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Finding Inspiration in the Leaves of Autumn

Inspired by the abundance of leaves in my  autumn backyard. So many shades of red, yellow and green. Berry branches, old seed heads and a token mushroom or two make my garden a rather special place at this time of year.. A snapshot of what fall looks like around here...minus the never-ending rain. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage I know they should all be raked up and my garden put to bed, but I like to think of it as ground cover for the long winter ahead. I aspire to be a gardener, but while I love everything in the garden, I don't like the time and energy it takes to deal with my garden. Long ornamental grasses, big rocks and flowering bushes are fine with me for now. I am hoping in time that my feelings may change and I will be motivated to embrace everything it has to offer.   Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Collected on a morning run. Leaves in my sketchbook. Sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} I have one garden leaf in particular that I love. I love the shape and changing colour of this leaf as the season progresses.I know I should know what type of bush this belongs to, but I am  sorry, I don't. Bayberry - Sketchbook by Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Finding a bit of inspiration from its shape and colours to be used in some surface pattern design. The beginning of the Bayberry collection - coming soon! Bayberry Blue - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} BayBerry -Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} BayBerry Moss - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}   May the sun be shining bright where you live. I am sending all of our rain to California where it is needed most.
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PaperLove bloghop

My love for paper runs deep! My heart beats a little faster, my mind starts racing and I get a little giddy. All the colour, texture, pattern and weight is enough to make me a little speechless. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog The opportunities with paper are endless. It is for this reason alone that I have become a bit of a paper hoarder. I have stacks upon stacks of different types of paper in my studio ~ old envelopes, cardboard, kraft paper, handmade paper,wallpaper, old magazines,tissue paper,  stationery, maps, and even some good old scrap- booking paper. It has been bought from far away places and travelled the world and it has also been found dumpster diving in my very own community. Interesting paper is everywhere! [caption id="attachment_4418" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} floral papercuts for handmade business cards[/caption]

Paper can be stamped, glued, painted, sprayed, crumpled,cut and of course, written one. Oddly enough, I often forget about the good old traditional method of writing on paper. I am usually to busy ripping it up and gluing it down.

julie hamilton, artistically afflicted I love to be inspired by my paper collection. I can admit to you, because I know you will understand,  I often sit surrounded by my papers. I put them into pretty piles playing with colour and texture. I imagine them in my art journal or all collaged up onto wall art. I imagine all the different textures that can be made in my paintings with them or how they will look with a transparent dab of paint - a glimpse of their original state peeking through. It makes me want to pull out all my papers right now and get working! mailart,artistically afflicted,julie hamilton

More mood boards focused around scraps of paper. I love the natural feel of paper~ it can be mixed with so many other types of medium such as wood, bamboo,birchbark, and even material, yet still keep its natural feel. [caption id="attachment_5276" align="aligncenter" width="469"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} papertags,birchbark,cardboard,old packaging, paint chips, wallpaper,rice paper[/caption] Below is one of my "collage everyday" pieces. I hope to continue on with this project again one day. I had fun creating daily collages based around the woodland theme. It's a great way to put all your paper scraps to good use. [caption id="attachment_2568" align="aligncenter" width="560"]mixed media~ julie hamilton designs wallpaper,handmade paper,tissue paper,ink and thread[/caption] And, of course, we can't forget the lovely feel of a good, old fashioned dip pen and ink on paper. It almost inspires me to sit down and write a letter , unfortunately, I have a feeling I   would make more of a mess than anything else., julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Guess who else loves paper around our household? Yup~ Cariboo. He wanted to be part of our paper love bloghop today so here he is. Any paper that hits the ground is fair game in his eyes. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} The PaperLove Blog Hop is a celebration of all things paper! Follow the links to discover more bloggers who love paper and use it to inspire and delight. And if you want to explore a whole world of paper, and stretch your paper passion further with a host of creative projects, why not join the innovative new online course PaperLove (starts March 31). Led by book artist Rachel Hazell, PaperLove is a five week creative adventure for paper lovers. Find out more here. Come visit the other paper lovers in our bloghop today. I am sure you will find loads of inspiration!
Participant list Majo Bautista / Tona Bell Louise Best Cathy Bluteau / Jennifer Bomgardner / Giova Brusa / Lindsay Buck / Beka Buckley / Joanna Caskie / Jonathan Chapman (Mr Yen) / Halle Cisco / Sarah Clare / Cathryn Clarge / Dawn Clarkson / Rhiannon Connelly Jenny D'Fuego / Molly Dhiman / Ian Dudley / Ayisatu Emore / Akmal Farid / Monika Forsberg / Claire Fritz-Domeney / Louise Gale / Chrissy Gaskell / Julie Hamilton / Emma Hawman / Rachel Hazell / Holly Helgeson / Claudine Hellmuth / Kim Henkel / Sarah Hoffman / Joanne Hus / Paula Joerling / Beth Kempton / Julie Kirk / Eos Koch / Katie LaClair / Kristy Lankford / Michelle Manolov / Doreen Marts Rosie Martinez-Dekker / Tori Mears / Maria Mederios / Lise Meijer / Debbie Miller / MaryJane Mitchell / Suzy Naidoo / Grace Noel / Hannah Nunn / Camilla Olsson / Jo Packham / Rachelle Panagarry / Monette Pangan / Melanie Paul Nicole Piar / Jen Pitta / Liz Plummer Julie Reed / Michelle Reynolds / Lisa Rivas Angee Robertson / Natalie Ryan / Aisling Ryan / Elisabet Sapena / Kyrrha Sevco / Jamie Sprague / Elizabeth Steele / Terri Stephens / Juniper Stokes / Mary Tanana / Maike Thoma / Linda Tieu Gabrielle Treanor / Tammy Tutterow / Deborah Velasquez / Jordan Vinograd Kim / Cat Whipple / Brooke Witt / Katie Wood Amelia Woodbridge
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Say YES to 2014!

Happy New Year to all my friends near and far! I have a few minutes peace here. An hour, maybe two if I am lucky, to just sit, sip tea and think about the holidays.This is a rare moment right now. Our home and life here in Whistler is alive with the hustle and bustle of happy times. Amidst it all, I am finding a spare moment to reflect and set a few goals for the upcoming year. The chaos will continue for weeks to come, but if I can find a small sliver of quiet time daily all will be good. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} At this time of year I can't help but feel melancholic. I am so grateful for the health and happiness that we are  surrounded by right now. I am grateful to have my friends and family together.I am grateful for the supportive and positive community that I have surrounded myself with this past year. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} My creative journey has been such a large part of my life these past two years. This blog and everything within - stories and work from fellow creatives, the trials and tribulations of creating,accomplishments (and a fair share of rejection too). All of these stories help make help make up the fabric of my life right now and it all makes me smile. It's just awesome! Thank you to each and every one of you! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Sharing my intentions for 2014! I am hoping you will all hold me accountable. I am a bit of a dreamer as you can probably tell as I doodle my way off into 2014. Thinking of lots great things...for me and you! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} If you are interested in creating your very own intentions for 2014 I really enjoyed Do What You Love's   New Years Revolution. It is very well thought out and a great planner for the year. (it's free!) I am a believer in pen to paper for all intentions. It has a bit of sticking power and great to review monthly. Have a go! Wishing you all the best throughout the holidays and into 2014!
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Playing with color

I have spent the past couple of days experimenting with color. Every once in a while I feel the need to step back to basics and  play with different color combinations.  I am in the mood to explore right now! I want to walk on the wilder side of analogous color combinations! Why does that strike a note of fear in me? julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted}blog I am definitely an analogous kind of girl.  This is not entirely by choice, but more often than not it is driven by fear. Fear of using too many colors!  Color scares me just a little bit. Unfortunately, it does not come easy to me. I know what colors I want to use, but I find that when I combine them together they don't always look as fantastic as my mind makes them out to be. I love my work in black and white, but the moment I add color I start to feel frustrated and insecure with the outcome. In my painterly world, this leads to the demise of many a painting. I have many a canvas patiently waiting to be finished. In my digital world,my art has a better chance of survival as I can play with color. Thank goodness for the command Z key. Adding color and playing with color has never been so easy.
[caption id="attachment_4861" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted}blog Playing with new color combinations.[/caption]
 Don't get me wrong, I am head over heels in love with color. I get tingly, butterfly sensations when I see certain color combinations.My heart starts beating a little faster, I swoon and get all emotional. I want to whip out the paints and try to create the feeling right away.
....But, I am also fickle. One day I will be passionate about red, the next I am all over blue. I don't even try to understand my fickle nature anymore. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted}blog Playing with photos, paint chips and a moodboard julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted}blog My favorite color combination as of this week- watery blues,green and teal. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog I think it might have something to do with my desire for all things summer as the weather here changes and is getting cool. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog How do you keep color fresh? Do you have a secret way of collecting your favorite colors? If so, please share! Here are a few of my favorite places for color. Adobe Kuler app - take a pic of your favorite colors with your smartphone and let this app do the rest Pinterest -Start your very own Color board on Pinterest and pin your fav colors to it for reference. Design Seeds - An awesome site for color palettes. Photocard Boutique Paint chips from your local paint store. I love going through Benjamin Moores color magazines and seeing how they approach color for interiors. Magazines (interior decorating home) See how other designers approach a room set up with different colors Have fun with your art!
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Learning from Lilla Rogers - Part 2

I am sad to say that my time with Lilla and my new community of friends in Make art that Sells has come to an end ~ at least for the time being.Part B starts in October and I am signed up and ready to go.I have an idea of what to expect this time around and plan to be fully prepared. The next couple of months will be a well needed break as I have quite a few ideas on how to change and improve things around here. [caption id="attachment_4710" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Creating moodboards to inspire[/caption] I  have to admit that I am always a little sad at the end of any course. I find it very motivating to get into a schedule of creating and I have discovered that I love creating to a brief. I find that my best work is produced when I explore a theme.I love all the ideas and fresh outlook that it creates. [caption id="attachment_4711" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Mixed media-paint, paper,ink and some sewing too![/caption] My time with Lilla has taught me to approach my art with a new sense of wild abandon.Well, not too wild, but full! She had us explore many different mediums and I found that a lot of my learning was actually applied  to the creation of my artwork~ experimenting and trying new things. I am definitely going to try to incorporate lots of new techniques into my work and I may even sit down and finally conquer photoshop.  My hope is to find a way to incorporate my traditional and digital worlds. Most of my favorite pieces from other students in the course were those that had a combination of techniques. I truly believe that skill in both is necessary to market yourself. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I thought I would share some of my learnings from Lilla~ a few that I have tucked away and use when creating to remind me to step it up! Learnings from Lilla: 10,000 hours - yes, it is true. It will take many hours of (free) time and devotion to perfect your craft. You have to have a lot of patience and perserverance.Create everyday. Every mark is a learning experience. Keep exploring- try new things.Experiment with new techniques and different mediums.Every mark is a teaching experience. Keep an art journal. Delight your audience. There are in house artists that can make polka dot patterns-your art needs to surprise and delight your audience. Discover your passion~ what gets you excited? I know that marks, texture and color get me going.I love layers too.Discover your passion and work it. Go the extra distance.Think about how to make your art just that little bit different from everyone else. Think about how you would like to present it to the world. Contrast~your work has to stand out in a thumbnail.Use color, contrast and texture to make it pop. Don't compare - easier said than done. I was amazed at the talent in our community. Blown away may be a better way to describe my reaction to the completed assignments. Lilla constantly stresses that you are on your own journey and your style will find it's time and place.Stick with your style - work your style. There is a place in the market for everyone. [caption id="attachment_4712" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Mixed Media-paper, pen,paint[/caption] Stick with a theme. Have a focal point. Use different mediums to get your point across. Work your composition. Use wonderful, fresh color! [caption id="attachment_4715" align="aligncenter" width="550"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Hyper-lush zipper pouches. My favorite assignment.[/caption] The list goes on and while many lessons are those that you have heard before, it is nice to be have them presented in a new light and with examples. I have mentioned this before, but Lilla really opened my eyes to many new possibilities of what I can do with my art..and she provided lots of examples. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I have so much more to share, but I think it's time for you to consider this course for yourself. I know I was a tad skeptical going in, but I can safely say that it is time and money very well spent!You wont be disappointed. As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email me at For more info - Make Art that Sells For Part 1 of Learning from Lilla see here! I am participating in Lilla's Global Talent Search. I will give you a sneak peek next week!
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