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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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The last few days have been a carnival of crafting! Swipe through my photos and videos to see the cup I covered in 👁s, the 🏠 I built from basic shapes, some silliness with a 🌹, a lacy card from 🔳🔻🔵, lots of drawings turned into vinyl cuts (including a negative/positive comparison), and a lacy version of the best letter in the alphabet 😉! #whatjuliemade
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#scanncut #scanncut2 #housewaresshow #iha #ihhs #ihhs2018 #brandambassador #julielikeseyes #vinyl #vinylcrafts #craft #crafting #craftingisfun #craftingisawesome #craftingislife #imadethat #imamaker #iliketomakethings #handmade #designncut #brothercrafts

That pod shaped half flower represents about 4 hours of stitching — 3 hours on today’s flight and another hour in my hotel room tonight. (Swipe left for a peek at that.) Progress is slow but steady. 💪 I’m hoping to get the entire under eye area filled by the time I get home on Tuesday. Got to keep stitching!!! #whatjuliemade
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P.S. Scroll back about 6 photos in my feed to see what this section looked like before the flower...
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#embroidery #embroideryart #embroidered #slowstitching #stitch #stitching #stitchedart #handstitched #handstitching #contemporaryart #art #fineart #dmcfloss #artist #see #julielikeseyes #wip #makingprogress #travelart #artonthego #renaissancehotel #mandarinoriental #mandarinorientalslippers #chicago #chicagoart

Third flight in four days = inches of progress on my stitching! It’s extremely difficult for me to make art when I’m traveling. I’m busy. I’m tired. I don’t have “my stuff.” But, if I go too long without making stuff, I get cranky. 😫 Stitching to the rescue!!! It soothes my soul. It’s light and transportable. And it’s slow. So I can work on a piece like this for a year or longer — over many flights, trains, and delays. ✈️🚝🕑🕢💪 #whatjuliemade
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#embroidery #embroideryart #stitch #stitched #stitchedwithlove #stitching #sewing #art #contemporaryart #stitchart #artist #portrait #dmcfloss #julielikeseyes #crossstitch #slowstitching #travelart #colorfulart #wip #artistsoninstagram #artistlife

Eye 👁 got to see the #mcescher exhibit at #mfaboston today and it was fabulous! I particularly loved the #tesselations (check my stories to see them). I am left with so much to think about — which is exactly how I want a museum to make me feel. I feel inspired and excited to create! #julielovesart
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#museumoffinearts #boston #escher #lithograph #drawing #eye #julielikeseyes #eyeball #skull #secretimage #reflection #museumpic #museum #ihavethisthingwithmuseumpics #lithography #printmaking #print

Lazy Saturday. 🙌 As a freelancer I sometimes get panicked about taking time off. No work = no money. And I need to pay my rent. BUT, over the years I have discovered that taking some time to myself isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity. I think I’m a better artist (and probably a better person) when I take the time to relax and chill out. So, if you need me, I’ll be here on the couch, laying in a sunbeam, staring at that daffodil and dreaming of Spring! 🛋 🥔 #avoidburnout
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#reallife #athome #livingroom #livingroomdecor #feetup #shoesoff #relaxing #relaxed #couchpotato #contemporaryart #julielikeseyes #coffeetable #daffodils #throwpillows #livingthegoodlife #saturday #lazysaturday

After a long time of feeling like nothing was “good enough” to go up on the wall in my studio, I finally started sticking up a few little pieces. I love walking into the studio and seeing my work staring back at me! #inspirationwall
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#artstudio #artiststudio #inspiration #artinspiration #artinstallation #art #clothesline #printingpress #prints #tcwstencillove #balzerdesigns #monoprint #painting #carvedecember #putabirdonit #abstractart #clothpaperscissors #monoprinting #artondisplay #gallerywall #julielikeseyes #julieinthestudio

I am recommitting to #artjournaleveryday in 2018 — a project I started back in 2010. 😮🎉 I was a very sporadic art journaler in 2017. Other art projects seemed to push it further and further down on the to-do list. However, at the end of the year, I found my way back to my #artjournal and I remembered how much I love it and need it in my every day. I’m recommitting to 10 minutes a day. Every single day. 💪 #artjournalingisawesome #julielikeseyes

I feel like #SalvadorDali might really like my “floral” eye pattern! #julielikeseyes ➡️ By the by, I get asked a lot of the same #stampcarving questions every day. You can find most answers (what tools/supplies, how to learn carving, etc.) by following the #CarveDecember link in my bio. 👍 Never too late to join in the stamp carving party! 🎉 #whatjuliemade #printmaker #linocut

Today is the day! 🤞 Playing with stencils in my #artjournal. If you’re super eagle eyed, you’ll spy two new #balzerdesigns stencils mixed in with the rest! 🙊😘 #tcwstencillove #whatjuliemade #artjournaleveryday #julielikeseyes

Stitched my way to #Cleveland while listening to podcasts. The time just flew by. ✈️ If you haven’t yet listened to the #TEDradiohour podcast about the power of art, it’s worth an hour of your time! #embroidery #embroideryart #whatjuliemade #stitching #julielikeseyes

In my hotel room mucking around in my #artjournal. One of the things I love about #artjournaling is that it’s an easy art form to take with you wherever you go. Tonight I’m working with markers and pens on top of a painted surface. 🙌 #artjournaleveryday #interestingface #whatjuliemade #julielikeseyes

Detail of one of the pieces I worked on in class today. Just when I thought I couldn’t figure out a new way to do eyes...stripes! #julielikeseyes Also, I’ve been on a Chagall-esque symbolism-in-my-paintings kick. Really enjoying it! #doitfortheprocess #whatjuliemade #paintingclass

Watching the rain pouring down outside. Feels like the perfect day to stay inside and play in my #artjournal.
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#artjournaleveryday #whatjuliemade #julielikeseyes #tcwstencillove #balzerdesigns #tarot #theoccult #theeye #symbolism #goldenpaints #highcontrast #artjournaling

Falling in love with stamping in my art journal all over again. ❤️🙌😍 #artjournaleveryday #stampcarving #julielikeseyes

Stitching my way to Tampa today! #wip #embroidery #julielikeseyes

Layers of faces in my #artjournal. 🙌 I ❤️ creating interesting faces. I hope that every time you look at one of my faces there's something about it that surprises or arrests you. I never want them to be bland or forgettable. Swipe left to see all three. 👈 #whatjuliemade #artjournaleveryday

EYE can't stay away from this favorite motif. 😜👉👁 #julielikeseyes #artjournaleveryday

My online class on designing stamps that pattern starts on Friday. Are you signed up? I hope so! 😁
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#stampsthatpattern #whatjuliemade #whatjulietaught #carvestampplay #stampcarving #patterndesign #printmaker #blockprinting #tagart #julielikeseyes

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