Monday, January 14, 2013

Fall Fearless and Fly with Nathalie Kalbach

Fall Fearless and Fly with Nathalie Kalbach!
Headline prompt:  Radical to Mundane and to Radical Again:  What once seemed new that now feels old and boring?  How can you see it as new again?  How do you "jump charge" creativity when you're feeling stuck?
Color:  black & neons - bold contrasts
Quote:  Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.  Bill Moyers

Welcome Nathalie Kalbach!   Thank you for sharing  your journal page with us!

Nathalie: I loved this prompt. I was inspired to think about the quote and also about how things that were once old and boring can feel new and different again. I strive to find new or different lives for my supplies and tools. I tend to try to use whatever I have around in my studio, and combine it with something unexpected. Whenever I feel a product or a tool is not really doing it for me anymore, I try to use it in a different way. Just that playing also jump-starts me in my creativityI either find a new way to play with the supplies I have at hand, or at least I invite my muse mojo to start playing, and that sometimes leads to the right mood to create something new.

In this art journal page I played with an old paper overlay.  I had several similar ones, and they have been used in so many projects years ago that I felt them to be overused by me.  Now they come in handy as stencils and masks, and I already see myself using the sprayed, now textured pieces after a while being torn up and used as additions to canvases.

It is the striving to use the things already in hand in different ways that make you find the unexpected and breathtaking new things ... just do ... you will be amazed!

Nathalie Kalbach is a European Mixed Media Scrapbooker. Her layered work is an explosion of texture, dimension and jewel tone colors.
In her many online workshops, called "Uber*Media," Nathalie generously shares her secrets for using paint and ink products to reveal texture, tips and tricks for embedding found objects and embellishments and how to unlock your personal creativity.  Many of her workshops are open right now, including Über*Media -PanPastel, -Acrylic Paint, -Gesso, -Acrylic Ink and -FoamStamplifier.  (I, Carolyn, have taken her PanPastel class and loved it! She is inspiring and a natural teacher!)  Nathalie loves to design, teach and write — doing all of it wholeheartedly. She also loves to read and travel.

Prizes! Everyone who links up their take on challenge 8 by Sunday, January 27th,  will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate for PanPastels!  The PanPastel website is full of videos, techniques and a gallery full of amazing art!  Check out all you can do with PanPastels!

What will you do in response to the eighth challenge?  Did you know it is our last Fall Fearless & Fly?  Here are the rules:
  • You may participate in one or all of the challenges.
  • Use one, two or all of the prompts.
  • Use any media -- art journal, scrapbook, canvas, watercolor, quilting, you name it!  This is "Anything Goes" as far as your creativity is concerned.
  • Link up by Sunday, January 27, to be eligible to win a $50 gift certificate for PanPastels   Go over to Jessica's blog to comment, and be eligible for a giveaway there too!
  • You may link up to 2 times, but please only link up to work prepared for this challenge.  If not, we will remove your link. Please post the url of your blog post or flickr page that's specific to this challenge, rather than a general blog address.  And please tell us how your work relates to the challenge!
  • Each time you participate, visit at least 3 other links and leave loving words!
  • All challenge participants are welcome to join our private Facebook group as a place to talk about your journey and whatever is coming up for you as you work on the challenges.   As it is private, just request to join and we'll give you access. 
To recap, here is the 8th challenge:

Headline prompt:  Radical to Mundane and to Radical Again:  What once seemed new that now feels old and boring?  How can you see it as new again?  How do you "jump charge" creativity when you're feeling stuck?
Color:  black & neons - bold contrasts
Quote:  Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.  Bill Moyers

Congratulations to Linda K., the lucky winner of our Fall Fearless & Fly challenge #7, chosen by the random generator at!   You have won a $35 gift certificate to LuminArte!  
Please email your address to acolorfuljourney (at) gmail (dot) com for your prize!

And on Monday, January 28, check in for the winner of this challenge!

Looking forward to seeing your wonderful work!

Carolyn Dube and Jessica Sporn

PS:  We just want to say that we've had a wonderful time hosting this challenge.  Thank you Marcia for giving us this opportunityWe've met so many wonderful artists and have grown a lot in our own art as well.  In the comments, please let us know if you'd like us to repeat Fall Fearless and Fly next fall, any suggestions you have for the next time, and generally anything else you'd like to share about the experience of participating in Fall Fearless & Fly!


  1. I'm disappointed that it's ending. I've participated more than you know, only because of two reasons. I wasn't confident enough to post my work, or because it got too personal for me to post. I know.. "fearless flying" was the idea, right? (0; Still I enjoyed coming here, and finding what the next FFAF challenge would be, and honestly I wish you'd host one EVERY season!.. Well, time flies when you're having fun, like they say; but while I was one of the quieter "passengers", so to speak, along the way, I just wanted to thank you, Jessica, Carolyn, and Marcia, for the journey! ~tina


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  3. Yippee I won the LuminArte prize!!!(I sent an email to Carolyn a few days ago).
    Nathalie's page is fantastic!! I love the whole grungy/graffiti feel of it!
    Many thanks to all the gift sponsors, guest artists along with Marcia, Carolyn and Jessica for hosting-it was a blast!!!

  4. Brilliant post! Love what you are doing here Carolyn :) xoxo!

  5. fabulous page nathalie and would love that prize. i have really enjoyed the challenges, thank you. x

  6. Brilliant prompt! I have never used neon as such as far as I remember and I had fun trying this out.
    Your page is wonderful!

    Thanks Jessica and Carolyn for holding this challenge....enjoyed every bit of the journey...tried so many new things which I had not done earlier...Loved to rediscover myself and finding new friends.

    Thanks a lot to everyone of you...Hope the journey continues... :)
    Thanks Marcia for this wonderful blog of collective and enormous talent!
    Great to be part of it :)

  7. Thank you all so much for such challenging challenges!!!

    Real thought provoking stuff!

    I loved doing every single one.

    Loved Nathalie's pages :)

    Karen x