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"mark making"


A little Mix & Mingle

Some more mark making in the sketchbook. I love making marks. I could sit and make marks all day long..

It gives me an opportunity to play with different colour combinations, new brushes and lots of different medium.

It's fun. Stress-free and simple.

Don't worry about the outcome - just make them knowing that the ones you love can always be re-created by you. They are a great resource to have for inspiration when it comes to any art making.

Julie Hamilton Creative - mark making artblog

I generally work on large pieces of mixed media paper. These can then be cut up into smaller compositions. If I find something I really like then it can easily be transferred or glued onto a wooden cradle board. More to come on that later!

 In search of the perfect composition....

Julie Hamilton Creative - mark making | artblog

Often I don't find the perfect composition....

That is when the scissors come out.

 

Julie Hamilton Creative -mark making | artblog

Marks all cut up and then re-arranged to find something pleasing to my eye.

I played around with this one for awhile until I felt satisfied with the outcome. It's interesting and there are definitely parts that I will take away with me for the next try, but I don't love all of it. That's just part of the game.

Julie hamilton Creative-mark making | artblog

If you are interested in playing around and getting your creative ya-ya's out this summer then pop over to The Jealous Curator.

Danielle has a fun summer camp program full of artist interviews, creative exercises, interesting arty tidbits and good old general fun on her podcast. Come play along - you can start anytime! Hashtag on Instagram is #AFYECamp. This week is all about mark making. Did I mention it's free?

It came about at a good time for me as I hit the 50th day mark of The 100 Day Project. I am definitely in need of a  bit of inspiration for my #sketchbook_studies project

The sun is finally shining here in Whistler. Wow - wet, very wet winter. All the snow was awesome, but the April rain showers were a bit much!.

Hope the sun is shining wherever you are!

Julie x

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The 100 Day Project!

It's that time of year! The #the100dayproject is back.

I am happy to say that I will be participating again this year. My project will be a little bit smaller in scope this year, but it will still be a great opportunity to play, explore and learn new things. It's all about the creative process!

#the100dayproject

For those who don't know - last year I collaborated with Tracey English to create #100daysofcollagecreation. One hundred days of animals, plants, food..well, you get the idea. It was a great project and I enjoyed the challenge and the awesome community. There were days I had to admit that I may have taken on a bit more than bargained for. Some nights drifted into early mornings as I tried to get my daily piece out.

This year I am rolling things out a bit differently.

100 days of #sketchbook_studies

Shortly after finishing my project last year I turned my interest towards my art journal and the loads of possibility for pure play that it offers - A perfect recipe to discover new things. I am also a believer in that the more art you make the more creative ideas arise. 

I started my own personal project #sketchbook_studies that I have been working on consistently over the past year. It is my opportunity to explore and work on my randomness. It is an opportunity to play with colors. It is the perfect spot to get my hands dirty and just try something that has inspired me.

Julie Hamilton Creative #sketchbook_studies

For this years project I  have decided I am am going to continue on with my #sketchbook_studies. I have learned so much about me, my style and what I love to do. I will be sharing the process and smaller snippets of work. Hopefully it will be a bit random and always hoping it will be inspirational to you.

Sketchbook Studies  - A Little art

 There is still time to join in! Have a visit here  for more information.

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

Thanks for popping by!

Julie

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Mark Making to Mandalas

My idea of Morning Pages -  a Morning Mark Up.

I love Julia Camerons concept of morning pages. I enjoy writing and there have been many times in my life that it has been very helpful for me to sit, at the beginning of the day, and get my thoughts in order.

I felt this could easily be applied to art and art making. Random 15-20 minute markups to get the creative inspiration flowing. Trying some new mediums, new shapes and really just getting started..

Playing with my favourite colours, some new shapes and textures and a pattern was definitely meditative and helped produce lots of inspiration for other pieces.

My mandalas below are just one example. A bit of pen, paint, paper and pattern - well it was pretty obvious that I would be intrigued.I love them!

 Julie Hamilton Creative RoseGold Mandala

I was introduced to mandala making through Flora Bowleys new Creative Revolution art course. That is another blogpost in itself - lots more goodness to come over here!

I am very new to the process of mandala making, but I have to admit that they have caught my attention.

They have a very rich and colourful history. They symbolize the journey through life.They represent wholeness and remind us of our relation to infinity.

All I really know right now is that they are very meditative and very satisfying to make. They are never-ending and the discovery within each piece is endless. The beauty is that you can go right back into it and just keep adding.I see many more of them in my future.

Some more marks, but this time mixed into a few geometric florals.

papercut floral geometrics by julie hamilton creative

Hopefully that all inspires you to start making marks to discover some new shapes and patterns. Hopefully it gives you some fresh ideas!

The sun is out and shining bright here in Whistler. I almost have to wear sunnies in my studio! 

Enjoy the week!

Julie

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Hello Hello!

I am back!

After one whole year of dreaming and scheming about my creative life, it is my pleasure to introduce you to my brand new, shiny website!

Once again, my main feature will be my blog and portfolio, but as you can see above....I have also added a shop! My very own storefront!

Julie Hamilton Creative

It is looking pretty empty right now, but not for long. I have all sorts of plans to fill it with happy and colourful new art for you. 

A big shout out and thank you to Erin and LiveBig who gently guided me through the growing pains and helped point me in the right direction. Only a good friend could have stood by me through numerous art therapy discussions about who I really am as an artist. As you will discover, I still haven't narrowed it down. My portfolio runneth over...

I like to do it all! I have decided That is who I am. There is no going back!

Julie Hamilton Creative

My hope is to once again provide creative inspiration to you here on the Blog. I love the creative process, all of the  play and possibility. I will continue to share with you my favourite classes, new techniques, different mediums and inspiration. 

I have also started a new series on Instagram called #Sketchbook_Studies. Pop by and have a look here. I have been sharing my process pictures, but it will be nice to have a home here to discuss it.

Julie Hamilton Creative - papercut art

 Thats all for now! I just wanted to say Welcome and thank you for popping by! 

I love to be social so for daily communication please pop by my Instagram and say hello.

I am there all the time..I consider it my office space

Julie

p.s ..all my previous blog posts from my artistically afflicted blog are below!

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The Art of the Start..a.k.a potato stamping

I have had a very busy week finishing up artwork for a project and today was the first day I had to just sit back and do my own thing. I wanted to paint. Lined up and ready to go! Mixing colours  ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} I sat down with my sketchbook. I looked at some drawings I had planned to paint. I thought abstract, but then dismissed it for floral. I thought collage, but I wasn't sure I felt like paper cutting. I thought green, no, coral. I was getting nowhere fast. I just needed to Start. paint, stamping, design sponge Who would have thought? Potato stamps.Yes, a potato from my kitchen.. Having flashbacks to grade school art class? Having lost by painting mojo with all of my indecision I ended up cruising through my inbox and stumbled upon yesterdays Design Sponge blog post here. Well, it looked pretty cool in the pictures so I had to try. In my desperate attempt to make cool marks, I have tried many a thing from cellophane wrap to feathers. Some successful for making a good mark, some not. The potato wasn't all that bad. potato stamps, acrylic paint, design sponge I doubt I will be making wrapping paper even though theirs looks great. Mine looks,well, not so great.  The lesson here for me was ~ just do whatever it takes. In my my art world that usually means trying something new. I painted for  a number of hours with nothing finished to  show. I tried some new shapes, more charcoal and ink and some scratchy scraffito. Lots of new ideas and most importantly moments of calm and satisfaction along the way. painting in progress, acrylic paint,  floral painting How often do you get to paint with no game plan? Mark making just for the sake of it. Trying new colours. Playing. I can't even remember the last time I just played with no plan for its outcome. A goal for 2015- more art journalling? I hope so! Below is a journal page I did some time back. I think it was probably 2 years ago now. It has been sitting in a basket along with many other finished and unfinished journal pages. Lots of experimentation going on in that basket. Guess what? intuitive painting, Bloom true, floral painting Yesterday it got licensed. (along with 8 other pieces!) More on all that later, but needless to say I am pretty happy. Another gentle reminder to just keep at it. No artwork is ever wasted. Feeling inspired,
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