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I have been in a bit of a rut with my art journal as of late. So tonight I decided to shake things up by digging through my supplies and grabbing something I haven’t used in a while. I pulled out these #carandache water soluble crayons and went to town. It felt really good. If you feel like you’re in a rut, try some new supplies! They don’t have to be new new, just something not in the current rotation. Swipe to see a photo of the finished face and then a close-up. 👈
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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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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 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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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

Friday Paint Party! Re-imagining a canvas that just was not working. 🙌
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When I paint over a work, I don’t cover it completely. My goal is not to eliminate the previous painting, but to redirect it. 🔛
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This particular canvas has already been through three or four different drafts. And I can see all of that history in this most recent layer.
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What’s your Friday night plan?
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#whatjuliemade #balzervideo #painting #acrylicpaint #wip #goldenpaints #paintingvideo #abstractart #leaves #botanical #artvideo #art #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #fineart #craft #iliketomakethings #color #colorexplosion #paintparty

Design Play Sunday! Creating a composition with circles. ⭕️🔵⚫️⚪️🔴 Recently, I’ve become fascinated with how flexible basic shapes are. The circle is definitely my go-to comfort shape. When in doubt, I always add circles. How about you? #designplaysunday

Can’t. Stop. #sorrynotsorry 😂 Trying an abstract composition this time. 🙌 It was super fun to work within the limitations of the blocks and do some creative problem solving. I feel like these blocks could help create a rough draft for some finished art...🤔 Going to have to add that thought to my (lengthy) art-I-want-to-make list! ✔️ #creativeplay #abstractart
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#whatjuliemade #balzervideo #contemporaryart #art #play #woodenblocks #creativeprocess #performanceart #artmaking #abstract #shapeart #modernart #creativity #circles

Creativity is all about PLAY! I’ve been having lots of fun playing with these blocks I painted. My inspiration came from a gaming store where I saw a set of blocks, like these, for kids to play with. I figured I’d make my own and see what emerged. Apparently, My subconscious wants a puppy? 🐶 #artisfun
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This is the gift I gave my Valentine. ♥️ Complete tutorial video on my YouTube channel! 🎥 Happy Valentine’s Day!! #whatjuliemade
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Current #artjournal obsession: modeling paste and then layers and layers of paint! 🙌 I don’t think it comes through the camera as well as it does in person, but I am just loving the rich texture. I just want to run my hands all over these pages! #texture
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There are TEN new #balzerdesigns stencils for @tcwstencils ! 🎉 I’ll be livestreaming all the new designs at 9pm EST on my YouTube channel. I hope you’ll join me for all the fun! It’s going to be an art party you won’t want to miss!! I’ll be sharing techniques, ideas, and giving away stencils!!
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Stamping in my #artjournal! People often ask me how I get my words to fit so perfectly into the space on the page. 🤔 My secret: I don’t! 😜 I just add elements, like this stamped border, to fill the space!! #artjournaleveryday #stamping #balzervideo

My 1st (not symmetrical ) stamp design for 2018, #stampcarving #stampthatpattern #balzervideo @balzerdesigns Happy new year.

Can you believe that it’s already the last day of December?! For #carvedecember stamp 31, I went big and bold. In so many ways, the design of this stamp is built on all those that came before it. I took the lessons I learned about dark/light, asymmetry, carving nuances, and more to create this intense design. One of the reasons that daily projects are so popular is that they really do lead to growth. Whether it’s athletic or artistic or intellectual, daily practice matters. What will you be embracing as a daily habit in 2018? I’d love to know! #stampcarving #stampsthatpattern #balzervideo

Today’s stamp is a variation on the hexagon & circle stamp from a few days ago. Remember, a basic design can be used over and over again with small variations making it feel very different. ✔️ #carvedecember #stampcarving #stampsthatpattern #balzervideo #whatjuliemade

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