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

There are a lot of new faces around here & so I wanted to take a moment to say, “Hello!” & introduce myself.  My name is Julie Fei-Fan (pronounced faye fan) Balzer.  Fei-Fan is my middle name & it’s Chinese (like my Mother). I’ve been told that it means “unique.”
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I never thought that I would be an artist.  Growing up, I loved art class & making things, but I figured that since I couldn’t naturally sit down and draw realistically, I clearly didn’t have the talent.  If only someone had explained to me what I know now: drawing is a skill to be practiced & learned AND it isn’t the only hallmark of being an artist!
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I lived in New York City for sixteen years, where I put my college degree in theatre to good use as a theatrical director.  While I don’t direct plays anymore, you can catch me singing show tunes most days of the week.
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Around 2013, I decided to take the leap & make art my full-time career!  I was in the midst of getting divorced & it was a truly frightening time.  I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to support myself in this career.  But, I worked hard & got lucky, & thank goodness, it worked out!
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About 2 years ago I moved back to my hometown outside of Boston and met a sweet man who agreed to live in an apartment filled with weird colorful faces, random giant eyes, & a lot of art supplies.
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My Instagram feed is filled with art & craft & travel & more. I use a few hashtags to help keep things organized:
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#julielovesart = museum/gallery pics
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#balzerdesigns = items made with my licensed products (stamps, stencils, & more!)
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#makeitartsytv = the TV show I host on PBS
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#artjournaleveryday = hashtag I started years ago to encourage folks to share daily art journal pages
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Plus: #whatjuliemade #julieinthestudio #whatjulietaught #julielikeseyes #travelsofjulie #balzervideo
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I wrote a book: #carvestampplay & host #carvedecember — carve a stamp/day in Dec
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If you want to connect with me in other places, I blog M-F, you can watch my daily adventures in my weekly vlog on YouTube.  My Mom & I host a sporadic podcast called Adventures in Arting (find it on iTunes). I’m balzerdesigns across social media. And I teach classes online & in-person.
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I renewed my passport today. Went to the post office and had them take my official photo — lots of rules: no smile, no glasses, hair off of face, no coat, white background, entire head must be shown, head must be three-quarters of the way down in the frame, etc. When the woman behind the desk handed me this photo, I asked, “Does it matter that it’s not centered?” She said no. 🤔 With all those rules half my shoulder cut off is okay?! 🤷🏻‍♀️ Well, I decide that she’s the expert, so I mailed it in. Here’s hoping I get a new passport back! 🤞😬

My first time visiting @thewadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. The museum is lovely and I thought the signage was great. I learned a lot from the wall cards and enjoyed myself along the way. Took a “highlights tour” with a docent too. Swipe through to see a (brief) photo & video tour (more in my insta stories). You will see: the gorgeous #sollewitt mural in the Atheneum’s Great Morgan Hall, 2 detail photos of a lovely painting by #AliceNeel, a detail from a painting by #johnsingersargent, detail of a painting by #louisanquetin (love the way he’s capturing the light), two details from two different #Picasso paintings (love the 🐟), and finally a fall-front desk that I am coveting hard. It was made by an enslaved man named #WilliamHoward. There are just 5 other examples of his beautiful work known to exist in the world. #julielovesart
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#ihavethisthingwithmuseumpics #museum #artmuseum #hartford #hartfordct #atheneum #wadsworthatheneum #hartfordatheneum #contemporaryart #modernart #mural

I can’t stop marbling! It’s so much fun!! 💯🎉💪😄 ETA: I’m using @marabucreativeusa #easymarble & I have put a link to buy it in my bio. 👍 I’m printing on deli paper. AND I will have a tutorial with all the info on my YouTube channel sometime this weekend. 👈
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#marabu #marbling #marblingart #delipaper #balzervideo #whatjuliemade #artathome #art #craft #watermedia #makeitartsytv #artistsofinstagram #marbledpaper #marblingpaper #matblingartist #marblingeffect #cool #artvideo

A little bit of art journaling to start the day. 🙌 Several years ago I started forcing myself to draw with a big fat black marker. No erasing. No hiding. It has been a 💯great💯 choice! It has really forced me to be more confident and committed in my drawing (and shading). #whatjuliemade #artjournaleveryday
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#artjournaling #artjournal #drawing #sakuraofamerica #permapaque #permapaquemarker #blackmarker #markerart #whitesharpie #practice #art #artplay #artpractice #workingartist #craft #sketch #sketcbook

I have been following the #artvsartist hashtag and loving it! 🙌 When I decided to put together my own collection of 8 pieces of work, it was more difficult than expected because I am all over the place. 🤦🏽‍♀️ I like to make so many different types of things! I tried to represent most categories, but 8 just isn’t enough! 😫 Nevertheless, I chose 8 pieces of art from the past 4 months to represent what I like to do! Clockwise from top left: mixed media collage, quilting, stamp carving, freestyle embroidery, painting, art journaling, sketching, gelatin printing. What do you think? A fair representation of my style and what I make? 🤔 #whatjuliemade

2018 is my year of quilting (one quilt a month) and today I’m working on April’s quilt. I’m trying to decide if 4 blocks are enough for a small wall hanging or if I should expand outwards... 🤔 So many possibilities!! #whatjuliemade #12quilts2018
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#improvpaperpiecing #quilt #quilting #sun #aqua #paperpiecing #quilter #quiltblock #mqg #modernquilting #summer #craft #art #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #quiltart #brothersews #sewing #stitching

I’m in the midst of putting together my very first Traveler’s Notebook. (What took me so long?!) For the sketchbook section, I wanted to create a palette of paint (technically these are dyes) to take with me for impromptu coloring. 🖌🎨
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Full video with chatty narrative is up on my blog & YouTube channel. 👍
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#travelersnotebook #travelersnotebookinserts #tninserts #tndashboard #travelersnotebookdashboard #bulletjournal #planner #sketchbook #watercolor #peerlesswatercolors #peerlesswatercolor #diy #diypalette #paintpalette #balzervideo #whatjuliemade #artjournal #artjournaleveryday #handmade #art #craft #artistsoninstagram #plannerlove

Thought I would take my new sketchbook for a test drive. It’s not watercolor paper, but it held up great! 🙌
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If you’d like to spend a weekend sketching with me, join my “Urban Sketching Weekend” April 28&29 at my home. Even if you think you can’t draw, I will take you step-by-step through how easy it really is! We will start with objects and by the end of the weekend, you’ll be painting scenes from the world around you! We will cover watercolor, color mixing, drawing, choosing & editing scenes, lettering, drawing people, and even getting over the embarrassment of sketching in public! I hope you’ll join me. (Class link in my bio.) #whatjulietaught
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#urbansketchers #urbansketch #urbansketching #sketchbook #drawing #carandache #neocolorii #watercolor #qorwatercolors #goldenpaints #travelersjournal #balzervideo #whatjuliemade #learntosketch

🎥Having fun with a @marshavalk technique. 😍 In essentials, the oil pastel drawing resists the acrylic paint. How cool is that?! 🙌🎉 And, Yes! I was able to use the same drawing twice!!
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#oilpastel #oilpastels #craypas #sakuraofamerica #balzervideo #whatjuliemade #gelatinplate #gelliplate #gelli #gelliprint #gelatinprint #gelatinprinting #monoprint #gelpress #marshavalk #monoprinting #resist #resisttechnique #acrylicpaint #liquitex #liquitexpaint

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