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Hey! I've noticed a lot of new friends around here lately and so I wanted to take a moment to properly introduce myself to you. 👋 My name is Julie Fei-Fan (pronounced faye-fan) Balzer. I am an artist with a fairly non-traditional career. And, as you can probably guess from the photo, I definitely refuse to take myself too seriously and I love art filled with color!
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I am half-Chinese and half-White. I have lived most of my life in the USA, but I was born in England. My parents were there for two years and I happened to arrive close enough to the end of their stay that my first bed was a drawer (why buy a crib?)
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I spent 16 years in New York City pursuing my theatrical dreams (as a director and dramaturg) and fell into this art career by happy accident. I now live in the Boston area.
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I make my living through:
- Teaching: online and in-person
- Designing products: stencils for @tcwstencils and stamps for @art_foamies and @iostamps - all women owned companies, btw
- As a brand ambassador: check out @brothercraftsusa - the home of #scanncut
- Doing freelance art-related video/TV work. Check out my PBS show @makeitartsytv
- Selling my artwork.
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You can see lots of my daily adventures (art and otherwise) in my weekly vlog on my YouTube channel. My Mom and I host a podcast called "Adventures in Arting" -- find it on iTunes.
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I have been married and divorced. I am currently engaged to a man who makes me laugh every single day and goes to pottery class with me every Tuesday.
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Thank you for taking the time to read this and allowing me to be a part of your online life! I really appreciate it!
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#nicetomeetyou #aboutme #whoareyou #briefbio #allaboutme #introduction
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#printinktober I am loving this stamp collage technique!
#printinktober2018 #printmaking #tagart #carvestampplay

#printinktober Taking inspiration from @balzerdesigns Carve Stamp Play book I created this stamp collage for today’s tag. #printinktober2018 #tagart #printmaking #carvestampplay

Carved brayers. 😁 I rarely cut myself carving but I almost *always* cut myself carving these guys. I think it’s because of the way that I’m holding the brayer in order to carve it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ But I think it’s worth the effort and bandaids because they are sooooo fun to use.
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For this print I decided to see what would happen if I used every single brayer I’ve ever carved. Kind of a hot mess, but I like a hot mess. 🎉💯
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#printinktober #inktober #stampcarving #carvedbrayer #rollingstamp #stamping #art #contemporaryartist #artisticexperiment #artprocess #processvideo #whatjuliemade #balzervideo #allthecolors

This block is one of the first rotating repeat stamps I ever created. I’ve only ever printed it with stamping ink, so I decided to try it out with gold block printing ink instead. #blingbling I like the gold ink, but you can really see where I didn’t have the block inked up enough. 😕 I also think that this particular ink doesn’t show off the fine lines of the stamp as well as stamping ink does. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Well, you never know until you try. And I’m glad that I tried! 👍
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This is a stamp set I carved for my book, Carve Stamp Play — which is all about stamp carving. That book came out in 2013 and I still love this set. 😍 One of the things that I love about stamp carving is that when you’re done, you have this thing — this block — that you can use over and over again! These blocks are 5 years old and they still create great prints! 💪
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I carved a new stamp today and it has a fun story behind it! Do you know what “Magic the Gathering” is? 🤔 It’s a card game and Steve is a huge fan of the game and collector of Magic Cards. There is a card called “Black Lotus” and it’s worth a lot of money. A Black Lotus recently sold for $87,000!!! Steve wanted to create a sort of “fan card” version of the original and asked me if I could carve a stamp of a lotus flower so that he could alter a card? I worked from an image of the original and put my own spin on it. If you swipe through you can see the altered card and a photo of the original image I worked from.
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There's something about crisp white ink that makes me swoon. I've looked for a good stamping ink for a while, but haven't found one that is (a) truly opaque and (b) dries on top of acrylic paint. So, I've been using printing ink instead and it looks great! Takes a little while longer to dry, but I think it's worth it.
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#whatjuliemade #artjournal #artjournaling #artjournaleveryday #mixedmedia #botanicalprint #stamping #carvestampplay #art #craft #printer #crafty #speedballart #speedballink #whiteink #delipaper #crafting #makersgonnamake #creativeart #crafters

Is it too early to start planning for #carvedecember?! 🤔 Because that’s how I spent my time on the airplane today. I normally don’t plan a thing and just fly by the seat of my pants. BUT, one of my ongoing resolutions for 2018 (and the rest of my life) is to be more organized and get ahead of things instead of always playing catch up. I’m not sure if I’m capable of following a plan...😬 But at the very least, I sketched out some ideas and they’re there if I need them. 💪
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#planningahead #whatjuliemade #stampcarving #carvestampplay #doodling #sakurapigmamicron #pigmamicron #sketchbook #bulletjournal #bulletjournallove #bujo #airplaneart

I will never ever tire of making patterns with stamps. I know it seems a little bit early to think about it, but #CarveDecember is coming in just a few months! What is #CarveDecember?! I'm so glad you asked: Carve a stamp every day in December and post it to instagram using the hashtag #CarveDecember. It's that easy. Even if you've never ever carved a stamp before, you can do #CarveDecember and become a stamp carving ace in no time at all. It's easier than you think!
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If you are looking for stamp carving resources: YouTube has tons of free videos, I offer 2 online stamp carving classes, and I wrote a book #CarveStampPlay all about stamp carving.
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I hope you'll join in on the stamp carving madness!
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#whatjuliemade #stampcarving #art #creative #print #printmaker #printedpattern #linocarving #lino #stamping #linocut #printmaking #linoprint #blockprint #graphic #graphicdesign #artoftheday #patternplay #blackandwhite #instaartist #printshop #instaartoftheday #instaartwork

Tulips? 🌷 Easter Egg? 🥚Whatever it is, it’s a cool repeating pattern! 🙌 Swipe left to see a video of the carving process.
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#stampcarving #whatjuliemade #balzervideo #carvestampplay #handcarved #printmaker #printmaker #art #craft #contemporaryart #linocut #tagart #bookpageart #speedballart #carvedstamp #makersgonnamake

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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Art Finds: Spending time on eBay led me to a barely-used set of 36 Faber-Castell Albrecht-Dürer watercolor pencils for $35, and three more used-but-new-condition art books (that I needed like more holes in my head) for a few dollars apiece. I have a pile of supplies that I need to start offloading, and I’m thinking of creative ways of doing it...😉 #getmessyartjournal #fabercastellalbrechtdürer #fabercastellwatercolourpencils #artjournalbook #mixedmediabook #carvestampplay

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