Online Classes   In-Person Classes

Once you purchase an online class from me:

  • You will receive an e-mail from me within 48-hours with all the class login information.
  • You will have access to the classroom forever.
  • Pause, rewind, and fast forward the video lessons as necessary.
  • Work in your pajamas!
  • Ask questions. I will respond to any questions left in the online classroom within 48-hours.

If you're having technical problems:

  • If you can't login to the classroom. Make sure that you are entering the username and password exactly as given. Capitalization matters. Try cutting & pasting.
  • If the videos aren't accepting your password. Chances are you're using the wrong password. The password for each video is written above the video. It is different from the password used to enter the classroom.
  • If the videos won't play. Click the title of the video (below the video) and you'll be taken to the Vimeo site. This usually solves most people's problems.
  • If you used to be able to login and now you can't. As silly as it sounds, restart your computer. I don't know why, but that seems to do the trick.

These are the online classes that I'm currently offering:

"Getting Started" is all about getting you started with a wide variety of mixed media techniques and supplies. I have chosen a collection of my twelve most-used supplies and techniques to share with you.

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Here are the twelve topics:
  1. Getting Started With Color Mixing
  2. Getting Started With the Gelli Plate
  3. Getting Started With Gesso
  4. Getting Started With Deli Paper
  5. Getting Started With Lettering
  6. Getting Started With Watercolor
  7. Getting Started With Resists
  8. Getting Started With Transfers
  9. Getting Started With the Design Principles
  10. Getting Started With Neocolor II
  11. Getting Started With Spray Ink
  12. Getting Started With Collage

There are lots of ways to make your own stamps, but this class is solely about mastering carving rubber stamps with a linoleum cutter. You will develop the skills to be able to carve any stamp your brain can imagine.

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Each day for thirty days you will watch a video that shows you how to take simple steps to combine writing and arting until we have built up beautiful, complex, layered, journal pages in just ten-minute bursts each day.

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If you have ever wanted to use a sewing machine to create fabulous paper, fabric, and paint projects, this is the class for you!  Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran, there are sure to be projects and techniques that will excite and inspire you! 

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Grab your paints and inks and get ready to play!  Even if you’re more of a clean and simple scrapper, there are tons of fun ways to splash around with paint and ink while creating scrapbook pages that will fit your style.

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This class is 100% free! If you want to know how to use stencils, how to get the results you want, and be inspired to create, this is the class for you.

This class is perfect for beginners.

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Starting January 15, every Wednesday at 6pm EST there will be a LIVE! video broadcast where you can art journal along with us in real time & ask us questions through a chat format. Can't make the LIVE! broadcasts? No problemo! Each 21 SECRETS LIVE! broadcast is recorded!
Read more about the class and the instructors here. And if you sign up using this link, I will receive a small percentage of the sale (this is how I receive payment for teaching).
Many thanks in advance!
 

I am teaching a limited number of in-person classes these days. My classes do tend to sell out, so I encourage you to sign up early and often! If you have any questions about the classes or the supply list, please feel free to e-mail me.

I'm teaching two classes in San Jose, CA at a Work of Heart on January 4 & 5, 2014.

Stamp Carving 101

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Date: January 4, 2014
Time: 6 - 9pm
Price: $70
Info: 408.266.1005

Whether you’ve never carved a stamp before, or simply want to improve your skills, this class is for you! I’ll show you just how easy it is to carve exactly what you want, with great results, in no time at all. You will leave class with a collection of totally unique stamps carved by you!  

Students Should Bring:

  • Ruler 
  • Speedy Carve (at least 2 4x6 blocks) 
  • Speedball Linoleum Cutter (the kind with multiple blades) 
  • glass mat 
  • ballpoint pen 
  • mechanical pencil 
  • permanent black marker (Permapaque recommended) 
  • box cutter with a long blade 
  • at least 20 sheets of white copy paper 
  • scissors 
  • black permanent ink pad

Additional Optional Supplies:

  • permanent markers in other colors
  • various colored ink pads
  • baby wipes
  • clip art

Beginning an Altered Book

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Date: January 5, 2014
Time: 11am - 6pm
Price: $150
Info: 408.266.1005

Make an all day art date! We will spend the day exploring how to transform an ordinary old book into a fabulous piece of art. Come and learn techniques for layering, collaging, painting, patterning, and cutting. Whether you’re a mixed media artist, a scrapbooker, a stamper, a beginner, or an expert, these are techniques that you will take home and use. 

Students Should Bring:

  • Hard Covered Book with sewn pages (no glue bindings) -- a smaller book will be easier to manage. 
  • Glue Stick
  • Matte Medium – I like Liquitex
  • Paintbrushes: Bristle brushes (no foam) in at least 3 basic sizes: small round, medium round, large flat
  • Jar or Container for Water
  • A shallow container that can hold water, like a bread pan or Tupperware container --- about the size of your two hands 
  • Rag and/or Paper Towel
  • Wax Paper
  • Decorative Tape (we will be using this lots and lots) - you may want a few varieties to choose from.
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Magazine with fabulous images -- You want something that has interesting elements to use for collage – the Somerset Mags are great, CPS, Quilting Arts, any art magazines with full size pics of art. 
  • Scissors
  • Exacto Knife and Self-Healing or Glass Mat
  • Acrylic Paint: 6-10 colors, including black and white
  • A favorite poem

Additional Optional Supplies:

  • Heat Gun & Extension Cord
  • Flat Embellishments, like stickers or chipboard
  • Small envelopes
  • Stamps and Ink
  • Brayer
  • Permanent Marker(s)
  • Other colorants as desired
I'll be teaching a two-day class in Santa Ana, CA on January 18 & 19, 2014, at Studio Crescendoh.

Paint Paper Print:
A Mixed Media Collage Exploration

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Date: Jan 18 & 19, 2014
Time: 8:30am - 5pm
Price: $265
Info: studio@crescendoh.com

Spend two days exploring the art of mixed media collage.  We’ll begin by making our own colorful papers with unique patterns.  Then I’ll share my tips and techniques on layering, mixing colors, creating a focal point, working in a series, creating a pleasing design, working an abstract composition, lifting paint, stenciling, and knowing when to stop.  You’ll leave class with a collection of wonderful mixed media collages and the know-how and confidence to go home and create many more!

Students Should Bring:

  • Liquitex Matte Medium
  • Bristle Paintbrushes in a variety of sizes (recommended: large flat, medium flat, medium round, small round)
  • Acrylic Paint – including black and white
  • Several Sheets of 8x8 Watercolor Paper (the brand Fluid sells an 8x8 pad)
  • Paper of all kinds, esp. thinner papers (patterned paper, newspaper, book pages, music, magazine pages, graph paper, plain copy paper, wrapping paper, cheap drawing paper, etc.)
  • Rubber Brayer (I like a 2” brayer, but any size will do)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Palette Paper
  • Favorite Stamps (chunkier stamps recommended) and texture tools
  • Baby Wipes
  • Container for Water

Additional Optional Supplies:

  • Heat Gun & extension cord
  • favorite mark making tools
  • crayons (water soluble or regular)
  • regular gel medium & palette knife
  • apron

I hope to see you there!

 
     


You can contact Julie at balzerdesigns@gmail.com.