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

I’m currently spending two weeks in Ohio studying improvisational quilt compositions with Nancy Crow. This is a section of a piece I’ve been working on for two days. There’s little to no phone reception and no internet at the classroom, so it’s giving me plenty of time to focus on the task at hand: 🙌 The classroom is open from 7am to 9pm and I can feel those long hours in my aching back, my sore feet, and my now mushy brain. But I am enjoying it 😁, learning lots, and eating well! Could you really ask for anything else?! (Well, maybe internet. 😜 #internetaddict ) We are starting to work with color in class and I feel like a total moron — my piece is in the hot mess phase. But I think that’s okay. I have come to class to learn and failure is an important part of the learning process. The trick is to keep going instead of giving up! 💪 #wishmeluck
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#improvisationalquilting #improvisationalquilts #contemporaryart #contemporaryquilt #modernquilt #modernquilting #blackandwhite #fabricsketch #sketch #art #artist #quilter #quilting #artclass #design

This is the card I made my Mother for Mother’s Day. I love making cards for the people in my life! It takes longer than picking out a card from the store, but I enjoy thinking about the recipient as I’m making the card — their colors, their likes, etc.
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When I sat down to make this card, I had a nebulous idea. I knew that I wanted to do flowers and foam adhesive and I figured the rest would come as I worked on it. And I’m thrilled with how it turned out! I love how something so simple — cut paper shapes and foam adhesive — combined to look so lush and full. 🙌
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#mothersday #mothersdaygift #mothersdaycard #flowers #floral #botanical #cutpaper #cutandpaste #paperflowers #foamadhesive #scanncut #scanncut2 #cardstock #dimensionalpaperpiecing #paperpiecing #papercrafting #craft #crafting #crafty #abmcrafty #dscolor #art #contemporaryart #crafter #brothercrafts #brandambassador

Post Mother’s Day dinner selfie with the woman responsible for all of my bad behavior and inappropriate face making. Love you, Mom! ❤️ 💕 💗

Just a fraction of the almost 30 yards of fabric I printed in 3.5 days. 😱🙌 My body is aching from the physical labor of it all, but my brain is exploding with happiness! I thought working with dye was going to be technical and difficult. Luckily @pat_pauly showed me that with a little bit of prep, and a lot of washing up, dye and paint can be used in remarkably similar ways. 💪 I can’t wait to stitch all this fabric into some magical projects! #handdyedfabric
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#handdyed #handdye #fabricart #yardage #dyedfabric #printedfabric #handprinted #screenprinting #stamping #stamped #stenciled #monoprint #monoprinting #thermofax #stencil #tcwstencillove #fabric #printmaking #GloriousPrints #patpauly #patpaulyworkshop

Twins? 👯‍♀️ They say that artists always draw themselves. I certainly didn’t mean to, but I’m wondering if there’s a certain similarity...🤔 Agree or disagree?

Day three of class with @pat_pauly and my assignment was to create one piece of fabric with dark only on the edges and one piece of fabric that was lopsided with dark on one side & light on the other. (Swipe to see. And one more attempt is in my Instagram story - click on the circle around my face in my profile) I really enjoyed the challenge! I’m not sure that I nailed either assignment yet. Going to keep working on it! 💪 #whatjuliemade
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#thermofax #screenprinting #prochemicalanddye #prociondye #prociondyes #fabric #fabricart #surfacedesign #screenprint #circles #glowing #artclass #learning #julieloveslearning #quilting #patpauly #printing #handprinted #fabricdye

I’m taking a week-long class with @pat_pauly at @prochemicalanddye in Fall River, MA. These are the fabrics I dyed yesterday. 🙌 I brought 15 yards of fabric with me, but at this rate, I better find some more fabric STAT! 😬😂 #iworkfast .
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#handdyed #prociondye #fallriver #prochem #prochemicalanddye #prociondyes #surfacedesign #patpauly #julieloveslearning #fabric #fabricart #sodaash #GloriousPrints

I have been in a bit of a rut with my art journal as of late. So tonight I decided to shake things up by digging through my supplies and grabbing something I haven’t used in a while. I pulled out these #carandache water soluble crayons and went to town. It felt really good. If you feel like you’re in a rut, try some new supplies! They don’t have to be new new, just something not in the current rotation. Swipe to see a photo of the finished face and then a close-up. 👈
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#artjournal #artjournaling #artjournalpage #artjournaleveryday #drawing #drawingoftheday #whatjuliemade #balzervideo #neocolorii #watersolublecrayons #portrait #sketch #blackbackground #art #artvideo #processvideo #craft #contemporaryartist #makesomethingeveryday #paint #painting #crayon #crayondrawing

Stitched my way home from Tampa last night. ✈️ Usually people never say a word to me about my embroidery —except for the one time when a woman in the window seat warned her husband, in the middle seat, to not get stabbed by me. Every 10-15 minutes. 🤦🏽‍♀️ But last night my seat companion was curious and chatty. We ended up talking for the entire 3-hour flight. And it made me think of 3 things I wanted to share: (1) Stitching is very companionable. You can definitely stitch and chat. (2) It’s nice to talk to another human being. We spend so much time engaged with our phones and laptops and headphones that I think we miss out on human contact. I read a happiness study a while back that said people who had conversational interactions with strangers on their daily commute arrived in a much better mood than those that didn’t. I believe it. (3) Everyone has a story to tell. After 3-hours of chat, you can only keep it superficial for so long. People are fascinating and complex. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to portraiture. 👁👁 As you can see, I’m making progress. Introduced some new colors and lots of french knots! 🙌 #whatjuliemade
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#embroidery #embroideryart #embroideryhoop #embroideryartist #dmcfloss #art #contemporaryart #stitch #stitching #stitchart #craft #embroideryfloss #crafter #artist #slowstitching #color #colorfulart #colorfulartwork #frenchknots #frenchknot #fillstitch #lazydaisy #portrait #sewing #sewn #sew #travelart

Two airings down & one more to go! 💪 Tune in to #HSN at 11:40pm tonight to see me cut out a silicone stamp, a stencil, and more with the #ScanNCut. While it’s true that I am a paid ambassador for the ScanNCut, I can honestly say that I love the machine and it has changed my crafty life. It’s easy to use and the built-in scanner makes designing custom cut files a piece of cake! No computer required. No internet required. Plug it in and get to work (or play)! Let me know if you have any ScanNCut questions I can answer! 👈
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Today I spent several hours in my hotel room making things with my #ScanNCut in preparation for tomorrow’s #HSN airings! Check me out during the 2pm & 8pm EST hours on your TV (or online) and get a great deal on a #ScanNCut just in time for #MothersDay! #youknowyouwantit
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