Gosh, I think we're all kinda glad now that January is over.. It really felt like it dragged on so much and since the evenings are still super dark and the weather has been crap, it's generally had a very grey and murky vibe. Despite this I like to think that I had a somewhat productive month! I was able to work on some amazing branding projects for some gorgeous bloggers, I sold more prints than I anticipated (it's the quietest month for sales!), AND I've been super busy with my art journal project! Phew~! I'm so excited now that February is here, for some reason it's one of my favourite months and I always look forward to it coming around. This month I want to maintain my recent bout of productivity by implementing some goals for myself! It's nothing particularly ground-breaking but sometimes you just have to sit down and think what your perfect day would look like, then strive towards that! I've been on a bit of a self-care kick lately so trying to work towards my best possible life has been something on my mind! Anyway I've rambled enough.. Here are the five goals that I would like to accomplish this month!Read More
Over the last month I have fallen completely head-over-heels in love with art journaling! It has become my go-to art practice for most evenings because I find the process super therapeutic and relaxing. I adore sitting at my desk while playing some of my favourite songs or listening to podcasts, and just prepping the background of a spread, or cutting out the elements I would like to use. It almost becomes meditative. Of course there are moments that are less than sweet, like the colours in a spread not working together or making a mistake with the paint and ink! I don't shy away from these moments though, because the reason I started art journaling in the first place was as a way to practice my creative thinking! When things go wrong then it is a perfect time for the creative brain to kick into action and start thinking how I can fix the problem or work around the problem. By practicing I can already see how it has effected the rest of my art & design work. My work looks and feels more cohesive, and I am able to think of creative solutions a lot faster. Needless to say, art journaling has really helped me in developing my creative practice and I would like to offer you five tips that I have learnt the hard way, so you can get a head start in art journaling if you desire!Read More
I've finally started working on a dream project of mine after years and years of thinking about it and chasing concepts. I fell in love with the concept I am currently working on after finishing my #100DaysOfInkedAstronomy project on instagram last year, I looked at all the constellations I had illustrated and felt like I needed to make a deck from them. So how come it has taken me over a year to start? Well I loved the concept but didn't love the original aesthetic of black and white ink. I've unknowingly been experimenting with different art mediums over the last year to find what I like and while I was experimenting with some watercolour, it just felt like it all clicked into place and the first draft cards of The Celestial Spirit Oracle were born!
This deck connects us to all the constellations. All the starry guardians that watch over us, so that we may communicate with them and receive guidance. There are many lessons written for us in the stars, it's time we all start looking up more to connect with these wise spirits.
The Celestial Spirit Oracle will be standard tarot size and have 88 cards, one for each constellation in the night sky. Each card will show a depiction of a certain constellation with its name and description written underneath. I plan on writing a booklet of card definitions and spreads to accompany the deck in PDF form, I'm also hoping to source some cloth drawstring bags to house the deck.
As I write this there are now eight cards (which I will be showcasing on my instagram later today!), so there are still 80 cards left to design, plus a booklet to write, and a printer to source. It's still a little while off before this deck will be available to purchase for yourselves, but I will be doing some research into crowdfunding the deck or opening it up to pre-orders so that the initial costs of getting it produced are covered! Of course I will keep you all updated on here and on my twitter/instagram. Once I have a better idea as to when I can release it and what price it will be, you will all be the first to know!
I hope you're all excited as I am to see how this deck develops!