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

On my blog today I'm talking about "wasting" supplies. Which is more of a waste: (a) Using your art supplies on a project you end up not liking or (b) leaving your supplies sitting on a shelf?⁣
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Personally, I vote for b. I don't want to die with the most stuff. I think it's important to use your good stuff. Enjoy it. Use it up. It's okay. Here are five tips on how to use more of what you've already got:⁣
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1. Make art. Don't wait for the right time. Grab ten minutes and play!⁣
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2. Create art kits. Include the items you've been hoarding. Force yourself to use the art kits to create.⁣
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3. Donate or sell what you're not going to use. There's no use in hanging on to things you rarely use. Pass them on to someone who will use them right away!⁣
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4. Develop a 1-in/2-out rule. For every one new art item you bring into your home, two items have to be disposed of -- either because they're used up or because you're sending them off to a happy new home. You'll be amazed at how willing you are to use things up when you know it means new things can come into your home!⁣
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5. Change your mindset. This is probably the most difficult thing to do. But you can do it. Start looking at shelves packed with unused supplies as a waste. Focus on how wasteful it is to not use the things you own.⁣
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I hope that's useful to you!⁣
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I made my very first container with a lid. 🙌 It’s a hot mess on so many levels, but I am 100% in loooove with it! 😍 Still learning so much in every class. I really struggle with the wheel throwing. I don’t have the touch. Yet. It feels frustrating to be 7 weeks into this process and still so bad at it. At the same time, there’s also great joy in the moments when I do master a skill. Learning is hard work. But this class has made me look forward to Tuesdays as my favorite day of the week! So sad that next week is the last class. 😢 #julieloveslearning
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#whatjuliemade #pottery #clay #art #sugarbowl #bowlwithalid #carvingclay #potteryvideos #potteryvideo #potterystudio #claystudio #clayclass #wheelthrowing #potterywheel

This is my favorite view from our new house. 🙌 Construction starts on Monday and it’s going to be about 8 months before it’s all done. Today I ran through the house taking all of my “before” pictures. I’m sharing a few of them in my stories today. You can expect a lot of photos of the construction process. I’m looking at the house as the biggest craft project I’ve ever tackled! 😜 #balzerhouse
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#theviewfromhere #fall #autumn #treesarebare #victorianhouse #victorianhome #victorianstyle #turret #porch #porchlife #myhome #myhouse #renovating #renovatingourhome #archway #architecture #whataview

Spent most of last night quilting the four pieces I made in class. I went with some simple channel quilting — aka matchstick quilting. Now I have to figure out the binding. Traditional binding or a facing? 🤔 What do you think?
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#whatjuliemade #quilting #modernquilt #quilt #brothersews #facequilt #ilovequilting #modernquilting #artquilt #artquilter #saqa #saqaart #matchstickquilting #channelquilting #walkingfoot #brothercrafts #brothercrafted #hsncraftday #hsncrafts

Thought for the day via Vincent van Gogh. (I took this detail photo of one of his portraits in the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. A visit that overwhelmed me with joy and inspiration.) --> PS: Do you say "van-go" or do you say "van-goff?" 🤷🏻‍♀️⁣
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#quote #quotestagram #inspirationalquote #quoteoftheday #artquote #artistquote #quotesonart #sayings #wordsmatter #speaktruth #vangogh #vincentvangogh #normality #normal #whatisnormal #imnotnormal #dontbenormal

Had a great time today creating several fabric collages faces in class with @melissaaverinos 👁👁 It was fun to figure out how to meld Melissa’s techniques and ideas with my personal style. Now I just have to figure out how to quilt this puppy...🤔
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#julieloveslearning #whatjuliemade #portrait #artquilt #fabriccollage #rawedgeapplique #applique #rawedge #konacotton #eyelashes #facecollage #cutandpaste #quiltersconnection #melissaaverinos #contemporaryart #art #craft #imadethat

I’m in the pottery studio tonight. Picking out underglaze & glaze combos. I love this combo. 😍
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#mosesianarts #pottery #paintedpottery #glazing #underglaze #blues #turquoise #julieloveslearning

We had the first snowfall of the year last night. It got me excited about white-on-white. Inspiration is all around us. ❄️⁣
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This heart-shaped wreath was made from a bent coat hanger (to create the frame) and then I made feathers from book pages and washi tape. 🙌⁣
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It was the first piece of mine to ever grace the cover of a magazine. It was on the cover of "I Heart Paper" Magazine way back in 2013.⁣
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#whatjuliemade #art #craft #makersgottamake #abmcrafty #artlife #imadethat #iloveart #crafty #shescrafty #iheartpaper #snow #wintercrafting #inspiredbysnow #whiteonwhite #contemporaryart #papercrafting #papercrafts #bookart #wreath #holidaywreath

I don’t often draw men. But I found this ad in the inflight magazine and it seemed like a face I needed to capture. 🙌 I really ought to draw more men. This was fun and I enjoyed exploring the small differences in creating a masculine face.
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#whatjuliemade #whatjulietaught #gellijournal #masculine #delta #inflightmagazine #artonthego #drawing #portrait #sketchbook #artjournal #artjournaling #artjournaleveryday #sketching

Some more abstract #gellijournal doodles. 🙌 The second photo is the full spread. If you’re interested in making this kind of art, my Gelli Journals online class starts December 1. 😁
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#whatjuliemade #whatjulietaught #pattern #surfacepatterndesign #purple #flowers #tulip #doodling #art #craft #iloveart #artclass #travelart #drawing #permapaque

#tbt to that time in the Kilkenny Castle Woods when I sang at the top of my lungs and no one was there to complain. 😂 There's something to be said for being all alone in the woods. 🌲 And for not taking yourself too seriously. After all, if you can't sing show tunes in the woods, you really don't know how to have fun at all! 😜⁣
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#travelsofjulie #throwbackthursday #irleand #kilkenny #kilkennycastle #kilkennycastlepark #singing #performance #silly #performinginthewoods⁣
#lmfao #wacky #haha #nevergrowup #instahappy #woods #outdoors #fall #autumn #thegreatoutdoors #showtunes

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