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

Today’s stencil is TCW 825 “Love Frame.” I might be biased, but I love the doodled garden that makes up this stencil. 😍 When I designed this stencil I debated for a long time about the heart. Should it be open — as it is — or closed? The reason I picked open is because I figured it made the stencil more versatile. You can use it as is with the open heart. Or you can do what I do in the video and use a mask to make it closed. Bonus! 💪
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Something new. Excited to see where this style of work takes me!! 🙌

I've been seeing a lot of posts for the #10yearchallenge and I thought I'd play along. This has been a decade of change for me -- moved states, changed careers, grew a business, got divorced, met someone new and got engaged, lost 100 pounds, bought my first car, bought my first house, lost a friend to cancer, and lost my Dad. I am proud of the person I've become. I've fought hard to be where I am and I'm so grateful for all the help I've received along the way. Here's hoping the next decade is a good one!

Working on something new. 🙌

Today’s stencil-of-the-day is TCW 835 “Plaid Fringe.” It’s one of those super useful patterns that everyone should have in their arsenal. I put together a quick video (second image) that demonstrates how to create the drop shadow you see in these photos. I hope you’re enjoying all these sneak peeks of new stencils! Only 4 designs left to share! 😁

Today’s stencil is called “Fantastical.” I had originally been thinking of a stylized Art Deco butterfly when I designed it. 🦋
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All of my stencils come in 6x6 and 12x12 sizes. You can see that I’ve mixed the two sizes in this layered gelatin print. I think using different sizes of the same shape helps to create rhythm and movement in your work. Do you agree or disagree?

Today’s stencil is called TCW 826 “Garden Frame” for obvious reasons. 🖼 Like most of the Designs for this release, I drew the design on my iPad and then cleaned it up in Illustrator. 🖥 I put a quick video in my Instagram story of me monoprinting with this stencil — it’s a design that can do a lot!
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Sometimes I design a stencil that just feels so right. TCW 836 “Texture Love” is one of those stencils. 🙌 These are all the doodles and dashes and bits and bobs that I add to my work to make it feel “done” — but in a stencil! This one is going to go into seriously heavy use. I can feel its pull on me! 😬😜
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And, to continue the thread from the other day, I’m loving the white space that surrounds this chaos. It’s still “me” but it’s a new incarnation. 💪
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This is stencil 5 of 12 slowly being revealed. What do you think so far. Some surprises? Or exactly what you’ve come to expect? 🤷🏻‍♀️
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If you haven’t tried gelatin printing, you just have to. It’s fun, flexible, and full of possibilities. Throw a stencil into the mix and you’ve got easy peasy magic! 🙌 Today’s stencil is TCW 834 “Stone Increase.” In the 30-second tutorial video, you can see how easy it is to create beautiful prints. 😍
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