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Thank you Artful Blogging!

I have some exciting news that I have been looking forward to sharing with you! I was a little hesitant to share it with anyone at first, I didn't want to jinx it, but here it is in all of its glory. Ta da! Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog} Thats right! I have been featured in the summer issue of  Stampingtons Artful Blogging magazine. It is a publication I have been admiring for some time now and am thrilled to be a part of it! It is a little hard to come by in my neck of the woods, which makes it very special when I do get my hands on a copy. I have many a Stampington publication all lined up nicely under my coffee table. Their magazines cover many topics - art jornaling, photography, jewellery and lots of other topics all to do with handcrafted goodness. They do a wonderful job offering inspiration to artists everywhere. Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog} I  would love to share the entire issue with you! This is just a  little sneak peek. It is a beautiful, visually inspiring, look into the creative life of a global bunch of bloggers.It is filled with beautiful art, photography and written words all about their journey. Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog}   There is something quite wonderful about seeing your creative journey in print. I have been blogging now for almost 3 years and they did a wonderful job of pulling together pictures that capture the essence of what my blog is all about ~ the creative process, all the different medium used to tell your story , and the never ending  work in progress. Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog}   Along with my excitement and happiness, I have to admit to a feeling of nostalgia . I couldn't help but  spent some time going back and re-discovering old  blog posts, laughing at my first attempts at art and remembering the butterflies the very first time I posted pictures of my art.Oh, the many paths I have followed to where I am now! It covers all the courses I have taken and most important the community I have surrounded myself with. Way back in July of 2011, I remember thinking to myself  "what are you up to?" I really didn't know at that time, but I had a faint idea of where all of this was supposed to lead. I wanted to meet a group of like-minded creative souls (check). I wanted to become an artist (check).  I wanted to document my journey to gauge my accomplishments...and failures (check). I wanted to make a living as an artist (half-check) There is still lots to be accomplished! Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog}   Thank you very much Stampington & Company! I am honoured. Thank you for my moment! To everyone here ~ Thanks for being part of the journey!
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Top tips from Surface Pattern Designers!

A little shout out goes to Ali Benyon of Ali Benyon Designs for her Top tips and tricks for Surface Pattern Designers! Recently Ali has created  2 blogposts with tips and tricks from a global bunch of surface pattern designers from all stages of their careers. I was fortunate to be included and shared a few of my own pearls of wisdom. I found that all of the tips and tricks were applicable to anyone in the creative field from artists to start up entrepeneurs. Inspirational quote {artistically afflicted blog} There was lots of good advice. I walked away with a sense of comfort knowing that it's not just me ~ this creative business is hard work! It demands that you show up everyday, you practice, and you believe. March forward, head up! It...is....a....long.....process... (I am always in need of a reminder about this) [caption id="attachment_2689" align="aligncenter" width="558"]Deborah Velasquez, quote, authenticity Art by Deborah Velasquez[/caption] It was interesting to read everyone's take on being unique and staying true to yourself and your style. It seems that this is a little something that all of us struggle with. It doesn't surprise me ~ we are visual artists, we love to look at art and more often than not we are inspired by it. I think it's normal to want to try different tricks and techniques in a style not your own. It's a great way to learn BUT realize that you have to make it your own. You have to add your very own signature style to it before you call it your own. artistically afflicted blog There was lots of advice about practice, patience and perseverance, a  few tips about color AND a great reminder of all the routes you can take in this profession. I often forget all of the endless avenues for your art so thank you for that! I won't give anymore away. I could spend hours discussing the ins and outs and how and whys of the creative process, but then that would take away from hours that could be spent just... Making Art! Make Art - Make more Art - Enjoy the process = your time will come! Part one is here Part two is here A big Thanks to Ali for bringing us all together! Enjoy!
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There is something about the poppy

I have a bit of a strange attraction to poppies. I love their whimsical ways, all their different colors and their podlike sidekicks.There is nothing quite like a field of poppies swaying in the wind,especially when it's a field  somewhere in the french countryside. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I must have 1oo's of pictures of poppies in all their glory . A 4 month sabbatical in the south of France and it was hard not to come home with a picture, or two, and a sketch. That is a whole other blog  ago which I have never even mentioned here! (If you feel like an afternoon escape you can follow my family of 4 through a 4 month adventure, full of mishap, in Europe at www.lifeinaoncetime.blogspot.com. It seems like a lifetime ago. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I have started to incorporate my poppy drawings into the pattern world, but I have yet to do them justice. They are not BIG enough or whimsical enough yet. I find I am much looser with them in paint. In the digital world I am finding the pattern part a bit restricting. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I am starting Michelle Fifis The Ultimate Guide to Repeats today and I am definitely hoping for some insight into this. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog For now I will continue playing with positioning and different ways of representation for my #365 pattern project.It is easy to whip up a pattern, but it takes lots of tweaking to get it just right. #365patterns is a good starting point, but I have to remember to go back and continue to work on my daily patterns. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog And a coordinate just for fun! There is a small part of me thinking that I may start to create some digital download scrapbook pages and clipart so my mind is all about coordinates these days. I will keep you   posted. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Have you had a chance to check out Skillshare yet? Skillshare is an online global community centered around creativity, collaboration and learning by doing. I have two colleagues teaching there next month and I think you may be interested. The first is Faye Brown of Faye Brown Designs. She will be teaching Typography  how to communicate effectively through the power of typography - starting June 14th, 2013 The second course is Reign Repeats learn how to create perfect repeats in Illustrator taught by Majo Bautista. Starting June 7th, 2013 she will teach you everything you need to know to create a design to submit for a Spoonflower competition. These women are  both  knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. Never stop learning!
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From paper to pattern ~ a creative process

Late night doodling. This kind of doodling makes me happy. Pen in hand with absolutely nothing to do, but patiently wait for the clock to strike midnight. artistically afflicted blog, julie hamilton designs The joys of parenthood and late nights, waiting to pick up my daughter and friends from a party.Trying to think happy thoughts instead of fretting about the next 3 years ~ late night pick ups, boyfriends, and general lack of sleep. I may be a bit envious too- I want to got to parties! Sorry,off topic - mindless doodling. I think what I love best about these drawings is their imperfection. They are downright crooked!I also love the childlike feel to them.I feel like getting the crayons out and coloring. artistically afflicted blog, julie hamilton designs Scanning my black and white drawings into Illustrator and back to the computer.Deconstructing my work on paper and reconstructing into lots of different motifs on the computer. I am slowly learning to love  playing with my drawings on the computer.I haven't spent as much time drawing directly on my tablet/computer as I should, still preferring the feel of paper under my pens. I know it just requires some practice, but, for me, drawing is also my opportunity to be away from the computer.Time to sit in the garden or in a sunny spot by the window. artistically afflicted blog, julie hamilton designs Playing with colors and forming ideas ~ putting together the pieces of the story. I can imagine these  flower motifs on a wide variety of products. Wouldnt you love to be sporting that colorful umbrella on a gray,rainy west coast  kind of day? Pattern making time. artistically afflicted blog, julie hamilton designs artistically afflicted blog, julie hamilton designs artistically afflicted blog, julie hamilton designs There you have the start of Butterscotch Berry- a new collection , coming to you soon! I would love to see your creative process and feature you here on my blog.It doesn't have to be about surface pattern ~ mixed media, black and white sketching, photography~ it's all good! I want to show what inspires and motivates you to create. If you would like to share please email me at jules@bollah.com. A happy week to all!
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Inspired by... the lovely,lush and radiant,emerald

It's lively. It's radiant. It's lush. Introducing Emerald, Pantone Color of the Year for 2013. julie hamilton, artistically afflicted Today I am joining together with a group of designers from all over the wold in a bloghop celebrating Pantone Color of the Year~ Emerald. I hope you are arriving here all the way from Leeds in the U.K~ from surface pattern designer Emma Frances Designs blog. Emma creates -she sews,sketches and loves her camera. I think we would be good friends if only she lived a little closer. If you would like to hop back right to the very beginning then please feel free to jump to Gill Egglestons  Pattern Addicts site. julie hamilton, surface pattern design, emerald I love the color green.I live in a mountain town surrounded by every shade of green.Green in my art work though? Well, that is something I always find challenging! julie hamilton, surface pattern design, emerald I was hoping to combine it with hits of color like red and pink, but I just couldn't seem to find the right match. I am really looking forward to see how everyone else used the color in combination.I am curious to see their perspective. Hoping to pick up a few tips along the way! julie hamilton, surface pattern design, emerald A special thank you to Rosie Martinez-Dekker of Believe Creative Studio.She has done a wonderwoman job curating todays bloghop. julie hamilton, surface pattern design, emerald Up next is Elixabete Ariztegieta of Eli Risty Design. Eli is a textile designer based in the lovely town of Donosti, in the Basque Country. I have more Efutos  and a special post about the Little White Book of Designers coming up next. Stay tuned!
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