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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!

julie hamilton creative

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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#Inktober Showcase

Inktober was started in 2009 and is still going strong today.  Mr Jake Parker, the creator of the project, has assigned very few rules Pick up a pen, draw, hashtag it #inktober, repeat. Anyone can take part and it seems like artists from all over the world do. I posted a picture and within 2 min 100 more pictures had been posted! The goal is to practice your drawing skills and develop the positive habit of doing it daily. Below are a few examples of my own work and a few from others within my surface pattern design community. Click on the pictures below for direct links to their Instagram accounts. Julie Hamilton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton[/caption] Playing with light and dark. Flower shapes, some seeds and pods and an owl for good measure. When in doubt stick a bird on it. Julie Hamilton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton[/caption] Next we have Katy Halford.  I found it hard to choose between all of her lovely drawings. This one made me smile so here it is.Katy Halford for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Katy Halford[/caption] Mary Tanana made some beautiful drawings on black paper with touches of gold, courtesy of uniball gelpens. Mary Tanana for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Mary Tanana[/caption] Heather Dutton spent her time illustrating every letter of the alphabet with beautiful patterns. Check out her instagram account to see more.  Heather Dutton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Amanda McGee  pretty much described all of us with her illustration. I am a big fan of her beautiful hand lettering! Amanda McGee for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Below is Flora Chang of Happy Doodle Land. Her name says it all. She loves to draw. Check out her new colouring book! Flora Chang for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Flor Inktober will be back again next year, but don't let that stop you from picking up a pen and just busting loose. Until then, feel free to share it with the rest of us on hashtag #shareyoursketch - another fun community to share your creative process. Ink on!
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The "Illustrated" Advent Christmas Challenge

Well it"s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here, if only in my head. My imagination is full of snowflakes and twinkle lights all aglow. Walks in the winter snow and skiing through the woods. Eggnog lattes. Unfortunately, out my window  the rain is pouring down and the weather quite balmy. Not so good when you live in a ski town. Christmas Advent Series - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} I am thankful for Faye Browns creation of this years #adventchallenge2014. A month-long challenge of  christmas prompts to illustrate, photograph, sketch and be inspired by. I have been enjoying every minute and have to admit it has helped me get in the spirit of the Christmas season. I have included a few of my favourites to date. I will admit I am already a wee bit behind, but that's ok with me now ( I had to talk myself down the first day I missed, but now I realize it really is all Ok:) Christmas, Illustration, vintage ornaments I like to use these challenges to try new things. Maybe a new combination of colors or some different hand drawn textures. Anything that gets me excited to jump in and get immersed. Christmas, Illustration, ornaments I have found this challenge to be a good exercise for practicing my hand lettering and characters, yes....those things with eyes. Why is it always so much easier to just draw a flower? I will be tweaking all of these  designs in the New Year and making them ready for art licensing gigs, but for now it feels good to get some new ideas down on paper. I can play around with them later and add the on trend colours and style. Christmas, Illustration. polar bear,   There are loads of gorgeous designs over on Instagram under #adventhallenge2014. As Faye says herself, popping by the challenge daily is like opening up your very own advent calendar. I have been enjoying all the colour and interesting interpretations of Christmas. Christmas, Illustration, christmas sweaters There is still  time to join in if interested. There is no pressure to create everyday, but if you have some time and need a little christmas inspiration then this is an easy place to start. Get a head start on your Christmas designs for 2016! All info on Instagram under #adventchallenge2014 Below are links to a few of the designers creating their own  advent calendars, either as part of the challenge or own their own accord. Groovity Genine Delahaye Flora Waycott Dawn Machell The Print Tree Tracey English Sally Payne Mondaland Lindsay Buck Rebecca Stoner Happy Holidays to all!
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Always Thankful...especially when pumpkin pie is involved.

Wishing our American neighbours a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend! Be Thankfull - Julie Hamilton {artistically afflicted blog}   Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays both here in Canada (October) and the States (November). It is a symbol of Fall and the change of seasons. The farmers market is bustling and the village is buzzing with excitement as people arrive from all over to prepare for the ski season ahead. Farmers market  -  Julie Hamilton {artistically afflicted blog}   It is officially "Opening" weekend here in Whistler. B.C.. Both mountains are open and the snow is starting to fall. The village is dressed up with twinkle lights, excited and ready for another great ski season (fingers crossed). It is hard not to get caught up in the excitement of it all. It is also a nice reminder of the past when I arrived here, knapsack and skis in tow. I love that I am still here 20 years later with my own family. Pumpkin Pie -  Julie Hamilton {artistically afflicted blog}   As the days become shorter and the temperature drops, there is nothing quite as special as sitting in front of the fire, tucked in, with family and friends sharing. As I get older and my family has spread out, these times have become very special. I am feeling very Thankful for it all.. Well it is official - the holiday season is upon us. Here's to an abundance of pumpkin pie! Enjoy every minute of it!
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Global Talent Search 2014 RoundUp!

I am very happy to be able to share lots of goodness with you today! A big thank you and shout out to all involved in todays blog post about Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2014. I believe everyone put their heart and soul into this one. This years theme ~ create a piece of wall art based on "terrariums" You will be amazed at the many different interpretations. Lots of detail, different medium, techniques and colour used. Beautiful work! I will start with mine. A mixed media collage piece for you in a style I have been having fun with this summer. Julie Hamilton Designs for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Wendy Flynn Wendy Flynn for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Stephanie Olivieri Stephanie Olivieri for The Global Talent Search 2014 {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Sharon Landon Sharon Landon for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearchLesley Todd  Lesley Todd for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Rebecca Stoner Rebecca Stonerfor The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch   Mary Tanana Mary Tanana for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Deborah Velasquez Deborah Velasquez for the Global Talent Search 2014 0n {artistically afflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Natalie Alexander Natalie Alexander for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Sherry London Sherry London for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Gabriella Buckingham Gabriella Buckingham for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Carrie Tasman Carrie Tasman for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Jan Shepherd Jan Shepherd for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Alik Arzoumanian Alik Arzoumanian for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Barbara Chotiner Barbara Chotiner for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Lindsay Buck Lindsay Buck for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Evelyn Cassoli Evelyn Cassoli for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Brooke Witt Brooke Witt for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Onneke Van Waardenburg Onneke VanWaardenburg for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch Lisa Rivas Lisa Rivas for The Global Talent Search 2014 {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearchNicky Ovitt Nicky Ovitt for the Global Talent search 2014 - {artistically afflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch And finally Gill Egglestons lovely illustrated piece. I am very happy and proud to say that Gill has made the top 50. I warned her that it was going to happen and it did! She is busy preparing for next weeks submission. We wish Gill the best of luck and are sending her lots of crazy good, creative vibes. Gill Eggleston for The Global Talent Search 2014 {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearchWell there you have it! A small selection of the 999 entries from 50 countries. To see all of the entries have a visit here. A Pinterest board has also been set up here for your viewing enjoyment. I spent the morning perusing through all of them and  was amazed at the beautiful composition, colour and diversity all based on one small theme. The talent is staggering! Thanks so much to all involved today. It's always nice to share. Best of luck to all those advancing on to Round 2!
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