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

I am the real life 😬 Right?! 😂 You guys, it’s a mess in here!! I pulled all of my art journals out to share during today’s livestream and then I threw them on the ground during the broadcast. 📚 📖 Now it’s a mess I don’t want to deal with. 😕 It’s the cleaning part of making things that I absolutely abhor. Let me know when they invent a robot who cleans up your art studio. 🤖 #ineedthat In all seriousness, I was amazed at how many journals I’ve managed to fill. It’s kind of an amazing thing to see the progress and evolution from year-to-year. Biggest takeaway: I don’t like reading the old journaling but I love seeing the old art. I don’t think I’ll stop writing, because I enjoy that process. But it was interesting to note. Do you ever look back at old journals?
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Today at 3pm EST I will be hosting a LIVE art journaling Q&A on my YouTube channel. If you’ve got questions or just want to hang out and talk art, come and join us! It’s free and fun and I will be sharing ideas and giving away spots in my online art journaling classes!!
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You guys! I could not be more excited about today’s 60-degree temperatures! ☀️ I am (literally) dancing around my living room celebrating! 🎉 I thought this day would never come. #endlesswinter 💨❄️😩 Anyone else in the best mood ever thanks to the sunshine and rising temperature?! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️

The results of day one of #threadpainting class with Betsy Habich. #wip I am the weirdo in class who is refusing to go in a photorealistic direction. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Of course, this piece is based on a photo I took outside of #salvadordali’s home, so surreal seems okay. 👌 Looking forward to seeing how this develops tomorrow! #whatjuliemade
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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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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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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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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

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