Thank you Artful Blogging!

I have some exciting news that I have been looking forward to sharing with you! I was a little hesitant to share it with anyone at first, I didn’t want to jinx it, but here it is in all of its glory. Ta da!

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Thats right! I have been featured in the summer issue of  Stampingtons Artful Blogging magazine. It is a publication I have been admiring for some time now and am thrilled to be a part of it!

It is a little hard to come by in my neck of the woods, which makes it very special when I do get my hands on a copy. I have many a Stampington publication all lined up nicely under my coffee table. Their magazines cover many topics – art jornaling, photography, jewellery and lots of other topics all to do with handcrafted goodness. They do a wonderful job offering inspiration to artists everywhere.

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I  would love to share the entire issue with you! This is just a  little sneak peek.

It is a beautiful, visually inspiring, look into the creative life of a global bunch of bloggers.It is filled with beautiful art, photography and written words all about their journey.
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There is something quite wonderful about seeing your creative journey in print. I have been blogging now for almost 3 years and they did a wonderful job of pulling together pictures that capture the essence of what my blog is all about ~ the creative process, all the different medium used to tell your story , and the never ending  work in progress.

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Along with my excitement and happiness, I have to admit to a feeling of nostalgia . I couldn’t help but  spent some time going back and re-discovering old  blog posts, laughing at my first attempts at art and remembering the butterflies the very first time I posted pictures of my art.Oh, the many paths I have followed to where I am now! It covers all the courses I have taken and most important the community I have surrounded myself with.

Way back in July of 2011, I remember thinking to myself  “what are you up to?” I really didn’t know at that time, but I had a faint idea of where all of this was supposed to lead.

I wanted to meet a group of like-minded creative souls (check). I wanted to become an artist (check).  I wanted to document my journey to gauge my accomplishments…and failures (check). I wanted to make a living as an artist (half-check) There is still lots to be accomplished!
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Thank you very much Stampington & Company! I am honoured. Thank you for my moment!

To everyone here ~ Thanks for being part of the journey!

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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.

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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)

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Art by Deborah Velasquez

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.
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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!

There is something about the poppy

I have a bit of a strange attraction to poppies. I love their whimsical ways, all their different colors and their podlike sidekicks.There is nothing quite like a field of poppies swaying in the wind,especially when it’s a field  somewhere in the french countryside.

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julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog

I must have 1oo’s of pictures of poppies in all their glory .

A 4 month sabbatical in the south of France and it was hard not to come home with a picture, or two, and a sketch. That is a whole other blog  ago which I have never even mentioned here! (If you feel like an afternoon escape you can follow my family of 4 through a 4 month adventure, full of mishap, in Europe at http://www.lifeinaoncetime.blogspot.com. It seems like a lifetime ago.
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I have started to incorporate my poppy drawings into the pattern world, but I have yet to do them justice. They are not BIG enough or whimsical enough yet. I find I am much looser with them in paint. In the digital world I am finding the pattern part a bit restricting.

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I am starting Michelle Fifis The Ultimate Guide to Repeats today and I am definitely hoping for some insight into this.

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For now I will continue playing with positioning and different ways of representation for my #365 pattern project.It is easy to whip up a pattern, but it takes lots of tweaking to get it just right. #365patterns is a good starting point, but I have to remember to go back and continue to work on my daily patterns.
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And a coordinate just for fun! There is a small part of me thinking that I may start to create some digital download scrapbook pages and clipart so my mind is all about coordinates these days. I will keep you   posted.
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Have you had a chance to check out Skillshare yet? Skillshare is an online global community centered around creativity, collaboration and learning by doing.

I have two colleagues teaching there next month and I think you may be interested. The first is Faye Brown of Faye Brown Designs. She will be teaching Typography  how to communicate effectively through the power of typography – starting June 14th, 2013
The second course is Reign Repeats learn how to create perfect repeats in Illustrator taught by Majo Bautista. Starting June 7th, 2013 she will teach you everything you need to know to create a design to submit for a Spoonflower competition.

These women are  both  knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.

Never stop learning!

From paper to pattern ~ a creative process

Late night doodling. This kind of doodling makes me happy. Pen in hand with absolutely nothing to do, but patiently wait for the clock to strike midnight.

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The joys of parenthood and late nights, waiting to pick up my daughter and friends from a party.Trying to think happy thoughts instead of fretting about the next 3 years ~ late night pick ups, boyfriends, and general lack of sleep. I may be a bit envious too- I want to got to parties!

Sorry,off topic – mindless doodling. I think what I love best about these drawings is their imperfection. They are downright crooked!I also love the childlike feel to them.I feel like getting the crayons out and coloring.

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Scanning my black and white drawings into Illustrator and back to the computer.Deconstructing my work on paper and reconstructing into lots of different motifs on the computer.

I am slowly learning to love  playing with my drawings on the computer.I haven’t spent as much time drawing directly on my tablet/computer as I should, still preferring the feel of paper under my pens. I know it just requires some practice, but, for me, drawing is also my opportunity to be away from the computer.Time to sit in the garden or in a sunny spot by the window.

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Playing with colors and forming ideas ~ putting together the pieces of the story. I can imagine these  flower motifs on a wide variety of products.

Wouldnt you love to be sporting that colorful umbrella on a gray,rainy west coast  kind of day?

Pattern making time.

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artistically afflicted blog, julie hamilton designs

artistically afflicted blog, julie hamilton designs

There you have the start of Butterscotch Berry– a new collection , coming to you soon!

I would love to see your creative process and feature you here on my blog.It doesn’t have to be about surface pattern ~ mixed media, black and white sketching, photography~ it’s all good! I want to show what inspires and motivates you to create. If you would like to share please email me at jules@bollah.com.

A happy week to all!

Inspired by… the lovely,lush and radiant,emerald

It’s lively. It’s radiant. It’s lush.

Introducing Emerald, Pantone Color of the Year for 2013.

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Today I am joining together with a group of designers from all over the wold in a bloghop celebrating Pantone Color of the Year~ Emerald.

I hope you are arriving here all the way from Leeds in the U.K~ from surface pattern designer Emma Frances Designs blog. Emma creates -she sews,sketches and loves her camera. I think we would be good friends if only she lived a little closer.

If you would like to hop back right to the very beginning then please feel free to jump to Gill Egglestons  Pattern Addicts site.

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I love the color green.I live in a mountain town surrounded by every shade of green.Green in my art work though? Well, that is something I always find challenging!

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I was hoping to combine it with hits of color like red and pink, but I just couldn’t seem to find the right match. I am really looking forward to see how everyone else used the color in combination.I am curious to see their perspective. Hoping to pick up a few tips along the way!

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A special thank you to Rosie Martinez-Dekker of Believe Creative Studio.She has done a wonderwoman job curating todays bloghop.

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Up next is Elixabete Ariztegieta of Eli Risty Design. Eli is a textile designer based in the lovely town of Donosti, in the Basque Country.

I have more Efutos  and a special post about the Little White Book of Designers coming up next. Stay tuned!

Inspired by…creative momentum

Doing double duty here – Illustration Friday and Art Everyday Month. I am feeling very productive. Also blogging, making dinner and listening to an interview with Monica Lee and Smart Creative Women

I need a cape ~ preferably with a beautiful pattern, thank you!

The theme for this weeks Illustration Friday challenge ~trees. How about abstract…with a little snow?

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I am not sure what category this fits into, but I guess it is a combination photography/ digital  art. It is something I have been playing with while learning photoshop. I would love to be able to incorporate more of my photography into surface pattern design. Will keep you posted on how this works for me.So far, it’s been a wee bit slow.I have discovered that the digital art world requires time, patience and lots of hands on exploring.

These are the original photos taken.

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It’s half time through Art Everyday month. It has felt really good to take time out everyday to play, experiment and rediscover the fun of following a whim. I have to admit,I receive great joy out of happy mistakes.

Thanks also to Art Everyday for encouraging me to get back into my blogging routine.I have  reconnected with many artists I have met throughout this journey of mine and it has been nice to visit again (and comment). Thank you for all of your comments!

I encourage anyone who is wanting to be creative, but apprehensive about putting it all out there to just do it! We are a very nice and supportive community. I guarantee you will connect with other like minded souls and learn a bunch along the way. I think I need to post a little list of all the weekly groups/ challenges that one can be a part of. Look out for it next week!

See you again in a few days. At the rate I am going, it may even be tomorrow.

Inspired by…the art and business of surface pattern design

Six months,one camera, 500 sheets of A4 white paper, dozens of black sharpies,a few strands of gray hair compliments of Adobe Illustrator and countless hours of pure enjoyment = The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design

I am happy to announce I am a proud graduate of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. Yippee!
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When I first heard of this course I knew that it would be the right fit for me. I love to take photos, I love to draw, I love to paint and I am very intrigued by the Adobe digital world.

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It is hard to put into words exactly what I have been doing for the past 6 months. I have covered everything from finding inspiration through the lens of my camera, sketching, stamping and sewing,finding my signature style, creating “my brand” and even working on website development to showcase my work. I have progressed from  simple drawings on paper to creating full out digital goodness on Photoshop and Illustrator. I can now make patterns, technical repeats and mock up my designs to products. I have a logo. I may even have a website, but that is a definitely a work in progress. All of this a result of 6 months spent with the lovely Rachael Taylor.

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A big bow and curtsy go to Beth Nicholls and Rachael Taylor. They have developed an exceptional online course devoted entirely to Surface Pattern Design.

When asked to describe it, many words come to mind – inspirational,empowering,very educational. Full time also comes to mind! The amount of informative and worthwhile information provided was staggering. I was not only given information, but it was followed up with resources on where to find more information.As I like to say..

All bases were covered

The flow of work from lesson to lesson was well prepared and easy to follow. We were provided with daily creative exercises to spark our imagination and we were given loads of resources.Rachael is passionate about her work and ready to share her knowledge of the industry.

I  will admit I was definitely overwhelmed at times and deflated at others. I am so thankful for the community of people put together by this course. Everyone was so generous, supportive and willing to share.As I prepare to go out into the big world of surface pattern I feel very confident having these people by my side!

This is the  second online course I have taken developed by Beth Nicholls and her team at Do What You Love. Pop on over to her website and have a look around. I love her story! I am still amazed at all I have been exposed to here in my beautiful little world high up in the mountains. Thank you Beth for making it all so accessible!

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The next course starts November 12th, 2012.If you are thinking about it, but not entirely sure at least invest in Module One – Designing Your Way. It is a fantastic introduction geared towards finding inspiration and applying it to your creative world. It would benefit anyone with an interest in creating. It also gives you a gentle introduction to the digital world. See what you think. You wont be disappointed!

All information can be found on their website here.

If you have any questions about the course please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy Monday!

Inspired by…a passion for pattern

Welcome to the Passion for Pattern Blog Hop. So happy to have you join us!

I hope you have had a chance to visit Anna Dents blog on the hop, just before mine.If you have arrived here and would like to start at the beginning, just click on the link here and you will begin at the lovely Claire Smillies blog- the talented designer and creator behind this blog hop.
surface pattern design, julie hamilton, artistically afflictedEveryone involved in the hop is passionate about pattern. I have laughed many times  when I have heard mention of seeing pattern in their sleep. I know this well! Designing prints and pattern is addictive-similiar to putting together pieces of a puzzle.

Pattern is all around us. If you stop and look at your surroundings you will discover it is everywhere. From the grain of bark on your front yard tree to the blooming flowers on your back deck. We are surrounded by pattern.

I have been fascinated by the colors,pattern and textures of nature forever. Most of my work is inspired by my surroundings and handcrafted by pen, paint, paper or photo.Lately I have been trying to stretch my imagination and work on lots of dfferent subject matter. Sometimes I  just need a little help from my friend…

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Sometimes I just need to get out on my bike to find a little inspiration, or at least think about getting out there.

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Most of the time though my inspiration is found right in my very own backyard. Nature plays a very big role in my work.

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Sometimes you just have to sit back and have fun. Many of my doodles have found their way into the digital world.
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I am still unsure of what I would like to have my work featured on, but for now its very fun putting it on just about everything!

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My vision is of a diverse portfolio that ties in all of my creative passions in an artful way.I am very excited, but have to keep telling myself – practice, patience, perseverance – it is all a very slow, but enjoyable process.One that I am approaching with eyes wide open!

Next up is the lovely Simi from Simi Designs. She has a wonderful sense of color and I look forward to having some of her work in my home one day. Hop on over here to visit her!

I hope you enjoy the very diverse and wonderful work of all those participating.

Thanks for popping by and pleased join me again soon. Lots of creative goodness being shared here ( and hopefully a new website soon!)

Inspired by…taking flight with kelly rae roberts!

I am taking a moment here to reflect on the past year and to share with you a special opportunity taking place over on The Fly Tribes blog hop. Unfortunately, I will not be joining my tribe this time around as summer has found me skipping two steps behind with a very full plate involving lots of surface pattern design and website development all mixed in together with summer holidays and lots of kids in and out. I have some pretty big goals and dreams, but they will have to wait until September!
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So one year ago, on a whim, I decided to take part in Kelly Rae Roberts  “Taking Flight” ecourse. I had read her book, also named Taking Flight” and, as most, was very intrigued by her story. Its hard not to be inspired by someone so passionate about following her creative dreams and better still, making them happen.

I had been playing around with my creative self and discovered that I absolutely loved the process. Paper,pen, paint ,photography – any medium was fair game. At this point, turning my love into a creative business was hardly an option as I had no idea where to turn or what to produce. A perpetual student at heart, I decided to go ahead regardless and take Kelly’s course, if not to discover my direction then to at least meet a group of like-minded souls with a passion for creating.

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One year later, here I am . As one that started out with no direction or creative goals, I have gone forth, put myself out there and in the process discovered what makes my heart sing. For those that follow my blog and my creative journey, it has been a long year with lots of experimentation – stamping, stitching, and spraying paint around on anything and everything. Fortunately, I have found a way to combine all of my passions into one through my surface pattern design studies. More importantly though I have discovered a very wide and diverse group of like-minded souls from all over the world- all ready to share and inspire, critique and encourage and help point me in the right direction. If it wasnt for these people and their support, I am not sure where I would be. A very big thank you to my Fly Tribe! And a very big thank you to you! My online creative clan.

 

Does any of this sound familiar to you? Are you in love with the creative process, but unsure of your direction? Do you want to start your very own creative business, but not sure how to go about it? Do you want to meet other similar souls?

Well Kelly Rae is offering her Taking flight ecourse once more! It will be her final one as she continues on her own creative and life journey. It starts this September and all information is here.

Now the great news – want to win a spot in this class? Well jump on over to The Fly Tribes site for all the information you need to win one of 16  free spots available to YOU! I told you this group was pretty awesome!

While you are over there participate in the blog hop and read others stories about their creative journey. You never know, there just might be one inspirational tidbit that helps you find your way. I hope so!

I hope everyone’s summer has been full of long, lazy, sunshine -filled days! I promise to be back in September on a more regular basis.

Inspired by…a work in progress

I may have a wee bit too much time on my hands today. To give you a little insight into my day…the theme, header and background have been changing hourly over here on my blog.

I have a bit of spring fever…I want fresh, clean, colorful…NEW! I want something a little more current and in keeping with what I am up to these days.

Well that definitely opened a can of worms so to speak…Now I want to customize the entire site!

I want  artsy,hand sketched social icons(my own!) some new, bigger, fonts, a gallery..or two, maybe a static page…I want my very own site. I have the domain “artistically afflicted” and I am itching to use it. So hold on and watch for changes coming this way….My techie brother is on speed dial these days.

With all of my newfound digital skills,there is lots of fun (and hairpulling) to be had.My blog reconstruction sign =1hr. When I actually figured out how to do it, it only took me about 5 minutes.But, that’s how things roll when you are learning.Right now I am tabs deep trying to figure out how to make my very own badge.It may take me a day or two, but you know what? Secretly…I love this stuff…I will take a an Illustrator tutorial over T.V anyday…

Another little nugget of wisdom from artist Robert Genn that arrived in my inbox tonight.I always find his words very timely…

We are drawn to our labour of love because it fills our cups like no other nourishment. The making of art is a private puzzle and working out the puzzle is beguiling. Let the folks who don’t love their work look forward to their retirement from it. We creative folks have a different mind-set. “Work cures everything,” said Henri Matisse. “I need to work to feel well,” said Edouard Manet. “Work is more fun than fun,” said Noel Coward. “Work is the ultimate seduction,” said Pablo Picasso. “I work day and night without sleep,” said Jules Olitski, “The paintings keep me fired up.”

I am also questioning content.I havent had the mojo to write these days.I blame it on too much computer time.

Up until now I have been writing about my creative journey and sharing my discoveries with all medium. It’s easy to snap pictures of art and discuss happy accidents, cool textures and great color combinations. Unfortunately, most of my work these days has been Adobe related while I learn the ins and outs of the digital world. Not as much fun to share the process.I guess I could take screen shots, but not as captivating as beautiful, messy,paint dripping down a canvas….mingling. My painting days are by no means over, but they are on hold until I get my head around this flow of work.So please bear with me, I promise you I will be throwing paint around in no time.

I would like to share how I am trying to marry the two…

A journal page…

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I scanned and photoshopped the dragonflys out.I ripped up a perfectly good dictionary and made a collage out of it. Scanned it and added it to the background. The swirly background? Hand stitched. (Thank you dad..your sewing machine will be home soon.)I may have to work on the stitching. I know I can do it digitally, but it’s just not the same.

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Its getting there…every exercise is a lesson learned.

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Typical of my process, I am trying to explore all avenues. Trust me, you will be seeing these dragonflys pop up in all my work!

This post has already been way too long, but I had to stop there for a brief moment and think about “my process”…I wont write about it now, but its interesting to me how I have developed a way of working.

Thats a conversation to be had over a cup of coffee or two…

Have a fantastic warm and sunny weekend!

Here in the mountains, it is still cold and damp and calling for snow!! Summer will arrive here with a bang as it always does…hopefully sooner, than later.(my plants and flowers are sitting in the garage patiently waiting)