Acrylic Painting Workshop: Creating Canvas Textures with Nathalie Kalbach

Artist: Nathalie Kalbach
Producer: North Light
SKU: 22-NK2d
Runtime: 1 Hour, 38 Minutes

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The most exciting canvases are the ones that entice us to touch them, even if we know we shouldn’t! In Acrylic Painting Workshop: Creating Canvas Textures, Nathalie Kalbach teaches you, and student Kristy Conlin, how to make your own temptingly textured canvases.


First, you’ll learn how to create a heavily layered canvas using found objects such as tissue paper, metal parts, ribbon, thread and more. Then reveal and unify the textures created using gesso and paint. As you work alongside Nathalie, you’ll then learn to create more textures using molding paste, heavy body acrylic paint, gesso, stencils and stamps. Finally, you’ll experiment with Effect Media including Glass Beads, Black Lava and Natural Sand for the ultimate tactile painting experience!

This video includes:

  • Includes 24 techniques for creating and revealing textures
  • Learn how to add layer upon layer of texture using found objects
  • 98 minutes of premier workshop instruction


Materials List


  • Stretched canvases or canvas board


  • Liquitex Acrylic Inks—variety of colors
  • Liquitex Black Lava
  • Liquitex Glass Beads
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Paints—variety of colors
  • Liquitex Light Modeling Paste
  • Liquitex Matte Fluid Medium
  • Liquitex Matte Heavy Gel or Super Heavy Gel
  • Liquitex Natural Sand
  • Liquitex Professional White Gesso
  • Liquitex Soft Body Paints- variety of colors

Other Materials and Supplies

  • Baby wipes
  • Bamboo sketching pen or bamboo skewers
  • Bottle caps or other interesting metal pieces
  • Buttons
  • Cosmetic sponges
  • Lace or ribbon
  • Liquitex Basics Fan brush
  • Liquitex Freestyle brush 12 flat
  • Non-textured 2-ply white napkins
  • Palette knife
  • Palette paper
  • Patterned scrapbook paper scraps
  • Pearls or beads
  • Quilt batting
  • Rag or paper towels
  • Ranger heat tool
  • Sanding block or sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Stampendous N*Studio Kaffeeklatsch stamp set
  • StencilGirl Products stencils: What’s the Point and Crackle
  • Texture tools- optional, wood grain tool or comb wedges
  • Thread or string
  • Tissue paper- old sewing patterns or white
  • Water container with water
  • Water mister

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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