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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer  Artist, goofball, vlogger, blogger, author, instructor. Host of #makeitartsyTV on PBS. #carvedecember #balzerdesigns #artjournaleveryday

Iโ€™m experiencing a bit of insomnia tonight and Iโ€™ve learned itโ€™s best not to fight it, but rather to get up and use the time. ๐Ÿ’ช
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My first idea didnโ€™t work, as you can see from the video. But if at first you donโ€™t succeed, try, try again! My second idea worked out! ๐ŸŽ‰
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These are silicone stamps I made using my ScanNCut.
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#printinktober #inktober2018 #horse #horsestamp #siliconestamps #clearstamps #scanncut #scanncutdx #brothercrafted #acrylicpaint #balzervidei #whatjuliemade #stamping #iloveart #rainbowroll #printmaker

I had a thought today: Can I create a print that looks like it was made from one big stamp, even though it was made from many little stamps? I hope youโ€™ll agree, but I think the answer is: YES! ๐Ÿ’ช
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Experimenting with a homemade foam stamp set. Feels very summer-ish even though we are heading into fall. ๐Ÿ I reached at least 3 potential stopping points along the way and then decided to just keep going. Because #moreismore ๐Ÿ™Œ
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#printinktober #inktober #printmaker #printmaking #foamstamps #whatjuliemade #balzervideo #seamlessrepeat #repeatingpattern #sakurablossom #flowers #flowerpattern #patterndesign #stampsthatpattern

I'm ready for Halloween! ๐ŸŽƒ At this point in my life, I'm done wearing uncomfortable costumes or having face paint dripping all over me. I want a costume that is comfortable and easy. ๐Ÿ’ช On my blog today I've got instructions for how to put this cute felt cat mask together in no time at all. Throw on a black dress -- or just black sweatpants -- and you're ready to go! ๐Ÿ˜ป
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#meow #kitty #catoftheday #halloweenparty #kittylove #lastminutecostume #halloweenmask #blackcat

I could not figure out why the edges of this block simply refused to print?! Then I remembered why it was tucked away in a drawer: itโ€™s from my early carving days when I was being cheap and carving BOTH sides of the block. Unfortunately, this makes even printing nearly impossible. Lesson learned ages ago...and maybe again today! ๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ‘
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This weekโ€™s pottery class was super fun. We focused on finishing. It turns out that I โค๏ธ trimming! Who knew?! Itโ€™s so satisfying to bring the pot into a more beautiful shape and add all sorts of details. Iโ€™m really enjoying this class and also so much more appreciative of handmade pottery. Iโ€™m sure that everything Iโ€™m making is misshapen and ugly, but Iโ€™m so proud of it nonetheless! ๐Ÿ˜ So here is my little bowl, ready to dry out and get fired in the kiln. ๐Ÿ™Œ #whatjuliemade
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#pottery #potter #wheelthrowing #wheelthrown #potteryclass #julieloveslearning #clay #claybowl #carvedclay #imadethat #beabeginner #wip #art #artist #craft #clayartist #potteryartist #shescrafty #makersgottamake

I have opened the box and now I am currently *obsessed* with my MISTI. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Of course, Iโ€™m not using it ๐Ÿ’ฏ how youโ€™re supposed to, but itโ€™s great for lining up multi-block prints! ๐Ÿ’ช #registration
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Once again, these are older blocks made ages ago. I was delighted to drag them out of storage and put them to use!
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The hot mess that is my studio. ๐Ÿ™Œ I think itโ€™s the most beautiful place in the world! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #moreismoredecor
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