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Nathalie Kalbach’s Stand Up Bass Blog Hop

Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube


Nathalie Kalbach's Blog Hop

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom.  If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.  Charlie Parker’s quote really resonated with me as I held Nathalie Kalbach’s Stand Up Bass stencil from StencilGirl Products.


Stand Up Bass Nathalie Kalbach

I don’t play a musical instrument anymore. With good reason. I am nearly tone deaf according to every music teacher and I had a bit of a challenge staying focused in band like when I got my finger stuck up my flute the day of try outs.  You can’t play a flute with one hand…anyway, you get the idea.

But I do play with color.  My music is my art.  It is full of my experiences, my thoughts, and everything that makes me, well, me.  It has taken me a lot of years to believe in my music.  Do you believe in your music yet?


Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube


So on with the art journal page!


I had a piece of blotter paper from way back that I loved.  Very proud that I am not hoarding but using!  I used acrylic paint to stencil the bass over and over.


Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube


If I have the supplies out why not make extras I can use in future projects!




Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube


As I flipped through an art journal looking for a page to start on this one jumped out at me.  It is from when I randomly cleaned off my brayer while Gelli printing.






Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube


This rubber stamped Gelli printed paper shouted to be used so I just “had” to use it!







Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube


I rarely leave white space so I filled in some of the white with paint getting it ready for my Gelli print.







Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube



Glued the ripped Gelli print in place.






Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube



I cut up pieces of sheet music and spray inked them green.






Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube



A bit of scribble journaling on spray inked notebook paper becomes the mat for the stand up bass.





In my stash of leftovers, I had believe but that just wasn’t enough for me.  I wanted more words so I turned to my favorite work making tool, the Block Talk Alphabet Die. This has become a favorite tool because I never run out of letters!  I just cut more!

Can you tell I’ve run out of letters in sets of alphabet stickers?  I made the exact letters I wanted to wrap around the Stand Up Bass to match how I was feeling as I made this page.

Step-by-step art journal page using Nathalie Kalbach's Bass stencil with Carolyn Dube


Thanks Nat for inviting me to play!  Be sure to stop by and check out all the other wonderful music created by these talented people!  And every blog in the hop you comment on gives you another chance to win Nat’s Stand Up Bass stencil!!!  That gives you 6 chances to win!  She’s randomly choosing a winner on August 27th at midnight EST.

Nathalie Kalbach

Louise Nelson

Carmen Sanchez

Michelle Hernandez

Maria McGuire

 Linking up to Paint Party Friday, Art Journal Every Day, and Creative Every Day.

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  • Nathalie Kalbach August 21, 2013, 4:30 am

    Love the cut out bass on this colorful paper- such a gorgeous happy artjournal page you created with it. Thank you !!!

  • clare August 21, 2013, 5:12 am

    love your vibrant page Carolyn.

  • Andrene August 21, 2013, 9:06 am

    Beautiful!! You have alot going on with the beautiful vibrant colors and all the pieces and elements that make up the page but it all fits perfectly together and makes the bass a beautiful focal piece. Love it!!

  • julie August 21, 2013, 9:12 am

    Awesome job as always Carolyn! Love all the colors! Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie G. August 21, 2013, 9:14 am

    Amazing page ….again! I’m not musically inclined at all, but this is a cool stencil.

  • Michelle August 21, 2013, 9:28 am

    Love the color!!! This is so energizing! I must try to use my brayer- I have one but it’s just sitting in my drawer- I’m usually too impatient to wait for layers to dry- love how you’ve used it here!

  • Denise Spillane August 21, 2013, 10:07 am

    Carolyn, you always inspire and motivate me! I love your blog and thoughts today as I can so relate to them. As much as I love music I too am tone deaf. I sing to my kits and dog anyway. When I tried Native American Flute they hid! Thank you for keeping me inspired on my journey.

  • Gill August 21, 2013, 10:11 am

    Love it!
    Great use of colour!

  • Cuchy August 21, 2013, 10:18 am

    This is truly a colorful journey. Thank you
    I’m happy to “hop” with you

  • Pat August 21, 2013, 11:06 am

    I stumbled upon your blog a week ago and am so inspired. Thanks for the inspiration to use my leftovers instead of just adding to the collection!

  • julie m August 21, 2013, 11:36 am

    Wow! This page woke me up this morning. Love the colors. So much fun.

  • Gunvor August 21, 2013, 11:39 am

    I really love your colourful art journal page. Thanks for sharing!

  • Dana Tatar August 21, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Beautiful journal page! I love the bright colors and the foresight you had to make several images for future projects. Thanks for the inspiration! =)

  • Kate M August 21, 2013, 1:37 pm

    I continue to be inspired by the way you ‘use your words’ and encourage creatives to play in our own unique ways. Thank you.

  • emilie August 21, 2013, 2:53 pm

    Love this stencil and your finished page – so full of colour and life, just the way music should be!

  • Pat K August 21, 2013, 4:27 pm

    So bright and colorful! Love your work!

  • Teresa R August 21, 2013, 4:58 pm

    love the bass stencil and love the quote on your page. Very bright and eye-catching page

  • Cecilia August 21, 2013, 6:40 pm

    I love the colorful page!!! It´s awesome!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  • Madeline Rains August 21, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Beautiful! Feels musical!

  • Jessica Sporn August 21, 2013, 7:19 pm

    great colors, great sentiment, great step outs, great post. xoxo

  • Boo August 21, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Love this page.

  • Sue Clarke August 21, 2013, 10:09 pm

    Your colors are wonderful on these pages.

  • Jean Marmo August 21, 2013, 10:47 pm

    Love the colors!!

  • Yvonne August 21, 2013, 11:01 pm


    Love the technique and of course the upright bass is too cool.

  • Cyndi August 22, 2013, 2:23 am

    These are my favorite colors! Your page is so pretty and I love that you used old paper from previous painting creations. Good Job!!

  • Kay Wallace August 22, 2013, 10:45 am

    I really love this, Carolyn! While I do appreciate the final product here, what I really appreciate is how you got there–the pieces’n’parts of this whole. For instance, most would have taken a sheet of music and placed it into the background to support the art and the sentiment. But, you have taken that sheet music and cut it into strips. That’s pure genius! You are such a mentor to me and I thank you for that. I am not only enjoying your work, I am learning from it! Mwah!

  • Gillian Pearce August 22, 2013, 1:48 pm

    Such a fun stencil. Would be great used with a music one I have.

  • Pamm August 22, 2013, 4:34 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your “music”, Carolyn! So vibrant and energetic!
    It sings H-A-P-P-Y!!! 😀

  • Silly Me August 22, 2013, 4:44 pm

    How do you know if you have won the blog hop?
    Dows the artist get in touch with you? Or do you have to go back to their blog?
    Some I have done just for the hop and am not signed up to their blog sight.
    -VERY Silly

  • Pam in New Jersey August 22, 2013, 6:59 pm

    I can hear beautiful music coming from your art work. Love your use of colors.

  • Debra August 22, 2013, 8:50 pm

    Yeah, so I should be writing up tomorrow’s quiz. But this is a yummy distraction. Now if I can get done what must be done, I may have enough energy to go play. I love how this one tool (this awesomesauce stencil) inspired so much magic!

  • Jan August 22, 2013, 8:56 pm

    Love the colours and the use of the Gelli print and the bass placed on the sprayed mat.

  • Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours August 22, 2013, 11:15 pm

    Wonderful page Carolyn! Love the design and the words!! xx

  • Ayala Art August 23, 2013, 2:04 am

    What an awesome page! Very festive and lively

  • Nordljus August 23, 2013, 2:55 am

    Wonderfully playful page! And I love the cutout instruments. I tried three different instruments, but gave up at last, as I could just never learn to read music, and lessons become too stressful because of it. Now I use sheet music for collage. I love using words, and bought an alphabet set once or twice, but was disappointed how few words I could make and then just having random letters left. I now have different alphabet stencils.

  • denthe August 23, 2013, 2:57 am

    Well, you definitely have a way with colour! And that’s music to me 🙂

  • Anne August 23, 2013, 2:59 am

    Awesome page, great colors and feeling! <3

  • sandra sherman August 23, 2013, 4:16 am

    Art is music of the soul! Thank you for sharing. HPPF

  • Kripa August 23, 2013, 7:48 am

    Luv the journal page Uve created. Wud really like to win this template. I have so many ideas running thru my head.

  • ann @ studiohyde August 23, 2013, 8:39 am

    Wow! Wonderful page 🙂

  • Jessica August 23, 2013, 8:50 am

    I shared 🙂 This is beautiful!

  • Dawn August 23, 2013, 9:02 am

    Colour fix or what!! A stunning page Carolyn with a fab layout.
    Huge hugs x

  • Glenda Hoagland August 23, 2013, 9:32 am

    I love this page. The fact that you used scraps makes it even more special. I learn so much from you.

  • Lissa August 23, 2013, 11:48 am

    You are the best!!

  • Susan August 23, 2013, 11:51 am

    Wonderful page. I love how you used your gelli paper…a color feast!

  • Linda K August 23, 2013, 12:38 pm

    such a wonderfully vibrant and creative page Carolyn!!! LOVE how you used this stencil with those words!

  • angela eharis August 23, 2013, 1:36 pm

    loooove this! what a great idea to cut out a bunch at the same time, love your colors and always love your work! aloha,angi

  • JKW August 23, 2013, 3:02 pm

    The first instrument I ever played was the violin. This is a great tribute to what you use to do. I learn so much from your place, thank you for taking the time step-by-step with pictures. Blessings, Janet PPF

  • Bev August 23, 2013, 9:16 pm

    Love your journal page and the detailed tutorial.

  • Sabina August 23, 2013, 10:29 pm

    This is so soulful. Love how the basses came out and the colors you chose for the background really makes this both sophisticated and fun.

  • Sue Pompetti August 23, 2013, 10:40 pm

    So fun and cheerful!

  • Lori W. August 24, 2013, 1:41 am

    I LOVE the colors! Beautiful page!!!!

  • giggles August 24, 2013, 2:51 am

    Love this one so much…good job, great quote!

    Hugs Giggles

  • Gina Sismilich August 24, 2013, 11:44 am

    What wonderful artful playtime!!! The bass is a wonderful stencil and I love the home you made for it.

  • Marjie Kemper August 24, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Love it! How cool to use the instrument as accent, especially on your blotter paper. Fab!

  • Lucy August 26, 2013, 4:58 am

    Lovely ideas and your step by steps are cool :0

  • Vicki Romaine August 26, 2013, 9:29 am

    I love you finished piece. Thanks for giving the steps you use and I think you have given me courage to tear some of Gelli prints.

  • Laura Strack August 27, 2013, 2:58 am

    This will make one musician very proud!! So pretty and love all the bright colors! TFS!

  • Ann Vear August 27, 2013, 8:24 am

    c’est magnifique! I love bright colors!

  • Amante del Papel August 27, 2013, 7:16 pm

    I fell in love the play of colors and I love the note, is fantastic!

  • Carmen Lucero August 27, 2013, 11:03 pm

    What great journal page! The colors you used are so vibrant! I love coming here for inspiration!

    Carmen L