Never Stop Dreaming with Nathalie Kalbach

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Never Stop Dreaming ThemeFor me, creating is all about expressing myself and experiencing with new mediums, styles, etc. I love to sit down and come up with several ideas of how to use a specific stamp or stencil – sometimes I see a finished project, sometimes I just see the beginning – and then just start creating.

For this page, I decided to use Nathalie’s Hamburg and Lily Wallpaper stencil as well as the new Actually, I can stamp set. I knew that my image would end up being rather long, so I grabbed my large Dina Wakley journal and primed one of the craft card stock pages.
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

I didn’t want to cover the entire page in paint, so I applied a very thin layer of white gesso to create a fog like coverage. This allowed the blue tones that I added on top to shine nicely.
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

To keep the page light, I added a few accents. I made these by mono printing different green and blue shades through the Hamburg stencil using a round Gel Press.
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

To clean up my Gel Press, I applied the leftover paint to the page, creating round shapes with the impressions from the stencil in them. To add a little more interest to the circles, I stenciled one lily from the Lily Wallpaper stencil into one of the circles.
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

I stamped one of the girls from the “Actually, I can” stamps onto a piece of collage paper. This allowed me to adhere a crisp image of her to the page.
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

First, I adhered the hand with gel medium, then the girl. I overlapped them a little, so it looks like she’s standing on the hand.
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

Unfortunately, the collage paper didn’t merge with the background entirely, so I “fixed” it by applying a thin layer of gesso all around her.
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

This felt like an aura to me, so I decided to embrace that fact. I applied layers of yellow and orange all around her till it looked like she’s on fire. I also lightly colored her using Liquitex paint markers.
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

Now, she really felt magical to me. As a final touch, I added a few outlines around the hand and some finishing touches around her. She definitely can, no matter what anyone says 🙂
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

Everything came alive and played so well with each other – the elegant hand, the girl on fire – so it just needed a little sentiment, which btw, I interpret as something very positive.
Nathalie Kalbach Never Stop Dreaming

It’s exciting to see all these layers melt into each other and shine through.
Nathalie Kalbach N*Studio Never Stop Dreaming

I hope you enjoyed my magical page with the girl that could and feel encouraged to let your dreaming girl out.
Nathalie Kalbach N*Studio Never Stop Dreaming

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out Nathalie’s blog every Tuesday for more inspiration from the Creative Squad.

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2 Comments:

  1. Omg love it

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