Social Media … or Grumpledump Art Journal Page

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal



It’s the century of Social Media! We are all so freaking happy and authentic – oh yeah!



Don’t get me wrong- I love Social Media as you can tell- but sometimes…sigh .



I used some popping Liquitex Acrylic Paints on the Creative Palette and did some mono printing using the templated included in my Wired Stampset. This was a warm up page in my art journal which looked pretty much stupid weird unfinished- but when I sprayed the teal color over it – everything somehow looked fab and the colors popped even more.

That is why I love an art journal – it can be whatever you want it to be. It can be your art mournal, grumpledump book,  encouraging book, experimenting journal, journal journal…or all of it…which is pretty much what mine is  - this page is a grumpledump page ;)


have a wonderful non grumpledump day ;)



Artvergnugen at The Ink Pad in NYC – Dates & Themes for May and June are up!

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, Workshops


The new dates for Artvergnugen at The Ink Pad in New York City are up for May and June (April is already sold out- there is a waiting list) :

  • PanPastels! – May 9th
  • Wax & Oilbars! - June 27th

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 once a month and play each time with a different art medium or supply. Learn techniques, tips and tricks to take your art journaling further and turn it into Artvergnugen.

You will have to bring basic supplies – list on The Ink Pad Website – while Nathalie will bring the art medium/supply of the month for you to share. Sign up for as many of the sessions you want but be quick – space is limited.

Have an amazing day



The Evil Look or…The Whatevers

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Art Journal, The Whatevers - Creative Storytelling


Are you ready for the next photo of the Second Round of Whatevers? If you missed what the Whatevers is all about (basically they are photos that my friends and I found on flea markets etc. and that we give a new life and story) or want to see all the past photos and takes…check it out here.

Click here to see what CatVickiMartha and Cuchy made out of the photo and which story they tell.

Here is my take on this month’s photo:



Martha shot her new son in law another evil look just to ensure he understood her earlier whispered message during the rehearsal dinner: “If you ever make my little girl cry…I make you regret the day you were born!”

The little girl and her husband lived happily ever after!



When we saw this photo we all laughed hysterically- I think it is too funny and it reminded me that I actually do have a photo of my great-great grandmother with a similar evil look – she was known as someone who was absolutely humorless – LOL.



I love the little orange here and there peaking through the blue. Loads texture here.



And here is the photo of this month’s Whatever for you :



You can play along with us and share your story with the Whatevers- just link it up so we can see it :)

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Here is how it works

  • Vicki, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Martha and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blogposts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an artjournal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page


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Here is what I used for the art journal spread:

Have a gorgeous day- no evil looks though ;)







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