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Surface pattern design


Top tips from Surface Pattern Designers!

A little shout out goes to Ali Benyon of Ali Benyon Designs for her Top tips and tricks for Surface Pattern Designers! Recently Ali has created  2 blogposts with tips and tricks from a global bunch of surface pattern designers from all stages of their careers. I was fortunate to be included and shared a few of my own pearls of wisdom. I found that all of the tips and tricks were applicable to anyone in the creative field from artists to start up entrepeneurs. Inspirational quote {artistically afflicted blog} There was lots of good advice. I walked away with a sense of comfort knowing that it's not just me ~ this creative business is hard work! It demands that you show up everyday, you practice, and you believe. March forward, head up! It...is....a....long.....process... (I am always in need of a reminder about this) [caption id="attachment_2689" align="aligncenter" width="558"]Deborah Velasquez, quote, authenticity Art by Deborah Velasquez[/caption] It was interesting to read everyone's take on being unique and staying true to yourself and your style. It seems that this is a little something that all of us struggle with. It doesn't surprise me ~ we are visual artists, we love to look at art and more often than not we are inspired by it. I think it's normal to want to try different tricks and techniques in a style not your own. It's a great way to learn BUT realize that you have to make it your own. You have to add your very own signature style to it before you call it your own. artistically afflicted blog There was lots of advice about practice, patience and perseverance, a  few tips about color AND a great reminder of all the routes you can take in this profession. I often forget all of the endless avenues for your art so thank you for that! I won't give anymore away. I could spend hours discussing the ins and outs and how and whys of the creative process, but then that would take away from hours that could be spent just... Making Art! Make Art - Make more Art - Enjoy the process = your time will come! Part one is here Part two is here A big Thanks to Ali for bringing us all together! Enjoy!
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Finding inspiration~Back to basics!

Every once in a while I sit down to a fresh piece of white paper and my mind goes blank. I feel like there  are no original ideas left! It has all been done before. Inspiration - geometric {artistically afflicted blog} At times like these when my  rosy outlook takes a little detour I usually come back to basics - simple geometric shapes and marks. No color.. just black and white. Inspiration - geometrics {artistically afflicted blog} It is my hope that the wonderful combination of all these shapes will eventually come together and find their place somewhere in my surface pattern design. The days have been busy here. The ski season is slowly coming to an end, but the competitions are still on. Travel to other mountains, school trips and spring break have left me with little time to sit uninterrupted to create. I have been trying to change my ways and create in clumps of time, but I still find that my best time is when I have nothing pressing or beckoning me away from my work. There really is nothing better than a long stretch of uninterrupted time to sit and create. I think most of us can agree on that! MeadowBlush Collection - Julie Hamilton Designs for Modern Yardage I am (slowly) working  on my next collection for Modern Yardage - MeadowBlush. Taking inspiration from my geometrics, I enjoyed combining different geometric shapes to make up the flowers and other elements involved in this design. I can imagine them on outdoor pillows, children's bedding, a sweet little summer dress... MeadowBlush Collection - Julie Hamilton Designs for Modern Yardage I think some ladybugs are also in order for spring. I may  also throw in some butterflies and I don't doubt that some seeds and pods will also end up in the collection. They seen to end up in all my work. MeadowBlush collection - Julie Hamilton Designs for Modern Yardage Fabric My MeadowBlush fabric collection will be coming to Modern Yardage month end, right in time for spring. MeadowBlush Collection - Julie Hamilton Designs for Modern Yardage Have you had a look at my 101 projects to make with one yard of fabric pinboard? You can find it on Pinterest here If you are like me and finding it hard to find long hours of uninterrupted time then this might be the answer to your sewing and crafting creations. I am heading off today to one of my favorite places - the Big Island of Hawaii. Time to feed the soul and the senses. Pop back next week for some visual inspiration, or if you just need a hit of sunshine! xox
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Indigo,Paris 2014 is live!

Indigo 2014, the creative textile and surface design show, is now live in Paris! This is what the past 6 weeks of my life have looked like in preparation. Creative chaos at its finest. Sketching, sketching and more sketching. Reviewing all my old notes for Make Art that Sells. Driving to the store to pick up more Sharpies! julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Dozens of  children's motifs all waiting to be patterned. I am amazed at the amount that just didn't make the cut. They will all have their time though. No art work is ever wasted, it will always find its place somewhere. I completed 20 mini collections in total for Believe Creative Studio. It look me quite a few tries to start, but I finally fell into my groove and the style that is mine and a style that worked well with the Believe Creative Studio style. There were definitely moments. Many moments. Moments of doubt, insecurity, and creative exhaustion. The belief that I didn't have another creative drop left in me.That frantic moment of "I got nothing!" Those were the times the music got cranked and  fun times were had playing in the snow. Anything to clear the mind. I have to admit that despite the highs and lows~ I loved every moment of it. I loved the challenge of following a brief. I loved stretching my imagination and trying to think like a child. [caption id="attachment_5235" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Still waiting for my Sharpie sponsorship....[/caption] As this was my first experience designing with a studio, with an end goal in mind, there were many lessons learned. A few of these I thought I would share with you. 1. Work around a theme and stick with it.Explore a subject and immerse yourself in it. I made the mistake of jumping around from brief to brief and had a few moments of confusion. 2. Finish one piece of work before you start another. This is a matter of personal preference of course, but I found I would sometimes get stuck and instead of working through it, I would just start fresh with a new pattern. As a result I have many pieces of unfinished work. I know that I can work through them, but I won't. I love a big, blank page of possibility. I like starting. 3. Turn off all social media. Learn what distracts you and get rid of it. Many people made comments about my lack of participation in my social media world this past month. (which also included blogging...sorry)  I just found that at the end of the day I was mentally exhausted.  Now, however I feel like I can whip off pattern after pattern. I have upped my pattern making stamina. 4.Explore your favourite kids store and see what they are doing. This definitely helped me with my playfulness and use of colour. It also helped me with the sizing of my motifs. Rosie also made a great suggestion - borrow a  piece of children's clothing to give you a sense of sizing. Your motif has to read well small. 5. Stop in moments of frustration. Don't push yourself to create. Walk away. I found that once I cleared my mind and relaxed, inspiration came flowing back. 6. Play happy music. Invite young friends over to draw. I was lucky enough to get to spend an afternoon babysitting Thomas,a young friend of mine. He was very quick to give advice and show me how a dinosaur is really done. He was also a little put out that I didn't have one light sabre in my collection...or a narwhal (a what?). I would have liked to post his drawings, but the smarty pants took them with him after I threatened to use them (with commission of course:) julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog One thing is for sure - designing for children makes you happy. I often caught myself with a smile on my face. Unfortunately, I cannot share any of the  designs until after the show, they are top secret! A big thank you to Rosie and Vincent of Believe Creative Studio for all of their hard work ~ critiquing, organizing and for being supportive and enthusiastic. I would also like to thank all of the guest designers who were very quick to offer support and answer questions.It is always nice to meet others from all over the globe. I wish everyone of you the best of luck! Thanks for the fun!
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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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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!

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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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