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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

I've jumped into the world of hand carved stamps thanks to @balzerdesigns and #carvestampplay . . . . Today is only day #2 and this is stamp #3 - I'm completely obsessed already!!

Progress is slow but steady. 💪 I often have a desire to rush through a big block like this. I want to get it done! But, I have found that if I rush too much and don’t take breaks (a) my back and my neck are very unhappy with me, and (b) I make stupid mistakes. 😳😬😣 I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve cut into a line I didn’t mean to because I was rushing. 😭 Will I never learn?! 👀 This time through, I’m trying to remember that slow and steady wins the race. 🐢💨 🏆 Here’s hoping! 🤞 #stampcarving #botanical #blockprinting #printmaker #wip

Inspirée par le temps qu’il fait en ce moment ☔️ 🌧 comme je l’ai dit à @lonbulze ça ne sert à rien un tampon limace ! En tous cas pas pour l’instant 😇

Super fun challenge this month! Thanks to @balzerdesigns for prompting the challenge and thanks to @drawriot for prompting the prompts! I definitely have some favorites out of the 31 and I think my carving skills improved overall although I still need some practice with dots and small circles ;) January challenge will start tomorrow which has been a tradition with my soul sister @kristyscraps. This challenge is less thematic and more of kicking off the new year creating in some fashion throughout the month of January so stay tuned for the "arting" that will take place. Happy New Year to all. #carvedecember #stamping #arteveryday #carvestampplay #tagart #handcarvedstamp

No.31 December stamp carving challenge. Prompt: new year. Happy happy! #carvestampplay #carvedecember #stamping #handcarvedstamp #stampcarving #2018

No.29 December stamp carving challenge. Prompt: gingerbread. #carvestampplay #carvedecember #printmaking #stamping #handcarvedstamp #stampmaking

Thanks to @balzerdesigns and her amazing book #carvestampplay and her fun challenge #carvedecember I made my first repeating pattern stamp today!

No.28. December stamp carving challenge. Prompt: scarf. Used a pink eraser for the base. Also brought back stamp no. 23 for added pattern to the scarf. #carvedecember #printmaking #stamping #handcarvedstamp #carvestampplay

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