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MOST RECENT

This weekend I taught a two-day workshop called “ScanNCut for Artists.” In class, we learned how to use the #ScanNCut to create stamps, stencils, masks, screens, and more! I think there’s a misconception out there that electronic cutters are not artistic. Let me tell you, with the scanner built-into the machine, the ScanNCut is an art beast. You can create truly unique art tools in no time at all - from your own drawings and doodles. It’s magical. Swipe through for a taste of all the fun we had in class. #whatjulietaught
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PS: My insta story is full of answers to your ScanNCut questions.
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#scanncutdx #scanncut2 #brothercrafted #grafix #grafixartsplastics #surfacedesign #fabricart #thermofax #screenprinting #stamping #stenciling #mixedmedia #handcut #balzervideo

I am working on some new online classes and I’m super excited about how they’re shaping up. 🎉 The process of breaking down art concepts in order to teach them is exciting to me. I always surprise myself with my own learning and discoveries along the way. Totally win-win.
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Four new online classes will open for registration on November 1!!
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#whatjulietaught #artjournal #yummycolors #gelatinprinting #gelpress #gelliarts #tcwstencillove #balzerdesigns #monoprinting #gellijournal #printmaker #printmaking #artjournaling #artclass

I taught my “Painted Paper Collage” class yesterday @theinkpadnyc and it was super duper. This is a class I’ve been teaching for many years — one of the first mixed media collage classes I developed. BUT, of course, I’ve changed and evolved over time — as an artist and a teacher. And so the class has changed and evolved too. One of the things that makes teaching fun for me is changing things up and trying new things. Yesterday I tried a brand new structure to the class and it was a very good change! #alwaysevolving #whatjulietaught
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PS: The upcoming in-person teaching on my calendar is “ScanNCut for Artists” in October in the Boston area. And “Mixed Media Circus: Whimsical Collage” in November in the UK. Hope to see you in class!
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#mixedmediacollage #mixedmedia #collage #cutandpaste #paintedpaper #imadethat #collageiseasy #paintedpapercollage #theinkpad #theinkpanyc #inkpad #inkpadnyc #nyc #artclass #painting #artschool #learning #arteducation

Taught my “Interesting Faces” class at @theinkpadnyc today. Great group of students filled with creativity and a sense of adventure. Students came in nervous, but willing to try new things and push themselves. I love it! #whatjulietaught
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#inkpadnyc #theinkpad #theinkpadnyc #drawing #artclass #colorfulart #painting #mixedmediacollage #mixedmedia #collageart #collage #imadethat #artjournal #artjournaling #artjournalpage #artjournaleveryday

When you create “free standing collage” you can audition backgrounds. Swipe through to see some options I tried. It’s amazing how the same piece of collage can look so different depending on the background. Which one is your fave? Light Blue? Red & Orange? Blue & Purple? Or me after having eaten a red popsicle? 😬😂
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This is a sample from the mixed media collage class I’m teaching on Sunday @theinkpadnyc — there are still a few seats left, so if you’re in the NYC area, come join us! It’s guaranteed to be a good time!
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#mixedmediacollage #whatjulietaught #collageart #collageartist #facecollage #collageface #cutandpaste #delipaper #colorfulart #whatjulietaught #whatjuliemade #inkpadnyc #artclass #newyorkcity #mask #facemask

It’s pouring outside. Seems like the perfect excuse to not run errands and instead stay inside and play with paint & color. 🙌 #likeineededanexcuse
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#whatjuliemade #whatjulietaught (This is for a new online class.) #monochromatic #pattern #painting #artlife #dailyart #warmcolors #ilovecolors #dscolor #dscolors #abmcolor #abmcolorful #abmcrafty #craftygirl #contemporaryartist #red #orange #hotcolors

More Homemade Washi Tape #whatjulietaught I love the Washi Tape I made in @balzerdesigns class last year. I decided this weekend I would make more. Daniel & I made this. 7/30 #thirtydaysofabstracts #tracyverdugo #washitape #doitfortheprocess

Homemade Washi Tape #whatjulietaught I love the Washi Tape I made in @balzerdesigns class last year. I decided this weekend I would make more. Daniel & I made this... he says it reminds him of a quilt. 6/30 #thirtydaysofabstracts #tracyverdugo #washitape #doitfortheprocess

Unpacking my teaching bag and finding treasures! Lots of demo samples to add to my happy stash of collage papers! (I don’t think I’ll ever make it through that stash, but I’m going to have fun trying!!) 💪
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PS: If you want to take an in-person class with me, I’m teaching art and collage classes in NYC @theinkpadnyc September 22&23, a two-day #ScanNCut class in the Boston area in October, and a three-day mixed media collage class (with @natkalbach) in the UK in November! Join me!!
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#mixedmediacollage #gelliprint #gelatinprint #gelliarts #imagetransfer #gelpress #gelpressjunkie #monoprint #monoprinting #acrylicpaint #whatjuliemade #whatjulietaught #artlife #artist #fineart #printmaking #crafty

Sunday Fun Day!! We had so much fun in my “Gelli Printing: Beyond Basics” class @whimsodoodle in St. Pete. We tried out all kinds of materials and ideas for monoprinting. Everyone had a different favorite and least favorite technique, because, of course, art is not a one-size-fits-all thing. One student even proclaimed that she hated gelli printing at the beginning of class. But by the end, she had found some ideas and processes that worked for her! 💪 It was an awesome day! #whatjulietaught
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#whimsodoodle #art #gelli #gelliarts #gelliplate #gelpress #gelatinprint #monoprint #printmaking #monoprinting #artjournal #artjournaling #acrylicpaint #speedballbrayer #contemporaryart #julielikeseyes #artlife #imadethat #makersgottamake

I had a ton of fun teaching my “Reduction Painting” class at @whimsodoodle in St. Pete.
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After teaching a class, I’m always exhausted but inspired. I love my students. They come to class and try things wildly outside their comfort zones. They take risks. They give each other encouragement. They work hard. They fill me up with a renewed passion for making art!!
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One more class in this weekend of fun and I’m really looking forward to it!
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PS: Two of the pieces I’m sharing in this post are my demo pieces. Can you guess which ones? 🤔
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#whatjulietaught #whatjuliemade #floral #wip #artjournal #artjournaling #artjournaleveryday #learningisfun #painting #paintingtechniques #acrylicpainting

This was the lettering demo piece I created in class yesterday. As I told my students: Only you are sitting there staring at it and obsessing over all the “mistakes” and “problems” and things you wish you did differently. 🤦‍♀️ Everyone else is just admiring what they see. 🙌😍 Listen, I get it. I see a million problems with this piece right now. In fact, the first time I wrote this instagram caption, I apologized for them. And then I decided that I needed to take my own advice and get out of my head. So, I deleted it and I’m writing this caption instead. 💪 Each piece you create is an opportunity to learn. I’m taking away lessons for the future — things I don’t like AND things I do like. After all, if I can’t find the beauty in my own work, how will anyone else?!
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#whatjuliemade #whatjulietaught #lettering #handlettered #goodtype #flowerdesign #floral #quote #comeasstrangersleaveasfamily #dailyquote #quotestoliveby #whimsodoodleclasses #whimsodoodle #sakuraofamerica

Are you interested in getting a creative spark?! This photo is from the last time I taught my "Painted Paper Collage" class. I'm teaching it again, in September, @theinkpadnyc in NYC. In fact, my entire 2018 teaching schedule is now open for registration! I'll be at @whimsodoodle at the end of this month (3 classes over Labor Day weekend), then off to the Ink Pad in September, teaching a two-day "ScanNCut for Artists" in Massachusetts in October (students have already signed up from 5 different states for that one), and finishing up the year in the UK co-teaching with @natkalbach (3 days of awesomeness).
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If you've taken a class with me, you know that they're fast paced, funny, packed with information, and a great place to connect with other creative people who "get it."
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I hope to see you in class!
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#artjournal #artjournaling #artjournaleveryday #collage #mixedmediacollage #cutandpaste #gelliprinting #tcwstencillove #balzerdesigns #delipaper #collageartist #collageart #artclass #portrait #painting #artlessons #artschool #theinkpadnyc #inkpadnyc #whimsodoodle #scanncut #scanncut2 #scanncutdx #mixedmediacircus #natkalbach #papercollage #collageoftheday

This weekend’s Altered Book Class was wonderful! We stenciled and stamped and ripped and glued and laughed and connected. It renewed my creative spirit to be around all that good energy. 👍
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One of the things we discussed in class was making time to make art and protecting that time. You can say NO to other people’s needs/wants/requests in order to say YES to yourself. YES to making art! It’s cheaper than therapy! (But barely. 😜)
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Special thanks to @marissa_ob for hosting class.
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ETA: My upcoming classes @whimsodoodle in Florida are open for registration. I hope you’ll join me!
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#whatjulietaught #alteredbook #alteredbooks #alteredbookart #bookart #tcwstencillove #artfoamies #balzerdesigns #artjournal #artjournaling #artjournaleveryday #stenciling #stamping #monstera #iostamps #crafting #arting

This weekend I'm teaching my Altered Book Workshop. The first time I hacked up a book I was covered in guilt about destroying it, but I quickly got over it! The books I alter are ones I find in the trash or buy for a few bucks in a junk shop. I like to think that I'm giving them new life! What do you think? Is altering a book sacrilege or enhancement?
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I’m super excited to share that I’m teaching a two-day Altered Book class July 28 & 29 at a private home in the Boston area! (Link in my bio for more info.)
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In class, I will show you how to restructure a book so that the pages are sturdy and you can do fun things like: create pockets, flaps, holes, and shapes.
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We will also be decorating our books and I’ll take you through a wide variety of techniques — painting, drawing,patterning, and even easy image transfers!
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All of these techniques easily translate into your art journal!
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I hope you’ll join us for a weekend of fun, learning, and art!
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#whatjulietaught #alteredbook #alteredbooks #alteredbookart #alteredbookpage #art #artjournal #artjournaling #artjournalpage #artjournaleveryday #abmcrafty #colorfulartwork #painting #tagart #transferart #artclass #artretreat #makeart #artistsoninstagram

Spent the weekend with ten incredible women while teaching my Urban Sketch Weekend. We sharpened our skills in the morning and then took a field trip to sketch out in public each afternoon. We took a field trip to the #GorePlace #sheepshearing festival on Saturday and then to #Panera on Sunday. Students learned about composition, watercolor, artistic choices, building a sketch kit, drawing in public, and more! We had a GREAT time! 😁💪👏🙌👍 #whatjulietaught #urbansketching
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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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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

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