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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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#urbansketch #pleinair #pleinairpainting #sketching #sketchbook #moleskine #watercolor #qorwatercolors #qorwatercolor #koiwatercolors #koiwatercolor #sakuraofamerica #winsorandnewton #winsorandnewtonwatercolors #watercolors #paintinginpublic #painting #coffeehouse #sheep #art #craft #artclass #whatjuliemade

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

365 somethings in 2018-prompts from @drawriot 68& 69:365 Day 9: Inspired by #whatjulietaught 10: Placid - playing with calming colors. #drawriotdaily #drawriotdaily2018 #365somethings2018 #travelerpocketjournal #daisyyellowart #ihanna

Another super fabulous day @whimsodoodle making art! Today we learned all about gels and pastes and other acrylic mediums. We made sample boards and explored texture in gorgeous collages. As one student put it: we took a table of hideous garbage and transformed it into objects of beauty. #whatjulietaught
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Had an *outstanding* day at @WhimSoDoodle where I taught my #ArtfulApron class. Such a talented, generous, excited group of ladies! I love every single apron that was created today! Swipe through to see some of them and check my insta story for even more! #whatjulietaught #whimsodoodle
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Taught my #PurposefulPrints class today at @whimsodoodle in St. Pete. It was a stellar group of ladies who flung paint, sang show tunes, ate cookies, laughed, and learned how to get the most out of their gelatin plates! #whatjulietaught
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#whimsodoodle #goldenpaints #goldenOPEN #goldenopenacrylics #monoprint #monoprinting #gelatinplate #gelliplate #gelpress #gelli #gelliarts #gelpressjunkie #printmaking #art #fineart #artist #artclass #workinginaseries #acrylicpaint #learning

This is my friend @natkalbach and she and I have had some awesome art adventures through the years — most of them while laughing hysterically and making funny faces! Plus eating. 😜 Well, we’ve got one more art adventure cooked up and **you’re invited** 🎉 We are team teaching a 3-day collage class in the UK called “Mixed Media Circus: Whimsical Collage.” Registration is now open (link in bio) for a weekend of learning, exploring, creating, and having fun!! I hope you’ll join us in November! #artparty
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365 somethings in 2018-prompts from @drawriot Day 18 Turquoise Another Page I like. Learning what will work best for this 365 project. I used tape that I made after taking a class with @balzerdesigns #whatjulietaught #drawriotdaily2018 #365somethings2018 #travelerpocketjournal

365 somethings in 2018-prompts from @drawriot Day 16: Red I love this page, I used tape that I made after taking a class with @balzerdesigns #whatjulietaught #drawriotdaily2018 #365somethings2018 #travelerpocketjournal

365 somethings in 2018-prompts from @drawriot Days:12 White Collaged papers unified with white markings #whatjulietaught #balzerdesigns #drawriotdaily2018 #365somethings2018 #travelerpocketjournal

This is an excerpt from a short video all about a super duper exciting 3-day art workshop I’m teaching in Syracuse, NY in March. You can find all the details at the #BigCollage link in my bio. I hope you’ll join me!! Not only will we be making art, but we will be learning how to talk about our art, how to self-critique and correct, and how to let go of perfect. Everyone is welcome — beginner to expert!You won’t want to miss the learning, the laughter, or all the messy paint splatters! #whatjulietaught #mixedmediacollage #pressplay

Looking back on 2017 - 3: Stamp Carving Today, Daniel & I carved stamps. It was our 1st time carving ... it was fun! #carvedecember #whatjulietaught #bookstagram #artjournal

Looking back on 2017 - 8:Circles I was fortunate to take a few classes with @balzerdesigns I was also fortunate to meet new friends in the classes, including @clen_dreamitdoit, @marissa_ob and @designbyflair I learned that creating and art can help get us through tough times. Handmade tape.#whatjulietaught #daisyyellowart #circles

Love 2017 - made in class with @balzerdesigns Posting for @gypsy999 Look back on 2017 #daisyyellowart #whatjulietaught #gelliprint

Late night art making! 🙌 Finishing up some #mixedmediacollage samples for a class @natkalbach and I are teaching in the UK Fall 2018! 🇬🇧 #whatjulietaught #mixedmediacircus #collage #mixedmediart #art #workinginaseries

Want a creative kick in the pants every day in January? Join me and 30 other artists for Creative JumpStart2018. #cjs2018 is an online class ($40 if you sign up before December) that offers a 10-minute instructional video every day in January. In my video, I will be sharing the 3 ingredients I use to create awesome #mixedmediaart. 👍Details are on my blog or follow the CJS link in my profile to sign up. #onlineclass #artclass #whatjulietaught

Had so much fun teaching my two-day #gobigorgohome class at @whimsodoodle! #whatjulietaught #paintbig #whimsodoodle

Teaching my #gobigorgohome class today at @whimsodoodle in St. Pete. This is layer 1 of one of my demo pieces. More to come! 🙌 #whatjulietaught #wip #whimsodoodle #abstractart

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