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

Fabric + Scissors + Glue = 👁👁 #fabriccollage
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I’m heading home from California today and I’m super excited to have a few weeks at home. I hope to get lots of creative projects done, including finishing up a set of 4 face collage quilts — this is one of them. And who knows what else? 🎉
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#artquilt #quiltingarts #quilt #modernquilting #whatjuliemade #brothersews #collage #cutandpaste #art #contemporaryart

Today’s #carvedecember prompt is “fruit.” I settled on a lemon/orange slice...but I had some problems along the way. 🙇🏻‍♀️ This is actually the second stamp I carved for the prompt. Swipe through to watch a video where I explain the problem. Luckily, my determination to succeed is strong. So, I decided to try again and I’m very pleased with the final result! 🙌💪 (Even though it looks more like a 🌸 than a 🍋.)
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#whatjuliemade #stampsthatpattern #carvestampplay #repeatingpattern #surfacepatterndesign #oranges #lemons #whenlifegivesyoulemons #makelemonade #seamlessrepeatingpattern #yum

Today’s #carvedecember prompt is “dicey.” So here was my thought process: dicey > 🎲 > D&D octagonal dice > hexagon > dicey > dangerous > unsafe > hexagonal stamp with some uncomfortable choices. The brain is a weird and interesting space for creative thought, don’t you think? I love all the variations in how you can print this bad boy.
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#stamp #stampcarving #hexagon #hexagonal #pattern #patterndesign #surfacepatterndesign #hexie #balzervideo #whatjuliemade #stamping #art #printmaker #contemporaryart #craft #carvestampplay

Today’s #carvedecember prompt is “garden.” I had four small scraps of leftover rubber (swipe through, it’s the last photo) and so I used the scraps to create a garden of “garbage stamps.” I call them garbage stamps, not because they’re garbage, but because they’re made from rubber that would otherwise be considered trash. Garbage stamps always feel like a victory to me. 🏆
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#stampcarving #carvestampplay #garbagestamp #printmaker #printmaking #flowers #garden #surfacepatterndesign #patterndesign #floralpattern #floral #botanical #blackandwhite #art #contemporaryart #craft #stamping #whatjuliemade

Today’s #carvedecember prompt is “magpie.” I taught all day, so this is a super quick hotel room carve. If you swipe through you can see the drawings I did before settling on a design.
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#magpie #bird #putabirdonit #birds #birdsofafeather #ornothology #stampcarving #fauna #nature #wildlife #printmaker #printmaking #stamp #stamped #art #contemporaryart #marriotthotel #whatjuliemade #speedycarve #speedballink #rangerink #speedballart

Today’s #CarveDecember prompt is “circle” and I went overly complicated. I turned on the Netflix in my hotel room and went to town. I am so glad that I did because I think this might be one of my most favorite rotating repeat stamps. 🙌😍
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#whatjuliemade #stampcarving #handcarved #carvestampplay #stampsthatpattern #lino #speedballart #circles #surfacepatterndesign #pattern #seamlessrepeatingpattern #patterndesign #speedycarve #printmaker #art #contemporaryart #bostonartist

I love to take hand stitching with me when I travel. ✂️ It’s easy to stop and start and requires just a little bit of lap space. Plus, hand stitching is a slow process that I rarely indulge in when I’m home. So it feels like a treat to pull out the embroidery floss! Do you have a go-to travel art project?

Today’s #carvedecember prompt is “wondering.” I couldn’t figure out what to carve and then it occurred to me: one of my major goals for #carvedecember is to get people excited about how fun and easy stamp carving is. So, I decided to put together a quick tutorial on how to carve a stamp with a craft knife in case you were “wondering.” The video is in 3 parts due to Instagram limits. Hope you enjoy it and give stamp carving a try! 💪

I’m packing my bags for San Diego! Tomorrow I head to California for my final business trip of 2018. I’m teaching two ScanNCut classes at @sewingmachinesplusdotcom and these luminaries are one of the many projects we are making. 🙌

I am unpacking all of the handmade Christmas ornaments tonight. 🎄 I have made a serious effort to have a “handmade” tree for the last few years and I am so glad! Each year I make a few new ornaments to add to the collection. 🙌 It’s a wonderful tradition that I hope to continue for many Christmas trees to come! Do you have an ornament tradition in your family?

Today’s #carvedecember prompt is “snake.” I carved two versions because I messed up the first one. But looking at the final prints, can you tell which one is the “messed up” one? 🤷🏻‍♀️ I can’t. And I think it’s good to remember that no one knows what you originally intended. The quickest way to make your work better is to let go of expectations and embrace what happens!
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Also, when I put together the list of prompts for Carve December, I wanted to include a wide range of topics and styles. This is the first snake I’ve ever carved. I love that these prompts are pushing me to (a) carve stamps I wouldn’t have otherwise, and (b) filter my ideas through a “usefulness” filter — I don’t just want to carve a stamp that fits the prompt. I want to carve a stamp that fits the prompt AND fits into the way I use stamps. 💪
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#carvestampplay #snake #stampcarving #illustration #snakeillustration #stamping #stampcarving #asp #rattlesnake #diamondback #cobra #snakeart #contemporaryart #snakeskin #printmaking #printmaker #blockprinting #linocut #speedycarve

Today’s #carvedecember prompt was surprisingly difficult for me. It’s “rectangle” and I got a bit stuck trying to decide whether the design should be rectangles or the block should be a rectangle?! 😐🤔🙇🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ But you know what, who cares?! The point is to carve a stamp! And so I did. 🙌 The prompts should be a gentle push, not a stumbling block. Let them inspire you. If they don’t, carve a stamp anyway! 💪
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#whatjuliemade #stampsthatpattern #rectangle #surfacedesign #moddesign #artchallenge #balzervideo #stamping #artvideo #crafter #craftlife #carvestampplay #printmaker #stampcarving #handcarvedstamp #rubberstamp #xmarksthespot

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