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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer in the City and a Summer Hop with Nathalie and Friends

Welcome to a summer session of messy mixed media fun with Nathalie Kalbach and her fabulous Foam, Cling Rubber Stamp and Stencil Sets. You can see them all on the Stampendous website!

It's a hop so you'll want to jump to the rest of the blogs today, but remember Stampendous hops mean prizes! Take note of the details when you visit the Stampendous blog post today.

1. Stampendous Blog 4. Janelle Stollfus
2. Gwen Lafleur 5. Nathalie Kalbach Blog
3. Louise Healy

I gravitated to the Urban Scribble set for my project today after being inspired by Nathalie's Creative Squad's "My City Speaks To Me" pieces – Michelle Rydell, Cheiron Brandon and Marsha Valk.

Acrylic Paint and Marker Journal Page

This journal page is yet to be written in as I struggled to come up with words to write that explained what I was thinking about, so I asked my team what they would suggest and here are some great quotes–
Nature will always find a way.
Art is the tree of life. – William Blake
I will use a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots. 

Here are some fantastic sentiments that would work well.

This is how I created my page.

I started with a single sheet of 11 x 17 inch quality paper that I purchased in a ream from a local paper store. I know it's a journal page, but the crease really restricts me, I'll later gather up all the journal pages and staple into a book with a long-reach stapler.

I made a monoprint with the Creative Palette for the sky and a wash where the buildings were planned to be stamped first adding gel medium to get a cushion to use the grid stencil from Urban Scribbles. Afterwards, spots of stenciling were added with templates from the retired Wired Stamp set.

The building stamp was layered using paper cut masks and paint was rolled onto the solid side of foam stamp with a brayer. The Cling Rubber stamp was inked up with Versafine Onyx Black ink and applied with the same mask routine as with the paint.

Street and sidewalks were hand painted and marked then the tree was painted freestyle with a round brush and outlined with paint markers.

The finishing touches were paint marker lines to make the building angles pop against the organic shape of the tree. That's it!

Now here's what I ended up thinking my quote would be for this page, ready? "It's time to uncover the shape of your soul." – Emily P. Freeman (back cover of "A Million Little Things")

What would your quote be?

Stamps: NKCFS03 Urban Scribbles, Kaffee Klatsch, Wired (Stampendous)
Paper: White book paper
Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko) 
Accessories: Creative Palette (Stampendous), Acrylic paint in Ultramarine, Light Blue, Brilliant Yellow Green, Light Green, Burnt Sienna, Warm Grey, Burnt Umber, Gold Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue (Liquitex, Amsterdam and Master's Touch), acrylic paint marker set (Liquitex), open stock markers (Elmers), Gel Medium (Chromacryl)


  1. Love your page...I think I would frame it and hang it on the wall. It's just so amazing

  2. Beautiful! If a bigger space is needed then a bigger space it must be! I have certain things that I just can't use the "traditional" size for and believe that if my soul needs a bigger space then it must have it! Must be because I live in a tiny town in a small state (Vermont).
    My quote would be: “It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
    ― AndrĂ© Gide, Autumn Leaves

  3. Love all the texture that you have used

  4. I love this mixed media city scene! The little tree, so bright and green is the perfect touch!

  5. Hhehehehe - love your tree in the center Janelle. What a fun creation. I adore Nat's urban scribble stamp and you did a FABULOUS job of showing it off. Smiling - really enjoyed seeing your project. Great inspiration. j.

  6. I love the different textures!

  7. Your journal page is just stunning. Thank you for the inspiration to start mine ...

  8. Very pretty! Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. I love the little details you added. The tree makes a great focal point! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. I love how the green tree draws your eye into
    the project.
    finding the proper labeling is probably the
    hardest part.
    Great "city"
    thanks for sharing.
    I'm in southern Illinois

  11. That tree in the
    middle of the city
    is fabulous!
    Carla from Utah

  12. What a fun page! I love the scene. Such wonderful inspiration!

  13. This is so vibrant! I love the tree of life in the middle. The yellows and the greens are so pretty!
    Myriam from Quebec, Canada

  14. Love your journal page! Looks like Chicago or NYC!! I like your quote as well as "nature will always find a way! Reminds me of the one tree outside my daughters condo in Brooklyn, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn." Thx for sharing!

  15. Great journal page, I love the Urban Scribbles stamp and I also love your little patch of green amongst the city buildings.

  16. What a great journal page! Hugs, Robin

  17. This looks like a pop-up page. It just jumps right off the background. Grow where you are planted.

  18. WOW - WONDERFUL journal page, LOVE IT!!!
    The colours, textures and dimension look ALIVE!!!
    Great quote that you're going to use ... I can't think of a quote at the moment, will pop back if something comes to me after I've had some time to ponder :)
    Tracy from Australia

  19. Great page! Love the background and the
    tree really 'pops'. The building stamp
    is also great and so useful.
    Jackie from Israel.

  20. I love this card it is so artistic and fun love all the highlights they really make the piece pop tfs.

  21. Really like your layout. Nice work.

  22. This is gorgeous! What a fun creation!

  23. The dimensions bring it to life. Great!

  24. Very cool card. Love this stamp.

  25. Great card , I love your colors. Thank you for your inspiration. C21claudia@aol.com

  26. great texture displayed here amongst the layers! love it

  27. Very cool. Love all of your details. TFS

  28. Could easily be a canvas!! ...as the twig is bent, the. tree is inclined

  29. What a stunner this is, Jenelle! Super duper inspiring! Thanks for sharing on today's hop! Love it so much!!! Hugs from Seattle!

  30. What was that old saying/movie/bit of culture from the 1900's? A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, although I am remembering that from the opposite coast, living in Hillsboro, Oregon.


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