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 four classes in Northern Colorado at Always B Creating on May 30, 31 & June 1, 2014.

Authentic Stencils

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Date: May 30, 2014
Time: 10am - 1pm
Price: TBA
Info: TBA

Stencils are a must-have tool these days. There are lots of gorgeous commercial stencils for sale, but it’s also super easy to make your own! Come and learn how to make your own stencils and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer will share all of her tips on what makes for a good stencil design.

Students Should Bring:

  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife
  • manila folders
  • heavy cardstock
  • copy paper
  • stencil film or plastic
  • black permanent marker
  • pencil
  • manila tags
  • masking tape
  • fashion magazine
  • clear packing tape
  • scissors
  • Optional: paint or ink (and applicator) to test your stencils, clear contact paper

The Stenciled Face

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Date: May 30, 2014
Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Price: TBA
Info: TBA

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

Painted & Printed Papers

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Date: May 31, 2014
Time: 10am - 5pm
Price: TBA
Info: TBA

There are so many ways to create your own artful papers. We will make our own stamps and stencils, explore monoprinting, and create lots of hand painted patterns. You will go home with an arsenal of painting and printing techniques and a fat stack of your own painted and printed papers.   

Students Should Bring:

  • Adhesive Backed Craft Foam 
  • Several Sheets of Thick Cardboard or Thick Craft Foam 
  • Gelli Plate 
  • Brayer 
  • Acrylic Paint (6-10 colors, including black & white) 
  • Permanent Black Stamp Ink Pad 
  • Paper (notebook paper, tracing paper, deli paper, watercolor paper, scrapbook paper, book pages, white cardstock, etc.) 
  • Scissors 
  • Craft Knife & Cutting Mat 
  • Any or all of the following household objects: toilet paper tube, plastic fork, Lego, toy truck, unsharpened pencil with an eraser, empty pill bottle, cork 
  • Bristle Paintbrushes (1 small round, 1 medium round, 1 large flat) 
  • Palette Paper 
  • Container for Water 
  • Ballpoint Pen 
  • 5-6 manila folders 
  • Optional: Apron, Rag or Paper Towel, Baby Wipes, Heat Gun, extension cord and/or power strip, masking tape, Cosmetic Sponges

The Stenciled Art Journal

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Date: June 1, 2014
Time: 10am - 5pm
Price: TBA
Info: TBA

In this class you’ll be creating fabulous stenciled papers and then binding them into a simple pamphlet style art journal you can take home and put to good use. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer will share all of her favorite techniques for mixing colors and layering stencils to create wonderfully unique papers. You’ll go home with a cornucopia of stencil techniques and a brand-new mini art journal!

Students Should Bring:

  • Cosmetic Wedge Sponges
  • Paint Palette
  • Bristle Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic Paint (including black and white)
  • permanent black pen
  • spray ink
  • spray bottle of water
  • container for water
  • favorite stencils
  • 8-12 sheets of your favorite paper to work on (8x10 or larger)
  • waxed linen thread and needle
  • paper piercer or thumb tack
  • Optional: heat gun and extension cord, apron, ink pads, bone folder
I'll be teaching 6 classes in Somerset, New Jersey at the CREATE: Mixed Media Retreat July 9-13, 2014.

Painted & Printed Papers

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Date: July 9, 2014
Time: 9am - 4pm
Price: $152
Info: CREATE website

There are so many ways to create your own artful papers. We will make our own stamps and stencils, explore monoprinting, and create lots of hand painted patterns. You will go home with an arsenal of painting and printing techniques and a fat stack of your own painted and printed papers.   

Students Should Bring:

  • Adhesive Backed Craft Foam 
  • Several Sheets of Thick Cardboard or Thick Craft Foam 
  • Gelli Plate 
  • Brayer 
  • Acrylic Paint (6-10 colors, including black & white) 
  • Permanent Black Stamp Ink Pad 
  • Paper (notebook paper, tracing paper, deli paper, watercolor paper, scrapbook paper, book pages, white cardstock, etc.) 
  • Scissors 
  • Craft Knife & Cutting Mat 
  • Any or all of the following household objects: toilet paper tube, plastic fork, Lego, toy truck, unsharpened pencil with an eraser, empty pill bottle, cork 
  • Bristle Paintbrushes (1 small round, 1 medium round, 1 large flat) 
  • Palette Paper 
  • Container for Water 
  • Ballpoint Pen 
  • 5-6 manila folders 
  • Optional: Apron, Rag or Paper Towel, Baby Wipes, Heat Gun, extension cord and/or power strip, masking tape, Cosmetic Sponges

Layered Compositions

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Date: July 10, 2014
Time: 9am - 4pm
Price: $152
Info: CREATE website

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

Stamp Carving 101

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Date: July 10, 2014
Time: 6pm - 9pm
Price: $89
Info: CREATE website

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

The Stenciled Art Journal

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Date: July 11, 2014
Time: 9am - 4pm
Price: $152
Info: CREATE website

In this class you’ll be creating fabulous stenciled papers and then binding them into a simple pamphlet style art journal you can take home and put to good use. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer will share all of her favorite techniques for mixing colors and layering stencils to create wonderfully unique papers. You’ll go home with a cornucopia of stencil techniques and a brand-new mini art journal!

Students Should Bring:

  • Cosmetic Wedge Sponges
  • Paint Palette
  • Bristle Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic Paint (including black and white)
  • permanent black pen
  • spray ink
  • spray bottle of water
  • container for water
  • favorite stencils
  • 8-12 sheets of your favorite paper to work on (8x10 or larger)
  • waxed linen thread and needle
  • paper piercer or thumb tack
  • Optional: heat gun and extension cord, apron, ink pads, bone folder

Explore Faces

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Date: July 12, 2014
Time: 9am - 4pm
Price: $152
Info: CREATE website

If you’ve ever been intimidated by drawing faces, come and play during this face workshop! We’ll create pleasing faces, quirky faces, funny faces, collage faces, and sketchy faces. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer will break everything down into step-by-step bites that are easy to digest. This is not a fine art class striving for realism.

Students Should Bring:

  • Several sheets of Watercolor Paper (can be any size you want to work with, loose or in a journal)
  • 3-6 Canvas Boards (9x12 is a great size)
  • Stabilo Marks All Watersoluble Pencil (black)
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Acrylic Paint (6-10 colors including black)
  • White Gesso
  • 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 for collage
  • Palette Paper
  • fashion magazine
  • scissors
  • crayons or markers
  • Optional: Heat Gun and Extension Cord, manila folders, manila tags

Authentic Stencils

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Date: July 13, 2014
Time: 9am - noon
Price: $89
Info: CREATE website

Stencils are a must-have tool these days. There are lots of gorgeous commercial stencils for sale, but it’s also super easy to make your own! Come and learn how to make your own stencils and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer will share all of her tips on what makes for a good stencil design.

Students Should Bring:

  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife
  • manila folders
  • heavy cardstock
  • copy paper
  • stencil film or plastic
  • black permanent marker
  • pencil
  • manila tags
  • masking tape
  • fashion magazine
  • clear packing tape
  • scissors
  • Optional: paint or ink (and applicator) to test your stencils, clear contact paper
I'll be teaching 2 classes in Exeter, NH on October 10 & 11, 2014, at Eclectic Paperie.

Layered Compositions

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Date: October 10, 2014
Time: TBA
Price: TBA
Info: 603-580-1527

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

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Date: October 11, 2014
Time: TBA
Price: TBA
Info: 603-580-1527

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 1 class in New York City on November 9, 2014, at The Ink Pad.

Art Journal Playground

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Date: November 9, 2014
Time: 10am - 5pm
Price: $120
Info: 212·463·9876

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 hope to see you there!

 
     


You can contact Julie at balzerdesigns@gmail.com.