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Workshop with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer in the UK! November 2018

The Mixed Media Circus is coming to town in Coventry, UK! Come one, come all! Join Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and myself for 3 days of mixed media madness in our newest workshop: Whimsical Collage. Take an art making vacation with us November 2nd-4th, 2018 with the amazing folks at Art Workshops in Coventry.

Mixed Media Circus: Whimsical Collage – A thrilling three-day art adventure awaits you! Join Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Nathalie Kalbach for an intensive art-making weekend packed with tips, techniques, ideas, laughter, and excellent instruction. Over the three days we will create our own unique papers, build complex backgrounds, layer collage and paint and collage again, use stamps, use stencils, draw, splatter, scrape, and learn varied art concepts from color mixing to design principles. You will leave the workshop with TWELVE completed mixed media collages and an arsenal of art techniques and ideas that can be used in your art journal, on canvas, and while papercrafting. You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to expand your repertoire of techniques! Please join us for Mixed Media Circus: Whimsical Collage.

To sign up and claim your spot, contact:

Sue Tucker, Art Workshops

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NorthEastArtWorkshops/

Email – info@artisttradingpost.com

Phone 07769 342 995

See YOU in Coventry!

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2018 Workshop Schedule

I hope to see you at one of my In Person Workshops happening all over the world! Whether you are looking for classes on art journaling, gelli printing, mixed media techniques, inspiration for your artwork, or you are just looking for an awesome and fun creative day, there is something for everyone. Be sure to check out my classes and sign up early – It will be a busy year for me and in fact I have already organized all of the workshops that I will be teaching in 2018. Here is the big list:


April in Oklahoma – Details Coming Soon!

April 7th and 8th at My Heart’s Fancy – I’m returning to teach more workshops and will have more details very soon :)


 

May in Kentucky – Mono Print Painting and Artful Adventures in Art Journaling

May 18th – Mono Print Painting at Ephemera Paducah – Let’s take our gelli plate printing to a whole new level and discover the mono printing technique of H.N.Werkman. We’ll create complex, layered mono prints as elements of our mixed media work and as stand alone artwork. Sign up here!

May 19th – 20th – Artful Adventures in Art Journaling 20th at Ephemera Paducah – This 2 day workshop will take you on a journey built to inspire your art journaling. We’ll learn some fundamentals about color, composition, and the principles of art, we’ll explore the work of famous artists, and then we’ll see how to apply that knowledge and inspiration through the use of transfer techniques, layering, and collage. Sign up here!


June in the UK – Stroll Around the Block with Nathalie Kalbach and Birgit Koopsen

June 22nd – 24th in Coventry – We’re returning to Coventry to teach a brand new workshop! We’ll take you on a creative scavenger hunt, make inspiration maps, play with Birgit and Nat’s favorite tools, and we’ll translate everything into unique, personal art journal pages. Learn to see your environment in a new way and to use it to inspire awesome artwork!

Sign up details coming soon!

 


July in San Jose – Uber Gelli Plate Printing and Art Rules

July 29th and 30th at A Work of Heart.

Uber Gelli Plate Printing – Join me for a day long class, diving into the basics and beyond of gelli plate printing. We’ll play with pattern making and we’ll discuss color theory and design. I will introduce you to the Mono Print Painting technique inspired by H.N. Werkman and we’ll learn different ways to create elaborate and layered mono printed paintings. Using self made tools, stamps and stencils, we’ll take your gelli plate printing to a whole new level. This is the ultimate in uber fun and easy printing techniques.

Art Rules – Art in Translation Art Journaling – We’ll look to the style and technique of master artists for inspiration for our own art journaling. We’ll learn about opacity and layering, colors, troubleshooting, mixing materials, making your own tools, creating backgrounds and patterns. We will work with acrylic paints, inks, markers, wax bars and other paint media to create dimension and texture.

More information coming soon!


September in Germany – OstseeScrap 2018

September 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at Tolles Ding – 8 Kurse + 4 Workshopleiter + leckeres Essen + 50 Meter zum Strand = OstseeScrap 2018!


October in Oregon – Details Coming Soon!

October 13th and 14th at Runaway Art & Craft in Salem, Oregon – so excited to come back – detail son the workshops coming soon!


 

November in the UK – Mixed Media Circus: Whimsical Collage with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Nathalie Kalbach

November 2nd – 4th in Coventry – A thrilling three-day art adventure awaits you! Join Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and Nathalie Kalbach for an intensive art-making weekend packed with tips, techniques, ideas, laughter, and excellent instruction. Over the three days we will create our own unique papers, build complex backgrounds, layer collage and paint and collage again, use stamps, use stencils, draw, splatter, scrape, and learn varied art concepts from color mixing to design principles. You will leave the workshop with TWELVE completed mixed media collages and an arsenal of art techniques and ideas that can be used in your art journal, on canvas, and while papercrafting. You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to expand your repertoire of techniques! Please join us for Mixed Media Circus: Whimsical Collage.

Details coming in Mid January!!!

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Workshops at Runaway Art & Craft in Oregon

Last weekend I made my way to Oregon to teach at Runaway Art & Craft – look at this cool view I had from the plane of Mount Hood!

It was so lovely to meet Christy the owner- she has an amazing store – you have to check it out when you are in the area. Can you tell I loved her:

And such a cool classroom as well – spacious and well organized and hey…a brick wall …you gotta love a brick wall as well!

Saturday I taught my Stroll Through the Hood Workshop and a Master Art Express Art Journaling Workshop

Loved all the cool color combinations people started out with on their Ampersand boards in the Stroll Through the Hood Class.

 

Love this gorgeous swirly sky and the patterns on here

 

So much fun to see the different interpretations .

Loved how this was stamped with the back of my ArtFoamies Midtown Stamps and then using the door stamp from My Home is My Castle stamp set as a window- as well as my new art deco house.

It was so cool to see all the new stamps in store as well – it was the first time I was using them in a workshop – woot woot.  A lot of them sold out but she might still have a couple!

 

 

We even did a group photo- yeahhh!

Loved the art journal classes as well- loads of pattern play and color exploration.

Look at all the stencils and stamps- It is still a weird thing to see- seriously!

Here is my wonderful sunday crowd – they were so much fun too!!!

This weekend made me super happy- I just love hanging out with people that love to create and smile a lot :)

Art Journal Spread before some color hit it

 

Thank you so much to all the students for coming to the classes and spending such a fun and wonderful time with me and thank you Christy for having me! I hope I will be back some time :)

If you want to take a workshop with me in-person – some of my 2018 workshops are posted here – some i still need to add – I would love to see you ! I am super excited that I will actually be also teaching in Europe 4 times next year, I will be teaching in The Netherlands in April,  in the U.K in June together with my sweet friend Birgit Koopsen, in Germany in September, and in the U.K again in November with my wonderful friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. More infos soon :)

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    Nat,
    Such awesome photos you shared here! Obviously you taught well and these ladies were so inspired- the artworks they made are beautiful!
    My favorite photo is the one that shows all of your stamps and stencils!! What a feeling that must be to see that and to know you have realized a dream! Congratulations to you on all of your endeavors!
    Off to Rubbermoon to see your new stamps- I am so syked! (sic)
    hugs & love,Jackie

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you Jackie- it is indeed always a weird feeling to see the stuff in a store- kind of a like a pinch me now moment :)
      hugs and love right back :)

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  • Clavell

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    You set the tone for FUN, Nathalie! I loved your exercises in color theory and your encouragement to find our own style by exploring the work of our favorite Masters! You are a wonderful and gifted teacher! ♥

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so wonderful to have you Clavell! Loved what you did with the boards and your flower -exercise was so beautiful. Have a wonderful holiday season and hopefully next year again :)

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  • Pam Hansen

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    The weekend was so awesome. It was so much fun, definetly lots of smiling and learning going on in my corner! Thank you for sharing your artsy goodness, smiles, talent and time with us.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Pam – it was so wonderful to meet you- I loved having you in class and going full in with all the creative inspiration. Have a wonderful holiday season and lots of time for artsy goodness :)

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Workshops in San Jose – January 17th & 18th!

I’m coming back to A Work of Heart in San Jose in the New Year! I had an absolute blast the last time I was out there, so I’m really looking forward to returning. Hopefully I will see some familiar faces and meet some new ones too :) Here is what I have planned:

Mono Print Painting

Wednesday, January 17th, 10am – 5pm

Join me for a day long class in Mono Print Painting. We will dive into the basics of mixed media mono printing first and I will introduce you to the Mono Print Painting technique inspired by H.N. Werkman. I 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. I will share with you my thinking process on developing the technique and how we you can put your own personal spin on it, so that you can take your art to a whole different level.

Art Rules: Art in Translation – Art Journaling

Thursday, January 18th, 10am – 5pm

In this day long class, we’ll explore several master artists and get inspired by their artwork and techniques to create wonderful and unique art journal pages. Whether it be the Impressionist’s amazing color combinations or some of the Surrealist’s fun collage techniques, there are many different Master Artists whose skills can serve as a starting point for your own artwork. Find out what you like and what works for you. Learn about opacity and layering, colors, troubleshooting, mixing materials, making your own tools, creating backgrounds and patterns. We will work with acrylic paints, inks, markers, wax bars and other paint media to create dimension and texture. We will make the most of stencils, stamps, mono printing plates and generic tools to make our own mark.

Get ready to Rule Your Art Journal!

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  • Mari Zeleznik

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    I wish you would come to Honolulu… I know a space.. Deb Zeleznik’s (no relation) Stamp Plantation. She does workshops and has playdates there.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Oh I would love to come to Honolulu some time Mari! Do they have classes there?

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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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New Downloadable PDF Art Lesson: Texture Adventures #10

My latest Texture Adventures Art Lesson is now available in the NorthLightShop! This one is called Tactile Art Inspired By Street Art and for $3.99 it’s a great value – you get a full step out and a 10min video.

In this lesson I show how to create texture with spray paint for backgrounds and layered work. Inspiration is everywhere – I’m inspired by the spray paint street art that I see in my neighborhood, and I want to share with you how you can use spray paint in your art journals and mixed media projects. It’s a fun and versatile medium that isn’t just for graffiti artists :)

You can purchase the lesson here.


If you are in my area on Sunday, November 19th, I invite you to stop by the Art Mart at 313 Gallery in Downtown, Jersey City.

I will be participating in this pop-up event along with 8 other really awesome local artists. We’ll be selling unique artist-made goods, priced under $100, so it will be a nice opportunity to begin your holiday shopping. I’ll have cards, prints, mugs, and wine charms with my artwork on them :)

I hope you’ll drop by and say Hello!

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Photos of the Workshop at Nathalie’s Studio

Last Saturday I taught my Stroll Through the Hood workshop here at home in an intimate setting and it was so fun to have 7 wonderful ladies join me. I used to teach a lot of home-workshops in Germany and I would like to do some small ones once in a while here too- this was the first time I did it:)

Here is the morning view before they all came- I had set up everything in our dining room/kitchen area

 

and lot’s of supplies were waiting to be used :)

for some fun urban sceneries.

And then there we are already in full force creating. It was so wonderful to have lovely people from Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey and New York!

Katie creating some wonderful sceneries –

Jill, Theresa and Linda fully immersed :)

And then there were Donuts …of course with a Halloween theme :)

Look at the gorgeous smile Linda gave me after I tortured here to look at me ;)

And here are her gorgeous pieces- look at all those patterns and colors- yummie!

Lea’s beautiful work in progress – i love the colors!

And Maria listening to Anne and creating magic!

And Anne’s beautiful work- I love her Flat Iron building so much!

It was a great day and so I will do a workshop again at my n*Studio :) Probably in February 2018.

If you want to join any of my In-Person Workshops a list of them is posted here. I will be this coming weekend at The Queen’s Ink in Maryland (Saturday is sold out but there are still a couple seats in my Mono Print Painting class open!)

I am also teaching my last workshop for this year in Salem, Oregon at Runaway Art and Craft Studio – December 2 -3 – which includes also the Stroll Through the Hood workshop I taught here at home :) I hope you can join me for any of those -I would love to see you!

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  • Linda Wyatt

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    It was a wonderful and creative workshop, and great to try out new techniques and materials. Also an easy trip across the Hudson so I would love to do it again 🎨🙏🤗❤️

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so good to have you Linda- and oh yea- you are soooo close :) I will keep you posted :)

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  • Jill

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    It was such a fun workshop, Nathalie! I had such a great time learning some new techniques and getting to know everyone. Such a great experience working in such a small group!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much for coming all the way! It was so much fun to have you! Hope to see you soon again!

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  • Jean Goza

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    The artwork that was produced in the class is stunning. Looks like everyone had a great time.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so much! Cannot wait to hopefully see you January when I am back in San Jose Jean! :)

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Color Crush Workshop in Coventry, UK for Art Workshops

Last weekend my friend Birgit Koopsen and I taught our 3Day Color Crush Retreat for Art Workshops in Coventry in the U.K.

We had a wonderful group of 34 super talented and sweet ladies creating an art journal from scratch.

Birgit and I both love color but we both have a different style and we set the mood by putting a lot of colorful stuff out.

we started with some color theory and color exercises and some ink drawings and stamping.

so many happy faces – it was such a great group.

Look at all those colors!

Aren’t those gorgeous? The second day we did a lot of gelli printing techniques

Now if you do not call this a yummie color crush!

And we even had a short session for making your own foam stamps outside- the weather was great…who says it is always raining in the U.K?

And a lot of the new Art Foamies were used as well

And of course there was a ton of opportunity to buy some stuff …always love seeing the ArtFoamies, most were gone after 3 days.

It was wonderful to see Tali, Tsila, Iris and Hedi from Israel again -it is so many years ago that I met them when teaching in Tel Aviv. Thanks for coming all the way to the UK to join us.

The third day we started the day off binding the book and adding the covers. I don’t think Hazel and Shirley were really as scared as they look like in the photo when Birgit explained how to add the covers- LOL

After having the book all together we got a treat.

The food for the event was plenty some and so good and on top of that Sue, B, Leroy, Debbie and Pam made all of us feel really pampered during the whole retreat.

And then it was all about finishing up some pages and showing how we layer on top of our backgrounds

 

And…seeing a lot of the ladies with my book “Artful Adventures in Mixed Media”  made me super duper extra happy. I know I am a dork but it really does!

Since I came home this week I feel so energized and inspired- it was such a wonderful retreat. Thank you so much to all of the wonderful students who joined us, for Sue for inviting us and to her and her staff for taking great care of us and to my wonderful friend, partner in crime and very tall co-teacher Birgit! It was amazing.


If you weren’t able to join but would like to take a workshop with me check out my In-Person Classes. I will be teaching at the Queens Ink in Maryland  and at Runaway Art and Craft Studio on November 4-5 and December 2 -3 in Oregon. And if you are interested in taking a workshop with me and Birgit – we are coming back to Syracuse July 20-22, 2018 for a three day fun retreat – so safe the date.

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  • karen bearse

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    Looks like it was a lot of fun with tons of ink flying!

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  • Tania

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    I had such an amazing time, and learnt so much from you two,hope to attend another one of your workshops in the future 😙😙

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was so good to see you again Tania- hope to see you soon again <3

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Looks like y’all had a blast with foamies, food and fun!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was really fun …the food of course helped- LOL- gotta have food !

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  • Ally

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    It was such an awesome weekend- wish I could do it every weekend!!! X

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      It was wonderful to have you!!! Hopefully soon again!

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  • Natalie Jane

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    What an amazing weekend :)
    I cannot wait to finish my book with all the techniques I’ve learned and of course to use YOUR FOAMIES!!!

    Until next time – you and Brigit are a great teaching team xxx

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Natalie it was so wonderful to finally meet you – and you are so talented -rock on with it!!! See you hopefully next year again :) <3

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Workshops in the Netherlands in April 2018

I’m happy to announce that I will be coming to the Netherlands in the spring to teach 2 workshops at De Scrapheap. Come join me on April 21 and 22, 2018 with some workshops to help you take your Art Journal to new places :) I am so excited to see both old friends and new faces at these workshops!

April 21, 2018

My Master Art Express workshop is a journey through art history that will help you find new inspiration for your art journaling. We’ll look to the work of master artists from all over Europe and then we’ll play with new techniques to help you push your own personal art journaling style.

April 22, 2018

Artvergnugen is all about taking your art journal to the next level! We’ll play with different media and techniques, we’ll use stamps, stencils, and acrylic paints to create rich layers, and we’ll discuss composition and making tough choices. Artvergnugen is what makes your art journal a work of art, and this workshop will get you there!

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