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

I have finished my epic dresser redo! 🎉 Swipe to see the before photo and a few more photos of the finished dresser. Not bad for $9.99 at the thrift store.
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To answer some questions: All of the patterning was painted “freehand.” I used acrylic gesso from @tcwstencils — silver gesso, white gesso, and black gesso. I didn’t scrape the original paint off of the dresser. I simply painted over it. The dresser is sealed with two coats of furniture wax. I couldn’t tell you how long it took me. I did it over multiple weeks. Each drawer front took about 45 minutes. Hope that’s helpful!
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#painteddresser #boneinlay #fauxboneinlay #anthropologiehome #anthropologieinspired #painting #paintedfurniture #furnituremakeover #abmbeforeafter #whitefurniture #floral #makeover #homedecorating #homedecor #dresser #lingeriechest #ilovemydresser #imadethat #whatjuliemade

I taught my “Painted Paper Collage” class yesterday @theinkpadnyc and it was super duper. This is a class I’ve been teaching for many years — one of the first mixed media collage classes I developed. BUT, of course, I’ve changed and evolved over time — as an artist and a teacher. And so the class has changed and evolved too. One of the things that makes teaching fun for me is changing things up and trying new things. Yesterday I tried a brand new structure to the class and it was a very good change! #alwaysevolving #whatjulietaught
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PS: The upcoming in-person teaching on my calendar is “ScanNCut for Artists” in October in the Boston area. And “Mixed Media Circus: Whimsical Collage” in November in the UK. Hope to see you in class!
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#mixedmediacollage #mixedmedia #collage #cutandpaste #paintedpaper #imadethat #collageiseasy #paintedpapercollage #theinkpad #theinkpanyc #inkpad #inkpadnyc #nyc #artclass #painting #artschool #learning #arteducation

Taught my “Interesting Faces” class at @theinkpadnyc today. Great group of students filled with creativity and a sense of adventure. Students came in nervous, but willing to try new things and push themselves. I love it! #whatjulietaught
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#inkpadnyc #theinkpad #theinkpadnyc #drawing #artclass #colorfulart #painting #mixedmediacollage #mixedmedia #collageart #collage #imadethat #artjournal #artjournaling #artjournalpage #artjournaleveryday

I am too old for ball pits. By the time they were a thing, I was too old and too big to go in them. ☹️ BUT, yesterday my life-long ball pit dreams came true at the Color Factory in NYC! A giant ball pit for grownups. 🎉🤪 It was both soooo much fun and a little bit gross (Do they wash these balls?! What’s down here in the bottom of the ball pit?!) — concerns I’m sure I wouldn’t have had as a child. I guess it’s true what they say: You can’t go back. BUT, you can get sweaty splashing around in a giant ball pit and love every single moment of it!! Swipe through to see some of our antics. 😝💙🔵
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#colorfactory #colorfactorynyc #thecolorfactory #nyc #ballpit #blue #kidatheart #justakidatheart #iwontgrowup #boomerangap #julielovesart #travelsofjulie #jump

When you create “free standing collage” you can audition backgrounds. Swipe through to see some options I tried. It’s amazing how the same piece of collage can look so different depending on the background. Which one is your fave? Light Blue? Red & Orange? Blue & Purple? Or me after having eaten a red popsicle? 😬😂
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This is a sample from the mixed media collage class I’m teaching on Sunday @theinkpadnyc — there are still a few seats left, so if you’re in the NYC area, come join us! It’s guaranteed to be a good time!
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#mixedmediacollage #whatjulietaught #collageart #collageartist #facecollage #collageface #cutandpaste #delipaper #colorfulart #whatjulietaught #whatjuliemade #inkpadnyc #artclass #newyorkcity #mask #facemask

Putting the finishing touches on this baby! A few coats of wax and then all I have to do is add knobs and it’s done! 💪🎉
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#upcycle #upcycling #paintedfurniture #furnitureredo #furniturewax #whatjuliemade #wip #artlife #artlifestyle #artist #painter#boneinlay #painting #botanical #flowers #paintedflowers #floral #abmcrafty #abmbeforeafter

Whenever I get new paints, I give them a test drive with a color wheel. You can learn a lot about opacity, consistency, pigment load, etc from this simple act. And as a bonus, you now have the color wheel as a reference for color mixing down the line. 👍 🎥 You can see the full video on my YouTube channel or my blog. And if you swipe through this post, you’ll see the section video — a snippet of me testing these paints for gelatin printing.
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#colormixing #colorwheel #blickartmaterials #blickrylic #blickrylics #balzervideo #fineart #artist #artlife #contemporaryart #abmcolor #dscolor #roygbiv #primarycolors #painting #acrylicpaint #gelliprint #gelatinprint #balzerdesigns #gelliarts #gelpress #tcwstencillove #monoprint #stenciling #stencils

Have you heard of #inktober? It’s a month-long challenge that was started by illustrator and cartoonist Jake Parker. In essentials, you are encouraged to create an ink drawing each day in October. I’ve participated in the #inktober challenge twice before – both times focusing on lettering.
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This year I was thinking of a new spin on the challenge. It’s called "Print Inktober." I’ll be using printing ink and stamping ink rather than drawing ink, but my goal is to create a stamped print every day of October. I want to get my stamps out of storage and into play!
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I’ll be posting under the hashtag #printinktober and if you’d like to play along, you are welcome to as well!
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GUIDELINES:
— Create and post one print each day in October.
— Use the hashtag #printinktober when you post.
— Any stamp can be used – foam, silicone, rubber, hand carved, lino, whatever you want!
— Any ink can be used – screenprinting ink, marker ink, stamping ink, printing ink, etc.
— You can use the official #inktober prompts, if you'd like. Or not.
— Have fun and don’t worry if you miss a day (or more). The point of the challenge is to get those stamps out of storage and into use!!
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What do you think? Ready to start printing?!
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#print #printmaking #printmakersunite #printmaker #stamp #stamping #rubberstamps #rubberstamp #foamstamp #foamstamps #abmcrafty #siliconestamps #handcarved #handcarvedstamp #lino #linocarving #balzervideo #whatjuliemade

It’s pouring outside. Seems like the perfect excuse to not run errands and instead stay inside and play with paint & color. 🙌 #likeineededanexcuse
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#whatjuliemade #whatjulietaught (This is for a new online class.) #monochromatic #pattern #painting #artlife #dailyart #warmcolors #ilovecolors #dscolor #dscolors #abmcolor #abmcolorful #abmcrafty #craftygirl #contemporaryartist #red #orange #hotcolors

Jumping in a skirt turns out to be dangerous...😳😬 Luckily this photo didn’t have my skirt flying up too high. 😜 Happy to stumble upon this mural in Cambridge while on my way to the art supply store! Really, that’s a win-win kind of day! 💪😄
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#julielovesart #streetart #inmansquare #cambridge #publicart #mural #jump #jumping #jumpforjoy #joyous #artlife #discoverart #bostonart #artandscience #lizard #biglizard #paintedwall #sciencemurals

Do you remember this blue triangle I posted a video of creating last week? Well, I couldn’t leave well enough alone and so I went to town with my white Sharpie. 🙌 I find doodling totally addictive. Every time I do a little, I want to do more!! Swipe through the photos to catch all the details! 👀
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#whatjuliemade #artjournal #artjournaleveryday #artjournaling #whitepen #whitesharpie #doodling #doodles #mandala #doodlingisaddictive #sketchbook #blackandwhite #doodleoftheday #imadethat #craft #art #drawing #drawingoftheday #whiteink #blackpages

I finally completed this hand cut spread in my art journal! It took me a few days, working in spurts and sections. I find hand cutting tiring on my fingers, wrist, and shoulder, but I also find it meditative. If you swipe through these photos, I’ve included a video of part of the cutting process and lots of detail photos. Enjoy!
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#whatjuliemade #artjournal #artjournaleveryday #artjournaling #papercutting #handcut #heartart #art #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #craft #crafty #imadethat #balzervideo #boomerangapp #lacepaper #flowers #botanicalart #gardenart #papercutart #papercut #cutpaper #exacto #tcwstencillove

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