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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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Chalky Color Love

Chalky pastels are making me happy this week.

I don't know if it is the endless daze of gray here in the mountains or the hint that spring is right around the corner, but I am craving some warm, dry and dusty.

These colours remind me of long, warm, summer nights. They remind me of the desert. They remind me that summer is in my future. Most importantly though they satisfy the need for a little colour in my life.

 Artist - Matt Connors

Artist - John Hoylan

Finding my own inspiration from above -  a little visit to the desert on my desk today. Paper cut pieces randomly scattered and then played with like pieces of a puzzle until I find a composition I am happy with.

More pieces of my painted papers - colours, textures and shapes I was drawn to. Nothing solid, or glued down yet, but the ideas are there.

Eventually it will all come together. I love the randomness of it all and the life it has before being glued down.

I often prefer it this way!

 I have to say I am quite happy being back here blogging. I really enjoy sharing the creative process, both mine and others.You just never know how and where inspiration will strike.

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Enjoy the week!

Julie xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A bit of hit and miss in the art journal

All of my unfinished artwork makes me a tad anxious. Half painted canvas leaning up against the wall, unfinished patterns on my desktop, art journal pages only half coloured in. All of these things make me a bit squeamish inside. I feel that everything deserves a fighting chance. Slowly, I am learning that they do not. Sometimes you just have to walk away.. For example - this page is not going to be finished. Why? Because I am done with these flower shapes. I need some new shapes. Art Journal Page - always a  work in progress - {artistically afflicted blog}  Julie Hamilton If I gave all of my ideas a fighting chance nothing would be completed around here. I need to decide pretty quickly if it's a yay or a nay. I only have so much time to create. Slowly I am learning to use my time wisely and accept that not all ideas are good ideas. The pages below are new pages I have been working on. I like them, but they are not quite where I want them to be...yet. They deserve a fighting chance though because I am learning from them and new ideas are percolating because of them. Also, I am having fun with these. Fun - usually a good sign that things are going somewhere. I hope this makes sense? Art Journal Page - always a  work in progress - {artistically afflicted blog}  Julie Hamilton Lots of different colour combinations, different medium, marks and texture, layering....learning a lot from my time with these. Art Journal Page - always a work in progress - {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton Ok, a bit of  mixed media craziness may have been going on here, but trust me, I learned a ton from this one! Art Journal Page - always a work in progress - {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton Enjoy the weekend!
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