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A Creative New Year to you!

Happy New Year to you from me! Julie Hamilton Creative wishing you a very Happy New Year

My new year has been a bit late starting. I was fortunate enough to be away on the Big Island with family and friends over the holidays. While my intentions for goal setting and lots of productive time, writing, soul-searching and creating art were a top priority, reality got in the way and it was replaced with lots of meal making and carting kids around to hot surf spots. Oh woe is me:) Coral Hearts - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}

So here I am starting the New Year with no set plan in motion, but instead a feeling of gratitude and contentment. I would say that is a good start to any year! Tropical goodness in the sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I spent my spare time painting and cutting paper into shapes inspired by all the crazy, tropical foliage surrounding me. I played with some different textures and colours and I experimented with their placement. Tropical Goodness - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I will admit to running out of medium to glue it all down, but  soon discovered that I loved the freedom of being able to move it all around. Tropical papercut goodness in the sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I had more than one moment of frustration as the wind blew it all away.. Tropical papercuts in the sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I think I could be very happy playing with bright colors and designing this way everyday. I love that feeling of excitement that comes with the discovery of something new, a new idea, new colours...anything new. These will all be made into prints for art licensing soon. Tropical papercut art - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I am excited about the new year, but here I sit, almost 2 weeks in to the new year, with no set plan of action written down. I have lots of ideas and goals for this year, but right now they are flying around with no accountability whatsoever. My plan for this week is to take a half hour out daily to reflect and get these intentions in action. There is no time like the present. Just start! A little pep talk from me to you. Sharing with you a few resources that I always find helpful to help start me on my way: Word of the Year - created by Christine Kane New Years Revolution  - created by Do What You Love Wishing you health, happiness and lots of creativity in 2016! xoxo

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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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Say YES to 2014!

Happy New Year to all my friends near and far! I have a few minutes peace here. An hour, maybe two if I am lucky, to just sit, sip tea and think about the holidays.This is a rare moment right now. Our home and life here in Whistler is alive with the hustle and bustle of happy times. Amidst it all, I am finding a spare moment to reflect and set a few goals for the upcoming year. The chaos will continue for weeks to come, but if I can find a small sliver of quiet time daily all will be good. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} At this time of year I can't help but feel melancholic. I am so grateful for the health and happiness that we are  surrounded by right now. I am grateful to have my friends and family together.I am grateful for the supportive and positive community that I have surrounded myself with this past year. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} My creative journey has been such a large part of my life these past two years. This blog and everything within - stories and work from fellow creatives, the trials and tribulations of creating,accomplishments (and a fair share of rejection too). All of these stories help make help make up the fabric of my life right now and it all makes me smile. It's just awesome! Thank you to each and every one of you! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Sharing my intentions for 2014! I am hoping you will all hold me accountable. I am a bit of a dreamer as you can probably tell as I doodle my way off into 2014. Thinking of lots great things...for me and you! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} If you are interested in creating your very own intentions for 2014 I really enjoyed Do What You Love's   New Years Revolution. It is very well thought out and a great planner for the year. (it's free!) I am a believer in pen to paper for all intentions. It has a bit of sticking power and great to review monthly. Have a go! Wishing you all the best throughout the holidays and into 2014!
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The time is NOW to Make Art that Sells

The time is NOW! (Ok, almost now.Soon. I need a bit of a breather to rest,regroup and reorganize my portfolio!) My wonderful time with Lilla and Make Art that Sells has come to an end. Wow,it was awesome. A big thank you to Lilla and Beth Kempton of Do What You Love. Well done! As most here know, I am a fan of the art e-course. I love learning and am happiest trying new things. I would have to say that this course ranks top in my collection of "very worthwhile art courses" Lilla is a joy. She is enthusiastic, supportive, yet very straightforward. There is no sugar-coating - this art licensing business is competitive. It demands great effort, patience and perseverance - all words that seem to have become my way of life. Lilla shares with us many of her experiences and her artists too in the art licensing world. She made me laugh the whole way though and I really enjoyed the light-hearted fun in between all of the hard work and reality checks. [caption id="attachment_5148" align="aligncenter" width="514"]Julie Hamilton Designs  {artistically afflicted} blog Journal page - finding inspiration[/caption] So, here I sit pondering all that I have learned during my 10 weeks with Make Art that Sells. I have taken a breather from creating new art for now. It's difficult, but I believe necessary. I have doodled and sketched,painted and taken many a note during this time but,as of yet, have not a chance to sit down and really review and consider it all. [caption id="attachment_5147" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Julie Hamilton Designs- scrapbook market Scrapbook Market[/caption] I thought I would be overwhelmed by it all, but oddly I am feeling very relaxed and confident right now. Lots of good things are happening and the momentum is all there.I am feeling that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. HOW crazy is that?! [caption id="attachment_5149" align="aligncenter" width="552"]Julie Hamilton Designs  {artistically afflicted} blog Having a bit of fun...[/caption] I have been trying to think of all the goodness that Part B of Make Art that Sells brought into my life. Part A was all about my art-icons,color,original design in my style,composition,learning my limitations and what I need to improve upon. Part B was a continuation of working my art, but also thinking more about my brand and what markets I feel I am suitable for.I have a new-found knowledge of the potential of ten different markets all in search of art to display on their products, I have contacts and a wealth of information on what makes your art sell. I have a lot of art! I am feeling that I have all the necessary ingredients to make it happen. Now it is up to me to stay positive, make a plan and stick with it. Oh, that dreaded F- word...Focus. (The course is not set out this way, you can take it in any order and not miss out.This just happened to be my approach to it all) Julie Hamilton Designs - {artistically afflicted} blog Other great benefits of this class included: Community- I have met another awesome community of like-minded creatives. We are all at different stages of our developement, but we are still in it together. These people understand my journey. I am always a bit overwhelmed at how others are so willing to take time out of their busy schedules to share information or offer a word of encouragement or piece of advice.It all makes me pretty happy. [caption id="attachment_5156" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Art journal page- julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Folk art - finding inspiration[/caption] Trends- I am still not sure if Lilla is just so bang on her trends or whether she is leading the way and creating them. I do know that it brings me a bit of delight every time I open a magazine and see a theme we have created for during the class. It feels great to have a portfolio piece that is right on trend. [caption id="attachment_5146" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Julie Hamilton Designs-folkart for party paper market Party paper market[/caption] Many people have asked me Part A or Part B? I have to be honest and say both.I feel I received a very well-rounded education by completing both modules. I was also pleasantly surprised at some of the markets I enjoyed creating for.The one I was least excited about is the one I am most excited about right now...you will see soon! I believe it is important to explore all possibilities. To my surprise, I learned that all of this motif making is pretty versatile. Many of the markets overlap and all of your motifs can be used accordingly. If you are interested in Make Art that Sells, but still have questions please feel free to email me at jules@bollah.com It is a big investment, but I believe very worthwhile. (and no, I am not affiliated:) If you are interested in reading about Part A have a look here Onward my friends!
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Always inspired by Bloom True with Flora Bowley

I am at it again! Spaying, splashing and stamping paint and it feels oh, so good. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted} We are very fortunate to have the use of the Station house on Alta lake in Whistler to paint, sketch and just be creative. Beautiful views, the sound of the lake and wind through the trees, painting with like-minded souls. Pretty awesome!

Julie hamilton Designs~ bloom True with Flora Bowley

It felt so liberating to just play with all my mark making tools ~ exploring different brush strokes and paint combinations. I didn't produce anything, or I should say, I didn't finish a painting, but I learned so much in the process.  All lessons  I can apply to my sketching, surface pattern and digital skills.

Julie Hamilton Designs~ Bloom True with Flora Bowley

I love the intuitive approach to painting. No pressure to recreate a picture or get tight trying to represent something. The goal is to be messy. Create lots of layers. Surprise yourself with under layers peeking through.It adds so much depth to your painting.

Julie hamilton Designs - Bloom True with Flora Bowley

I find the most interesting paintings are those that have a little something just waiting to be discovered.I love a painting I can come back to again and again, each time discovering something new.

Julie Hamilton designs- Flora Bowley and Bloom True

Loose. Free. Big! Time to get out your mark making tools!  Flora Bowley's Bloom True class is coming to you! Julie Hamilton Design, Bloom True with Flora Bowley I have written many blog posts on Flora Bowley. My admiration runs deep for this woman! I love her story.She has put herself and her art out there and it was not an easy task for her. I think she best defines brave and bloom. She has taught me how to let go and discover my own personal painting style and helped me along on my own personal creative journey. Flora Bowleys next Bloom True ~ the e-course starts Monday Sept. 30th! Five weeks  painting in your own private classroom. No one critiquing~ just you, your paints and inspiration. You will have the added bonus of professional video, audio interviews  and a private, online community to discuss your process with. This little promotional video sums it up nicely! https://vimeo.com/73065643 BUT this is my all time favorite video of Flora painting from start to finish https://vimeo.com/58224937 I have been lucky enough to take both Flora's e-course and live class. While I loved meeting her in person, I found the online setting to be more conducive to me letting go and playing. No distractions from other classmates or being influenced by what others were doing. Lots of time to review the videos at your own pace and do what she does. I also felt I received enough critique from Flora and my online community as both were quick to answer any questions I had. Put the music on, move and explore your creative side... If you paint at night I would even suggest a few glasses of wine because it just never hurts! I hope this helps to give you an idea of what to expect during Flora's course. I have many a blog post discussing my trials and tribulations with the whole intuitive way of painting. Just "search"  intuitive painting, Flora Bowley, Bloom true ,Brave Intuitive you or mark making in my "search" box (in the side column to the right) I think everything is there to answer any questions you may have. If you are still curious, please feel free to ask away, either below in comments or, directly at jules@bollah.com.
P.s. I have affiliated with Flora and Do what you love to help promote Flora's Bloom True classes! This is as close as I could get to buying the company:) If you are interested in taking her class please mention me or click through my site here to register. Help me save up to take more Do what you love courses! I am a little addicted and need  help to pay for my art habit!

Flora Bowley {artistically afflicted blog}

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