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“Nestled within tightly packed pods are the seeds of life.”

Seed Pods is an original acrylic painting on canvas measuring 5 x 7 x 0.7 inches with unpainted white edges and is full of plenty of interesting marks and effects. Inspired by the hidden treasure of seed pods, something I love to find and collect on nature hunts, Seed Pods is soft and dreamy. The background is earthy and yet retains a dreamlike, unfocused quality, accentuating the colours of the seed pods themselves and allowing them, and the seeds that peek out from the cases, to pop out. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This original acrylic painting is available to buy from my website.

Various prints of this painting are also available from my Redbubble store.

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“Connecting all realms of existence since the beginning of time.”

 The tree of life is a symbol that has found it’s way into many systems of belief over time. It is said to connect all of the realms of existence and hold the knowledge of each within it’s branches. Is it any wonder that the tree then is reminiscent of a brain? Tree Of Life is a silhouette painting over a setting sky, peaceful and forever present and rooted on the hillside.

Tree Of Life is an original acrylic painting on canvas measuring approximately 8 x 8 x 0.7 inches . The sky is made up of layers of muted acrylic colours that have been roughened for a worn, slightly aged look which sets the dark brown of the tree silhouette off nicely. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This original acrylic painting is available to buy from my website.

Various prints of this painting are also available from my Redbubble store.

Travel Altar Part 2 1

Now for a look at what I keep in the up-cycled travel altar. I try to keep what I carry in it to a minimum so there is room to put in extra items I may find while out and about. Everything in there has a purpose and they are items I have collected over the years and like to have close by to remind me of my journey so far.

Travel Altar Part 2 2

In the first compartment I like to keep a small notebook, pen, matches and a felted dread given to me by a friend a couple of years ago.

The middle compartment holds a felted bag in which I keep a pentagram altar cloth for when I want and need a larger space set up, a mini besom, wand (and felt holder for the wand) a pebble I painted with a pentagram flower design and small bag to keep it in along with a couple of biodegradable, herbal offering stones.

The third compartment has a couple more bags of stuff; a black velvet pentagram bag where I keep a small glass offering bowl, tealight, fox statue I made out of clay, a small jar of herb infused salt and a vial of anointing oil. I also keep a mojo bag that I made a while back with my mala beads, quartz point, citrine and the first hagstone I ever found (and have had for around 15 years). When I’m travelling or taking the altar out I also add in any extra crystals I feel I might need from my collection along with a cage pendant so I can wear them.

 

I hope you all enjoyed the look into this project and what I keep in my travel altar. I would love to see what you keep in yours if you have one so feel free to comment with a link to yours if you would like to share!

 

“What does it look like to get lost in spring? Green of course, with hints of colour and light breaking through.”

 I love spring, the colour, life and new growth after the long cold winter is warming and energy giving. This is what spring looks like to me, so many fresh hues of green, growth for the sake of growth; natural, chaotic and yet with dots of colour and purpose as spring flowers bloom. Allow yourself to get lost in the energy of spring.

 Lost In Spring is an original mixed media painting on canvas measuring 8 x 15 x 0.7 inches with unpainted white edges. It has been painted in acrylic and shimmers in areas with gold highlights. Smooth orange/red flower beads and black seed beads have been added for a splash of different colour and texture against the layers of green. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This original mixed media painting is available to buy from my website.

Various prints of this painting are also available from my Redbubble store.

Having moved a large amount of furniture around of late, created a new studio space and spiritual den and rearranged the look, feel and surface used for my main altar space I found that I wanted and needed a small travel altar that I could move easily and set up around the house, take with me when travelling and use on the go.

While I love the idea of having something very small I knew that for what I needed for use at home and away I would need something larger but still relatively compact and light weight. During my sort out I found a stationary set that I barely used but had purchased a couple of years ago on our family trip to Disneyland Paris. Needless to say, inspiration struck:

Altar Project 1

I thought this pencil case and set was super cute when I brought it; I love the Nightmare Before Christmas, the design and colours are very me and it ties in with the bookmark I use in my Midori Traveller’s Notebook on a day to day planner. Once I had decided to use it I knew just what I wanted to do. The first thing was to open it up and remove the cardboard parts that had all the elastics on for holding the pens, pencils and stationary in the three compartments:

The problem with this was that it took away a lot of the stiff structure to the case, though with my plans for it that wasn’t too much of an issue. I used the dark purple insert as a template to cut out pretty cardstock from this Wild Flower, 200gsm cardstock I found and loved a few months ago:

Having picked out three of my favourite sheets and making sure they were different so that I would have different patterned surfaced to work with according to my mood I cut out the replacement inserts and glued them into the case:

Altar Project 7

Using the 200gsm cardstock had an added advantage to the structure of the finished case in that I could open any compartment and stand it upright to use the coloured surfaces as working altars. This was enhanced once I had added my tools, crystals and items to weigh the areas down though even without the added weight, as you can see below, it held itself open very securely so that wherever I am the altar space is easy to set up and very sturdy. Here you can see the three designs I chose for the compartments that I can use as backdrops for my travel altar:

I’m really happy with how this project turned out and have found myself using the space a lot, particularly in my studio on my desk. Which paper design is your favourite?

I have been so inspired, in fact, that I am working on using these papers to create small travel altars for sale out of match boxes (both large and small) which I will post about once I have finished them.

Coming Up In Part 2:

See what tools and items I have in my travel altar for witchy goings on out and about, how I set the travel altar up and how it has been working for me so far.

“When water has something to say, it waves.”

Wave is an energetic water inspired painting. I love listening to the sea and watching each wave as it forms and crashes into shore. Sometimes it whispers but the day I painted Wave it shouted with a voice of texture, foam and layers of different tones and colours. Do you hear it’s voice? It is one that is easy to get lost in.

Wave is an original acrylic painting on a deep edged canvas measuring 12 x 12 x 1.5 inches with unpainted white edges, full of different marks, texture, depth of colour and layers. It has been signed on both the front and back.

This original acrylic painting is available to buy from my website.

Various prints of this painting are also available from my Redbubble store.

 

A mixture of styles and techniques across three travel journals, all watercolour, some with added gesso, pencil and/or ink.