Colour me Creative

Colour me Creative - Summertime Blues

I may have a slight case of the Summertime Blues. All I want and need right now is more summer. I can feel life slowly starting to shift around here. The  mornings are damp, the air has a crispness to it and there is talk of going back to school.  I have four weeks to go until September and my plan is to savour every minute. Cool refreshing water, grass tickling my toes, the colourful pop of flowers, blue sunny skies... Inspired by my mood, this weeks colour palette is brought to you by the colour Blue. Colour me creative moodboard - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Life is just a bit crazy around here these days with guests and a never-ending stream of kids in my kitchen. I have taken to working in small short bursts that do not demand too much concentration. Small scraps of painted cut art  are working in my favour. When I finally do get a moment of uninterrupted time, I can put them all together into something that works. Sketchbook Explorations - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} I have also continued with my sketchbook explorations inspired by Lisa Congdon's Creative Bug course. Blogpost all about it here Playing with patchwork and motifs in my art journal. sketchbook explorations - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Playing with patchwork and motifs in Photoshop. Summertime Blues - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} My head is spinning with applications for these designs. As a surface pattern design I can see them on rugs, fabric, ceramics, paper and even stationery,combined with some fun hand lettering. I feel a September project slowly starting to develop. I love a new project - almost makes me happy and excited for the Fall to roll in. Until then, you can find me in the lake! Enjoy yourselves,
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Colour me Creative - Tangy Citrus Summer

It is hot. Oh, so hot. The temperature is rising and doesn't plan to stop. Sunny skies are here to stay in Whistler. When I take a look at this weeks colour palette, tangy, sweet citrus sherbets come to mind. There is definitely the sweet feel of summer going on here. Colour me creative moodboard - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} A few pattern swatches on my desktop. These will be some fun shapes to use when I get a chance to have fun in my art journal. Summer Quilt - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Unfortunately, the sound of work was calling this week and I didn't have time to create in my art journal. Instead kitchen wall art was in the making. I loved this assignment! I have to admit I am just a wee bit in love with all of my fruit and vegetables. I am hoping to get a chance to create some illustrated recipes for They Draw and Cook this summer. With all the fruit and vegetables coming into season, it is hard not to be inspired. Fruit Salad -  Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

I am also very inspired by my new Photoshop skills and the mix of all of my painted bits and pieces and the digital world. This is a whole new way of working for me and I am loving it. A big shout out to Instructor Sherry London and Pattern Observers Photoshop for Designers. LemonLime -  Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Photoshop for Designers is a 6 week intensive class that dives deep into the magic of Photoshop. It is full of information, so much information! Videos, PDF's, a class forum plus a private Facebook group - no question will be left unanswered. Sherry is a well spoken, very effective instructor willing to give her all to you. She is first to jump in and explain in detail any question you may have, which as you can many, when it comes to Photoshop. Watermelons - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

The next class starts July 6th. It would be the perfect summer project to dive into! Head on over to Pattern Observers site  for all the details. Enjoy your week and don't forget to support your local farmers market!

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