files/Banner_blog_1400x350_c0c1239a-b2fc-4796-b6cd-75bd72834aaf.jpg

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

Sign up for my newsletter below for more inspirational goodness in your inbox! 

Read more →

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

I would love you to sign up for my newsletter below if you are interested in more creative goodies in your inbox. Thanks!

 

 

 

Read more →

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.

If you are interested in bi-monthly updates please sign up for my newsletter below. I am hoping to blog twice a week and offer free downloads and other fun and creative info.

Enjoy the week!

Julie xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read more →

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!

Read more →

A Creative New Year to you!

Happy New Year to you from me! Julie Hamilton Creative wishing you a very Happy New Year

My new year has been a bit late starting. I was fortunate enough to be away on the Big Island with family and friends over the holidays. While my intentions for goal setting and lots of productive time, writing, soul-searching and creating art were a top priority, reality got in the way and it was replaced with lots of meal making and carting kids around to hot surf spots. Oh woe is me:) Coral Hearts - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}

So here I am starting the New Year with no set plan in motion, but instead a feeling of gratitude and contentment. I would say that is a good start to any year! Tropical goodness in the sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I spent my spare time painting and cutting paper into shapes inspired by all the crazy, tropical foliage surrounding me. I played with some different textures and colours and I experimented with their placement. Tropical Goodness - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I will admit to running out of medium to glue it all down, but  soon discovered that I loved the freedom of being able to move it all around. Tropical papercut goodness in the sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I had more than one moment of frustration as the wind blew it all away.. Tropical papercuts in the sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I think I could be very happy playing with bright colors and designing this way everyday. I love that feeling of excitement that comes with the discovery of something new, a new idea, new colours...anything new. These will all be made into prints for art licensing soon. Tropical papercut art - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I am excited about the new year, but here I sit, almost 2 weeks in to the new year, with no set plan of action written down. I have lots of ideas and goals for this year, but right now they are flying around with no accountability whatsoever. My plan for this week is to take a half hour out daily to reflect and get these intentions in action. There is no time like the present. Just start! A little pep talk from me to you. Sharing with you a few resources that I always find helpful to help start me on my way: Word of the Year - created by Christine Kane New Years Revolution  - created by Do What You Love Wishing you health, happiness and lots of creativity in 2016! xoxo

Read more →