Love…It’s in the little things

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in CHA 2014, Mixed Media, Stamping



Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!

How about a funky Love shadowbox today?



I whitewashed the wooden canvas with gesso – as I wanted to have the wood grain still peaking through and then stamped right onto it and used the template in my stamp set with different acrylic colors. I also included some of my old beloved Hambly Rubons and some Prima Washi Tape. I cut out some of of my stamped images for the stems and stamped also on cork again – I just love the look of acrylic paint on cork. I put a supply list for you below.


Lot’s of Love to you!





Elephant Collages or…how to play and transform

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Mixed Media, Stamping, Stencils and Masks


Last week I was playing with some collages for the upcoming workshop where I will co-teach with my sweet friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer at The InkPad. The class is sold out – sorry – there is a waiting list.



As you might know I love elephants- hence the Elephant stencil I created for Stencil Girl Products.



I played with lot’s of paint and also the What’s The Point Stencil here as well as with some of my new Stampendous  stamps.



And with mostly the same materials I created this collage – which looks totally different



I used also Jamie Dougherty’s beautiful Bloom Girl Stamp in the collage- can you see where? :)



That was fun – I am going to do more of those. I mounted both on a wooden canvas – which was a tip by Julie.

Which one of the two do you like better?

Here is a list of some of the things I used

huge hugs



Whatevers Round 2 #7…or Weird But Happy

Written by Nathalie Kalbach. Posted in Altered Art, Mixed Media, The Whatevers - Creative Storytelling


Are you ready for the 6th photo of the Second Round of Whatevers? If you missed what the Whatevers is all about or want to see all the past photos and takes…check it out here.

Click here to see what Cat, Vicki, Martha and Cuchy made out of the photo and which story they tell. (I will add the missing links later- since I am at CHA we couldn’t get all links together ahead of time )

Here is my take:


Journaling: Some People thought they were a weird couple, but they just had a fun and wonderful time and he carried her on his hands.


The tutorial on how I made this and what I used is part of Creative JumpStart today :) So if you signed up- check it out at noon EST :)



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



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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