Blog: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Jumping with… Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Mary Beth Shaw, & Carolyn Dube – A CJS Interview Series

So happy to share with you today some video interviews I did with some of our Creative JumpStart 2020 teachers: Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Mary Beth Shaw, and Carolyn Dube. Wow what an amazing group to hear from :)

First up is Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, who I have known now for many years as a friend and colleague. Her artistic style is unmistakable and her talents cover so many areas so chatting with her is always fun and informative. In this interview we talk about how to manage time in our busy lives, how her fiber art connects with her mixed media work, and how she loves to try new things and explore her curiosity for creativity.

Next we have Mary Beth Shaw, who has been a teacher with Creative JumpStart now for a long time and is a wonderful artist with an abstract style. Mary Beth is also the woman behind Stencil Girl Products so she is very busy with everything that she does. In this interview Mary Beth discusses ways to carve out time for artmaking even when time is tight and how her art journal helps with that. She also talks about different phases she’s gone through in her abstract work, and the importance of knowing what other art is out there (past and present) to be an informed artist.

And finally we have Carolyn Dube, who has been a part of CJS for a few years now and who always brings color and play to the world through her art and personality. In this interview she talks about her current obsession with gelli plate printing, the liberation and fun that comes from embracing “mistakes”, and how she found confidence working with color. Carolyn also hints at what her cjs video will be about and describes it as that glorious moment where chocolate met peanut butter :)

And now it is your turn to go after a fun and inspiring challenge beginning this January: Sign up TODAY for Creative JumpStart 2020 and get 31 different mixed media lessons from 31 Super Hero Artists.  Hope to see you in the CJS classroom soon :)

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Interview with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa , or listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • How Julie started painting
  • Blogging as part of our daily routine
  • Changing career paths and what was the hardest about it
  • Curiosity means Growing
  • Theater and Theater stage sets
  • Her artwork in the book
  • Eye Obsessions
  • Dinosaurs

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Julie Balzer from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

Comments (6)

  • JoAnn Campisi


    My two favorite artists, side by side. What could be better. Loved the interview and the easy way with which you interact.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      So glad you enjoyed the interview, JoAnn – have a wonderful day!!!


  • Nancy G.


    What a great conversation.


    • Nathalie Kalbach


      So glad you enjoyed it Nancy! have a wonderful start into the week!


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A Visual Interview with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Meet my friend , media artist Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. See what her favorite art tool is, what she would bring to a deserted island and why January is her favorite month!

A Visual Interview with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

Julie is one of the teachers of Creative JumpStart 2017 along with 26 other artists – read more about this Mixed Media Online Class and sign up here.


Hope to see you in the classroom!

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Sydney, Australia – here we come: Mixed Media Circus: Art Journal Adventure


My friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I will be teaching the Mixed Media Circus: Art Journal Adventure workshop 1 hour North of Sydney in Berkley Vale – at the Darkroom Door Art Studio , Australia April 15 -17, 2016. 

Mixed Media Circus Art Journaling Adventure from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

More information and Signup for the class here






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You can sign up for this 3-Day-Workshop here: Mixed Media Circus: Art Journaling Adventure. We would really love to see you there*-and we are super excited to come Down Under and it will loads of fun and a real art journaling adventure!

*if you are in the Melbourne area and would love to join us there- we are teaching at Artified April 8-10,2016 – sign up and more info here

have a gorgeous day,

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