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creative everyday


Tangled Weave - the start of a mini collage collection

The long, lazy days of summer are here. Hours to laze around and work on my art ~ Paint outdoors, sketch by the lake and maybe try some new techniques. Now that's some Wishful thinking on my part... [caption id="attachment_5594" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} making collage papers[/caption] You would think I would be getting lots done over here, but truth be told I am accomplishing little. It is sweltering hot, the lake is calling,the dog needs to be watered, the kids need to get to camp and work and all the visitors need to be tended too. Do I dare say I have having a lot of fun despite the compelling urge to sit down and work at my art? [caption id="attachment_5595" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} intuitive collage - working with what is presented[/caption] I have just recently finished Mati Roses Daring Adventures in Collage.  It really helped inspire me to start working with mixed media again. I just love the combination of paper,paint and ink. There is something about it that makes my heart pitter patter. I love all the texture and pattern, with a little this and that peeking through. I love getting my hands dirty. I am not sure which is more fun - making handmade collage papers or creating the actual collage itself? julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} I have approached this round of work a bit differently than before. I am now working on paper -Borden & Riley sketch vellum - which is a heavyweight, rather indestructible, paper for mix media. This allows me to cut, paint, spray and stamp to my heart's content without stressing over another unfinished canvas. It's only paper and can either be recycled or cut up for another collage project. If I like it then it is easily affixed onto a wood cradled panel.   [caption id="attachment_5568" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} collage - lots of layered paper. Adding paint next![/caption] This time around I am also working small. Very small for me. All pieces are 8 by 8". I decided to go this route because I find them easy to complete in a day and easy to have many on the go at once. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} I have a plan for all of these pieces, but that will be unveiled later.I am not trying to be secretive, just deciding what the best route is for these. A plan is in the makin'.. What I do know about these is that they are a part of my everyday creative life. They keep me playing and trying new techniques which only help spark my imagination and creativity. I am hoping to be back here soon, but not making any promises. I am just a passenger on this free wheelin' ride called summer. (even I am rolling my eyes at that one ;) Enjoy every moment of yours!
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Saying YES to Daily painting!

There is a crazy part of me that is thinking that I need to start painting everyday. I am not sure where this desire has come from, but with each passing day this need grows stronger and I am now  thinking that maybe it's not such a crazy idea. There is a small part of me that gets a wee bit nervous thinking about it, let alone coming right out and saying it, but then I just have to remember that it doesn't have to be a big deal. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog) It doesn't have to be a finished, ready to hang, kind of anything.It can be simple, something abstract and it definitely can be small.It doesn't have to follow all the rules. It can be done in an hour and it can be done on paper. I do not want any unfinished canvas staring at me guiltily. It can just be.... Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog) I have no clue where this idea started. Well, that's not entirely true. I have a small inkling where it all came from. A passionate group of creatives that I hang with got me thinking about it! A new e-course, Daring Adventures in Collage, offered by  Mati Rose got me really thinking about it! I couldn't help myself, I signed up for it. I know I promised myself I was done with courses for a while. I need time to absorb all I have learned in the past year,. BUT the thing is, I am soo excited for it to start. Counting the days kind of excited. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog) I think it is  just the combination of this excitement and the freedom it offers to just create for the sake of creating that inspired me. I think I am just craving some time to making marks, ripping up some paper and playing with colour. Intuitive painting, my style.No plan and definitely no preconceived notion of what I am suppose to be creating. It's the summer so why not!?I want to play. I promise I will get all of my other work completed before I start. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog) This painting  was a work in progress for some time. A mark here and there, a splash of ink and a whole lot of experimenting! It was fun and definitely a learning experience. That, my friends, is exactly what I am hoping for with this crazy idea! If you have any thoughts, suggestions or maybe a support group you can recommend, please do not hesitate to contact me. Or  maybe you want to join in? The more the merrier. I will keep you posted on what I decide to do!
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A pattern a day - #365 patterns

I am one month in to #365patterns and the creative ideas are still flowing freely! I have been building up my hand drawn motif collection and daily patterns are coming together as collections. My goal to be creative everyday has been accomplished. artistically afflicted, surface pattern design #365 patterns is a fun project developed by Melanie Burk of Fifth & Hazel and Alma Loveland of Ollibird over on the Caravan blog. The rules are easy - create a pattern everyday and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #365patterns. No one is keeping track! (you can create as often as you wish). I have taken my participation quite seriously mind you ,so prepare to see me there everyday. It is just how I like to roll. I am also really enjoying the Instagram community over there. artistically afflicted, surface pattern design I thought I would share some of the work I have been creating. I am happy to say I have been learning lots from this practice. My use of scale and repeat have all improved.I am trying to work with all forms of pattern making - block, half drop and random.I am working with florals,geometrics, abstracts and trying my hand at conversational prints too.It's the perfect place to  experiment and see what flies. artistically afflicted, surface pattern design I have been trying to push myself out of my color comfort zone. It's always easy to gravitate to color combinations that you love and find easy. My goal has been to try more and different color combinations together. I can tell you that there have been days I have created a fine mess! I am still at the stage where I work best with 2-3 colors and their tints. I would love to be more daring, but still need  a bit more practice combining it all. surface pattern design, artistically afflicted My daily pattern making has motivated me to approach my surroundings with eyes wide open - always on the lookout for new inspiration, textures, and motifs that can be applied.It has encouraged me to combine different motifs into collections. artistically afflicted, surface pattern design What I have found most rewarding (and very interesting) about #365patterns is that it has helped me to discover my true style. When I stay true to my style, this pattern making process comes very easy to me.I feel happy and content with my designs. When I try to work with other styles that are not "me", I feel uncomfortable, frustrated and always thinking...this is just not me. It has been an interesting discovery. Does this make sense? artistically afflicted, surface pattern design Think you might be interested in joining us? You can start anytime! Please come and friend me over on Instagram. I love a little bit of visual stimulation and would love to see your pics!
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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...pattern making tutorials

My paper, paint, pen and pattern addiction continues.I am feeling very satisfied with my progress of combining all medium into the world of pattern. As I like to say~ pattern making is a bit like putting together all the pieces of a puzzle. Slightly addictive and very satisfying. I am already looking forward to spring and its just barely winter. I made the above piece into a brick repeat pattern, but I am thinking it may be better as a simple placement print. I think I will make a collection of patterns around it using the motifs involved in it. . I am slowly trying to build up a portfolio of work and this piece will be for children. Did anyone else out there get a little carried away with Cyber Monday shopping? I didn't know online shopping could be so stressful.There were so many fantastic discounts. I felt very lucky to get a sweet deal on a series of Laura Coyles Illustrator and pattern making classes. If you are interested in online, digital classes, you must have a look at reneepearson.com ~ digital training for artists. They have a large selection of self- paced and instructor led online classes. Jessica Sprague is another online digital training site dedicated to artists, photographers and scrapbookers. I have taken a number of her Photoshop and tablet and have always been very happy. The beauty of these online courses is that you have access forever. Anytime you get a little stuck, all the info you need is right at your fingertips, saved in your classroom. If you are looking for a smorgasboard of free online tutorials for Illustrator and Photoshop dedicated to artists then you will be very interested in my Pinterest board dedicated to just that. I am quite pleased with all of the links I have collected so far. Have a look at my Print & Pattern Tutorial board here. Feel free to follow me if interested as I will continue adding to this. Looove Pinterest. It's Art Everyday month ~ Hop on over to Leah's blog for more info on Art Everyday. I have had a very fun and productive month participating in Art Everyday month. I will be sad to see it end.
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