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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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#quilting #aurifil #gutermann #sewingthread #sewing #brothersews #embroidery #machineembroidery #dali #surreal #photoart #tree #oxymoron #art #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #fineart #craft #maker #stitch #stitchart #embroideryart #artclass #quiltersconnection

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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#marabu #marbling #marblingart #delipaper #balzervideo #whatjuliemade #artathome #art #craft #watermedia #makeitartsytv #artistsofinstagram #marbledpaper #marblingpaper #matblingartist #marblingeffect #cool #artvideo

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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#artjournaling #artjournal #drawing #sakuraofamerica #permapaque #permapaquemarker #blackmarker #markerart #whitesharpie #practice #art #artplay #artpractice #workingartist #craft #sketch #sketcbook

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

2018 is my year of quilting (one quilt a month) and today I’m working on April’s quilt. I’m trying to decide if 4 blocks are enough for a small wall hanging or if I should expand outwards... 🤔 So many possibilities!! #whatjuliemade #12quilts2018
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#improvpaperpiecing #quilt #quilting #sun #aqua #paperpiecing #quilter #quiltblock #mqg #modernquilting #summer #craft #art #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #quiltart #brothersews #sewing #stitching

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

Literally cleaned my desk yesterday and it already looks like this. 🙈 The good news is that I’m extremely good at working on top of a pile of stuff. 💪 Got this lovely lady done in my art journal and she doesn’t seem to mind the chaos at all! 😘 #itsnotamessitscreativity
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I am **obsessed** with the @birgit_koopsen technique of gel printing with magazine pages (tutorial link in her bio)! I started playing with the technique last night and then had to go out (stupid social plans messing with my art time 😉). But on the way home, even though it was after midnight, I insisted that we stop at CVS to buy some magazines. We did & I printed late into the night. 🎉 It’s a lot of fun to try to figure out (1) which images will work (2) which paints work best (3) which colors make the best impact, and so on. And if you like gel printing, be sure to check out the challenge she’s running this month: #birgitkoopsengelprintingchallenge — lots of inspiration! (Plus, Birgit is smart and fun and nice. 👍) #whatjuliemade
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#gelprinting #gelprint #gelli #gelliprint #gelliprinting #gelliprints #gelprintingplate #gelliplate #gelpress #gelatinprint #monoprint #monoprinting #art #arttechnique #print #vogue #voguemagazine #magazinepages #craft #artplay #artparty #31daysofgelprinting #fallinginlovewithgelprinting #gelliarts

Spent my morning stitching my way from Boston to Tampa! Third time I’ve taken this early morning Delta flight this month. #thirdtimesthecharm 🍀 My traveling stitch kit includes a clip on book light with a rechargeable battery. It’s part of what makes stitching easy and possible while in transit. 💡👍 As you can see, I keep all of my threads, my scissors (yes, scissors with blades under 4” are allowed to fly ✂️❤️ ✈️), plus a pencil ✏️ in a box. #travelsofjulie
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#whatjuliemade #embroidery #embroideryart #stitch #stitchart #art #contemporaryart #artonthego #contemporaryartist #wip #threadart #sewing #airplaneart #makingprogress #slowandsteady

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

I’m spending the weekend at the @bostonmqg retreat. I finally finished up this raw edge face quilt I started in January. Swipe through to see detail shots of those raggy edges! Now to create my very first ever Modern Quilt...😬😜🎉 #whatjuliemade
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#quilt #quilting #modernquilt #modernquilting #modernquiltguild #mqg #artquilt #quiltretreat #rawedgeapplique #freemotionquilting #brothersews #quiltcollage #fabriccollage #maine #bostonmqg #bostonmqgretreat2018 #quiltersofinstagram #quiltsofinstagram #contemporaryartist #contemporaryart #igquiltfest #igquiltcommunity #12quilts2018

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

Good Morning from Chicago! I’ve turned the little round side table in my hotel room into a stitch station. ✂️ I’m in Chicago for the next four days at the #housewaresshow to demonstrate the #ScanNCut #DesignNCut and #BrotherSews sewing machines! Stop by Lakeside Center Booth 11513 to see me!
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#ihhs #ihhs2018 #internationalhousewaresshow #mccormickplace #chicago #embroidery #art #travelproject #sewing #brandambassador #artonthego #embroideryart #stitch #stitchart #stitchery #contemporaryart #inthehoop #inthehoopembroidery #whatjuliemade #sewingproject

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

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