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Europe Workshop Tour- Part 2 – ArtMesa Workshops in Madrid


What a fun time we had at our Art Mesa Mixed Media Workshops in Madrid. We had students coming from all over Spain – Madrid, Barcelona, Salamanca, Malaga, Valencia etc. We had a fantastic group of students and it was so good to see so many familiar faces again too! As always my sweet friend Cuchy rocked the organization, translated my workshop and held her own workshop – what a trooper and amazing friend she is !!!

























And …as a special surprise the girls started singing during the workshop – FUN

Hope you didn’t get too dizzy from the video – LOL -I could have warned you …but then…where is the fun ;) ?

Thank you Spain!!! It was awesome! Until the next Art Mesa ;)


Next up will be a short trip to Germany :)

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Europe Workshop Tour- Part 1 – Sightseeing in Toledo, Spain


I am back from my Europe workshop tour just to leave for another Workshop in Dallas in a couple hours :) But how about I finally share some photos from my four-country trip?

DISCLAIMER: This Blog Post contains a picture with a naked statue – some might think of it as totally inappropriate – but it is called ART . If you have a problem with art, you might be better off looking at something else . Don’t email me to complain, don’t visit my blog anymore because I might post things like this again and for sure shield your precious kids’ eyes !

I arrived in Spain, Madrid and was picked up by my wonderful friend Cuchy. I loved this statue by Fernando Botero in front of the Madrid Airport.


I used the first day to adjust to the time difference and mostly filled my belly with good food and hung out with good people :)


The next day we took the train to Toledo – prepare yourself for a major picture overload as I really loved it there!


A city with a history of more than 2000 years …yeah that is what we call old in Europe ;)


Since the Festival of Corpus Christi was coming up , the streets and houses were already decorated.


The first stop was the Cathedral of Toledo





The Sacristy ceiling painted by Luca Giordano – he used both hands …and it took only four years – insane!


Altar Piece painted by El Greco




After a nice stroll through the city


we went to the Synagogue of El Transito – beautiful stucco and details




Next we stopped at the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, Toledo





And just before an epic thunderstorm started  we made it back to the train station …of course not without taking a “where is Nat pic” ;)


That was a pretty good start of my trip – next up are some pictures of the awesome Art Mesa Workshop – we had so much fun :)

Comments (13)

  • Vickie Doswell aka okienurse


    oh my goodness such awesome pictures and things to see. Spain is one of my favorite places to visit and have been there many times. Being from Oklahoma USA it is a far cry from the norm here. Speaking of norms nudity is a big deal in the religious south and I think you summed up my feelings exactly with your disclaimer. I am hoping that was tongue and cheek and that you haven’t actually been accosted by people offended by your posts. I love them. Thanks for sharing! Vickie


  • Mel


    Die Bilder sind großartig – aber Dein Disclaimer hat´s mir angetan… ;-)


  • stephanie


    Welcome back! Awesome pix


  • Joi@RR


    Love the skyline pictures like the Toledo picture and the Where is Nat picture because… I hope you will paint them. I love your skyline paintings so much. And of course, ALL of these were sooo wonderful. What fabulous inspirations for you to use in your artwork. I just can’t WAIT to see what comes out onto your canvas from these pictures Nat. What a great trip. Thank you so much for a glimpse of it thru your eyes. I love traveling with you!! j.


    • nathalie-kalbach


      Thank you Joi! I cannot wait to get into my studio either to paint :) I am sure some inspiration will get into my future work :) Thanks for traveling with me


  • Ami Pilon



    Julie must be drooling with all of the patterns that you are seeing. I can just see the stamps that would be carved. Your photos are very special.

    Thanks for sharing.


    • nathalie-kalbach


      Ami, heheh- I think Julie was drooling ;) Thank you for your sweet comment!


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  • Kathy P


    Awesome pics, Nat! Looks like you had a great time! Thanks for reminding me that I have to get back to Europe again! Love it’s architecture, people, and diversity!


    • nathalie-kalbach


      Thank you Kathy! Yes – I am of course biased – but Europe is a special place :)


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Art Mesa 2015 in Madrid, Spain


Yeah – Cuchy and I organizing another Art Mesa Mixed Media event in Madrid. It will be our fourth and we always had the best time our awesome students! Time to fresh up my 3 words of Spanish for the event on May 30th.

Here are the Classes:



 30.05.2015 – 10,00 hs. – 14,00 hs.

Comienza en el momento en que te sientas. Una experiencia que es claramente Art Journaling. Euforia, sensación de control, sorprendente capacidad de respuesta de los materiales artísticos, como si fueran simplemente una extensión de ti.

Hay una palabra para esta experiencia creativa: Artvergnugen! Es lo que hace de tu journal una obra de arte.

Acompaña a Nathalie es este taller de medio día y juega con los diferentes materiales y mediums artísticos. Aprende técnicas, consejos y trucos para llevar tu art journaling más allá y convertirlo en Artvergnugen.


It starts the moment you sit down, an experience that is distinctly Art Journaling. A quick exhilaration, a sense of control, the art media’s surprising responsiveness as if they were simply an extension of you.

There is a word for this creative experience: Artvergnugen ! Artvergnugen is what makes your journal a piece of art.

Join Nathalie for a half day workshop and play with different art media and supplies. Learn techniques, tips and tricks to take your art journaling further and turn it into Artvergnugen. 




30.05.2015 – 16,00 hs. – 20,00 hs.

¿Ves esos carteles de madera con frases creativas y te preguntas cómo hacerlos? ¿Piensas que tu escritura “no tiene gracia” y te gustaría que fuera espectacular?

No tienes excusa. En nuestro taller “words on wood”, con M. Carmen Sánchez (Cuchy), pintaremos un panel de madera, envejeciéndolo y haremos que nuestra cita favorita destaque con una tipografía elegante, divertida y escrita por tí.

Además, las técnicas aprendidas podrás utilizarlas en tu art journal o en trabajos de scrapbooking.

Acompáñanos y deja que hablen las palabras.

Do you see those wooden panels with witty quotes and do you ask yourself how to do them? Do you think your handlettering is “dull” and you would like to make it stunning?

You do not have any excuse. In our workshop “words on wood” with M. Carmen Sánchez (Cuchy), we will paint a wooden panel, distress it and we will make our favourite quote to pop up with an elegant and funny typo, handwritten by you.

Besides, you could use the learned techniques in your art journal or in scrapbooking works.

Join us and let the words speak


Besos and hope to see some of you there!


Comments (6)

  • Gabriela Seminario


    Hi Nat! I just emailed Cuchy to see if there are spots available. I completely forgot to sing up before. I hope I’m not too late.


    • nathalie-kalbach


      I think there should be still spots availiable- it would be awesome to see you again!!!


  • ceciscrap


    I´ll be there too!!!
    I have to think about “the Word” i show you this year.
    Besos guapa!!!


    • nathalie-kalbach


      Yeahhh so looking forward seeing you again Cecilia! And cannot wait to learn new spanish words :))))


  • tesa


    I´m very happy!!! Me and my sister will be there!.
    Será un verdadero “placer” volver a estar con vosotras.


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Art Mesa Mixed Media Event – Madrid 2013 – June 29



Wooohoooo!!! This is the 3rd Art Mesa that Cuchy and I have in Madrid on June 2013. You can find the Art Mesa Blog with all the Details here.

The last two years we had a wonderful time with our students- the hotel is beautiful and we had lot’s of privacy in hour huge workshop room with the private terrace, the weather was awesome, the workshops were fun – It was just the best!

Again we will teach each one workshop:


29.06.2012 –  10.00 hs. – 14.00 hs.

Season Canvas

En este taller con Nathalie Kalbach, crearás un increíble y único lienzo que será un maravilloso objeto de decoración.

Aprende cómo crear dimension y textura con papel tissue, objetos de uso diario, pintura acrílica, encaje, arpillera y gesso

Aprende como sacar una textura interesante y llamativa con pintura acrílica y tintas acrílicas. Añade algunas técnicas de estampación sobre todo ello.

Iremos añadiendo muchas capas y dimensión para hacer un lienzo de primavera, verano, otoño o invierno… como quieras. Todas las técnicas pueden aplicarse fácilmente en futuros proyectos.

In this Workshop with Nathalie Kalbach, you will create a stunning and unique canvas that will be a wonderful home décor item.

Learn how to create dimension and texture with tissue paper, items of daily life, acrylic paint, lace, burlap, and gesso.

Learn how to reveal the interesting and eye catching texture with acrylic paints and acrylic inks and add some fun stamping techniques on top.

We will be adding lots of layers and dimension to make this a spring, summer, fall or winter canvas… just as you like. All the techniques can easily be applied to future projects.




29.06.2012 – 16,00 hs. – 20,00 hs.


En este taller con Cuchy, crearemos un diario desde cero, con una base de encuadernación japonesa.

Un proyecto delicado al que “contar” nuestros pensamientos más secretos.

Personalizaremos nuestro diario creando distintas texturas con gesso, pasta y sellos. Añadiremos color con barras de tinta y profundidad con grafito, para acabar decorándolo con papel, foil y utee.

Una mezcla de técnicas y elementos que estimularán nuestra creatividad.

¡Te esperamos!

In this workshop with Cuchy, you will create a personal diary from scratch, using a japanese bookbinding technique.

A delicate project to which “tell” your secret thoughts

You will customize your diary creating textures with gesso, paste and stamps, adding colours with ink blocks and depth with graphite, and embellishing with paper, foil and utee.

A mixture of techniques and elements which will encourage your creativity.


We hope to see you at Art Mesa :)



Have a gorgeous day


Comments (5)

  • Eeva Hall


    Any plans to come here this year?? Waiting for one secret teacher to be revealed in october and something else in august…please let it be you :-)


  • Cecilia


    I’ll be there again, I can not miss it!!!!


  • Sue Clarke


    I really need to win the lottery so that I can spend my time flying from country to country attending your workshops Nat.


  • mjmarmo


    THese look like wonderful workshops!


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Art Mesa 2011 – Workshops in Madrid, Spain

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Ahhhhh – finally I can reveal another of many secrets :) My wonderful and super talented friend Cuchy and I are offering a Mixed Media Workshop Weekend on June 4th:)

Ahhh- endlich kann ich noch ein weiteres von vielen Geheimnissen aufdecken :) Meine wunderbare und super talentierte Freundin Cuchy  und ich bieten ein Mixed Media Workshop Wochenende am 4. Juni an :)

I know Cuchy from my workshops in Barcelona and we have been ever since in contact- I love her work and her amazing techniques and furthermore- she is just an amazing uplifting and fun person! So from there our idea to do a workshop weekend together started – and so here we go – Art Mesa 2011 – an art table – is born.

Ich kenne Cuchy von meinen Workshops in Barcelona und wir sind seitdem immer in Kontak geblieben. Ich liebe ihre Arbeiten und grandiosen Techniken und darüberhinaus ist sie einfach eine wunderbare, positive und fröhliche Person! Und so kam die Idee ein Workshop Wochenende zu organisieren – und da sind wir also – Art Mesa 2011 – Ein Kunst Tisch – sozusagen.

Check it out on the Art Mesa 2011 Blog.
Mehr Details auf dem Art Mesa 2011 Blog.

  • Gabriela Seminario


    Happy that I already saved my seat for the two workshops!!!! yeeiii!!!


  • Vicki Chrisman


    What fun! One day.. we WILL teach together!


  • Martha Richardson


    You know that I’m drooling…I am going to get a passport and one of these days show up at the awesome workshops that you are involved with…REALLY!!!!


  • Kerstin


    Boah! Das machst Du genau richtig. Und ich erhöhe die Neujahrswünsche dann mal um superlativen geschäftlichen Erfolg! ;)


  • Michelle LaPoint Rydell


    Your life is so inspiring Nat! Congratulations on your new workshop – it sounds awesome!


  • Sue Clarke


    My schedule does not allow for me to attend (ha ha), but it looks like a fun time!


  • sasha farina


    i wanna fly there and attend your workshop!


  • cuchy


    I’m counting the days!!!


  • erin yamabe


    woo hoo congratulations, that sounds amazing! if i had the money and time i would be there!


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