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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.

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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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Brown Paper Bag Inspiration

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It makes me laugh that all of this was inspired from a rather old and wrinkled brown paper bag I found it tucked away in the back of one of my paper drawers. There was something about it that called my name.

It may have been the texture or maybe the colour. I wish I had taken a photo of it now so I could share it. It just looked like it had a good story to it. 

After a bit of cutting, painting and some mark making I now have a lovely little collection of pieces just waiting to be used in some project. 

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Drop by my instagram account for what happens next!? 

All brought to you by #the100dayproject

Thanks for dropping by!

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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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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#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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