Life
  • Sandra Evertson 2018: Hot Glue Cooking
  • Pam Carriker 2018: Mixed Media Angels
  • Birgit Koopsen 2018: A Delicious Little Hors D’oeuvres
  • Rae Missigman 2018: A Recipe for Color and Resist
  • Michelle Ward 2018: Let’s Have Take Out!
  • Gwen Lafleur 2018: Collage Papers
  • Jen Crossley 2018: Metal Etched Book

You can sign up HERE for this nice bundle of CJS18 videos.

And if you haven’t yet, you can still sign up for Best of CJS Vol.1 with videos from 2014 and 2015, Best of CJS Vol. 2 with videos from 2016, and Best of CJS Vol. 3 with videos from 2017. Stay tuned for more  and enjoy Jumping with us again :)

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Last Chance for Creative JumpStart 2020

Did you register for Creative JumpStart 2020 last January? If not, now is your LAST CHANCE to sign up for the CJS20 Super Power edition. The online workshop includes 31 downloadable video lessons by 31 different mixed media artists who are sharing their unique artistic super powers with you through project and technique lessons. The 10 minute video format is designed to fit into any busy schedule to encourage daily artistic practice and to help JumpStart YOUR Creativity!

Sign up HERE today – the workshop will no longer be available for purchase after September 20th, 2020. 

Check out the promo video to see all the artists who are teachers for CJS20:


If you’re looking for a workshop to inspire you through an exciting variety of artistic styles, different mediums, and mixed media techniques, Creative JumpStart delivers. Learn more HERE.

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