Powerhouse Canvas

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Acrylicpaints, Altered Art

The last weekend I buried myself into the studio to work on this canvas – and it made me pretty happy – I think you might see I was inspired by all the wonderful colors I had seen during my travels.

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The building is an old powerhouse here in Jersey City, which is boarded up and there is work going on there- so we will see . I do love this building – I find it fascinating and since I am a big fan of the Tate Modern in London, which is housed in an old power station – I can see an art gallery in here, art studios and some open public space…but probably it will be shops and lofts or a mall – who knows.

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I played with all kinds of acrylic media and techniques-I was in my happy happy place :)

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Here are some photos I took during the process

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Here are the supplies I used:

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Have a powerful day :)
hugs
nat

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Everything is Gentrified Canvas

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Altered Art, Mixed Media

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I was working on this canvas for quite a while- I had a love-hate relation ship with it while I was working on it- it was a very demanding project.

The street is partly what you see when you go out on my street, a neighborhood in Jersey City which years ago was a totally different neighborhood. Jersey City has not the best reputation …which reminds me on my old hood in Hamburg, Germany. When I  moved there my family would call me every time something bad was shown about it on the news (about every other day) worried if I was ok. Today it is a thriving and gentrified area, unfortunately driving the “old” people out of the neighborhood as they cannot afford it anymore. People like me are part of the problem. Jersey City reminds me a lot of my old hood how it was 15-20 years ago.

I think about these things a lot when I do my art – I love to create projects showing houses or neighborhoods. Things change…for the better and for the worse- there is no black and white.

Deep eh? Oh well…LOL – take a closer look then at the canvas ;)

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I want to create a couple more of those canvases in a series.

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I mostly worked with Liquitex Acrylic Media and touched it up here and there with Derwent Artbars. Here is a small list of come of the supplies I used for this Mixed Media Canvas.

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Wishing you a wonderful day :)

Nat

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CREATE Mixed Media Retreats in New Jersey

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Altered Art, Art Journal, Mixed Media Workshop, Workshops

I am very excited about teaching at Create Mixed Media Retreat in Somerset, NJ. In 2012 I visited the U.S. and took some classes at CREATE and ever since I was dreaming of teaching at that event…so much to my delight…here we go :) (Yes…I am still excited about teaching…YEAH :) )

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ENCRUSTED SHRUBBERY CANVAS (6 HOURS) • NATHALIE KALBACH

Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Wednesday, July 9 • 9am-4pm $152 $15
Skill Level: Intermediate Technique: Collage & Assemblage
You will leave with… a beautiful finished home decor item and lots of knowledge of techniques that you can apply in future projects.
Description: We will create a wonderful home decor canvas using Acrylic Paints, Stamps and Templates as well as Embossing Media and create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Students Should Bring: Please bring 12×12 inch big stretched and pre-gessoed Canvas, 5-8 different colors of Acrylic Paints as well as Black and White Acrylic Paint, (Liquitex) Matte Gel Medium, (Liquitex) Gesso, a water jar, brushes in different sizes and formats, 6-7 cosmetic sponges, a water mister, baby wipes, a paper roll, a craft mat, a heating gun, an apron, scissors, palette paper, black permanent inkpad, versamark embossing pad

 

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TEXTURE HEAVEN ART JOURNAL (3 HOURS) • NATHALIE KALBACH

Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Thursday, July 10• 6-9pm $89 $25
Skill Level: Intermediate Technique: Printmaking & Surface Design
You will leave with… a finished texture art journal and lots of technique ideas for future projects.
Description: Create wonderful texture pages with monoprinting, stenciling and stamping techniques, encrust them with different Embossing Media and bind them together in a beautiful tactile art journal.
Students Should Bring: please bring 3-4 colors of not too thick Acrylic Paint- I prefer Liquitex Soft Body 4 pieces of lettersized sturdy white cardstock or sketch book paper, (Liquitex) White Gesso, Brayer, Rubber Brayer, Black Permanent Ink Pad , Versamark, Heating Gun, 6-7 Cosmetic Sponges, Baby Wipes
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IT IS ALL ABOUT LAYERS: ARTJOURNAL CLASS (6 HOURS) • NATHALIE KALBACH

Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Friday- July 11• 9am-4pm $152 $15
Skill Level: All Levels Technique: Bookmaking & Art Journaling
You will leave with… a load of knowledge about paint media and techniques and various finished pages in your art journal.
Description: Create depth and dimension by adding several layers with different paint and other media to achieve intriguing art journal pages. Learn about different media and playfully explore how to express yourself in your art journal. It’s all about the layers—so come and join us!
Students Should Bring: Please bring 5-8 different colors of Acrylic Paints as well as Black and White Acrylic Paint, (Liquitex) Matte Gel Medium, (Liquitex) Gesso, a white and a black journaling pen, a water jar, brushes in different sizes and formats, a fashion magazine, 2-3 cosmetic sponges, an old credit card, a water mister, baby wipes, a paper roll, a craft mat, optional deli paper, a brayer, an apron, scissors, palette paper, a heat gun, and an/your Art Journal. I use a Ranger Dylusions Journal but you can also use a Strathmore Mixed Media Sketchbook – whatever you prefer to work in.
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TEXTURE GALORE CANVAS (3 HOURS) • NATHALIE KALBACH

Date & Time Price Materials Fee
Saturday, July 12• 6-9pm $89 $20
Skill Level: All Levels Technique: Collage & Assemblage
You will leave with… a wonderful tactile canvas that serves as a home decor item.
Description: In this workshop you will create a stunning and unique canvas that will be a wonderful home decor 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, art bars and acrylic inks and add some fun stamping techniques on top.
Students Should Bring: Please bring 12 x 12 stretched primed canvas, 5-6 different acrylic paints – colors you like, black acrylic paint, pencil, 2-3 sheets of plain white 12 x 12 cardstock, water jar, brushes in all sizes bristle and round, apron, cosmetic sponges, baby wipes, scissors, black journaling pen, White Gesso (Liquitex) , Matte Gel Medium (Liquitex)

Registration is now open and you can Register here Create Mixed Media Retreat in Somerset, NJ.

Hope I will see some of you there :)

huge hugs

Nat

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