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The 100 Day Project 2018

Another 100 day project complete!

I love a good project and this one has become one of my favourites. I have participated in the project for three years now and it has always been a positive experience for me. It comes with it's challenges, however I have adapted it to my needs and wants and while I sometimes question my sanity, each project has led to something good! 

Below is a little recap of the past three years.

2016 was about paper cut collage and illustration. This project was completed in collaboration with Tracey English , another paper collage artist from the UK. We developed a list of illustrations we wanted to complete in 100 days and then encouraged and inspired each other along the way to get it done daily. Having a partner in this project is very helpful and a nice push to do it daily.

 

paper cut illustration

2017 was all about my Sketchbook Studies. I wanted a place to play and experiment with new ideas and mediums. I didn't want the project to have a lot of structure so actually gave myself no time limit nor did I number the days. It ended up being a year long project but it was very beneficial for me to be able to get in the habit of using my sketchbook for the collection of new ideas and things I was interested in trying in the future.

sketchbook studies

This year, 2018, was all about handpainted papers and collage. I had been interested in creating some different handpainted papers for use in my collage work. I wanted to play with some new mediums - alcohol ink, pastels and even crayons. I also wanted to try some new colours and new compositions.

The 100 Day Project

I found this my toughest year yet. I think it was because I had a few other work projects on the side that demanded my creative attention, but also because making papers takes time. I may have been able to make that a stand alone project!

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At one point I also ran out of ideas. I mean just how many ways are there to cut and paste paper? I am happy with the number of new techniques I tried though from illustrative to abstract. There were definitely some ideas that resonated with me that I am excited to go forward with and explore.  

Due to the nature of the project and timing, I decided to keep my project on the smaller scale. Each piece was anywhere from 3" to 6". I decided on the small size so I could complete the project (almost) daily. I believe it also gave me a better idea if it was something I was interested in pursuing further or just a passing fancy. 

The 100 day project

A few thoughts on The 100 Day Project

Tips & Tricks

1. Keep it small. It helps make the project manageable and easy to complete in a sitting. You can use these "thumbnail" images later as a starting point for bigger work.

2. Go in with a game plan Prepare yourself. Map out your weekly plan and have a sense of how you plan on getting through 100 days.

3. Keep notes along the way I created a 100 day journal with all of my ideas, colour choices, thumbnail sketches of compositions, thoughts and tidbits to share. Immerse yourself in the project. As a creative you know just how many ideas we can come up with! This was a perfect spot to put them in for use during the project and for later on. I included this journal as one of my days as it showed people how I was keeping my ideas in place.

4. Vary the mediums used Play! Try new techniques and new medium/substrates. Trust me that after 50 days you will be in need of some new art supplies! 

5. Creative Process Use some days to form your ideas and show the creative process behind your finished piece. Photograph the mediums used or even how you frame your finished piece. It's always interesting to see how a piece gets from the working stages to a finished piece. 

6. Video Show how you go about making your marks. (I need to get better at this!)

7. Captions The hardest part for me was coming up with a caption everyday for each piece. Something would often pop into my head when creating so I would often use that or if I thought of something during the day I would pop it into my creative journal for use at another time.

8. Work in Series I broke my weeks into different series. I tried landscapes, I tried abstract, colour blocking, botanicals...you name it. I played with lots of ideas all based around cut paper, but tried to concentrate on them in series to see if I could expand on an idea.

9. Collaborate Grab a friend that works in a similar manner and do the project together. It's a nice little push of encouragement and an interesting way to present different creative viewpoints. It's also helpful to have someone to play ideas off of.

10. Don't be too hard on yourself Take time with your project to get the most out of it. No one said it has to be consecutive days:) Also if 100 days is just too daunting then start smaller. Try a 30 day project! A month long project is a great commitment and will have value for you.

I hope that helps. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask! 

Once again I would like to thank everyone for their support! I love when people take time out of their busy day to support and encourage others. I was so inspired by all the people who left nice comments.Thank you!

For more information on the 100 Day Project go here

Keep Easy,

Julie

 

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Paper, pen, paint & pattern (a.k.a the creative process)

I have been asked about my  painting creative process quite a bit lately so I thought I would share a little bit of how my mind works. It's not always pretty and it often does not makes sense, but if there is one thing I have learned through the years it is that eventually I will stubble upon something I am satisfied with.....IF I stick with it.

That is my biggest problem to date - stick-with-it-ness. That's why I work small...

I am a starter. I love a big, blank page!

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

Every mixed media piece starts with marks of all colour and kind. Markers, graphite, water-colour - anything goes. It's a thoughtless, yet very meditative, process.

I try to use colours that I haven't before. I play with layering. Different shapes - thick and thin. Pattern here and there.

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

I continue this way for quite some time. It's my favourite part so why not? 

My other favourite part? White paint.

I love getting rid of what I don't like. It's my command-Z button

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

While I say that it is all a thoughtless process, there comes a time when I have to consider some things. Lights, darks, contrast, edges, the size and shape of things - variety. 

It is a very intuitive process, but one I find very satisfying. I love the randomness of it all. Unexpected marks and shapes peeking though in unexpected places.

This larger piece was cut up into 3 smaller pieces all using a home-made 4" square viewfinder. I just cut out what I liked and discarded areas that were doing nothing for me. There were little bits here and there that I was also inspired by so those were saved for my collage works. You can never go wrong with handmade collage pieces.Nothing goes wasted around here!

Julie Hamilton Creative - the creative process - a little art

Three little mini pieces. I loved making them and as I sit here and write about them, I am thinking that I need to do this more often. It's so beneficial to my art practice... Call it fun. Call it learning. Call it therapy. Call it what you will:)

All for my creative self preservation!

(Actually in this case I was lucky enough to sell them all in the Whistler Teeny Tiny Art Show. Call it new art supplies..Ha!)

To watch my progress, pop by my Instagram site Julie Hamilton Creative . That's my daily hang out:)

Keep Easy,

Julie

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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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