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Acrylic Painting Workshop: Colorful Backgrounds Video Download

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While learning methods of creating beautiful art journaling backgrounds that could stand alone as finished art by themselves if you so desired, you will also learn to rethink color and embrace the different meanings they each have to you personally.

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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

Watch a preview of this video now!

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,

Additional Information

SKU R0452
Product Type Video Download
Runtime 109 minutes
Instructor Nathalie Kalbach
Skills Paint
Media Acrylic, Mixed Media
  1. Good techniques review by Sharon on 3/20/2017

    I struggle with the blank page, so these techniques will help me to create colorful backgrounds without getting them muddy. This explored various colors as the base: green,red, blue, purple, yellow - mixing different hues, mixing different colors on the page using different tools. The only little annoyance was the conversations between the two when they looked off camera at each other, so its as if you were not the one being instructed. Got value for my money with this video regarding techniques and tips..

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