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ESS Welcomes Back Nathalie Metivier!!!

Nathalie visited us last year and everyone just loved her classes, so we just had to have her back!  Nathalie has been wowing stampers for years with her innovative and fun techniques - in fact, she is the stamper that first inspired Michelle to learn to stamp!

Nathalie will be here Friday March 29th and Saturday March 30th, so make sure you reserve some time. Here are all the details:

March 29th 1pm-4pm 3 Techniques $35

March 29th 6pm-9pm Coloring $35

March 30th 10am-1pm Dream $35

March 30th 3pm-6pm Wings and Fur $35

Nathalie's classes were popular last time and we're expecting them to fill up quickly, so make sure you call to reserve your spot soon!!



We are excited to announce that Jen Starr will be teaching two fun classes in March!


Jen Starr is a Mixed Media Artist with a fine art background who has been in the Craft Industry as a Designer and Instructor for over 10 years. Jen has designed several signature product lines and her projects have been featured in many publications in the US and Europe including the “Ink Essentials” book. Jen works with many manufacturers including Ranger, Ten Seconds Studio, Faber Castell, Tattered Angels and Art Anthology.


Artful Anthology Flip Book

Wednesday March 13th at 2:00pm

This is a fun and creative mixed media 8x8 chipboard mini-book that is sure to get your mojo going! It has a unique trifold design with interactive flipping pages that give each section a gate book effect. You will be working with mists and sparkling paints plus my own line of Dimensional Crystals from Art Anthology to create gorgeous backgrounds and dimensional effects!

Wednesday March 13th at 6:00pm

Glazed Metal Effects

(for a non-scrappy version, just replace photos with vintage images, ephemera or stamped images)

You will create a unique and gorgeous 8x8 chunky canvas in this fast paced mixed media class...think gift ideas!! The photo samples above are just two possibilities…color choices will be completely up to you and your unique style!

During the artistic process you will learn to take metal art to the next level by adding layers of gorgeous color. You will explore a variety of painting techniques with Ranger's Studio line of Acrylic Paints and learn to use some other multi-surface products to create some extremely COOL effects! We will also focus on Ten Second Studios metal while you master the use of their molds and embossing tools effectively. We'll be embellishing with custom flowers made from Tim Holtz dies and use wire in a way that will truly have your creative juices flowing with all of the possibilities...You'll be amazed at how easy it can be to create stunning artistic effects!!!


ESS Welcomes Natalie Kalbach!!

Nathalie Kalbach is an European Mixed Media Artist. Her layered work is an explosion of texture, dimension and jewel tone colors. In her workshops she 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. Nathalie is teaching workshops all over the world as in Europe, Israel Australia, Canada and the United States and has been published in numerous idea books and magazines including for many years with her own column "Nathalie’s Studio" in Somerset Memories. Nathalie works with several manufacturers such as Prima Marketing, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Derwent. You can read more about Nathalie and find her work on the n*Studio blog:

We are so excited she will be teaching four amazing classes at ESS - read on below for details on each class!

YAWP Pan Pastel Art Journal with Nathalie Kalbach

Saturday December 1st 11:00-2:00pm

Are you ready to dive into art journaling? Let's sound a barbaric YAWP over the roof tops of the world and get ready for a lot of creative freedom. Nathalie Kalbach will teach you how to create your own easy to create art journal using wonderful PanPastels. Learn mixing, blending, painting and drawing with those soft pastels. Learn how to get stunning results with different resist techniques and fun stamping tricks using embossing powders and other paint media. You  can easily apply all of the learned techniques to later projects whether it be art journals, mixed media and even scrapbooking projects. Looking forward to yawp along with you in this 3 hour long class.

Supplies to bring to class:

• Bonefolder
• Foam Stamps if you have
• Background Stamps
or/and stamps with text if you have
• Craft Scraper
• Heating Tool
• Versamark
• Sewing needle -  bigger to poke holes
• Eraser -­‐ just simple one
•Water Mister
• Colored Markers

YAWP Pan Pastel Art Journal


Season Canvas - Nathalie Kalbach

Saturday December 1st

In this Workshop with Nathalie Kalbach, you will create a stunning unique canvas that will be a wonderful home décor item. Learn how to create dimension and texture with tissue paper, items of daily life, acrylic paint, lace, burlap and gesso. Learn how to reveal the interesting and eye catching texture with acrylic paints and acrylic inks and add some fun stamping techniques on top.  We will be adding lots of layers and dimension to make this a spring, summer, fall or winter canvas…just as you like. All the techniques can easily be applied to future projects.

Supplies to bring to class:

• 3--‐4  acrylic paints; colors that you like and that you think would
Fit the season you want to dedicate the canvas to
• black acrylic paint
• Brushes of all kinds; bristle and round
• water container
• water sprayer/mister
• Scissors; small ones that can cut detailed paper items and some
For rougher materials such as the Tim Holtz Scissors
• Craft Scraper and/or Palette Knife
• Heat tool
• Toilet Paper Roll or a Jar Lid
• cosmetic sponges – the super cheap ones (2 to 3)
• Pencil
• Apron/old t--‐shirt to protect your clothes

Season Canvas


Nathalie Kalbach - Portrait of a Lady

December 2nd, 2012 
11:00am to 2:00pm

Always wanted to learn how to draw a portrait? Join Nathalie Kalbach in this fun DIN A4/Lettersized Canvas Workshop and learn how to draw a portrait in a short period of time. You create a Portrait in your favorite colors and make it a one of a kind home decor item either for yourself or as a beautiful gift.  Furthermore you will learn heaps of Mixed Media techniques with gesso like: how to create a background, add texture, stamp, paint and use it for altering. Learn how to use fun fine art paint media like the Derwent Artbars, how to layer and tie elements together and explore how to change up embellishments and make them fit your unique piece of art. And the best? All the techniques can be used easily in future Mixed Media and in Scrapbooking Projects.  Come and join Nathalie in this 3 hour long workshop.

Supplies to bring to class:

Black & White  print out portrait style photo
–  it can be so big that it covers most of an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper. 
either Ink or Laser copy. (Laser is better) must be on Copy paper not photo paper
• Scissors
• Craft Scraper and/or Palette Knife
• Paper trimmer
• Heat Tool
• Brushes-­‐ Small one for detail work, Medium flat one and also a water barrel brush such as the one by EK Success or Tim Holtz
• Black  Journaling Pens; 0.7 and/or 0.5
• Pencil
• Apron/old  t-­‐shirt  to protect your clothes


Be Awesome Be a Book Nut

Sunday December 2nd

Dr. Seuss knew it: there is something magic about books. Each book is a beauty in and of itself – a story that leads you into a new world of fantasy. Books also have a feeling of importance to them, such as with a fabric coated hard cover or just the paper itself.
But sometimes a book loses its fascination and ends up at a flea market or at the back of your bookshelf never be opened again. Why not breathe life back into those books again and fill them with your own stories? You can alter them in a way that these treasures bring unique joy back.
Nathalie Kalbach will show you how to create either a funky or a simple style altered book. You will learn beautiful folding techniques, such as ways to create pockets for treasures or hidden messages that go along with your story. You will learn how to use adhesive in unexpected  ways and learn fun embossing techniques. Accompanied by beautiful Prima paper, flowers and stamps, this book will be a personal keepsake or a special present to a loved one. What’s more, it can function not only as a mini album but also as a home decor item.
Come and join Nat in this three-and-a-half-hour long workshop. Be awesome and be a book nut!

Supplies to bring to class:

• Ranger Heat Tool
• Ruler
• Pencil
• Crafter’s Knife – the blade should be still quite sharp!
• Cutting mat
• Papertrimmer
• Sicssors
• Non Stick Craft Sheet
Old book**
**Don’t get taunted by the thought of finding on old book that is suitable for
altering. Let me help you, Here is where you can find cheap old books – check out Library book sales, secondhand stores, flea markets, yard sales or garage sales, or….check
which books in our own household you might be ok with parting. This is not
about abusing a wonderful valuable book –it is about upcycling recycling
books that might be not read anymore anyway. It can be a novel; it can be an
old school book or atlas that is actually content wise totally obsolete.
The book should be a in a good condition –meaning the binding should be
still strong. We will be hard on this book and do all kinds of stuff to it, so we
need it to hold. Best are hardcover books that have a stitched binding –
meaning stitched signature. Hold the book by the covers and see if the pages tend to fall out of the
book…if so …do not use this book.  I love if it has a fabric covered cover, but go with what speaks to you.  Try finding a book that is also not too thick for the beginning- it is easier to
start altering books with a small book say 100 pages or 200 pages most. If
you’d rather have a bigger book- then that is fine of course- you can make it
an ongoing project

Be Awesome Be a Book Nut


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