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Make Art that Sells


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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Inspired by 30 days of collage with Stephanie Levy

I am feeling a bit topsy turvy right now. I spent 8 hours up in the air yesterday . I left the rain and sleet and am now surrounded by a warm breeze, lots of birds and a plate full of papaya.Life is feeling a bit surreal. I know its early morning as life is just starting to unfold here on the Big Island of Hawaii. It feels early, but I know that my real life is in full swing right now! I have an assignment due today for Make Art that Sells,a bit of freelance work due and I have introductions to be made on a new course I am starting tomorrow. I want to give a quick shout out for this new course because I think it will be of interest to many of my readers, artists and designers alike. {artisticallyafflicted} blog by julie hamilton Stephanie Levy's 30 days of Collage starts tomorrow! Stephanie has put together a month-long course full of tips and inspiration on collage.It will be full of learning tools, lots of visual inspiration, advice for collecting and making your own patterned paper,prompts to create and a great community to share and learn from. [caption id="attachment_5126" align="aligncenter" width="560"]{artistically afflicted} blog by julie hamilton Work by Stephanie Levy[/caption] You can find out all about Stephanie on her blog. I have included a small sampling of her work above. It is fun and fresh! She has also lined up 10 international collage artists for guest interviews.They will be sharing their own personal stories and know how. I have included a few photos below to inspire you, but if you would like to pop over to Stephanie's blog she will give you the full outline on each one. [caption id="attachment_5121" align="aligncenter" width="528"]{artisticallyafflicted} blog by julie hamilton Guest interview Jennifer Judd McGee[/caption] I am a big fan of Jennifers.I was first introduced to her collage work and then was pleasantly surprised to discover that she is also into papercutting and surface pattern. She is also represented by Lilla Rogers. Jennifer is definitely inspiring me these days. Her blog is here! [caption id="attachment_5123" align="aligncenter" width="560"]{artisticallyafflicted} blog by julie hamilton Guest interview - Shelley Kommers[/caption] I love all of the mixed media in Shelley's work. The thread, the vintage photo and delicate tissue flower. Beautiful. [caption id="attachment_5122" align="aligncenter" width="404"]{artisticallyafflicted} blog by julie hamilton Guest interview - Brandi Strickland[/caption] Doesn't this piece by Brandi catch your eye? Lots of depth and darkness combined with big, bright pops of color. Have a visit to Brandi's blog to see much more.I really like the way she explores themes in her work [caption id="attachment_5124" align="aligncenter" width="560"]{artistically afflicted} blog by julie hamilton Guest Interview by Amanda Hawkins[/caption] Amanda describes her work as dirty, grimy minimal and abstract.It's awesome- lots of smudges and unexpected surprises. She works in many layers and adds burst of bright colors. Well, hopefully that should inspire you.Lots of look at! Stephanie will have 20 plus, beautiful, step by step tutorials to share. This is just a small sampling of visual inspiration to help prompt you.Wait till you see Stephanies work! Pop on over to Stephanies blog for more information on the course and a detailed description of what to expect. Hopefully I will see you there!
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It's sassy, it's silly and full of surprises..

I am not sure if it is possible to design baby apparel without a goofy smile on ones face. In fact, I think it is a necessity just to get in the mood of it all. It's cute (not sappy:), it's sassy and a whole lot silly and it's full of unexpected surprises. At least it is suppose to be!

I am not quite there yet, hence the goofy smile on my face helping me to get there.I should have taken a selfie! It would have been good for a laugh.

Week 2 of Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells had me designing motifs for the baby apparel market. This is a market I have yet to explore, but I have had it in my vision because of my love to doodle and draw big blooms. I think this is a market I could work within.

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The theme for this weeks lesson was Camping.It's a trend I have seen popping up everywhere and now that 500 of us have camping motifs and floating around the world web I am sure it's going to help it on it's way. That Lilla sure is smart!

[caption id="attachment_5102" align="aligncenter" width="542"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog On my screen-playing with color[/caption]

I had quite a bit of fun with this. My goal for this week was to use my neutrals and to draw a character. Yes, seems simple enough, but oh no, it was challenging to say the least. I should clarify that- the use of neutrals was no problem for my analogous brain, it was the characters. I have yet to draw anything with eyes and a face. I see anything resembling a face in my work and I quickly delete.Not this week though!

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The big joke around here all week was my hedgehog. I am mighty proud of that hedgehog. Ridiculous..yes. It's the little things in life that make me happy. Very happy that I could provide lots of laughs around here as I was trying to get this one out onto paper.Prepare to see all the woodland animals popping out of here soon. Sorry people, no humans ...yet! Unless ,of course, Lilla asks because it seems that these days she is the only one I am listening too. I shake my head at the things she has made me to create. I am just a little out of my comfort zone.

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I could see myself and family happily travelling along the Pacific Coast Highway in one of these sassy, little camper vans.Oh and check out my flower faces with girls swinging out of them. It took a lot of effort to do that. I am not cute, but I think I could be!

Lessons learned this week - detail, detail topped with more detail, did I mention detail? Create a story. Design your own world. Imagination is key. Get those characters out and make sure they are doing goofy things. Design the unexpected - yes, mushrooms can be umbrellas and sardine cans can be cars! Have fun...and remember, people buy your joy.

Lilla continues to brings a smile to my face.

I already 6 mini chocolate bars into Halloween with, I am sure ,many more to come. I have lots of pressure on me tonight to be the best dressed house. Artist=creative=best dressed house.

It's going to be a long day.

Happy Halloween!

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Inspired by Make Art that Sells - Part B

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here (only 71 days to go...) Last week had me designing Christmas greetings for the paper market for Part B of Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells. While Christmas is just around the corner, it was no easy task getting in the mood. The sun was shining, my outdoor deck was calling and while the snow is slowly creeping down the mountain, winter feels far, far away! Christmas Inspiration ~ julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog I did a bit of cruising around on Pinterest, googled vintage christmas images and even pulled out some old Christmas cards and decorations. I heard others had the christmas music blasting ~ I had to draw the line there! No festive FaLaLa's for me. I just couldn't face the music. I am looking at this project as a way to ease into it all. If anything I am hoping it will find me a tad more organized then normal..I  will admit that during my research stage I ended up pinning many a homemade gift. Christmas Inspiration ~ julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blogI have set myself some goals this time around for Make Art that Sells. The amount of info can sometimes be a bit overwhelming especially combined with the amount of creative work involved. My goals for this time around include  ~ Icons, icons and more icons! I am going to practice my patience and spend more time creating smaller pieces. I am also really hoping to work on my color schemes and my POP value. My goal over the next 5 weeks is to develop 5 more  strong portfolio pieces with some corresponding patterns for each. [caption id="attachment_5078" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Christmas Inspiration ~ julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog Work in progress - light, dark, birds, owls, more snowflakes...help?[/caption] Part B covers 5 more markets all in need of art! I am super excited about learning the ways of the paper, party paper and scrapbooking market. I am very interested in the baby apparel market. I am plain old terrified of the editorial market.I am not even sure what the editorial market is all about and have decided to leave it as a surprise instead of stressing over it right now. In true julie fashion I know I am going to love all of it which is not going to help me in my decision to narrow it all down and specialize, but then why take all the fun out of it?! Christmas Inspiration ~ julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog My almost finished piece for this weeks market.If I had to do my own critique on it I would say it is definitely going in the right direction, however I still think it needs to be a bit more festive and fun.Maybe some christmas lights strung through the trees and a few more woodland creatures celebrating.The silent night type has to go. Any other suggestions? What did I learn this week? Make Art that Sells ~ julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog I hope all my Canadian friends had a wonderful ThanksGiving weekend. It was a beautiful, crisp and colorful weekend here in Whistler! Lots to be thankful for. Pop by later this week for another Creative Process piece by Lindsay Buck of SlumberMonkey Designs. See you then!
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Inspired by the mushroom season

The forest is alive with mushrooms. Everywhere you look mushrooms are sprouting up in every different size, shape and color. I keep expecting little gnomes to jump out at me. I have caught myself shoulder checking more than once. Today I kept hearing voices and my imagination got the best of me. I realized part way through my walk that the woods were alive with pickers. I could hear them, but just couldn't see them. One day I will learn the difference between edible and not so edible. For now, I will stick with pictures ~ lots of pictures. My poor Instagram friends are probably starting to think I have become a bit mad, or at least found the magic in it all. Ha! [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5044,5042,5043,5045,5046"] Today we have mushrooms for you in all shapes and sizes. I put a shout out to my artist friends asking for their mushroom inspiration. I love what I received and am happy to be able to share them with you.We have  mushrooms doodled, sketched, painted, in pattern and even in character! Here are a few of mine doodled out in black and white. I am not sure what I am going to do with these, but I have a couple of ideas percolating! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blog Have a  look at these beautiful representations of mushrooms by Cheryl Bakke Martin.So natural in color and line. I love the sketchy feel of them. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="5033,5032,5031,5034"] Petra is also lucky enough to be surrounded by mushrooms. She has many a blogpost about her mushroom inspiration.She has a czech mother crazy for mushroom picking. Have a visit to her blog for many a good story. I was just recently introduced to her blog and it is fun and fresh. Petra has a very good sense of humour and her posts bring a smile to my face. Petra Hammerleinova images-on {artistically afflicted} blog Petra Hammerleinova images-on {artistically afflicted} blog How about some mushrooms in pattern? I love Lindsay Bucks use of color,shape and texture in her first piece Fantastic Funghi. There is so much to look at. Lindsay has lots more on her blog- her latest post on conkers still has me trying to guess what a conker is!? Lindsay Buck images-on {artistically afflicted} blog Lindsay Buck images-on {artistically afflicted} blog Andrea Rincon also placed hers in pattern.Love the transparency! Andrea has a great blog with a weekly brief to help inspire and get your creative juices flowing~ Brief? Me!. She recently had a creative brief on her blog about funky mushrooms. Andrea Rincon images-on {artistically afflicted} blog Andrea Rincon images-on {artistically afflicted} blog If you would like to participate  and get inspired ,have a visit to her blog, Anchobee Designs for more information. This week finds me back in student mode. Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells Part B starts today. I am so excited to be learning again. I love creating to a brief, it's such a challenge and really helps me focus on a topic. Funny - she had me drawing mushrooms 6 months ago! I have been a bit obsessed ever since. I will be popping back here weekly with updates on how class is rolling out.
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