Art from Home Kits-Limited Edition Pt.3

I have a few more kits to share with you. Any of these can be mailed (for an added shipping fee) or delivered within a 15 mile radius of the studio (95126)

Gouache Resist Kit

In this kit you will receive a set of Savoire Faire opaque watercolor (gouache) a pad of Stonehenge Black Watercolor paper, a Pebeo Masking fluid pen and a Prima Resist Pen with needle tip applicator.

Retail price $83 for only $66
Click here to purchase
You will pay for shipping by using this link. If you choose to pick up that amount will be refunded.

15 Minute Watercolor Masterpiece Kit

This kit contains the book by Anna Koliadych titled 15 -Minute Watercolor Masterpieces, a Stilman & Birn Premium sketchbook and a 10 piece travel sized kit of Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours which include palette, 8 colors of paint and a brush.

Retail $101 for only $75
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You will pay for shipping by using this link. If you choose to pick up that amount will be refunded.

30 Day Canvas Zipper Bags

I’m so grateful to have started this project at the beginning of February. It has given me some much needed art escape since March 17th when we were ordered to shelter in place. The process was well documented here on Instagram

I have a total of 24 pouches available and 18 of them (as of 3/31/20) are spoken for. Here they are before the final stitching which will turn them into their final iteration as a zipper pouch perfect for holding any number of things.

If you are “on the list” I will be sending an email out today to have you select your pouch from a private shop online. Once all pre-order selections are made I’ll open up the shop to sell the remaining pieces.

Thank you for your support! It means the world to me to be able sell my art to continue to keep A Work of Heart Studio running.

Art at Home Kits – Limited Edition Part 2

I’m blessedly overwhelmed with your positive response to the kits I posted yesterday. We still have at least one of each available. I’ll remove the purchase link when they are no longer in stock. Some of you also reached out to have me create a custom kit and I’m thrilled to do that! Just ask!

Today we have some watercolor botanical kits, drawing kit, brush lettering and a mega mark maker kit filled with a beyond belief selection of markers, pencils and more.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Retail $60 Value for only $48

This essential kit contains everything you need to learn to draw. The workbook takes you through sequential lessons that gradually build your skills. The Strathmore drawing pad has plenty of space for you to practice outside of the workbook and the Generals Drawing Class essentials has all the tools you need.

Click here to purchase
Free delivery within a 15 mile radius of the store (95126)

Acrylic Bitty Canvas Kit

Retail Value $32 for $27

This kit has everything you need to paint 4 mini masterpieces easels included! Liquitex brand acrylic paint, 3″x3″ canvases (x4) with mini wooden easesl and a #6 round brush. This is sure to keep you busy for hours.

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Free delivery within a 15 mile radius of the store (95126)

Learn Lettering Kit

Retail Value $81 for $65

This kit contains the workbook by Lisa Funk titled “the Guide to Mindful Lettering” with a whole slew of brush pens for practice including the Tombow Black abt, Tombow black/grey brush pen, Pitt Brush Pen, Tombow 2 piece hard and soft tip brush tip and a Pental Pocket Brush Pen.

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Free delivery within a 15 mile radius of the store (95126)

Modern Watercolor Botanicals Kit

Retail Value $109 for only $90

This kit contains the beautiful step by step instruction book by Sarah Simon titled “Modern Watercolor Botanicals” a set of 18 Sennelier watercolors in a palette, an 8×10 Beta Series Stillman & Birn Watercolor journal and 2 Princeton Heritage watercolor brushes in size 6 & 2

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Free delivery within a 15 mile radius of the store (95126)

Mega Mark Making Kit
Retail Value $268 for only $190

Contains 18pc Stabilo Woody watersoluable pencils, Stabilo “Green” Colored pencils, 20 piece Ecoline Watercolor Brush pens, 2 sets of Prismacolor Pencils, 10pc set of Tombow dual brush markers, Set of 8 Posca Markers (.7mm) and a 12pk of Lyra Graduate watercolor pencils

This truly is a one of a kind set!

Sold out as a complete set

Limited Edition Art at Home Kits

These are the first of my specially curated kits of art supplies to keep yourself immersed in creative expression at home. Supplies are limited but I’ll be adding new kits several times per week. Delivery is free within a 15 mile radius of 95126 or for a flat rate of $7 (per kit) shipped domestically.

All kits except where noted will also include a special live Zoom call to give some tips for working with the supplies (up to 30 minutes of guidance) scheduled or available as a playback.

Black Creative Journal – Mandala Kit 

$31 value for $27

Contains Dylusions black creative journal featuring heavyweight black cardstock ideal for the application of paint, doodling, collage and other art journal techniques. Also included are 3 sizes of my favorite white gelly roll pen (.05, .08, .10) and a white charcoal pencil.  This is the perfect starter kit for my mandala drawing class and any art journaling class!

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Free delivery within 15 miles of the studio (95126) or flat $7 shipping domestically.

Field Guide to Color Watercolor Kit – $97 value for $77

Contains the book by Lisa Solomon titled “A Field Guide to Color” which is a workbook and instructional book that gets you started and continuing to work with watercolor.  Also included is a set of 24 watercolor pans by Art Philosophy and a 7.5”x7.5” watercolor journal by Stilman & Birn. Finally your kit is complete with a Pentel Waterbrush making it simple to paint from anywhere (on the couch or in a car!) and 2 of my favorite fine tipped permanent black pens.

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Free delivery within 15 miles of the studio (95126) or flat $7 shipping domestically.

Canvas Zipper Pouch Kit

$112 value for $90

Kit contains 4 (6.5”x9”) canvas zipper pouches, a set of 6 acrylic paints, set of 25 oil pastels, set of 8  (pc-1m .7mm) Posca paint markers, Stencil with 9 designs, 20 sheets of deli paper, 2 (.5) Permanent black pens and 2 (1.0) Permanent black pens (Andrea’s Favorites)

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Free delivery within 15 miles of the studio (95126) or flat $7 shipping domestically.

Gelli Journal Messenger Bag Kit

$155 value for $120

Kit contains a circle gelli plate kit, and a 10×10 canvas messenger bag, set of 6 acrylic paints, brayer, matte medium, stencil (9 designs), Set of 4 paint brushes, Stabilo Woody watersoluable crayons, Art Foamies Stamps, a black and white solid paint marker and a 7×10 Canson Mixed Media journal suitable for acrylic, watercolor, pen & pencil.

Click here to purchase.

Free delivery within 15 miles of the studio (95126) or flat $7 shipping domestically.

Doodling in French Collage Kit – $52 value for $44

Contains the book by Anna Corba titled “Doodling in French” which features step by step instructions for sketching all sorts of French inspired elements like the Eiffel Tower, a fleur-de-lys or a sweet cafe chair.  Your kit also includes an ephemera pack filled with old stamps, scrap papers, images and more to create one of a kind collage. Finally your kit includes (4) 6×8 canvas panels, a bottle of Matte Medium and a water-soluable graphite pencil for doodling on your collage.

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Free delivery within 15 miles of the studio (95126) or flat $7 shipping domestically.

Stamp & Color Kit (only 1 available)

$109 value for $85

This Kit contains 9 individual paper doll stamps, a black archival ink pad, a 3.5×8.5 panorama watercolor journal and a set of 12 Stabilo colored pencils
*note* no Zoom call available for this kit

Click to purchase
Free delivery within 15 miles of the studio (95126) or flat $7 shipping domestically.

Annie O’Brien Gonzales

We are so lucky to have Annie coming back to A Work of Heart in May! She will be offering her “Painting with Matisse” workshop. The 2-Day workshop will take place Sunday & Monday, May 3 & 4. If you can only make the Sunday session there is an option for that as well here.

In this workshop we focus on the elements of master French Fauvist painter Henri Matisse’s painting style. For the first painting, we will work from one of Matisse’s celebrated paintings to learn more about the elements emphasized—flattened space, pattern, color and intimate interiors. Discussions will focus on learning from master painters and incorporating elements to create your own unique style. In the second painting we will work from photographs or you can bring your own “Matisse-like” images as inspiration.

Hello January

So all month long I’ve been “intending” to get back to the blog and post regularly. I even made content calendar for the entire year to help me with themes each month and projects to share each week and alas, here we are at the 21st and my first (of hopefully many) posts are just now being written.

Here are 20 thoughts so far this month (in no particular order)

  1. I actually like brussel sprouts when they are prepared well. Thank you Julie for taking me to Eureka and for the gift of catching up!
  2. Never understimate the value of “low manintenence friends” (reference to #1) We can carry on our own lives and come back together and not skip a beat!
  3. Morning pages are absolutely vital to my productivity. If you don’t know what morning pages are, check out The Artists Way and try them for yourself. Pure magic!
  4. I love teaching intuitive watercolor projects and while my students may enjoy wine to “loosen up” it doesn’t always mix well with the end of class when precision and following instructions are vital 😉 I had a fun experience teaching at a retreat this month.
  5. Training a kitten to stay off the tables in the studio reminds me much of parenting..sometimes I just want to look the other way.
  6. I am blessed beyond all measure with the core crew who support me at A Work of Heart! I don’t know how I would do it without you. I’m not going to name names but you know who you are!
  7. Along the lines of #6, I really appreciate people who put action behind our ideas and help me manifest things.
  8. Vision boards/books REALLY WORK. I can’t wait to work on monthly spreads in my journal in the Creative Entrepreneur Power Hour on the 4th Thursday of every month…(shameless plug)
  9. I need time to sit and do art with friends and it is possible to do so in my studio without getting distracted. It just takes a bit of time to get in the groove.
  10. Speaking your truth gets less scary the more you do it with a heart filled with love.
  11. 20 things sounded good when I sat down to write this..and now, not so much!
  12. I am grateful for my husband who is not only my best friend but my tech support, handyman, builder extraordinare and kitten entertainer.
  13. I’m grateful for the opportunity Nathalie gave me to be a part of her Creative Jumpstart last year AND this year. I’m thrilled to be among so many amazing artists (and by the way, my video hit today. Sign up here.)
  14. I’ve realized it isn’t that I’m not good at taking online classes, I just need them to be bite sized bits of information like Creative Jumpstart! This has opened up a whole new direction for my future online offerings!
  15. I love it when the studio is being utilized to the full potential like it was this weekend (26 on Saturday night, 16 on Sunday, 28 on Monday) but I also love the quiet mornings after.
  16. Kitten purrs are the frequency of pure love!
  17. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make a list of 20 every month but I’m almost there this month.
  18. There is so much power in kind words no matter how brief. I resolve to send more random notes of kindness after experiencing said kind words this morning (thank you Robin)
  19. I can do hard things.
  20. Abundance is my word of the year. I choose to approach all that I do with that thought in mind.

Why Creative JumpStart?

Have you ever felt like you really WANT to start down a new path toward a more creative life but you are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Have you seen me posting about Creative JumpStart and really don’t even know what it is?

What is Creative JumpStart? from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Creative JumpStart is for you! It is anything BUT overwhelming with it’s very digestable and inspiring 10 minute video format you can have a bite sized bit of creativity daily as you take one step at a time toward a more regular creative practice.

Why Creative JumpStart? from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Are you wondering if Creative JumpStart is for YOU? Let me assure you, no matter your level of Mixed Media experience you WILL be inspired by the 30 artists who join me in this endeavor. This is like a month long art retreat!

Who is Creative JumpStart for? from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

So, now that you know the what, why and who of it, what are you waiting for? Get signed up now and start your year out with a fun and creative resolution!

Gifting an Experience

In this season that can so easily make it all about more “STUFF” consider giving the gift of an experience for yourself or someone you care about. Gift certificates are available here.

Here are some upcoming choices.

Want to learn how to Draw? Anyone can truly draw using this decades old proven method of “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”

This 8 week series has 2 times it is offered. Thursday evenings (7-9pm) starting January 16th or Friday afternoons (12-2pm) starting January 10

More information & Registration for Thursday Evening Series of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

More information & Registration for Friday Afternoon series of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

If drawing isn’t your thing, how about Watercolor? We are starting the book “Modern Watercolor Botanicals in January. The 8 week series has two times it is offered. Tuesday evenings (6-8pm) starting January 7th or Wednesday mornings (10am-12pm) starting January 8th.

More information & Registration for Tuesday evening series of Modern Watercolor Botanicals

More information & Registraiton for Wednesday morning series of Modern Watercolor Botanicals.

Perhaps jewelry making is more your (or your gift recipient’s) speed. The lovely and talented Lisa Hilquist is offering her popular Intermediate Metal Clay workshop as a 2 part Monday evening (5:30-9pm) series starting Monday, January 6th. Click here for more information & to register.

We have so much talent here in our own studio and general area but we do love to bring in guest teachers from outside the are. We are happy to announce the return of Joanne Sharpe in January. Her two days of workshops are sure to be full of colorful inspiration.

Sunday, January 19th (10am-5pm)
Watercolor Collage Concertina Book
Click for more information & to register.

Monday, January 20th (10am-5pm)
2020 Artful Vision Banner
Click for more information & to register.

In February we have Elizabeth St. Hilaire returning. If you missed her workshop last time she was here (September 2018) You won’t want to miss her this time. She is leading a 3 day workshop on President’s Day Weekend.

Sunday-Tuesday February 16-18 (10a-4p)
Paper Paintings – Animal Portraits
Click here for more information and to register.

If you are not quite sure which direction you want to go in 2020 perhaps one of our Vision Board Book workshops would be just the ticket. We have 2 currently on the calendar

Thursday, December 26th or
Sunday, January 5th

Perhaps you’d like to gather a few friends together to have an after the holidays gathering. Email me ( and we can work something out to get that booked!

Final 19 – Day 19 – 2019 Ornament Kits

One of our latest additions to the studio is limited edition ornament kits. We’ve made 45 of them this season and here are the instructions on how to put them together if you were lucky enough to snag one. If you didn’t get your hands on one, It is pretty simple to adapt to whatever supplies you can substitute.

We are busily making plans to design and produce a “kit of the month” in 2020 if that sounds like something you are interested in subscribing to send me an email ( so I can let you know when we start taking subscriptions.

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed watching my videos for the past 19 days. I’m ready to take a well needed break coming up this week. But first, be on the lookout for some supply kit deals over the next few days. Be sure to follow us on Facebook ( ) and Instagram too ( )!

Finally, check out my ETSY shop ( )

Final 19 – Day 16 – Color Burst Demo

I explore new (to me) art supplies by asking the question “what happens when…?” Exploring how the supply acts on different surfaces with different application methods and how they interact with other supplies is how I learn about a supply and how I’m inspired to continue to explore. Today’s video is a real time unedited, unscripted, unplanned exploration of color burst pigments.