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

Happy Holidays to you!

It is a bit of a Winter Wonderland right now in Whistler. Everything is exactly like it should be.

WHITE
Whistler Blackcomb {artistically afflicted blog}

We have had endless days of snow, the twinkly lights are all lit up and the skiers have arrived for what has proved to be the start of an epic season. So much fun hooting and hollering through the snow drifts. It restores my love for here.
Whistler Inuksuk {artistically afflicted blog}

Thankfully with all the snow has come a pile of Christmas spirit. I have been in Christmas mode over here designing and decorating. It makes such a difference doing it now, versus in April, when the sun is starting to shine and the grass and flowers are beginning to pop. My goal is to get as much created now while inspiration strikes.
 Christmas Wreath by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}

A series of wooded boughs and all things natural. I love the woodland feel of these. I am still painting and cutting daily and have enjoyed adding all of this Christmas flora and foliage to my portfolio.
Holly Balls by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}

A few colourful paper-cuts have been compiled all with a festive feel. I still like bit of traditional red and green for the holiday season.. plus it still sells well in the art licensing world!

Christmas Bunting by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}

 

Happy Holidays by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}

Wishing you a Happy Holiday season! Enjoy every minute of it.

See you in 2016!

xo

The Art of the Start..a.k.a potato stamping

I have had a very busy week finishing up artwork for a project and today was the first day I had to just sit back and do my own thing. I wanted to paint.

Lined up and ready to go! Mixing colours  ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}
I sat down with my sketchbook. I looked at some drawings I had planned to paint. I thought abstract, but then dismissed it for floral. I thought collage, but I wasn’t sure I felt like paper cutting. I thought green, no, coral.

I was getting nowhere fast. I just needed to Start.

paint, stamping, design sponge

Who would have thought? Potato stamps.Yes, a potato from my kitchen.. Having flashbacks to grade school art class?

Having lost by painting mojo with all of my indecision I ended up cruising through my inbox and stumbled upon yesterdays Design Sponge blog post here. Well, it looked pretty cool in the pictures so I had to try.

In my desperate attempt to make cool marks, I have tried many a thing from cellophane wrap to feathers. Some successful for making a good mark, some not. The potato wasn’t all that bad.

potato stamps, acrylic paint, design sponge

I doubt I will be making wrapping paper even though theirs looks great. Mine looks,well, not so great.  The lesson here for me was ~ just do whatever it takes. In my my art world that usually means trying something new.

I painted for  a number of hours with nothing finished to  show. I tried some new shapes, more charcoal and ink and some scratchy scraffito. Lots of new ideas and most importantly moments of calm and satisfaction along the way.

painting in progress, acrylic paint,  floral painting

How often do you get to paint with no game plan? Mark making just for the sake of it. Trying new colours. Playing.

I can’t even remember the last time I just played with no plan for its outcome.

A goal for 2015- more art journalling? I hope so!

Below is a journal page I did some time back. I think it was probably 2 years ago now. It has been sitting in a basket along with many other finished and unfinished journal pages. Lots of experimentation going on in that basket.

Guess what?

intuitive painting, Bloom true, floral painting

Yesterday it got licensed. (along with 8 other pieces!) More on all that later, but needless to say I am pretty happy.

Another gentle reminder to just keep at it. No artwork is ever wasted.

Feeling inspired,

Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

Happy Halloween from all of us here in Tapleys Farm, Whistler B.C

This neighbourhood is not for the faint of heart when Halloween rolls around. Fifty decorated homes, 500 screaming children, 20,000 pieces of candy, bonfires, mulled wine, music, fireworks…Utter chaos.

I have my tickle trunk full of costumes from naughty to nerdy all ready for last-minute costume prep. There are always the token few who don’t like to dress up, but then can’t resist getting in the spirit of it all. I guarantee my hand painted snowflake pants will be coming out to play, but I am not sure what will be accompanying them this year.

I like to leave my costume to the last-minute ~ always have, always will.

 

Halloween - Julie hamilton Design {artistically afflicted blog}

 

Halloween - Julie hamilton Design {artistically afflicted blog}

 

Halloween - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

Sharing a few Halloween inspired sketches and artwork created for A Fresh Bunch.  Halloween is one of the top commercial holidays and I am realizing that I will be needing to create a lot more art licensing work for it. This is a start!

 

Halloween - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

Hope your Halloween weekend is full of mini chocolate bars.

Best of luck staying out of the Halloween candy! I have failed miserably.

 

“Seasons” Fabric Collection for Modern Yardage now available!

Snowdrifts and cold, blustery weather starting to add a chill to your life?

In search of a little leafy love this winter season?

My new Seasons Collection for Modern Yardage Fabric is now available and it is all about trees, leaves, seedlings and pods.

It is inspired by life here in Whistler.
Seasons Collection for Modern Yardage Fabric by Julie Hamilton Designs

Seasons comes in three different colorways – Fall Harvest, Spring Showers and Soft Blossom.

(I don’t know if I have more fun naming them or designing them!)

Seasons Collection for Modern Yardage Fabric by Julie Hamilton Designs

Fall Harvest– warm and cozy colors. Perfect for some nice throw pillows by the fire or maybe a duvet cover.

Seasons Collection for Modern Yardage Fabric by Julie Hamilton Designs

Spring Showers – crisp and cool greens and blues. I would love to see these patterns outdoors. Perhaps patio cushion or napkins for the picnic table?

Seasons Collection for Modern Yardage Fabric by Julie Hamilton Designs

Soft Blossom – lots of playful, soft pastels in the in this collection. When designing this colorway I had babies on my mind. Thoughts of fabric lampshades, curtains and bumper pads were floating around my head.I would love to see these patterns in the nursery.

All fabric is available  in 2 different scales – small and large! People are loving the different scale that Modern Yardage is offering its customers. It is so versatile for your crafting projects.

I have started planning for a bit of sewing time in my future. I am excited about all the beautiful designs available on Modern Yardage, but for now I can only dream and plan….the Pinterest way.

I have been busily pinning away to my new Pinterest board 101 sewing/ crafting projects to make with one yard of fabric  for when that time arrives!

Lots of very cool crafts that do not require much time or material and some don’t even require sewing. (Many would make great last-minute Christmas gifts!)

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. I love this time of year. It is super busy, but there is an excited energy and happiness in the air. The snow is  (finally) starting to fall and the village is filled with happy visitors.

Enjoy the season!

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.

Julie Hamilton Designs  {artistically afflicted} blog

Journal page – finding inspiration

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.

Julie Hamilton Designs- scrapbook market

Scrapbook Market

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?!

Julie Hamilton Designs  {artistically afflicted} blog

Having a bit of fun…

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.

Art journal page- julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog}

Folk art – finding inspiration

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.

Julie Hamilton Designs-folkart for party paper market

Party paper market

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!

Show us your creative process Nandita Singh!

julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog}

No introduction needed today as Nandita has covered that for me below! She loves to talk and loves to share. Nandita comes to us all the way from India. Please drop by her lovely blog or one of her many social media site to connect with her. Check out all the places she sells her art too!

Hi all the lovely readers,

I’m Nandita Singh, a freelance surface pattern designer from India. I love bright colours and so you’ll often find a riot of colours in my work. I love to draw motifs — sometimes inspired by my Indianness, and sometimes by the nature and surroundings, and sometimes (honestly) by the works of the great pattern designers too… Yes, inspiration can come from anywhere, but the final output should be yours and yours alone.

So, today here, I’ll just start with my one of the latest motif that is inspired by my own collection of beautiful bangles! As you all know that we Indians love to wear colourful bangles, specially glass bangles!

I made a circle first — with the help of my own bangle which I’m wearing ( yes, that’s what inspiration and motivation is), and then filled the outer border with tiny leaves and finally ending it with two more outlines. But you see I was not satisfied with this so I thought of putting some gems and semi-precious stones and pearls in the form of small and big dots and circles! Now, this was the final motif I wanted.

Nandita Singh on {artistically afflicted blog}

Satisfied as I was, I tried different versions of this… Playing with different colours and techniques is very essential here, as you never know what the final result may come out to be.

Nandita Singh on {artistically afflicted blog}
Nandita Singh on {artistically afflicted blog}
Nandita Singh on {artistically afflicted blog}

I’m happy to tell you all that you can actually buy this motif in the form of art print, framed art print and stretched canvas from my Society 6 store.

Nandita Singh on {artistically afflicted blog}

And some more home products from my Zazzle store too.

Nandita Singh on {artistically afflicted blog}

So, don’t tell me you won’t like to have this cute pillow as your Christmas gift … hmm
Nandita Singh on {artistically afflicted blog}

Well, if my work suits your taste then you can find me and more of my work in my blog .

Thank you Nandita! I love your enthusiasm and great energy – it shows in your work and all that you do to promote your business. I am in awe of all the products that you have your wonderful art on!

For more on Nandita and all the places she likes to hang around..
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/nandita.singh.334
Twitter : https://twitter.com/nanditark
Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/nanditark/surface-pattern-designs-by-me/
Flickr : http://www.flickr.com/photos/29556923@N07/
Tumblr : http://www.tumblr.com/blog/nanditark-lifeiscrafty

Shop her designs/patterns as art prints, designer gadgets, fashion wear, foot wear, and homeware products

Society 6 : http://society6.com/nanditarksingh
Zazzle : http://www.zazzle.com/nanditarksingh
Bespo : http://www.bespo.co.uk/nanditasingh/
Keka case : http://www.kekacase.com/designer-cases/nandita-singh.html
Fashion Store : https://www.constrvct.com/users/nanditasingh
Spoonflower Fabric store : http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/nandita_singh

Thanks for stopping by. I hope this inspires you to get some of your own artwork out there!