Inspired by #365patterns

A pattern a day? 365 patterns? The thought makes me a wee bit uncomfortable. artistically afflicted When I was first introduced by the girls at Caravan shoppe/blog to this concept, my first thoughts were "Fun,definitely challenging,will definitely take a peek, but no, cannot do this!" Well, here I am ~ 4 days in~ and all is good.My thoughts have calmed and I am feeling confident about the project. It's fun. It's slightly addictive. It already has a great community of designers involved so there is the  added bonus of connecting with others.It's inspiring! Most importantly for me though is ~ creativity everyday. artistically afflicted blog Day 1~ My thoughts turned to panic as I thought of the endless days ahead having to create with a goal in mind. It's easy to doodle here and there and splatter some paint on  a daily basis, but to create a finished product is a whole other thing. That, my friends, is stressful for me. artistically afflicted blog Day 2- My thoughts changed to acceptance.This will be a challenge, but a process that will have me exploring new ideas and ways of representing life around me.It will have me finding inspiration,creating and improving my digital skills. My goal is to be creative everyday. Explore new motifs, play with colors and start the process of patterning. If I complete  a pattern a day then yippee for me. If not, I will at least be one step closer. artistically afflicted Day 3 - My thoughts have changed from fear of having to create to  a feeling that there are hardly enough days in the year for all the patterns going on in my head. Once you start creating, creativity has this odd way of  finding you. You start to look at things in a different way, ideas start flowing.You start to become more aware.Big sigh of relief It is going to be a challenge and there will be days that I may just pop out a single motif, but the importance here is to just be creating. I am working hard building up my surface pattern design portfolio and right now I can't think of a better way to get the creative juices flowing than to be challenged by others to just get down and do it. Thanks to Melanie and Alma of  Caravan blog.  More details for you over on their blog. Interested in joining us?Please do!
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Inspired by...creative momentum

Doing double duty here - Illustration Friday and Art Everyday Month. I am feeling very productive. Also blogging, making dinner and listening to an interview with Monica Lee and Smart Creative Women I need a cape ~ preferably with a beautiful pattern, thank you! The theme for this weeks Illustration Friday challenge ~trees. How about abstract...with a little snow? photography, digital art I am not sure what category this fits into, but I guess it is a combination photography/ digital  art. It is something I have been playing with while learning photoshop. I would love to be able to incorporate more of my photography into surface pattern design. Will keep you posted on how this works for me.So far, it's been a wee bit slow.I have discovered that the digital art world requires time, patience and lots of hands on exploring. These are the original photos taken. photography, artistically afflicted, julie hamilton photography, artistically afflicted, julie hamilton It's half time through Art Everyday month. It has felt really good to take time out everyday to play, experiment and rediscover the fun of following a whim. I have to admit,I receive great joy out of happy mistakes. Thanks also to Art Everyday for encouraging me to get back into my blogging routine.I have  reconnected with many artists I have met throughout this journey of mine and it has been nice to visit again (and comment). Thank you for all of your comments! I encourage anyone who is wanting to be creative, but apprehensive about putting it all out there to just do it! We are a very nice and supportive community. I guarantee you will connect with other like minded souls and learn a bunch along the way. I think I need to post a little list of all the weekly groups/ challenges that one can be a part of. Look out for it next week! See you again in a few days. At the rate I am going, it may even be tomorrow.
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Inspired by...a little friendly competition.

There is nothing like a bit of friendly competition to give you a little shove out of your comfort zone.I have discovered the process to be quite fun, if not a little nerve-wracking.  Just a little though ~ I am happy to say, I am getting use to it. I had to enter this months Tigerprint Competition as I love black and white. I would do everything in black and white if I could (and as I write this I am thinking..well, why not!). Working with color is working out of my comfort zone! Surface pattern design, artistically afflicted I believe these competitions are a healthy way to get the creative juices flowing. They can help you to push past your limits, try new design ideas, experiment with motifs and colors you may not normally use, learn new digital tricks - anything to get your work to stand out in the crowd! Competitions can also be a little bit discouraging! There were hundreds,600 or so, of entries for this one. These competitions make you realize just how many talented designers/artists are out there playing the same game.While I have not won- yet:)- I am hopeful that one day, my time will come. My design will be the right one at the right time. Until then I will continue to push along and dream. It's all part of the dream.
You can check all the entries out here because, really, they were all very well done. Beware, it's alot of black and white and you may start to see double after the first or second page.
And the winner is ~ tada~ surface pattern design, artistically afflicted blog Louise Harrison of Loulalo. Absolutely love her take on stripes. Swoon... We were very fortunate to have quite a few of our surface pattern design students in the top 25. I have to be honest, it is kind of fun to live vicariously through their victories.It is very inspiring to get a sneak peek into their process from start to finish. Their excitement and enthusiasm is felt widespread throughout our little community. Here is their work~ surface pattern design, artistically afflicted blog Runner up ~ Alik Arzoumanian surface pattern design, artistically afflicted blog, emily ann studio Runner up ~ Emily Ann Truong of Emily Ann Studio surface pattern design, artistically afflicted blog, patternjots studio Maike Thoma  of Patternjots surface pattern design, artistically afflicted blog, pattern addict Gill Eggleston of Pattern Addict surface pattern design, artistically afflicted blog Jennie Louise Whitham of JLWillustration Up next ~hand drawn typography. I am very excited about this one as I have been meaning to explore it in more depth. I love to art journal and it adds the perfect personal touch to a page. I am also curious to see how it translates from my scanner to the digital world. More information can be found here on the Tigerprint Competitions blog Enjoy the rest of your week. The snow is already flying here and slowly creeping own the mountain and into the valley.
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Inspired by...a passion for pattern

Welcome to the Passion for Pattern Blog Hop. So happy to have you join us! I hope you have had a chance to visit Anna Dents blog on the hop, just before mine.If you have arrived here and would like to start at the beginning, just click on the link here and you will begin at the lovely Claire Smillies blog- the talented designer and creator behind this blog hop. surface pattern design, julie hamilton, artistically afflictedEveryone involved in the hop is passionate about pattern. I have laughed many times  when I have heard mention of seeing pattern in their sleep. I know this well! Designing prints and pattern is addictive-similiar to putting together pieces of a puzzle. Pattern is all around us. If you stop and look at your surroundings you will discover it is everywhere. From the grain of bark on your front yard tree to the blooming flowers on your back deck. We are surrounded by pattern. I have been fascinated by the colors,pattern and textures of nature forever. Most of my work is inspired by my surroundings and handcrafted by pen, paint, paper or photo.Lately I have been trying to stretch my imagination and work on lots of dfferent subject matter. Sometimes I  just need a little help from my friend... surface pattern design, julie hamilton, espresso cups Sometimes I just need to get out on my bike to find a little inspiration, or at least think about getting out there. julie hamilton, surface pattern design Most of the time though my inspiration is found right in my very own backyard. Nature plays a very big role in my work. surface pattern design, julie hamilton surface pattern design, julie hamilton surface pattern design, julie hamilton surface pattern design, julie hamilton Sometimes you just have to sit back and have fun. Many of my doodles have found their way into the digital world. surface pattern design, julie hamilton I am still unsure of what I would like to have my work featured on, but for now its very fun putting it on just about everything! surface pattern design, julie hamilton My vision is of a diverse portfolio that ties in all of my creative passions in an artful way.I am very excited, but have to keep telling myself - practice, patience, perseverance - it is all a very slow, but enjoyable process.One that I am approaching with eyes wide open! Next up is the lovely Simi from Simi Designs. She has a wonderful sense of color and I look forward to having some of her work in my home one day. Hop on over here to visit her! I hope you enjoy the very diverse and wonderful work of all those participating. Thanks for popping by and pleased join me again soon. Lots of creative goodness being shared here ( and hopefully a new website soon!)
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Inspired by...adventures in art journaling

creative process, visual journal, art No mistakes. No judgement. No plan. That's what art journaling is all about. creative process, visual journal, art Do you have an art journal? You should! I am always amazed at the number of artists I come across who do not partake in this creatively inspiring process. Where do these people store all of their beautiful, inspiring ideas for up and coming work? My head is not big enough for all of the ideas I have. I need to store them somewhere and over the years I have found my art journal to be the perfect place. [caption id="attachment_2895" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]creative process, visual journal, art A place to store ideas and plans for future work[/caption]

A place where I can just be. A place where I can comfortably, and in small-scale, push past my personal creative boundaries. It's all about practicing your mark making, trying new mediums, color mixing and even playing with different styles.

It's a process and all part of the creative journey. I love looking back through my journals. They are filled with lots of inspirational quotes, crazy ideas, colors, magazine cuttings and lots of bad, and not so bad artwork. It is a picture in time. creative process, art journal, visual journal, acrylic paint My abstract phase. A phase I am not finished with. Just love all the marks and texture. creative process, visual journal, art, abstract Your art journal is a place you can spend as little or as much time as you please. It is the perfect go-to spot when you only have a half hour. I find it the perfect place to go when I am just having troubles starting. Sometimes it is, oh, so difficult to get those creative juices flowing and feel creative. Give me 5 minutes splashing paint around and I am usually hooked for longer. [caption id="attachment_2881" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]creative process, visual journal, art playing with color and form[/caption] I like to think of it as a thumbprint for something bigger. A place to try new techniques and see what transpires. It is never finished. Every mark is a learning experience. I can't begin to tell you how many happy accidents I have produced in my journal. Or snippets of work I have started only to come back to and see in a new light. creative process, visual journal, art, mark making Art journaling is therapeutic and relaxing too.It could save you thousands in therapy. That's what I keep telling my husband everytime I need new material. I almost have him believing it. I have myself believing it. creative process, visual journal, art, watercolor I was very surprised to come across this page in a journal from 2 years ago. I don't do faces. If I start to see eyes emerge from my work I usually get a brush and some paint out real quick! Obviously some repressed subconscious glitch that I should deal with. I am not sure where this image came from , but I obviously had a moment and felt the need to create her. I may have even copied her from another artist. GASP.. That is OK! Thats what your journal is for. Practice replicating work from others that inspires you. Try making their marks and using their colors but just dont dare go out into the real world and try to pass it off as your own! Art journal = Anything goes. creative journey, surface pattern design, art journal This is what my art journal looks like these days since starting my Surface pattern design course with Rachael Taylor. Definitely not as colorful, but part of the process I am going through now.I am even amazed at my progression with these pages. A gentle reminder that every mark is a part of the learning process. Summer is the perfect time to grab a book and your favorite medium to create. The time is now! For lots more art journaling inspiration check out my Pinterest page~ art journal know how here. I have pinned some great links and lots of eye candy. Hope you enjoy!
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