The 100 Day Project!

It's that time of year! The #the100dayproject is back.

I am happy to say that I will be participating again this year. My project will be a little bit smaller in scope this year, but it will still be a great opportunity to play, explore and learn new things. It's all about the creative process!


For those who don't know - last year I collaborated with Tracey English to create #100daysofcollagecreation. One hundred days of animals, plants, food..well, you get the idea. It was a great project and I enjoyed the challenge and the awesome community. There were days I had to admit that I may have taken on a bit more than bargained for. Some nights drifted into early mornings as I tried to get my daily piece out.

This year I am rolling things out a bit differently.

100 days of #sketchbook_studies

Shortly after finishing my project last year I turned my interest towards my art journal and the loads of possibility for pure play that it offers - A perfect recipe to discover new things. I am also a believer in that the more art you make the more creative ideas arise. 

I started my own personal project #sketchbook_studies that I have been working on consistently over the past year. It is my opportunity to explore and work on my randomness. It is an opportunity to play with colors. It is the perfect spot to get my hands dirty and just try something that has inspired me.

Julie Hamilton Creative #sketchbook_studies

For this years project I  have decided I am am going to continue on with my #sketchbook_studies. I have learned so much about me, my style and what I love to do. I will be sharing the process and smaller snippets of work. Hopefully it will be a bit random and always hoping it will be inspirational to you.

Sketchbook Studies  - A Little art

 There is still time to join in! Have a visit here  for more information.

To watch my progress, pop by my Instagram site Julie Hamilton Creative . That's my daily hang out:)

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The possibility of a big, blank page...

I have a wee bit of an obsession with blank books. I collect them, excited at all the opportunity that they behold, all the possibilities... [caption id="attachment_101" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="endless possibility"][/caption] Blank, scrap style, books for cut and pasting - commonly referred to as "look books". Smaller blank journals for my everyday to do lists and hits of inspiration that I find flipping through mags at the local coffee shop. Then there is my art journal simply for splattering paint, pasting and generally getting my creative "yee-haws" out. I have many more sitting on my book shelf, bought because of a pretty cover or maybe a souvenir, just waiting for a reason to be used. I have thought about a journal just dedicated to inspirational quotes or maybe one just for favorite art work... Truth of the matter is...I am getting a wee bit carried away with my love of the "blank" book. I am drawing a bit of a blank as to what to do with them all... I need to find just one perfect go-to journal that I can bring with me anywhere...for anything. It has to be big enough so as not to feel restricted in my journaling. It has to be hardy enough to be pasted and possibly painted in. It has to fit in my purse (large purse!) All suggestions welcome! [caption id="attachment_94" align="aligncenter" width="640" caption="My house and home Inspiration"][/caption] These "look books" are very satisfying to make and a necessity in my world. I was forever adding a dog ear here and a sticky note there. For the longest time I just had trouble ripping images out of my magazines. No more! Now all of my inspiring images have found a home. [caption id="attachment_95" align="aligncenter" width="615" caption="A collection of "Look Books" by others.."][/caption] 1. My Famous Inspiration Book/Design Journal, 2. Pretty Chic, 3. Untitled, 4. Inpiration Board Searching the internet, I have discovered that people use look books for just about everything. House design. color combinations, recipes and personal style are just a few. [caption id="attachment_109" align="aligncenter" width="615" caption="paper paint and pigment playground"][/caption] 1. sneak peek, 2. Book of Ideas, 3. sneak peek, 4.sneak peek Art journaling is another great use for the "blank" book. A great spot to play with art ideas that you may be apprehensive to try on a large with font, texture or just color combinations. A safe place to discover. There are a number of online resources to help you on your journaling journey. Some of my favorites are below: Pam Garrison at Tara Anderson at Dina Wakley at Roben-marie Smith at [caption id="attachment_117" align="aligncenter" width="615" caption="Art Journals to swoon over"][/caption] 1. I LOVE THAT Art Journal Page, 2. 201aj136, 3. Untitled, 4. new journal for the new year And Finally...the "go to" journal. The everyday journal that contains daily lists of things to do, jotted down material in need of remembering and coffee shop doodles. It is your mini inspiration book - the one that gets carried around in your purse just in case you come across that A'ha moment. [caption id="attachment_111" align="aligncenter" width="615" caption="my go to to day doodling"][/caption] 1. sneak peek, 2. sneak peek, 3. sneak peek, 4. sneak peek
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