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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.

The 100 Day Project

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

paper cut art, collage, handmade paper, julie hamilton creative

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. 

paper cut art, collage, handmade paper, julie hamilton creative

Drop by my instagram account for what happens next!? 

All brought to you by #the100dayproject

Thanks for dropping by!

Julie

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Paper, pen, paint & pattern (a.k.a the creative process)

I have been asked about my  painting creative process quite a bit lately so I thought I would share a little bit of how my mind works. It's not always pretty and it often does not makes sense, but if there is one thing I have learned through the years it is that eventually I will stubble upon something I am satisfied with.....IF I stick with it.

That is my biggest problem to date - stick-with-it-ness. That's why I work small...

I am a starter. I love a big, blank page!

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

Every mixed media piece starts with marks of all colour and kind. Markers, graphite, water-colour - anything goes. It's a thoughtless, yet very meditative, process.

I try to use colours that I haven't before. I play with layering. Different shapes - thick and thin. Pattern here and there.

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

I continue this way for quite some time. It's my favourite part so why not? 

My other favourite part? White paint.

I love getting rid of what I don't like. It's my command-Z button

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

While I say that it is all a thoughtless process, there comes a time when I have to consider some things. Lights, darks, contrast, edges, the size and shape of things - variety. 

It is a very intuitive process, but one I find very satisfying. I love the randomness of it all. Unexpected marks and shapes peeking though in unexpected places.

This larger piece was cut up into 3 smaller pieces all using a home-made 4" square viewfinder. I just cut out what I liked and discarded areas that were doing nothing for me. There were little bits here and there that I was also inspired by so those were saved for my collage works. You can never go wrong with handmade collage pieces.Nothing goes wasted around here!

Julie Hamilton Creative - the creative process - a little art

Three little mini pieces. I loved making them and as I sit here and write about them, I am thinking that I need to do this more often. It's so beneficial to my art practice... Call it fun. Call it learning. Call it therapy. Call it what you will:)

All for my creative self preservation!

(Actually in this case I was lucky enough to sell them all in the Whistler Teeny Tiny Art Show. Call it new art supplies..Ha!)

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

Keep Easy,

Julie

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Half Time Show for the #100dayproject

It's the half time show!  We are 50 + days into the The 100 day project #the100dayproject! Whoop Whoop!

I have loved playing and following along. I am always amazed at just how crazy creative people are. So impressed.

Here is a little round up of some of my favourites that I would like to share with you.

 

Julie Hamilton Creative - #the100dayproject

Mine first because I am writing the blog!  

My #sketchbook_studies project is coming along nicely. Thanks you! I have explored gouache paint, some new flowers and abstract compositions, pattern making and color play. I am having quite a bit of fun with it and have managed to use a bit of what I have learned and created in some of my art licensing projects which is a win win for me.

Allison VanGruen -#the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Next we have Alli VanGruen, my friend and neighbour here in Whistler. She has taken on #100daysofmepainting Above we have her chair series which I love, love, love, but she also has some wonderful animals and portraits. If you look closely through her feed you may even find a painted one of me! In a bikini no less..

Janice Law -#the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Illustrated food is always a favourite of mine. Janice Law of @100eats is doing just that for her project #100_eats. Lots of great images and lovely dark backgrounds.

 

Pauline Van Eijle - #the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Botanical loveliness and awesome color is what Pauline is all about for her project #100daysofgreenery. Love all of her sketchy, stamped and painted images.

Heather Almeda - #the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Heather had me at Aloha for her project #100daysofpaintingaloha She inspires me to pick up a paintbrush and paint bold, colourful scenes from my happy place. I have yet to do so, but for now will happily spend my time looking through her feed.

Rebecca Howdeshell -#the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Next up we have Rebecca and her project #100daysofredart. A lovely mixture of collage and pen work on watercolour paper. I love all of her shapes and linework. She manages to keep it all beautiful while leaving just the right amount of white space.

 

Very berry Handmade - #the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Ali of Very Berry Handmade creates compositions using material, coloured threads and pattern to create #100daysofcuratedcolor. I love all the texture and color combinations she comes up with. I also love things organized nicely into flatlays. 

Lisa Ekstrom -#the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Finally we have Lisa and her project #100daysoabstractstorybook. So much wonderful color and mark making. Every time I look at them I find something new to see. Her project is actually 900 + days long! She has an instagram feed full of  inspirational goodness.

These are just a few of the awesome creative projects going on. Pop on over to the hashtag #the100dayproject for more inspiration.

Enjoy the week everyone! I hope you  have a bit of time to pull out the paintbrushes:)

Julie

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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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