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Julie Fei-Fan Balzer  Artist, goofball, vlogger, blogger, author, instructor. Host of Make It Artsy on PBS. #balzerdesigns πŸ‘ˆ Next: ✈️ Phoenix, AZ


I MADE THAT! (And apparently this is how I pose in 2018. πŸ˜‚) Anyway, I was super excited when @brothercraftsusa asked me to make something that would really show off what the #scanncut and #DesignNCut can do. Each letter was made with a different material (swipe left to view detail photos). The β€œC” is intricately cut paper, the β€œR” is vinyl and shrink plastic, the β€œE” is wood veneer, the β€œA” is felt, the β€œT” is embossed metal, the β€œE” is an appliquΓ© quilt, and the #marqueeletters are cardstock and Christmas lights! Most of the letters are considerably larger than even the 12x24 mat that Brother offers. So they are almost all pieced together (hopefully seamlessly) to create the giant letters you see here (swipe all the way through to get a sense of scale). This was a super fun challenge and a labor of love. If you’re at the #creativation2018 show, please snap a photo of yourself with the wall and tag me in the post! πŸ‘πŸ˜˜ #whatjuliemade #creativation #brothercrafts #brandambassador

No biggie, just a wall full of *NEW* #balzerdesigns stencils!!!!! πŸŽ‰πŸ™ŒπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ”₯ I hope you love this release as much as I do. I am going to do some live video of the release tomorrow around 2:30 pm MST! So, I hope you’ll check that out!!#creativation2018 #creativation #tcwstencils

This mobile is the first of several super cool projects I made for the #creativation2018 show! In case you’re wondering what the heck #creativation is: It’s the annual craft and hobby tradeshow where manufacturers unveil their new products and retailers buy that new product to stock their shelves. This video shows off a mobile I made for #brothercrafts using the #ptouchembellish and the #DesignNCut! Come and see it and me and all the new product in booth 2513 this weekend! I will also be demoing #artfoamies at the #pinitcanada booth on Saturday 2:30-3:30 (booth 318) and #balzerdesigns stencils at #tcwstencils booth 2:30-3:30 on Sunday (booth 1448). All weekend long I’ll be posting behind-the-scenes pics and video in my insta story! So click on my face in my profile to view those! Hope to see you soon! πŸ‘‹

Stitched my way to Phoenix today for #creativation2018! I listened to a whole bunch of podcasts: two #TEDtalks, some #PlanetMoney β€” including a fascinating peek at lost bitcoin, an episode of #popculturehappyhour, an episode of #thingsyoumissedinhistoryclass (one of my favorite podcasts), and an outstandingly inspirational episode of #creativepeptalk where host #andyjpizza interviewed #lisacongdon. I am a *huge* fan of podcasts. Especially for long flights or while creating. Unlike TV or movies, podcasts leave your eyes free to make things with your full attention. And for me, they don’t set a mood the way music does. I also love that after listening to a podcast (or 7) I feel smarter and creatively refreshed. πŸ™Œ #ilovepodcasts #podcastsaremyjam #embroidery #art

In my #artjournal today. πŸ™Œ I have made just enough space on my perpetually cluttered desk so that my journal hangs off the edge, but doesn’t fall off the table. I know some people can’t stand mess. I go back and forth. Sometimes I thrive on creative chaos and other times I wish I had someone magical to clean up my messes so that I could start fresh the next morning. Unfortunately, I think that magical person might have to be me. πŸ˜” And that is just highly unlikely! 😜 #artjournaleveryday

Another in my #4x4abstract series. But I can’t quite figure out which orientation the painting is meant to be in. β¬†οΈβ¬‡οΈβ†™οΈβ†”οΈβ€΄οΈβ†˜οΈπŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Swipe through to see the various possibilities. Also, I kind of see an airplane in it in the last orientation. Anyone else?

I’m currently obsessed with the #googleartsandculture app!!! They have a fun feature where you can take a #selfie and see what faces in paintings match yours. I’ve tried different lighting, different hairdos, smiling and not smiling...but the results are pretty much the same every time. AND, even though I’m half-Chinese I have never thought that I look particularly Chinese. BUT, given the results: I must! It’s in my facial structure. You can swipe through to see some of the matches I gotten. I’ve been taking photos of everyone I know and seeing who they resemble. I posted some of the results in my Instagram story (click on my face in my profile to view). If you haven’t tried your face yet, it’s a great way to waste 20 minutes! 😜

I swear to you: I will stop posting things I make with this stamp...eventually. At the moment, though...I’m obsessed!! πŸ‘€πŸ™ŒπŸ”₯πŸ’•πŸ˜ #sorrynotsorry #artjournal #artjournaleveryday #handprinted

I’m in love! 😍😍😍 #printmaking #botanical #stampcarving #blockprinting

Last night I stood and drank in the sight of #FranzKline and #PeterVoulkos in conversation. Franz Kline has long been a favorite of mine. His huge gestural (mostly) black and white paintings are filled with emotion and architecture and movement. Peter Voulkos is new to me. But I was charmed by his abstract sculpture. I was at the museum for a meeting (late due to traffic) and then rushing off to dinner. BUT I made the time (5 minutes is enough) to make sure I saw a few pieces of art before I left the museum. I am very lucky to live close to a great museum. But the next time you’re on your way somewhere and you pass an art gallery or an exhibit at a coffee shop or a mural, I think it’s worth making the time (again, 5 minutes is enough) to take a look and drink it in! As much as I love scrolling, there is nothing like seeing art in person. #julielovesart #mfaboston #abstractart #modernart

Current desk view. πŸ™Œ First test print done & it looks pretty good. πŸ‘πŸ‘ I might be ready to ink up this bad boy and really start printing! πŸ”₯ #stampcarving #blockprinting #floraldesign #whatjuliemade PS: Get a closer look at the stamp in my insta stories! (Click on my face in my profile to get there.)

Progress is slow but steady. πŸ’ͺ I often have a desire to rush through a big block like this. I want to get it done! But, I have found that if I rush too much and don’t take breaks (a) my back and my neck are very unhappy with me, and (b) I make stupid mistakes. 😳😬😣 I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve cut into a line I didn’t mean to because I was rushing. 😭 Will I never learn?! πŸ‘€ This time through, I’m trying to remember that slow and steady wins the race. πŸ’πŸ’¨ πŸ† Here’s hoping! 🀞 #stampcarving #botanical #blockprinting #printmaker #wip

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