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Happy Earth Day!

The birds and the bees,  the water and the trees, flowers, rocks, mountains.....whats not to love? It inspires me daily. Happy Earth Day! PaperCut Art  - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Some paper-cut art patterns in honour. PaperCut Art  - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Enjoy the rest of your week!
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Lessons Learned in my Creative Life ~ 2014

Happy New Year Illustration and Greeting Sitting here surrounded by paper.Step by step instructions on how to improve Me. Things I have accomplished.Things I want to accomplish, Things I need to change. Things I need to do.. I love this process of delving deep into my life and assessing what needs to change in order to move forward. I am very good at assessing, not so good at doing. I cannot lie..change is exhausting. When I look back at 2014 in all its glory..and failures, I can't help but notice that a lot of my behaviour is still the same. I still need to change my daily habits in order to move forward. Daily Creative Life - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} In a nutshell - I think I need to get out of my comfort zone. Oh, how I love my comfort zone...Nothing that a few glasses of wine can't tell you. It will take more than one sitting to figure out my plan of action. I have been jotting things down over the past months, but a plan needs to be formulated in order to execute. Daily sketch - flower vase Today, instead of sharing my deepest, darkest fears, I will share some lessons learned in 2014. Lessons learned.. 1. Learning - I love learning, I love new things and I love starting. Unfortunately, while these are all positive, they sometimes lead me astray. I need to focus on one thing at a time. I have too many ideas and I want to get them all down at once. I end up doing a lot of everything. I am good at lots of things, I am not great at one thing. I need to be great at one thing. 2. Focus - explore a theme in its entirety. Make a game plan and follow it through. In art and In life.No more willy nilly half efforts trying to learn handlettering or skate skiing. A commitment is in order. 3. Art - Motifs need to be clean and concise. They need to be read well. All of your art needs to come across loud and clear. Your style, your colours and your brand. In the world of art licensing this art also needs to be commercial. So while I have my style and some quirkiness mixed in, I still need it to be sellable. 4. Opportunity - Sitting here and waiting for people to knock on my door will not have people knocking down my door. I need to be proactive, show my work and actually do some of my own door knocking. 5. Show up everyday - show up, start, create. It may not be great, but all work leads to something. No art is ever wasted. Practice makes better. recognize when rest is needed, but otherwise forge onwards. 6. Time - there is enough time in the day to do it all, it just takes some planning. Map out your day and divide your work into do-able time slots. Concentrate on one task. Prioritize what is most important - do it. Then move onto the next task with a feeling of accomplishment. 7. Uninterrupted workflow - My best work comes with no distractions. Blocks of time creating with no pings, tweets or wandering thoughts. I have tried the Pomodoro technique, tweaking it to be my own. I find these small segments of time useful for starting projects that I am feeling a bit stuck in. 8.  Personal projects - A fun, personal project, be it a daily sketch or a painting a day, with the right hash tag, can get you lots of leverage.Share your work! 9. Agent - I think this was the best decision for me this year. I love the challenge of working to a brief. I love the feedback and  love  the variety of creating from home decor down to digital greetings. They also introduced my work to a whole cast of others that I wouldn't have had the time to search out. Art licensing is a slow process, but I have faith that it works for those who persevere. 10. Website/blog - keep it updated. I cringe when I look up and know that mine is so out of date. It is YOU! It is your story. Keep it current. (sorry...promise to prioritize this one..) So, here I sit mapping out my game plan. I have my fingers crossed that I am working in the right direction and doing the right thing. Feeling a wee bit nervous, but knowing in my heart that it is time to move up and onwards. I have included a few online resources which I pop in to help me on my way. I take what works for me from both and combine them to make it my own. Christine Kane   Word Of The Year Do What You Love  New Years Revolution Write everything down. Share it with your friends and creative partners. Shout it out loud! Nothing like the world holding you accountable for it all. Be honest. Have fun.
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The Large Print Project on Kickstarter

A little shout out and ask for support for my friend and colleague Deborah Velasquez. Deborah has recently launched her Kickstarter project The Large Print Project  Deborah Velasquez - The Large Print Project on Kickstarter For those not familiar with Kickstarter, it is a crowdsourcing, fundraising platform for all creatives. Individuals dream up a project and ask for support to help back their project. It is a successful platform, with 44% of projects reaching their targeted goal to date. unnamed-5 Deborah is a maker. Her passion is art and design, whether it be hand carving her stamps or  silkscreening her scarves.The goal of her Large Print Project  is to raise funds to purchase the silkscreen equipment necessary to produce larger, multi-color works of art. The equipment will help create and make in larger quantities and help move her creative business to the next level. Deborah Velasquez - The Large Print Project on Kickstarter Deborah is passionate about her work. She is a supportive friend and colleague in our design community, always offering up advice or encouragement. I have enjoyed watching her growth over the past few years.I admire her tenacity. She is always learning and always available with an open mind to discuss new ideas and projects. She enjoys the challenge that art provides and is always ready to tackle a project. This is her biggest one to date!
Deborah Velasquez - The Large Print Project on Kickstarter
Help bring Deborah's project to life. She is half way there ~ her deadline is December 10th. Backers can donate anywhere from $1 up. The beauty about being a backer is you even receive a little  present in return! Really!  A nice little thank you for your support. (You have to visit her page to find out more!)
Deborah Velasquez - The Large Print Project on Kickstarter
All details are over here on The Large Print Project. I love her video and watching her in action. Always in amazement that she never gets ink on those beautiful rings of hers too!
Thanks Everyone!
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Tangled Weave - the start of a mini collage collection

The long, lazy days of summer are here. Hours to laze around and work on my art ~ Paint outdoors, sketch by the lake and maybe try some new techniques. Now that's some Wishful thinking on my part... [caption id="attachment_5594" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} making collage papers[/caption] You would think I would be getting lots done over here, but truth be told I am accomplishing little. It is sweltering hot, the lake is calling,the dog needs to be watered, the kids need to get to camp and work and all the visitors need to be tended too. Do I dare say I have having a lot of fun despite the compelling urge to sit down and work at my art? [caption id="attachment_5595" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} intuitive collage - working with what is presented[/caption] I have just recently finished Mati Roses Daring Adventures in Collage.  It really helped inspire me to start working with mixed media again. I just love the combination of paper,paint and ink. There is something about it that makes my heart pitter patter. I love all the texture and pattern, with a little this and that peeking through. I love getting my hands dirty. I am not sure which is more fun - making handmade collage papers or creating the actual collage itself? julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} I have approached this round of work a bit differently than before. I am now working on paper -Borden & Riley sketch vellum - which is a heavyweight, rather indestructible, paper for mix media. This allows me to cut, paint, spray and stamp to my heart's content without stressing over another unfinished canvas. It's only paper and can either be recycled or cut up for another collage project. If I like it then it is easily affixed onto a wood cradled panel.   [caption id="attachment_5568" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} collage - lots of layered paper. Adding paint next![/caption] This time around I am also working small. Very small for me. All pieces are 8 by 8". I decided to go this route because I find them easy to complete in a day and easy to have many on the go at once. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} I have a plan for all of these pieces, but that will be unveiled later.I am not trying to be secretive, just deciding what the best route is for these. A plan is in the makin'.. What I do know about these is that they are a part of my everyday creative life. They keep me playing and trying new techniques which only help spark my imagination and creativity. I am hoping to be back here soon, but not making any promises. I am just a passenger on this free wheelin' ride called summer. (even I am rolling my eyes at that one ;) Enjoy every moment of yours!
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Saying YES to Daily painting!

There is a crazy part of me that is thinking that I need to start painting everyday. I am not sure where this desire has come from, but with each passing day this need grows stronger and I am now  thinking that maybe it's not such a crazy idea. There is a small part of me that gets a wee bit nervous thinking about it, let alone coming right out and saying it, but then I just have to remember that it doesn't have to be a big deal. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog) It doesn't have to be a finished, ready to hang, kind of anything.It can be simple, something abstract and it definitely can be small.It doesn't have to follow all the rules. It can be done in an hour and it can be done on paper. I do not want any unfinished canvas staring at me guiltily. It can just be.... Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog) I have no clue where this idea started. Well, that's not entirely true. I have a small inkling where it all came from. A passionate group of creatives that I hang with got me thinking about it! A new e-course, Daring Adventures in Collage, offered by  Mati Rose got me really thinking about it! I couldn't help myself, I signed up for it. I know I promised myself I was done with courses for a while. I need time to absorb all I have learned in the past year,. BUT the thing is, I am soo excited for it to start. Counting the days kind of excited. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog) I think it is  just the combination of this excitement and the freedom it offers to just create for the sake of creating that inspired me. I think I am just craving some time to making marks, ripping up some paper and playing with colour. Intuitive painting, my style.No plan and definitely no preconceived notion of what I am suppose to be creating. It's the summer so why not!?I want to play. I promise I will get all of my other work completed before I start. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog) This painting  was a work in progress for some time. A mark here and there, a splash of ink and a whole lot of experimenting! It was fun and definitely a learning experience. That, my friends, is exactly what I am hoping for with this crazy idea! If you have any thoughts, suggestions or maybe a support group you can recommend, please do not hesitate to contact me. Or  maybe you want to join in? The more the merrier. I will keep you posted on what I decide to do!
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