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At the Spirit of Ireland Gala. Gabriel Byrne & Jimmy Fallon on stage.

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User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 19, 2018 1:41 PM (UTC)
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This mobile is the first of several super cool projects I made for the #creativation2018 show! In case you’re wondering what the heck #creativation is: It’s the annual craft and hobby tradeshow where manufacturers unveil their new products and retailers buy that new product to stock their shelves. This video shows off a mobile I made for #brothercrafts using the #ptouchembellish and the #DesignNCut! Come and see it and me and all the new product in booth 2513 this weekend! I will also be demoing #artfoamies at the #pinitcanada booth on Saturday 2:30-3:30 (booth 318) and #balzerdesigns stencils at #tcwstencils booth 2:30-3:30 on Sunday (booth 1448). All weekend long I’ll be posting behind-the-scenes pics and video in my insta story! So click on my face in my profile to view those! Hope to see you soon! 👋
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 18, 2018 8:44 PM (UTC)
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Stitched my way to Phoenix today for #creativation2018! I listened to a whole bunch of podcasts: two #TEDtalks, some #PlanetMoney — including a fascinating peek at lost bitcoin, an episode of #popculturehappyhour, an episode of #thingsyoumissedinhistoryclass (one of my favorite podcasts), and an outstandingly inspirational episode of #creativepeptalk where host #andyjpizza interviewed #lisacongdon. I am a *huge* fan of podcasts. Especially for long flights or while creating. Unlike TV or movies, podcasts leave your eyes free to make things with your full attention. And for me, they don’t set a mood the way music does. I also love that after listening to a podcast (or 7) I feel smarter and creatively refreshed. 🙌 #ilovepodcasts #podcastsaremyjam #embroidery #art
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 16, 2018 9:48 PM (UTC)

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In my #artjournal today. 🙌 I have made just enough space on my perpetually cluttered desk so that my journal hangs off the edge, but doesn’t fall off the table. I know some people can’t stand mess. I go back and forth. Sometimes I thrive on creative chaos and other times I wish I had someone magical to clean up my messes so that I could start fresh the next morning. Unfortunately, I think that magical person might have to be me. 😔 And that is just highly unlikely! 😜 #artjournaleveryday
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 15, 2018 3:34 PM (UTC)

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Another in my #4x4abstract series. But I can’t quite figure out which orientation the painting is meant to be in. ⬆️⬇️↙️↔️⤴️↘️🤷🏻‍♀️ Swipe through to see the various possibilities. Also, I kind of see an airplane in it in the last orientation. Anyone else?
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 14, 2018 11:40 PM (UTC)

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I’m currently obsessed with the #googleartsandculture app!!! They have a fun feature where you can take a #selfie and see what faces in paintings match yours. I’ve tried different lighting, different hairdos, smiling and not smiling...but the results are pretty much the same every time. AND, even though I’m half-Chinese I have never thought that I look particularly Chinese. BUT, given the results: I must! It’s in my facial structure. You can swipe through to see some of the matches I gotten. I’ve been taking photos of everyone I know and seeing who they resemble. I posted some of the results in my Instagram story (click on my face in my profile to view). If you haven’t tried your face yet, it’s a great way to waste 20 minutes! 😜
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 13, 2018 4:06 PM (UTC)

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I swear to you: I will stop posting things I make with this stamp...eventually. At the moment, though...I’m obsessed!! 👀🙌🔥💕😍 #sorrynotsorry #artjournal #artjournaleveryday #handprinted
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 11, 2018 10:51 PM (UTC)

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User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 11, 2018 2:00 PM (UTC)
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Last night I stood and drank in the sight of #FranzKline and #PeterVoulkos in conversation. Franz Kline has long been a favorite of mine. His huge gestural (mostly) black and white paintings are filled with emotion and architecture and movement. Peter Voulkos is new to me. But I was charmed by his abstract sculpture. I was at the museum for a meeting (late due to traffic) and then rushing off to dinner. BUT I made the time (5 minutes is enough) to make sure I saw a few pieces of art before I left the museum. I am very lucky to live close to a great museum. But the next time you’re on your way somewhere and you pass an art gallery or an exhibit at a coffee shop or a mural, I think it’s worth making the time (again, 5 minutes is enough) to take a look and drink it in! As much as I love scrolling, there is nothing like seeing art in person. #julielovesart #mfaboston #abstractart #modernart
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 10, 2018 8:38 PM (UTC)

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Current desk view. 🙌 First test print done & it looks pretty good. 👍👍 I might be ready to ink up this bad boy and really start printing! 🔥 #stampcarving #blockprinting #floraldesign #whatjuliemade PS: Get a closer look at the stamp in my insta stories! (Click on my face in my profile to get there.)
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 10, 2018 2:26 PM (UTC)

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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
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 9, 2018 6:06 PM (UTC)

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Working my way through this monster block. ⛏ In an effort to use up the last of the #SpeedyCarve I bought for #CarveDecember, I decided to go B I G !!! This bad boy is 5x7. 🙌 If you’re looking for me, I’ll be here carving! #stampcarving #printmaker #botanical #wip
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 9, 2018 12:06 AM (UTC)

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Stamping in my #artjournal! People often ask me how I get my words to fit so perfectly into the space on the page. 🤔 My secret: I don’t! 😜 I just add elements, like this stamped border, to fill the space!! #artjournaleveryday #stamping #balzervideo
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 8, 2018 5:43 PM (UTC)

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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
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 8, 2018 1:38 PM (UTC)

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Number 2 in my #4x4abstract series of studies. If it’s not obvious, I was focusing on line & color in this one. Pretty literally. I had so much fun! I can understand how #barnettnewman #elsworthkelly #gerhardrichter and so many other artists got stripe obsessed!! 🙌 I can see making a million of these with small variations and not getting bored. 😍 #stripes #inlovewithstripes #abstractart #mixedmediacollage
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 8, 2018 1:28 AM (UTC)

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I wouldn’t call it a #selfportrait but I did base the drawing in my #artjournal on a Photoshop-Warhol of myself. So maybe? 🤔 It’s kind of like playing an image based version of “telephone”: The Warhol-esque print was based on a photo of me. The drawing was based on that print. Who knows what the next iteration will look like? 😬😋 #artjournaleveryday #markerdrawing #permapaque
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 6, 2018 5:13 PM (UTC)

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A mini work of art! 🙌 This is the first piece from a series of practice pieces I plan to create this year. I’m interested in improving my abstract skills. Towards that end, I’ve got a big stack of 4x4 paper and I’m hoping to create a lot of teeny tiny studies. The plan is for these to be experiments in uncomfortable (for me) ideas. For example, this piece features a monochromatic color scheme. I really prefer all the colors, thank you. But I’m trying to grow. 🙄 And so, I’m challenging myself. I look forward to seeing where these little 4x4 pieces take me! #4x4abstract #artisticgrowth #abstractart #miniartwork
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 5, 2018 5:48 PM (UTC)

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Desk view. 🙌 It’s the first weekend of 2018 and I want to kick the year off right! 🎉 Goals for the weekend: make art, stay in sweatpants, forget the bra, and maybe change my paint water. There’s starting to be a smell...👃👀🤢😷😜 How about you? Big plans for the weekend? #weekendplans #artjournaleveryday #messydesk
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 4, 2018 2:05 PM (UTC)

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Starting the day in my #artjournal. 🙌 As you can see from the photo, I have a really messy desk. But I find that I use what is at my fingertips. So I keep my desk pretty messy until I decide I want to use different supplies. How about you? #messydesk #artjournaleveryday #stampsthatpattern
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 2, 2018 2:21 AM (UTC)
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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
User Image balzerdesigns Posted: Jan 1, 2018 1:46 AM (UTC)
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I can’t imagine a better way to say goodbye to 2017 than this spectacular sunset as seen from the ferry between Cozumel and Playa del Carmen. 🙌 2017 was a tough year for me in many ways. I’m hoping 2018 is a little less aggressive. 🙂 Nonetheless, here’s to all the people — friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, and strangers on the internet who feel like more — who made me laugh and smile and think a little more deeply. Many thanks. Much respect. And I wish for you a new year packed with happy times!! 😘 #happynewyear #sunset