Acrylic Painting Workshop: Colorful Backgrounds with Nathalie Kalbach

Artist: Nathalie Kalbach
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-NK1d
Runtime: 1 Hour, 49 Minutes

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Flip traditional color meanings upside down by developing your own personal associations for each color in the color wheel! In Acrylic Painting Workshop: Colorful Backgrounds, Nathalie Kalbach explains her method for creating personality-related meanings for each color, and how that might help you understand which colors you’re most drawn to.


Work alongside Nathalie, and her student Kristy Conlin, to create five art journal background spreads each with a different color and mixed-media technique. After creating these backgrounds Nathalie will give you her tips for mixing and matching different colors with different techniques, and how to create and audition focal points. With these new color meanings and techniques, you’ll have journal page starters for every mood!

In this video you will:

  • Create 5 art journal backgrounds to get past the fear of the blank page
  • Get tips for creating and using focal points in your art journal spreads
  • 109 minutes of premier workshop instruction


Materials List


  • Art Journal or loose watercolor paper


  • Liquitex matte fluid medium
  • Liquitex matte gel medium
  • Liquitex Soft Body paints, Nat uses Brilliant Yellow Green, Yellow Light Hansa, Brilliant Blue, Quinacridone Crimson, Pyrrole Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black, Titanium White, Pyrrole Orange, Fluorescent Pink, Deep Magenta, Prism Violet, Unbleached Titanium, Yellow Orange Azo

Other Tools

  • Artist’s tape
  • Baby wipes without alcohol
  • Book paper or newspaper
  • Color wheel
  • Cosmetic sponges
  • Craft heat gun
  • Craft sheet
  • Deli paper, pre-painted
  • Detachable brayer
  • Liquitex Basics fan brush
  • Liquitex Freestyle no. 12 flat paintbrush
  • Liquitex Freestyle painter’s knife 17
  • Old gift card or hotel key card
  • Palette paper
  • Paper towels or rag
  • Shallow container for storing stamps
  • Stampendous Stamps, Mark Maker and Fiesta sets
  • Stencils by StencilGirl Products, Lilly Wallpaper and Batik
  • Tissue paper or sewing pattern paper
  • Water jar
  • Water mister
  • Wax candle

About the Artist

Nathalie Kalbach is a self-taught mixed-media artist born in Germany, now residing in Jersey City, New Jersey. Nathalie worked as a paralegal for seventeen years, and might have remained in the wrong profession had she not discovered mixed-media painting in 2004. She has designed stencils for StencilGirl Products and stamps and templates for Stampendous. Nathalie teaches in-person and online workshops and is a faculty member of the Mixed Media division at Pratt Institute SCPS. For Nathalie, creating art is a dialogue between her skills and the supplies she uses, and she loves exploring new and old ways to apply paint and colors to her artwork. You can visit Nathalie at her website,

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