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

#tbt to the Museé d’Orsay in Paris. If you swipe through:
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Manet: I love the direct gaze in his portraiture.
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Toulouse-Lautrec: a master of capturing simple moments with bold lines
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Cezanne: I know him for his still lifes (I looked it up — the plural of still life is still lifes, not still lives) but I loooove the impasto work on this portrait
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Bouguereau: it’s all about the flesh — look at the grip of those fingers!
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Chauveau: I adore his grotesque monster sculptures. They’re quite petite in real life.
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van Gogh x3: This was the biggest collection of van Gogh’s I’ve ever seen in person. I was gobsmacked!
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One of the giant clocks at the museum — it used to be a train station!
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And last but not least, a Monet portrait. I love his figures. I know it’s all about the waterlillies and haystacks, but for me, it’s his portraits.
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Lots more photos on my blog if you’re interested! #julielovesart
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#manet #monet #toulouselautrec #vangogh #cezanne #dorsay #museedorsay #chauveau #bouguereau #artmuseum #portraiture #travelsofjulie #ihavethisthingwithmuseumpics #fineart #painting #oilpainting #famousartist

Thought for the day. 🙌 It’s incredibly difficult not to compare yourself to others — especially on social media. But each of us is special and unique with different strengths. What’s the point in wishing you could climb a tree when you’re a fish? Better to focus on what you already excel at! Embrace your unique genius! #youreagenius
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#einsteinquotes #einsteinquote #quoteoftheday #quotestagram #handlettering #handlettered #ipadart #procreateart #ipadpro #applepencil #illustration #illustratedquote #goodtype #lettering #moderncalligraphy #balzervideo #whatjuliemade

I don't have a pretty studio, but it's extremely functional. I try to keep all of my most used supplies right at my fingertips.
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In some ways, I think of my studio as my "other kitchen." It's a room that gets used every day and has to function properly. It has to have a lot of easy access storage for tools and supplies. And just as a kitchen requires good workflow from fridge to stove to sink -- a studio requires a good workflow from the various stations you use. And can we talk about counter space? There's never enough! In either my kitchen or my studio!
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How do you organize your art space?
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#artstudio #studiospace #workspace
#workstation #mixedmedia #desk #mixedmediaart #desksetup #homestudio #theviewfromhere #room #office #homeoffice #workspacewednesday #deskgoals #artist #artjournaler #artjournal #artjournaleveryday #makearteveryday

Is it egotistical to put your logo on everything you own?! 🤔 #askingforafriend 😜🙋‍♀️
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I used my ScanNCut to cut my business logo out of vinyl and then applied it to my favorite travel coffee mug. I used a heavy duty permanent vinyl so that it would be washable. Full how to tutorial on my YouTube channel.
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#scanncut #scanncut2 #brandambassador #travelmug #coffeecup #logo #vinylcrafts #vinylcutter #crafter #crafty #personalizedmug #personalizedcup #yeticup #imadethis #balzerdesigns #weedingvinyl

I work in chaos. Seriously, my middle name should be “mess.” 😔 My desk always looks like this! Last week’s project on top of yesterday’s experiment, and then some stuff I pulled out of a drawer and never put away is piled on top of that. And do I clean up when I want to start a new project? Nooooo. I just plop my art journal on top of the mess!! 🤦‍♀️ On the bright side, I never have to go looking for my supplies...because they’re all on my desk! 😜 #queenofchaos
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#reallife #wherewomencreate #deskview #artjournal #artjournaleveryday #artjournaling #creativechaos #creativemess #messylife #abmcolor #julielikeseyes #stenciling #sakuraofanerica #scanncut #permapaquemarker #permapaque

Are you interested in getting a creative spark?! This photo is from the last time I taught my "Painted Paper Collage" class. I'm teaching it again, in September, @theinkpadnyc in NYC. In fact, my entire 2018 teaching schedule is now open for registration! I'll be at @whimsodoodle at the end of this month (3 classes over Labor Day weekend), then off to the Ink Pad in September, teaching a two-day "ScanNCut for Artists" in Massachusetts in October (students have already signed up from 5 different states for that one), and finishing up the year in the UK co-teaching with @natkalbach (3 days of awesomeness).
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If you've taken a class with me, you know that they're fast paced, funny, packed with information, and a great place to connect with other creative people who "get it."
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I hope to see you in class!
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#whatjulietaught
#artjournal #artjournaling #artjournaleveryday #collage #mixedmediacollage #cutandpaste #gelliprinting #tcwstencillove #balzerdesigns #delipaper #collageartist #collageart #artclass #portrait #painting #artlessons #artschool #theinkpadnyc #inkpadnyc #whimsodoodle #scanncut #scanncut2 #scanncutdx #mixedmediacircus #natkalbach #papercollage #collageoftheday

I was lucky enough to see Moulin Rouge The Musical last night at the Emerson Colonial Theatre. What a gorgeous theatre — especially the mosaic border floors in the lobby. 😍 As for the show, it was spectacular — in every sense of that word. I laughed. I cried. I clapped my hands. It was outstanding! 👏👏👏 And what a visual treat too! Fantastic sets, costumes, and wigs. I used to work in the theatre and this is the kind of show that makes me wish I still did. It was so fun that even at a whopping 3-hour run time, I just didn’t want it to end!! 👍👍
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#moulinrouge #moulinrougebroadway #moulinrougemusical #moulinrougethemusical #emersoncolonial #colonialtheatre #broadwayinboston #broadwaytryout #prebroadway #jukeboxmusical #comedytragedy #ihavethisthingwithfloors #mosaicfloor #mosaictiles

I’m throwing a party and you’re all invited! 🎉🍾Tune into @hsn tomorrow (Saturday) at 9am EST. I’ll be demonstrating how easy it is to use the @ptouchembellish to give every element of your birthday party a personal touch!!
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The #ptouchembellish is a hand held ribbon and tape printer. Type in what you want and print horizontally, vertically, continuously...whatever you desire. There are fonts to choose from, plus frames, patterns, emojis, and more!
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#ribbonprinting #birthdayparty #personaltouch #partyscape #peonies #peoniesaremyfavorite #flowerstagram #hsn #hsncrafts #ptouch #homesweethome #flamingle #emily #centerpiece #homedecor #birthdayparty #crafting #crafts #diy #partytime #diypartydecor

The Louvre in ten photos? Impossible! But, I have picked ten of my faves to share with you today. 🙌 Swipe left. ◀️
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The process of being forced to winnow my faves down to just ten was actually quite elucidating. Swiping through these photos I can see the things I’m always drawn to: people, hands, pattern, architecture, and light vs. shadow. No photos of landscapes 🏞 — though the museum had plenty. No photos of animals 🐒 — though the museum had plenty. No photos of flowers 💐 or trees 🌲 — though the museum had plenty.
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I think we are all naturally drawn to certain subjects — whether creating art or viewing it. What do you look at in museums?
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#louvre #thelouvre #museelouvre #museedulouvre #artmuseum #ihavethisthingwithmuseumpics #museumpics #art #paris #parisfrance #julielovesart

Filling my art journal with color and pattern with this hand carved stamp. It looks so different in color! (Look back a few posts to see the black and white version.) I love the way it looks!
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#artjournal #whatjuliemade #artjournaleveryday #artjournaling #stamping #stamped #stampart #handcarvedstamp #stamper #rangerink #inkpad #art #craft #craftygirl #shescrafty #contemporaryart

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