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Julie @BalzerDesigns
I'm a voracious creator.
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I'm working on a baby quilt and I wanted to add some big block letters to the back -- you know, go a little bit above and beyond the usual. After thinking about different ways to get the letters on... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at Balzer Designs
In case you need some inspiration for the weekend and beyond, for a limited time Nathalie is offering 20% off this year's Creative JumpStart. Just to remind you, Creative JumpStart features 31 mixed media tutorials -- each video is short... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Balzer Designs
We are painting the walls in our new home white. This feels like it should be an easy task to pick white paint, right? I mean, here is a white paint chip: Only it's not really white. Suddenly it looks... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Balzer Designs
If you're new to Art Journal Every Day, there is a short introduction here. All of the previous posts can be found archived here. Remember, it's just ten minutes of nourishing your creative self every day! No need to finish... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Balzer Designs
While I was teaching at The Ink Pad, one of my students kindly gifted me with some leaves from her garden. I took them home and had a great time printing until the leaves started to fall apart (and for... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Balzer Designs
Happy Independence Day! I'm spending the day at the beach with my family. (This is a spread in my Gelli Journal.) Hope you're finding a way to enjoy your Fourth! Thanks for stopping by! Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Balzer Designs
Sue left a lovely comment about June's livestream for YouTube Channel members on yesterday's blog post and I wanted to share it: "Just an aside: loved the live stream the other day. I blocked it out time-wise and nobody in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Balzer Designs
Thank you so much, Sue!
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2019 on Floral Printed Fabric at Balzer Designs
It’s all polka dots. The pattern just obscures them from view.
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2019 on Floral Printed Fabric at Balzer Designs
So you may recall that I carved a block only to discover it had a flaw: After much thought, I decided to ignore the flaw and just love the stamp. So, I took it for a printing test drive! Here's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Balzer Designs
I'm super excited about today's project because it turned out even better than I imagined! Here's a lovely way to celebrate 4th of July: And the best part is that this card was made by slightly altering a free file... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2019 at Balzer Designs
Today I thought I'd share a Make It Artsy segment where I demonstrate how to use tube watercolors and Grafix monoprint plates to create super cool monoprints: And here is what some of the monoprints look like: This is a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2019 at Balzer Designs
LOL! I actually googled checkbook quilting and had to laugh out loud when I realized it wasnt a pattern!
Last week I posted about my Palm Leaf quilt in progress. I had made the blocks, but couldn't decide on an arrangement. I appreciate all of the advice I received on how to set up a design wall and tools... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Balzer Designs
Hello, friends! Here's a little bit about life right now: What are you wearing? Maternity Jeans. I have reached the point where my pants no longer fit. What have you bought? An antique lighting fixture for the living room in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Balzer Designs
I was in the Target craft aisle last week (big surprise) and I discovered that they have released some heavy bodied tube paints under their house brand, "Hand Made Modern." I previously reviewed their craft paints (not a big fan)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Balzer Designs
I worked on new mixed media collage portrait last week. I didn't set out to create a portrait. I thought it might be an abstract painting, at first. This is how it started: I didn't love it, so I cut... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2019 at Balzer Designs
I have to confess to having a pretty rough last few months. I've been sick and exhausted and stressed and dealing with a lot of body image stuff. But it has all been for a good cause, so I can't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Balzer Designs
Back in April, a woman named Gladi Porsche was the speaker at the monthly meeting for the Quilters Connection Quilt Guild. She brought tons of gorgeous quilts. They were not the kind of quilt I usually make, but I found... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Balzer Designs
Creating wall art for your home is so easy when you’ve got a ScanNCut. In this tutorial I show you how to create two different stencils – one in CanvasWorkspace Online and one in CanvasWorkspace for Mac. We then use... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Balzer Designs
I don't know what it is about neon pink. I'm not even a pink girl! But I am oddly attracted to neon pink. As you may know, neon paint colors tend to be transparent. Therefore, I thought it would be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Balzer Designs
You can still use CanvasWorkspace Online in any mobile browser.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2019 on ScanNCut: Canvas Workspace for PC at Balzer Designs
Before I get to today's blog post, thanks for all your good advice on my stamp block. I'm taking a few days to think about what I want to do about that flaw and I'll be sure to let you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2019 at Balzer Designs
I decided to carve a big 5-inch block last week. I'm not quite sure that it's 100% done yet, but I thought I'd share a little bit about the process: When working with a large block, I like to make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Balzer Designs
Anyone else grab their phone for "one minute" and end up scrolling through article after article for an hour?! Well, it happens to me all the time. I really must get better at not falling down an internet rabbit hole.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Balzer Designs