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Finding Inspiration ~ From Shadow to Surface Pattern

BlogHop - {artistically afflicted blog} surface pattern design, inspiration, Welcome to the Surface Pattern Design by Scratch Bloghop hosted by Bonnie Christine of the Going Home to Roost tribe. Bonnie recently introduced her new Creative Live course Design Surface Patterns from Scratch. It offers an in-depth view of Adobe illustrator and is packed with information to help  you  bring your drawings to life. Have you ever imagined your work on stationery, fabric or digital media? This is a great place to start. I picked up many illustrator tips and tricks that have helped me on my way to expressing myself digitally. For todays bloghop, I thought I would share an unexpected source of inspiration for me. Shadows. {artistically afflicted blog} Inspired by shadows for surface pattern design This photo makes me smile. It gives you a pretty good idea of what I was up to. I received many an odd look from others as I took photos of the pavement. My ride was littered with beautiful shapes and patterns. Needless to say, I was promptly ditched by my riding partners. They should really know better by now... {artistically afflicted blog} Inspired by shadows, art, inspirationMany, very many, photos later, I now have quite a collection of organic, leafy shapes to play with in my art and design. Bonnie talks extensively in her class about Live Trace. It is my number #1 tool in Illustrator that I use daily. I simply brought these images into Illustrator and live traced them, playing with the settings to obtain different results. From there, with a bit of help from the blob brush and eraser tool, I ended up with a pretty assortment of shapes and textures that I then incorporated into some patterns. Inspiration - shadows by   julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog}  Many of these shapes have also ended up in my drawings and paper collage work. Inspiration - shadows by   julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog}  Pattern play with a hit of some leafy greens and blues inspired by road riding on the Big Island of Hawaii. Who would have thought!? Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} For more inspiration and a chance to pick up some other tips and tricks ,click back to the starting page here to begin. This hop has been going on daily for 6 weeks now so there is lots of reading entertainment. Bonnie has also kindly offered up a free month to her Going home to Roost tribe where you can meet others within the Surface Pattern community and learn more about the world of surface design. Go here for more details. If you haven't had a chance to visit my bloghop partners,please pop by and visit Emily Truong of EmilyAnn Studio and Nika Martinez! Thanks for dropping by!
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Come and meet some inspiring creatives ~ a blog hop

I have been asked to join in on a blog hop by my good friend Deborah Velasquez. I have just spent the past hour drifting backwards through the hop and I still can't find its origin, but it has been well worth my time as I have stumbled upon some beautiful artists , writers and like minded souls from all over the world. One of which lives just down the mountain from me! Today I will answer a few questions about my work and then point you in the direction of a few other creative souls who inspire me - Deborah Velasquez, Margot Miller and Laura Wooten What are you working/writing on? In typical  fashion, I have many projects on the go right now. I hop about daily from one project to the next, working on what inspires me at the moment. My main focus this summer  is centered on an illustration project I have for The Whistler Survival Guide, a  directory for newcomers moving to the area. It is my first illustrating gig and while I am finding it challenging, I am in awe of how much I am learning. There will be more here on the blog in the fall when it is released. Whistler summer - Julie Hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog}   My summer fun project  involves creating a collection of 8 by 8" mixed media pieces.  These mini works have become a a part of my daily creative practice.They are my go-to when I feel the need for a little painting, spraying and stamping in my life. They make me happy. I have recently written a post about the process here. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Mixed in with all of this is my art licensing work , monthly submissions for A Fresh Bunch and a new collection coming soon to Modern Yardage. Life is busy, but very enjoyable! Why do you create? One of my favourite sayings and one that provides me with daily inspiration and the desire to create. Never lose your sense of wonder Six words that allow me to travel through life with eyes wide open  Floral -  Julie Hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog}   I am visually inspired by colour, texture and shape. My heart starts racing, I feel a little tingly all over and I can't wait to dive into my art journal  when inspiration strikes. I love all the endless possibility that creating art provides. I love immersing myself in a theme and exploring different ways of representation. Simply put ~ I love the way art makes me feel. When I am not creating I am in search of what to create next. It has become what makes me whole.  Floral -  Julie Hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} How does your creative process work? I work best in short bursts of creative chaos. My paintings and mix media work are all intuitive. I start with marks and gradually move into texture and colour. I observe my mood and what is happening before me on the paper to dictate the direction the piece will take. I can often be found lying on the couch, my artwork propped up before me, with eyes squinted as I turn my piece this way and that, hoping that something...anything.. will materialize before me.   Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog) My surface pattern work is a little more structured and usually focused around a collection of motifs.I love to doodle and my sketchbook and pen are never far from my side. Life here becomes a little more computer oriented as I have to scan my work in and pattern in Illustrator. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} I love the combination of both the structured and unstructured. It allows me to play and experiment with new techniques. Oh how  I look forward to the day when I have mastered all of the Adobe programs so I can express myself in all mediums.. Ahhh... big sigh..that was a lot of writing in one sitting. Now, onto the women in my life that inspire and motivate me. Some I know well and others I am in the process of getting to know.I chose to reach out to them in hopes that they would share and  learn a little bit more about what makes them tick. Deborah Velasquez I first met Deborah through Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons. I believe we  originally connected based on a similar love for seeds and pods . Our friendship grew as we continued on a similar  journey with The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design and then onto Make Art That Sells. She is my go-to girl in times of  creative need, both good and bad. She brings a smile to my face. Please pop back to her blogpost here to learn all about her work and creative process. Deborah Velasquez - artist on the {artistically afflicted blog} Her work is modern, sophisticated, graphic and bold with a unique colour sense and reflects her simplicity for the love of line. Deborah Velasquez - artist on the {artistically afflicted blog} Deborah loves the mixture of design, words, art and craft. She has a very unique way of combining them all together. Watch out for this one! Deborah Velasquez - artist on the {artistically afflicted blog} Margot Miller I joyfully came across Margots work in Make Art that Sells. I now follow her daily on Instagram at  @margot531 (#scenesfrommyscreen)  This woman is  multi-talented and funny too. Meet Margot  ~ a collage illustrator from N.Y. She is a bit of a tweetaholic and likes her coffee too.. I think we could be friends. Margot miller - artist selfie on {artistically afflicted blog} Check out her website! I wish she would give tutorials on how she creates her lovely work...   Margot Miller -artist on {artistically afflicted blog} Beautiful colours, shapes and texture! I love this piece she made for Make Art that Sells. Below is a hand lettering piece she  did for a friends book launch blog hop. Pretty awesome. Margot Miller -artist on {artistically afflicted blog}   Laura Wooten Next up is Laura Wooten. Laura has been on a similar path with continued studies in both the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design and Make Art that Sells. I was thrilled when I reached out to her to be a part of the bloghop and she said Yes! I love her  52 collage project - creating a collage each week.This has inspired me to no end and makes me want to try. Laura Wooten -artist on {artistically afflicted blog} I admire her beautiful hand drawn sketches and prints. The colours are just beautiful -  I love the vintage feel. Her website is full of lots of painting and pattern goodness. Laura Wooten -artist on {artistically afflicted blog} Laura also instagrams  daily. I have been enjoying her daily sketch project. You can visit her here on Instagram Laura Wooten -artist on {artistically afflicted blog} These women will be blogging about their creative lives next Saturday and introducing you to other creatives that inspire them. You just never know who you may meet so be sure to drop by!
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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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Happy Valentines to you from the Believe Creative team!

Happy to be here today to wish you all a Happy Valentines! I am joining in with Believe Creative Studio today to participate in a lovely bloghop sending love from all of us....to you! You should be arriving here from MaryJane Mitchells blog. If you would like to start from the beginning, hop on over to Rosie's blog. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I have really enjoyed the past two months spent as a guest designer for Believe- Creative Studio.The past 8 weeks have been fun designing for the children's market. We are all ready for the big show - Indigo, Paris Feb 18th -20th, 2014 It has has been quite the roller coaster ride of emotion preparing designs for the show.I have loved every moment of it. I will share all my lessons learned with you next week on the blog. Today, is just a glimpse into the lives of the other guest designers behind Believe Creative.

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Next up, Zoe Dieteren-Brenchs blog,  a designer all the way from the Netherlands. Have a lovely weekend! I will be back blogging on a regular basis next week. See you then!
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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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