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A World of Artist Journal Pages

Getting my crazies out! That is pretty much how I roll when it comes to my black and white journal pages. Julie Hamilton Designs ~ Doodle Journal Pages {artistically afflicted blog}

No worry about colour. No thoughts on composition. Not a care in the world how they turn out. Quite a bit different from my coloured pages where I just can't help but wish for a good outcome. I am very happy to say that someone else also liked my craziness. A World of Artist Journal Pages Three of my black and white pages have been included in  A World of Art Journal Pages curated by Dawn DeVries Sokol. It is pretty cool to be included especially since I remember my  purchase of her first book, 1000 Artist Journal Pages, very well. It was at Anthropologie in Seattle. I had stood glued to the spot with it for almost an hour. I had never heard of art journalling at the time and I was just in awe of everything in the book. It was definitely an A'ha moment. Well, this one is no different, except this time I am in it! Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} -journal pages in A World of Art Journal Pages, curated by Dawn DeVries Sokol

I am including my pages today. I like to think of it as a little art therapy for my artistically afflicted ways. If I had have known they would be published I might not have revealed so much or been quite as messy, but then I guess that's the beauty of it. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} -journal pages in A World of Art Journal Pages, curated by Dawn DeVries Sokol

One more inspired by rainy day camping in the Pacific Northwest. I was actually sitting outside in the rain under a tarp freezing while this one was created....just trying to make myself happy. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} -journal pages in A World of Art Journal Pages, curated by Dawn DeVries Sokol

I was hoping to include my favourite pages here, but there are so many great pages. The book is full of a variety of hand lettering, different textures and colours, paint, collage, mixed media and an endless stream of hand drawn goodness. If you are thinking of getting involved in the art journal world then this is a really good place to start. It is full of inspiration. I love glancing through it again and again because  I find there is always something I have missed the first, second, third... time around. There is an extra bonus too - all  of  the artists websites are published right beside their work so if there is something you fancy and you want a bit more, you don't have to look far. A big Thank you to Dawn DeVries Sokol. What a wonderful piece of work you have curated and shared with the world. Well done!

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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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#Shareyoursketch with us on Instagram

Get your sketch on and come share with us at #shareyoursketch on Instagram. Meet others in our community, try something new, get inspired. Just hashtag your sketch #shareyoursketch and join in! It can be any medium, any style.anything goes. The creative process has to start somewhere. Here are a few shots from #shareyoursketch this week.  Starting with me! An actual photo of me doing what I love best - doodling. I think I was the only one with a smile on my face after 4 hours being stuck on the Sea to Sky highway. I have to admit it's been about the only time I have had a bit of peace and quiet to actually sit down and just draw with no distractions.   julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I was a little stumped on what to draw, but here I was overlooking the Pacific Ocean so first thing that came to! All shapes and sizes here. [caption id="attachment_5320" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs on artistically afflicted blog Some Fish For You![/caption] Tina of @Tinaliondes shares her work created during some stormy weather and time spent indoors. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog}   @artbreaking shows us her thoughts on spring.Her instagram feed is full of zentangles, doodles and just a lot of  art! Have a visit, it's amazing to see all her marks in one spot. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Diane of @dianekappa spends her morning hours drawing. I love her paisley pattern here with its inky lines. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Patricia of @patricia_zapata has started a #365 project which I have been enjoying. Pop by for a daily dose of what she is up to. Actually here is a little write up on her blog about what she is up to! #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Michelle of @patternandco has been doodling dahlias. I love seeing where people find their inspiration and how they transform it into a drawing. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Next we have two pieces from Wendy Flynn of  @dorisandfred. Her sketches have been digitized, coloured and made into fabric at Spoonflower. She has entered this weeks competition, Wellies and Galoshes. You can see her finished piece and vote for her here #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} The finished piece looks like this one here! #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} Last, but not least, we have Heather of @heatherunderground. Heather always makes me laugh. I have only met her once at a Flora Bowley workshop, but we have remain connected through social media.She has a great imagination! I love her sketchy portrait that pretty much sums up how I feel right about now. It's Christmas design time and everyday is starting to feel like Christmas around here. I am in need of a big dose of summer.I am officially done with christmas baubles and reindeer. #shareyoursketch on the {artistically afflicted} blog} That's all for this week - more to come later! Pop on by Instagram and search #shareyoursketch for more sketchiness. Have a fun-filled weekend!
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Inspired artistic affliction

Goodness, I am in the depths of my artistic affliction right now. I am not sure if I should laugh or cry.All I  know is that I am in need of another set of hands,definitely more time and maybe a cup of herbal tea. I need to leave the house and get some fresh air. So thankful to Art Everyday for getting me back into my paint mojo. I am in love with drawing, but there is just something about getting into my paints and other mediums that just gets my mind exploring. julie hamilton, surface pattern design, So what have we here ~ a painted, stamped and splattered background, a drawing or two,a few flower paintings, some manipulated photography ~ all scanned into my computer  and digitally produced in Illustrator. The only thing I didn't add was some stitching. Honestly I thought about it, but really, where would it go?! It's a tad chaotic,but then so am I! Tomorrows project ~ trying to figure out how to make a pattern out of all this. It's Art Everyday month ~ Hop on over to Leah's blog for more info on Art Everyday. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!
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Inspired by...the refresh button

I have just returned from my sunny little world deep down in the Pacific Ocean. I absolutely adore my happy place ~ the Big Island of Hawaii. It is always very bittersweet to leave. photography, big islandI miss the color, the warm breeze and  the sound of early morning life on the island. I miss all of the unusual flora and fauna, the lava rock and coral. I miss the quality time spent with my friends and family. photo I am already counting down the days until I am back there again. I do love returning home though with fresh eyes and an armful of photos to keep me inspired throughout the long,cold winter months.The snow is starting to fall and I am inspired to make my home my sanctuary for the upcoming winter months. I think lots of color is the answer! Funny, but here I find myself sitting in my studio paralyzed. I am excited to draw, paint, collage and get my hands dirty, but, for whatever reason, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. The list of things I want to accomplish is long . I know this feeling - it's a good feeling, but a state of mind where little really gets accomplished as I busily hop from project to project. I have come to learn to recognize this feeling and I know exactly what to do... Just start! art journal,mix media,mark making Grab journal paper,paint, markers, crayons~ anything and just get started. No pressure to do anything of any importance but just get the creative juices flowing. Make marks, create texture, play with colors. art journal,mix media,mark making Just throw some paint around~ feels so good to get messy. art journal,mix media,mark making Lessons learned with every mark. art journal,mix media,mark making It's Art Everyday month ~ Hop on over to Leahs blog for more info on Art Everyday. See you in a few days!
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