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

Last stencil of my 2019 release!! This one is called “Big Flower” and it’s super fun to use in both 6x6 and 12x12.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this 12-day sneak peek of all the new designs. I have arrived in Arizona for #Creativation2019 — the craft industry’s annual trade show. I’m excited to see the stencils and samples all together in the @tcwstencils booth. I’ll be sure to share photos! 🎉

I would only add: creativity is a muscle. You've got to use it and exercise it. The more you practice, the stronger your creativity gets!⁣
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I make art most days. And I have for several years. But I started a project at the beginning of this year to consciously make sure that I was making some kind of art every single day of 2019. I've been sharing what I'm working on, every day, in my instagram stories. My hope is that a year of conscious creating will bring me something new and exciting -- a new skill, a new opportunity. I don't know what. I'm not working towards any particular goal. Rather I'm focused on exercising my creativity and being open to whatever happens.⁣
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This is my new stencil, “Faithful Tree.” It comes in 6x6 and 12x12. I used the 6x6 version of the stencil to create this roundabout of trees. Someone left a comment on my blog today saying that it reminded them of a linocut. I love that! One of my goals in art making is to force, even a keen viewer, to have to really think about how the work was put together. I strive to create work that demands a closer inspection!

Demo in the attic (aka my future art studio) is nearly complete. 🎉 Today was my first time seeing the space with the drop ceiling removed and...Oh. My. God. 🙌 It truly felt like a religious experience with the light and the soaring peaks of the roof...just amazing. I feel totally blown over and delighted and lucky. Somebody pinch me. Is this real life?! 😍
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PS: Steve is 6’1” if that helps you with scale. ⏫

You guys! I am having so much fun experimenting with new ideas about abstract painting. I used my brand new (not yet released) stencil TCW 830 “Dash Triangle” to scatter pattern across the composition. I really like the way it turned out! 🙌
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Our home renovation project is getting very real. This is the space that is going to become my art studio. I'm super excited for all of these walls to come down and reveal a big open room. #dreamcometrue In some ways, it's a return to the roots of this space. In 1890 -- when the house was built -- this attic space probably was just a big open room!⁣
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Today’s stencil is TCW 825 “Love Frame.” I might be biased, but I love the doodled garden that makes up this stencil. 😍 When I designed this stencil I debated for a long time about the heart. Should it be open — as it is — or closed? The reason I picked open is because I figured it made the stencil more versatile. You can use it as is with the open heart. Or you can do what I do in the video and use a mask to make it closed. Bonus! 💪
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Something new. Excited to see where this style of work takes me!! 🙌

I've been seeing a lot of posts for the #10yearchallenge and I thought I'd play along. This has been a decade of change for me -- moved states, changed careers, grew a business, got divorced, met someone new and got engaged, lost 100 pounds, bought my first car, bought my first house, lost a friend to cancer, and lost my Dad. I am proud of the person I've become. I've fought hard to be where I am and I'm so grateful for all the help I've received along the way. Here's hoping the next decade is a good one!

Working on something new. 🙌

Today’s stencil-of-the-day is TCW 835 “Plaid Fringe.” It’s one of those super useful patterns that everyone should have in their arsenal. I put together a quick video (second image) that demonstrates how to create the drop shadow you see in these photos. I hope you’re enjoying all these sneak peeks of new stencils! Only 4 designs left to share! 😁

Today’s stencil is called “Fantastical.” I had originally been thinking of a stylized Art Deco butterfly when I designed it. 🦋
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All of my stencils come in 6x6 and 12x12 sizes. You can see that I’ve mixed the two sizes in this layered gelatin print. I think using different sizes of the same shape helps to create rhythm and movement in your work. Do you agree or disagree?

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