Online Classes
Online classes are an awesome way to learn: video lessons with supporting photos and text. You get to work at your own pace: pause, rewind, and fast forward the video lessons as necessary. You can even do what I do and learn in your pajamas!

Once you purchase an online class from me:

  • You will have access to all of your classes using one url, one username (which you choose), and one password (which you can reset yourself).  
  • As with all Balzer Designs online classes, you never lose access to the class once you purchase it.
  • There are some super cool social aspects to the online classroom.  You have a profile page with a photo, information about yourself, links to your places on the web, a gallery, and a Facebook style wall where you can post updates and images that people can like and comment on.  
  • In addition, each class has its own private group where there's a message board and a photo gallery.
  • You can "friend" people on the site and gather a great little network of art-loving folks!
  • Payments will be processed automatically -- get your class login information right away.  
Visit the Balzer Designs Online Classroom HERE.
Visit the Balzer Designs Online Classroom to see the classes currently being offered, read student reviews, and sign up for whatever interests you! You can try out the classroom for FREE with the online class "Stencil 101." Check it out!
In-Person Classes

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'll be teaching 2 classes in Exeter, NH on October 10 & 11, 2014, at Eclectic Paperie.

Layered Compositions

Date: October 10, 2014
Info: 603-580-1527
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Come and explore mixed-media collage! This class will focus on color, design theory, and creating pleasing compositions. Through a series of easy exercises and lots of demonstrations, you’ll build your mixed-media collage muscles.

Students Should Bring:

  • Several sheets of Watercolor Paper (can be any size you want to work with, I recommend 8x8)
  • Acrylic Paint (6-10 colors including black)
  • cosmetic wedge sponges
  • Bristle Paintbrushes (1 very small round, 1 small round, 1 medium round, 1 large flat)
  • Water Jar
  • Rag or Paper Towels
  • Matte Medium (I like Liquitex)
  • Papers and ephemera for collage (I prefer thinner papers as well as papers I've painted myself)
  • Palette Paper
  • magazine with lots of advertisements
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • favorite mark making tools
  • Optional: Heat Gun and Extension Cord, favorite stencils, favorite stamps/ink pads, apron, black pen, white pen

Stamped & Stenciled Journal

Date: October 11, 2014
Info: 603-580-1527
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In this class I will show you how to make your own gorgeous "papers with personality" using stamps and stencils. I will also share how to make your own totally fabulous handmade tape. We will use that tape to bind a hand-bound-no-sew-pocket-filled journal! That's right! You can make this gorgeous book with absolutely no sewing! There are six front facing pockets that hold long cards for journaling and one side facing memorabilia pocket in the front cover. And this book even opens up to allow for a row of photos or memorabilia to be pasted onto the backs of the pocket pages.  

Students Should Bring:

  • 5 Sheets of Hot Press Watercolor Paper cut to 12x12 
  • 6 pieces of non-textured white cardstock cut to 4x8.5 
  • Scissors 
  • Tape Runner 
  • Wide Masking Tape 
  • Gesso 
  • Bristle Paintbrushes (large flat, medium round, small round)  
  • Jar or Container for Water 
  • Teflon Craft Sheet (important to have this non-stick surface!) 
  • Scor-It (or a bone folder, ruler, and mouse pad you need a way of scoring paper) 
  • Favorite Stamps (bolder/blockier stamps work best) 
  • Waterproof Black Stamping Ink (I recommend StazOn by Tsukineko or Archival Ink by Ranger) 
  • Spray Ink
  • Roll of Paper Towel 
  • Acrylic Paint (any brand, any type, 6-10 colors) 
  • Cosmetic Sponges 
  • Paper Plate (to act as a paint palette) 
  • Ribbon (to close your book)  
  • Optional: Heat Gun, extension cord and/or power strip, favorite colorants, favorite stencils, Paper Trimmer
I'll be teaching 3 classes in Toronto on October 17, 18 & 19, 2014 at Bizzy B.
Stamp Carving 101
Date: October 17, 2014 • Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Price: $90 (taxes extra) • Info: info@bizzyb.caclick here for more information
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 two 4x6 blocks) 
  • Speedball Stamp Carving Tool (the kind with multiple blades) 
  • glass mat  (can simply be a picture frame with glass)
  • ballpoint pen 
  • mechanical pencil 
  • permanent markers (I recommend Permapaques in black and two contrasting colors like red and green) 
  • box cutter with a long blade 
  • at least 20 sheets of white copy paper 
  • scissors 
  • black permanent ink pad (Archival Ink recommended)
Art Journal Playground
Date: October 18, 2014 • Time: 11am - 5pm
Price: $135 (taxes extra - includes lunch) • Info: info@bizzyb.caclick here for more information
Come and spend the day creating in your art journal. We’ll create colorful backgrounds, do some fancy lettering, explore pattern, and work on bringing a page together to make it sing! Whether you’re a beginning art journaler or a seasoned veteran, there will be plenty of techniques and ideas to explore in a relaxed and playful environment.

Students Should Bring:

  • Art Journal (any kind)
  • Paintbrushes (bristle brushes in various sizes)
  • Acrylic Paint (6-10 colors, including black and white)
  • Paint Palette
  • Water Jar
  • Permanent Black Pen
  • White Pen
  • Matte Medium
  • Paper for Collage (thinner papers are easier – ex. deli paper, wrapping paper, book pages, tissue paper, etc.)
  • Manila Shipping Tags – any size or multiple sizes
  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Heat Gun & Extension Cord/Power Strip, Apron, Stencils & Cosmetic Sponges, Stamps & Stamp Ink, Embossing Powder, Masking Tape (Pro Brand recommended), White Gesso, Scrapbooking Paper, Stabilo Marks All Pencil, India Ink, Ruler, Exacto Knife & Cutting Mat, Your favorite art journaling supplies
Gelli + Deli
Date: October 19, 2014 • Time: 11am - 5pm
Price: $135 (taxes extra - includes lunch) • Info: info@bizzyb.caclick here for more information
Gelli Printing is completely addictive. It's an easy kind of monoprinting done on a commerical gelatin plate. Once you make one, you won't be able to stop! In the first half of class we'll be making lots and lots of prints and exploring just what the Gelli Plate can do. In the second half of class we'll work on creating intentional prints -- think of them as collages of layers of paint -- as well as some ideas for what to do with all of those fabulous prints from the first half of class.

Students Should Bring:

  • Gelli Plate -- any shape or size and if you have more than one, feel free to bring them all.
  • Brayer -- I prefer a 2" rubber brayer
  • Liquitex Matte Medium
  • Palette Paper
  • Bristle Brushes -- small round, medium round, large flat
  • Jar or container for water
  • Foam Stamps
  • Favorite Stencils
  • Household Objects: legos, toy trucks or cars, toilet paper tube, pill bottles, potato masher, hair comb, etc.
  • Acrylic Paint -- 6-10 colors including white
  • fashion magazine
  • scissors
  • manilla folders
  • Optional: apron, rag or paper towel, heat gun and extension cord, Catalyst tools, paper -- I'll bring deli paper, you can bring whatever else you'd like to print on
I'll be teaching 1 class in New York City on November 9, 2014, at The Ink Pad.

Art Journal Playground

Date: November 9, 2014
Time: 10am - 5pm
Price: $120
Info: 212·463·9876
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Come and spend the day creating in your art journal. We’ll create colorful backgrounds, do some fancy lettering, explore pattern, and work on bringing a page together to make it sing! Whether you’re a beginning art journaler or a seasoned veteran, there will be plenty of techniques and ideas to explore in a relaxed and playful environment.

Students Should Bring:

  • Art Journal (any kind)
  • Paintbrushes (bristle brushes in various sizes)
  • Acrylic Paint (6-10 colors, including black and white)
  • Paint Palette
  • Water Jar
  • Permanent Black Pen
  • White Pen
  • Matte Medium
  • Paper for Collage (thinner papers are easier – ex. deli paper, wrapping paper, book pages, tissue paper, etc.)
  • Manila Shipping Tags – any size or multiple sizes
  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Heat Gun & Extension Cord/Power Strip, Apron, Stencils & Cosmetic Sponges, Stamps & Stamp Ink, Embossing Powder, Masking Tape (Pro Brand recommended), White Gesso, Scrapbooking Paper, Stabilo Marks All Pencil, India Ink, Ruler, Exacto Knife & Cutting Mat, Gelli Plate & Brayer, Your favorite art journaling supplies
I'll be teaching two classes January 4-5, 2015 at A Work of Heart in San Jose, CA
Date: January 3, 2015 • Time: 6-9pm
Price: $75 • Info: 408.266.1005 • click here for more information
The Stenciled Face  
Learn just how easy it is to create fabulous faces using the help of some Balzer Designs stencils! If you think you can't draw faces, this is the class for you!

Students Should Bring:

  • Several sheets of Heavy Paper (can be any size you want to work with)
  • Patterned Papers -- book pages, scrapbook paper, painted papers, wrapping paper, etc.
  • Bristle Brushes (in several sizes: small round, medium round, large flat)
  • Heavy Bodied Acrylic Paint - opaque paints are better (several colors, including white and black)
  • Cosmetic Wedge Sponges
  • Paint Palette
  • Jar or container for Water
  • Liquitex Matte Medium
  • Optional: Heat Gun & Extension Cord/Power Strip, Apron, favorite stencils, favorite stamps & stamping ink
Sketchbook: Yes, You Can Draw
Date: January 4, 2015 • Time: 10am - 5pm
Price: $150 • Info: 408.266.1005 • click here for more information
Everyone can draw. In this class we're going to leave behind the fear associated with drawing photo-realistically and embrace our own funky interpretations of the world around us. Keeping a sketchbook is a wonderful way to record your life, your travels, and the objects around you. Milton Glaser once said that you never really see something until you draw it. I agree! This class offers a laid back approach to launching your sketchbook practice!

Students Should Bring:

  • sketchbook -- I prefer a watercolor book, but anything will do
  • mechanical pencil
  • large eraser
  • watercolor paints
  • bristle brushes (small and medium round brushes are best)
  • waterproof black pen -- I like the Sakura Pigma Micron or Faber Castell Pitt Pens
  • spray bottle of water
  • jar or container for water
  • a few objects from nature: shells, leaves, flowers, sticks, stones, etc.
  • optional: rag or paper towel, apron, heat gun and extension cord
SAVE THE DATES: January 17-18, 2015 at Studio Crescendoh in Santa Ana, CA
I'm delighted to be returning to Studio Crescendoh for the fourth year in a row! I hope you'll join me for a two-day class! Details to come very soon!

SAVE THE DATES: May 1-3, 2015 in Colorado

Ronda Palazzari and I are planning a 3-day art retreat in Colorado. Details to come ASAP!
 
   


You can contact Julie at balzerdesigns@gmail.com.