Turning to The Canvas - Art Therapy Through Abstract Art

Abstract Painting Rachael Caringella | Tree Talker Art

(I apologize in advance for the long picture heavy post! Hope every loads!)

When I was little I saw a therapist. I had gone through some trauma as a child (#metoo) and I’m eternally grateful that my parents took me to counseling when I was little. I don’t actually remember the age that I started going, or for how long I actually went. We went to a few different places at first before settling on the one we went to regularly. I loved her.

She introduced me to kinesiology, muscle tapping, and reiki, though I didn’t actually make those connections those things until only a few years ago.

I was pretty young, and trauma has a way of blurring years together.. so I don’t remember much about the sessions, but I do remember I was allowed and encouraged to color. 

Lucky Bones

Each session, she would ask me to choose a crayon from a bin that best matched my mood, then color a shape that matched my mood/emotion, then color it in however I wanted. She would often base our sessions off of what I drew and what they might mean. 

I’ve always wanted to be an artist, but it was confirmed from working with her as a child. I learned how colors, shapes and scribbles show us what’s inside, while helping us release it a little bit.

If you follow me on social media and instagram, you may have noticed me talk about my depression and mental illness more lately. I've actually been hoping to find another therapist to work with soon.. but until then, to help express myself and get things out, I've turned to abstract paintings.

I read that May is Mental Health Awareness month, and my mental health has been in my awareness more than ever before. And there are way too many people out there who don't talk about this shit enough, and even looking for help carries it's own stigma. 

..but splattering paint in a nonsensical way has always been very helpful for me when it comes to expressing myself and getting rid of what I'm feeling.

I used to use a lot of these techniques for backgrounds of my paintings before I got super serious about watercolor and colored pencil these last few years. My acrylics and painting supplies have been sitting in a chest calling me for a while now, and I just never found the time (or reason) to answer the call until recently.

I want to do a more in depth post in the future about how abstract helps my depression and anxiety, but for now, I wanted to show you my newest pieces and tell you a little bit about them.

Just Cause it’s a Pretty Sunset, Doesn’t Mean it Will Birth a Good Day

I'm not going to lie, I was a little bit jaded when I started painting this.. Hence the title. Though painting it was a wonderful reminder that good days don't really just "happen" anyways. It usually comes down to the choices we make, or at least the perspective we choose to have... 

Speaking of perspectives, what do you see? I have heard this looks like a volcano eruption, a dragon's eye, and a forest fire. Isn't that the best thing about art? Just like good days, it's all about what we choose to see. 

The photos make it a bit hard to capture some of the details of this painting due to the gloss of the paint, but it features lots of beautiful textures and vibrant reds. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted black

Title: "Just Cause it’s a Pretty Sunset, Doesn’t Mean it Will Birth a Good Day."

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic

Size: 16x20 inches canvas panel

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Of All the Seasons, Spring is the Last that Should be Late

I couldn't just name this one "Spring Time".. because it kept looking like winter every time I went to paint this. So, the matter of fact title, is actually a bit of a plea for the warmer times to come back stay a bit longer. This painting features a lot of fun texture and was done in acrylics and oil pastels with colors that hopefully bring you feelings of spring. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted white.

Title: Of All the Seasons, Spring is the Last that Should be Late

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, oil pastel wood

Size: 16x20 inches on maple

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The Ghostly Hand Unveils the Glow of the Darkest Hour

This painting features abstract elements as well as a layer of snowy trees that hide a tiny amethyst crystal embedded into the painting, planted like a seed. Texture for the roots take up most of this painting... Inside the roots, you will see gold leaf paint and flecks throughout, and when you turn the lights off, the roots of the painting and some snow will glow for you. A reminder that seeds take time to sprout, but there is always some light to be found when we look for it. 


This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painting in matching colors. 


Title: The Ghostly Hand Unveils the Glow of the Darkest Hour

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint, crystals, glow in the dark paint, 

Size: 10x23 inches on maple

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This abstract painting is created with soothing blues and teals paired with cool dark grays and splashes of white that show you a surprise when you turn the lights off. Painted to look like and feel like a cleansing visit to the ocean.. 'Hear the break of the waves and see..' (there is no spelling error there. ;)) is about how often we tend to ignore or not notice some of the "signs" around us, even after asking for them. We tend to forget that the signs we ask for can show up in the most random places. I'm hopeful that this painting will be a reminder to keep a look out for the signs and messages you've asked for. 

This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painting in matching dark grey. 
Title: Hear the Break of the Wave and See

Medium: Acrylic, oil pastel, glow in the dark paint, 

Size: 16x20 on stretched canvas

Check it out here! 

Fragile As Fuck

This abstract painting features a layer of gold leaf and gold paint that can be seen peeking out from the orange, reds, browns, yellows and whites as they peel, crackle and crack down the fault line that runs through the middle of this painting. There is a lot of fun texture and shapes going on. 

I titled this one "Fragile as Fuck." The warm fire-like color scheme I chose is a reminder that whatever we carry inside us will show when we DO eventually break... and it's alright to break down. It's alright to let your inner fire rage and destroy, and it's alright to let your inner sweetness drip out like honey. It's all your choice. 
This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted white.

Title: Fragile as F***

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint

Size: 16x20 on canvas panel

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Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover The Sun

Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover the Sun | Abstract Art | Tree Talker Art | Rachael Caringella

This is a smaller abstract painting done in lovely and lonely dark forest colors. This painting has a beautiful shimmer to it that just can't be captured in photos! 

This painting was done on a discarded wooden piece of alder and I'm so happy to give it new life. This is an original painting, I will not be recreating this one or making prints. Your painting will be signed on the back, with my little logo on the front. The sides are painted black.

This one was inspired by a poem I wrote that will be written on the back of the painting for whoever purchases it. 

I will also be posting the poem to my patreon shortly! (Setting that up is NEXT on the to-do list.) 

 

 

Title: Which Way Up? These Old Trees Cover The Sun

Artist: Rachael Caringella

Medium: Acrylic, gold leaf, gold paint on wood

Size: 6x12 inches on alder

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So, despite the depression, I've also been working on that deck whenever I can. I've added two new cards. Prints are available in the shop. I'm loving how this deck is currently turning out so far! It's definitely got some slightly darker elements to it then my last one. (Which I love.) Working on it has been healing in of itself. 

Lucky Bones

Mourning Song

A wolf in a misty landscape with a storm raging inside him as he howls into the void. Me too... Me too...

Size: 8x10 inch image on 9x11 inch paper. 

 

Medium: Pastels

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It's said that it's actually the back left foot of a rabbit that is lucky.. especially if it's found in a cemetery, AND on a full moon.. So, we are in luck. Also, no animals were harmed in the making of this good luck painting! This one was done for the deck that is currently in the works, but I wanted to release it as a full size print first.

Size: 7x10 inch image on 8x11 inch paper.

Medium: Pastels and pen

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Phew. Thank you for looking and reading! I always think it takes me so long to paint the things, but then I go to post and the entire process takes nearly a month!! (I started this post on 4-13!) I can't decide if time is messing with me, like actually speeding up due to the fact that we obviously live in an alternate universe or something... or it's my depression and dissociation that is slowing me way down. Someone. I need answers. 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Tarot Restless - A deck for the unafraid | A Deck Review

Happy Mercury-Is-Finally-The-F***-Out-of-Retrograde! This last one was killer wasn't it? Lots of break downs and lessons for me over here. Plus, it seemed like it took forever to get just basic simple things done this last month. Hopefully things begin to go more smoothly as we get out of the shadow period over these next few weeks! I've got lots planned for the blog and the art shop!

As a deck creator and artist, I love to explore the creative works of other artists who create Tarot and Oracle decks. I'm beginning a new series on the blog dedicated to reviewing and showing off other self published and indie decks. I couldn't be more excited to share this dark beauty with you today.

The Tarot Restless

Deck Title: The Tarot Restless

Creator: Winslow Dumaine 

About the deck: 

"The Tarot Restless is a unique tarot deck set within a morbid fantasy universe in the midst of an infertility apocalypse. The deck consists of 78 original, hand-drawn illustrations printed on silver-gilded cards, packaged in a rigid two-part box. The accompanying text, Restless Meditations, includes a short story, new interpretations, and new functions for each card.

I believe people should explore their suffering. Understanding the causes of pain is key to growth – if you suffer, and do not learn, you will have suffered for nothing. In creating this deck, I took my experiences with heartbreak, abuse, and betrayal, and retold them on a cosmological scale.

Many cards were inspired by the strong women in my life. Their struggles with abuse and violence helped me understand the abuse I suffered much better, and I cannot thank them enough."

(Read more here!) 

First Impressions:

My first initial impression of this deck was absolute love at first sight... You know me, and how I love darkness, and dark art. I'm a part of several online tarot communities, and I swear we are all looking for the perfect dark deck. I'm very excited to get to share this deck!

Each card is beautifully morbidly dark. There is something new to see on each card with every reading. This deck is a must on your list if you love dark surrealistic art that is full of depth and symbolism.

I connected with this deck immediately. Which isn’t always the case with new decks! I shuffled this deck and immediately felt what I can my “reiki hands” or hand chakras activate. 

I love it when you can tell an artist know's their shit behind each card. It's not just pretty artwork to sell a deck. There is so much tasty intention behind each card. 

This deck does stray from the traditional Rider Waite Smith deck, so I would recommend reading the guidebook to get to know the story behind this deck.

This deck is set in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, where Demigods that were once worshiped, have set a curse of infertility that gradually spread across the land causing panic, war, and general upheaval. The dwindling human race is given the gift of immortality by the demons that had once tormented them. Not able to bring new life in, or pass onto death, the human race is torn between the old ways or accepting the favor of their old adversaries. There is quite a bit of nudity in this deck, so I would definitely recommend bringing it to work for readings during lunch break. ;)

The card's stock and thickness is perfect and the deck shuffles like a dream.

It appears the drawings were done with pen and ink, a medium I always love to both use and see. I love all the little lines and details in each illustration. 

Umm also... The flash on the edge of this deck is pretty incredible. I love shiny things, and my camera did this justice. Look at that silver shine.  

Guidebook And Box

The deck comes in it's own little box that matches the deck in size and design perfectly. The lack of words on the box make it perfect for storing it out on my shelf in my tarot space. (Instead of placed in a pretty bag cause the box was made so cheap!)

As much as I could probably try to interpret the cards on my own based on their beautiful symbolism and imagery, the guidebook is golden when it comes to fully understanding and interpreting a reading. 

Winslow takes a unique approach with the guidebook by turning the card meanings into parts of the major story in the guidebook.

While the guidebook does offer quick glance keywords and summaries, I wouldn’t recommend skipping over the story part. Story telling offers valuable lessons. Plus, because these cards do slightly stray from the traditional Tarot, it would be worth it! 

The guidebook is included with the deck and there is talk that it will fit inside the box in the newest edition. 

The Major Arcana

There are twenty two Major Arcana cards like in Traditional Tarot, but there are some differences in both names and meanings. The changes are made to more fully express the chaotic nature of the universe; the new cards highlight loss, despair, doom, but also vitality, regeneration, inner strength and peace. 

The Moon | The Tarot Restless |

The Major Arcana may stray a bit from the original tarot but that doesn’t mean they miss an archetype. The cards are rich in symbolism and the messages are, (to me anyways) quite easy to interpret. 

I loved the Moon Card and connected with this one right away. I even drew it in my first reading. I drew it inverted, which was a sign of cleverness, escpape and nighttime journeys, which was all too accurate given my sleep patterns and dream memories as of late.

This is a card of renewal and second chances, but the true meaning of the card wasn't felt until I read the story aspect in the guidebook. It really shined a new light on what was going on for me, while adding new perspective that previous Moon cards have not held. 

 

The Minor Arcana's

The minor arcana cards are all fully illustrated with unique detailed illustrations and back stories. 

The ace cards, along with a card known as the Void, represent the creation and destruction aspects of the cosmos on a whole, while the number cards will signify several different forces, people and phenomena within the universe.

The suits are Swords, Wands, Cups and Stars, which read the same as the traditional Tarot, except Stars is generally called the pentacle suit, though the suits carry some varied meaning as well. 

Swords signify power, dedication extremity, longevity and division. Seeing a large amount of swords in a reading may mean conflict is rising. 

Wands signify will power, attunment, family illumination, and esoteric knowledge. A large number of wands may mean a great amount of will power and work will be needed ahead.

Cups signify wealth, bounty, practical knowledge sustenance, sacrifice, and memory. A large amount of cups may mean a new discovery of great importance may be coming to the reader. 

Stars signify protection, ritual, duty, eternity, the outer-cosmos and kinship. A large amount of Stars could mean a large ending taking place in your life that brings both satisfaction and disappointment. 

The Court Cards 

The court cards are also a bit unique and stray a tad bit from the typical court cards. Rather than pointing to people in the world, they represent expressions of the values within the suit. 

The Thrall card depicts a lack of an aspect within their suit. The Knight is representational of having attained the satisfaction of this want or desire, the Queen protects it and refines it to perfection, and the King demonstrates the significance and importance of the attainment. 

I love that suffering and darkness is something that is accepted in this deck. I agree that we should explore our suffering, and shine some light on the darkness.

Without suffering there is no growth.

When I'm in a dark place, I don't (and can't) just jump to the happiest thing I can think of. I sometimes have to turn on the most depressing music I can think of, because it at least will meet me in the darkness. Not push me to feel a certain way.. but meet me and sit with me. I feel very similar with this deck. When I'm in a dark place, I need something that will meet me in my darkness, sit with me there, and let me fumble for the light myself. I think dark decks are important. Understanding our pain, and feeling our pain is important for our highest growth. 

The reason I love Tarot and Oracle cards is because they can help give us direction in our lives that me may have not been able to see. Decks that honor darkness, like The Tarot Restless, are to me, crucial when it comes to meeting those dark aspects of ourselves we might be hiding from! You've got to feel things in order to heal them. 

Interested in having your deck reviewed? Email me here!

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Never Before Seen Art Work and Announcing a New Deck

So I had really big plans for my birthday yesterday... I was going to post all my new artwork in my etsy shop as well as launch my Threadless shop and my Patreon! 

But Mercury Retrograde had other plans for me. We had a massive snowstorm blow through on the 27th that knocked out the internet, and for some reason they haven't been able to solve the issue yet.

So I'm doing the best with what I've got.

Patreon and Threadless may have to wait until next month, but I was able to get the new art listed in my Etsy Shop!

It may not be the big launch party that I wanted.. but at least there are several paintings here that I haven't shown anyone yet! So that's something. 

Shop Update | Tree Talker Art

I have also begun working on a new Oracle Deck this month!

Many of the new prints in the shop are from this new deck, while other prints I've been meaning to list since January. Head over to my shop to check out the new artwork! In the listing it says if it will be included in the new deck. 

I don't have a lot of time here.. I'm pretty sure I've overstayed my welcome getting the Spirit de la Lune's blog post finished, so this is going to be an incredibly short post..

I will be back shortly with more updates on the deck and the announcement of my Threadless shop and Patreon!

You can check out my full art gallery here.

Don't forget to follow my creative journey on instagram and facebook! 

xx

Rachael

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Progress shots of my newest work "The Star" | Techniques in PanPastels

Hello! I wanted to check in today and share progress shots of one of my newest pieces!

I realized I haven't been posting here as often as I wanted to, even though I have a TON of photos just sitting on my phone that would be perfect for blogging.

So I figured I would at least try to keep things simple and give it a try!

A few months ago I got some PanPastels and have been trying out and learning some new techniques. It's been a lot of fun. I've never tried them before, despite having wanted some for years. Turns out, I'm in love.. and kind of kicking myself for not trying them after all these years. 

The process is interesting. Different then painting but still quite similar once you get the hang of things.. If that makes any sense. It can get just as messy, and it caused me to change my approach on a lot of things.. but don't be intimidated. They are a lot of fun. The pigments mix like paint even though it's a powder.

I'm used to creating my galaxies with watercolor and acrylic, so trying out pastels was a lot of fun and quite the challenge. 

Here is the progress of one of my newest pieces.

This is the "Star" card for the current oracle deck we are making as part of Kristen's challenge for the Pull Pen Paint class this year! (Which so far, has been a blast.) 

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

I sketched the figure in lightly with an H pencil and then blocked all the dark spaces with a dark blue/black.

Pastels are really nice and forgiving, you can erase quite a bit and start again if you mess up!

This year I am doing the artwork on larger sheets so I can put them in the shop as paintings and prints. This means I have to accept that it will likely be a bit of a patience game, but it allows me to go into finer details. Which is a lot of fun for me. 

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

I am working on smooth Bristol-Vellum Paper for a lot of the cards/paintings this year. The really fine surface helps pick up that black pigment so that I don't have to layer it on too much to create a smooth surface.

(Panpastel Tip: Leave the places you want white (or yellow), blank/white from the get-go. It's much harder to add white pastel or white paint over this than it would be to plan accordingly. I will try masking fluid in a future painting and let you know how it goes.)

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

Once my darkest areas were filled in, I started to work on the details of the figure. I use a spare piece of scrap paper to guard my arm and hand from smearing anything. (I also use Gloves in a Bottle or Invisible Gloves before I use pastels! This cuts down on the smearing AND how much of it gets on my hands.)  

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

I do my fine details with Prismacolor Colored Pencils and Derwent Colored Pencils....

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck
Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

and I use a white liquid acrylic and sometimes a white Gel Pen to do my final stars and any highlights needed. 

Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck
Step by step progress on the Star | Tree Talker Art | Oracle Deck

I lost track of how much time I spent on this one, but I love how it turned out.

Switching mediums can be a scary thing.. but it was worth it! I loved the way I did galaxies and stars in watercolor and acrylic, but doing them in pastel creates a new look that I am so happy with.

So far I've given myself a darker moodier color palette for this series, but I'm still allowing myself to use my favorite flash of bright red when it's needed. 

             Here's a sneak peek of the "Sun" card so far.

            Here's a sneak peek of the "Sun" card so far.

Better photos of both of these will be coming soon.. 

I am planning a huge shop update at the end of this month! I'll be releasing new prints and paintings, and the Untamed Truth Oracle deck will also be here and shipping again.

I am also working towards getting a Society6 of Threadless account so I can turn my paintings into phone cases, leggings, tapestries, mugs and other fun goodies!

I haven't had experience with either, aside from as a customer, so I'm unsure which route to take! I'd LOVE some help here! 

Have you had experience with either? Which do you prefer?And if you don't have any experience, you can still help me out.. What kind of products of mine would you like to see turned into wearable/usable things?

Let me know in the comments! 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Join me for a YEAR of journaling with Tarot & Oracle Cards

A year of Intuition, Imagination, and Imagery.

I am so excited to announce that I am a guest teacher in Pull Pen Paint again! 

I really meant to announce this earlier...

But what I thought was just the sniffles turned out to be a full blown cold... I'm so sorry for the short notice!

I spent almost all of last week sick in bed with weird fever induced hallucinations, I couldn't even figure out how to log in and enroll myself in the course. 

Luckily our host Kiala Givehand is super sweet and understanding and walked me through it. 

Class began on the 15th with a live kick off, but lucky for us, it's been recorded, and new content is going to be uploaded throughout the year.

I can't wait to dive into all the current material and foundational lessons. I'm excited  to see what this year holds as all of the other brilliant teachers upload their magick.

Last year's class seriously rocked my world.

I met some amazing people in the class. The online community for this class was so supportive and fun.. I've taken tons of online courses, but this one had one of the best groups and community. Our host Kiala is just magic. She is so helpful, sweet, and kind.. not to mention genius. 

I'm pretty sure my world changed as soon as I saw her first video on book making. I had no idea it was that easy and quick! I used to just art journal in a sketchbook, but now I don't think I'll ever be able to go back! There is something just so powerful and personal about making your own book!

Last year's course was super inspiring. in fact, it's this course that helped inspire my deck! Kristen from Over the Moon Oracle Cards created a brilliant oracle deck challenge that she shared with the course. I know many people created beautiful decks from that challenge! She and I are actually planning an interview in a few weeks about the creation process.

I literally can't recommend this course enough. I'm SO excited it's a full year now! 

$111

(price goes up to $122 on January 1, 2018.)

Here is a bit more info in case you aren't convinced yet... ;) 

In this year long course multiple teachers will share methods of using tarot, oracle cards, and other intuitive guidance systems to elevate our personal journaling, spiritual, and creative practices. The cards are creative and intuitive tools that when used intentionally can lead to deeper insights into who we've been, who we are, and who we can become.

This is a basic course for all levels and types of journalers. The course is designed with three kinds of journal keepers in mind: those who keep an analog or digital written journal, those who art journal, and those who blend words and images to create a visual journal. And it doesn't matter if you've never used a tarot or oracle deck before, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore online and we will journey together as we make our own oracle decks in March 2018.

While we will primarily use Tarot and Oracle cards in this course, we will also touch on, and incorporate, other intuitive guidance systems (astrology, numerology, crystals, chakras, and more).

The course features:

  • Video tutorials
  • LIVE virtual sessions
  • Inspirational Prompts
  • Inquiry-based activities
  • Tutorials on making several handmade journals to use over the course of the year
  • A private Facebook group
  • Virtual study and art sessions
  • Lots of love, support, and encouragement

The course is broken into three main focuses:

1. PULL -- Learning to use Tarot and Oracle Cards for creative exploration, self-study, and intuition training. This section also includes learning about other intuitive guidance systems like Astrology, Numerology, Crystals, and more. 
2. PEN -- Exploring written responses as a tools for going deeper with your personal practices. Written journaling helps you reflect and excavate. We will journal together, archive, document, and record our experiences using the cards (and other systems) as guides.
3. PAINT -- Yup! That one is likely self explanatory, but in short, we will use paint (of all kinds) to interpret our connection to the cards and the messages they guide us to.

 

You probably guessed it... I'll be teaching in the Paint category, but might also be doing a bit in the Pull section as well.

I haven't fully decided what it is that I will be teaching, but i've got some really fun ideas so far!

I would seriously love to see you in class!

 

$111

(price goes up to $122 on January 1, 2018.)

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Happy Super Full Moon! I am giving away an art print!

Happy Full Super Moon!

 
 

I have officially been living in the desert for a month and half now. 

I found a really beautiful badass off-grid cob house on 10 acres of land in the high desert that I have been renting. And it's been a dream come true. 

The sunsets are breathtaking and the mountains are just beautiful.

I found the home in what is called a pygmy forest, so I'm surrounded by pine trees, junipers, cactus, yucca, and all sorts of other beautiful plants I need to get to know.

I really should have updated the blog more, but so much has happened! You know how moving goes...

I'm finally feeling a bit more myself, so I thought I'd share a few photos and a a quick update about the move..

I did post live updates as the move was taking place.. because lets just say, it did NOT go smoothly, and I was in need of constant emotional support.

Here is a quick recap in case you missed it on instagram.. We severely underestimated the time it would take us to pack and clean the cabin. Which was frustrating as it not only caused us to be 12 hours behind schedule, but we lost precious sleep and ended up beginning our journey after staying awake through the entire night.

Things went along pretty smoothly until around 12am when we had two tires fall off our truck while we were driving on the highway towing our trailer. It was an extremely stressful and expensive event. After spending the night in a parking lot we took our truck into a shop and were able to figure out a temporary fix to get us back on the road, (we were only 5 hours away from our new place at the time.) 

While on the road again, and only 45 minutes from our final destination.... we had two flat tires on the trailer! Another stressful and scary event, this one almost caused a fire and the loss of all of our belongings. After spending the night in a hotel and getting 4 new tires on Stella, we finally made it into our new home about 3 days after we had initially planned. And then I swear I slept for 3 weeks straight. 

But I'm feeling earth-side again, and things are beginning to find their rhythm and place here. The animals are happy in the new house, and for the first time ever I am actually thinking about buying and staying in one place. (Minus lots of traveling in Stella once we finish her up!)

I will be posting more photos of the home soon. I am not at all as unpacked and decorated as I would like to be. But I wanted to show you the new artwork that I have listed in my shop! 

It's been a while since I have updated my shop with new art! Some of these are from the summer, and some were inspired by last inktober, which I sadly did not finish due the stress of the move.

All prints are currently listed in my etsy shop!

(Please note the last day to order prints (and decks) will be December 19th. )

Happy Full Moon! 

To celebrate the Full Super Moon I am giving away an art print of your choice this month on instagram! The winner will be able to choose any art print under 8x11 inches from my shop. 

Art Print Giveaway | Tree Talker Art

I will choose the winner next New Moon. International entries are welcome, and instagram is the best place to enter! 

I am also offering Full Moon readings on instagram for the full moon tonight! 

I've been meaning to do this for quite some time as well... and it looks like tonight is the night for many things. 

Head over to my instagram to take part in my first Full Moon Reading with the Untamed Truth Oracle Deck!  I will be posting the reveal and the reading tomorrow evening. 

I'll be checking back in soon. I've got some exciting news to share with you soon! 

 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

The Changes in The Air

Autumn is in the air here in the mountains. The leaves are changing colors again, and the breeze gets cooler everyday. 

The leaves in the trees are beginning to change their colors and dry out. Their song will soon change to that of a rattle as the trees slowly loose their leaves and become bones.

I can feel change stirring in my own bones as well.. My time in this cabin is almost up.

A few weeks ago, I informed my landlords that I will be moving out this fall. Next month to be exact.

I always seem to move in the autumn months. I think it's when my soul feels called towards big moves and drastic change.

I really am having mixed feelings about leaving this beautiful little cabin in the woods.

Life in the Woods | tree Talker Art

I have lived here for two years now. I had intentionally only wanted to stay one.. but can you blame me? Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful up here.. it has been soul-changing.

Snow Cabin in the Woods | Tree Talker Art

During my first winter up here, I did begin to feel promptings of where I was headed next. I saw glimpses of my new home and surroundings often as I looked out the window at the snow. 

Maybe it was my mind's way of getting me through those harsh winters and keeping me sane.. feeding me visions of sunny skies and warm earth. I won't lie, these winters were extreme. My imagination was a place I visited often.. but I do feel there was something more to those visions. Somewhere something was gently pulling my hair and whispering me directions on where to go next.

After the first winter, I decided to stay for one more. I don't scare easily, and I wasn't about to run away from the snow after only one experience. And I'm glad I stayed. Sterling moved out last fall, and I manned this cabin and the snow on my own for several months. He moved back in last March. And yes, he and all the animals are moving with me to our new dream location.

Wintery Cabin | Cabin Life | Tree Talker Art

I knew that last winter was my last, and that this fall, I would be packing up my belongings and revisiting my warm memories to find that new home. I'm obviously heading somewhere south.. (can't go much higher from where I am now!) and I'm choosing a new state to live in.

I am counting on and hoping for some snow wherever I end up going. As well as a beautiful mountainous region with lots of sun in the summer. And of course, a location far far away from cities and people.

I don't think I will ever be able to live in a city again. I may not end up in a cabin in the woods at my next place, but I am convinced my next place will be just as cozy, beautiful and inspiring.

Downstairs Art Studio | Tree Talker Art
Leaving the mountain | Tree Talker Art

So, I am officially out of here mid October. I will be trying to blog some more photos as I go. And of course keep you updated to where I am headed.

I have a lot on my plate this month... (Sorry if I don't get back to you right away!)

I'm doing some super-secret-exciting work for Spirit de la Lune that I can't wait to show you,

I am shipping the Untamed Truth Oracle decks next week..

all on top of packing, organizing and donating/selling my belongings..

Not to mention Inktober is coming up!

 

(I honestly feel like I am missing some very important things on this list. If you know anything I'm missing.. tell me.) ((Seriously))

Stella The AirStream Excella | Tree Talker Art

We were not able to finish the airstream this Summer... But I am still selling and donating all of my furniture and many of my belongings.

We are going to turn Stella into a temporary moving van. We are at the perfect point in her restoration to seal her up and use her empty shell as a moving trailer.

We will have to put her renovations on hold until next Sring. I was pretty sad about this, but ultimately it feels like the right decision.

I am positive the snow this year would crush her the same way Ruby was crushed. 

Time to Start a New Adventure | Tree Talker Art

The adventure is just beginning..

And an adventure it will be.. because I'm really not sure how i'm going to pull all of this off. There is A LOT to do, and a lot of money and time that needs to appear to land this.

But it feels like the right decision.

The day I made the decision, I got a beautiful package from my soul-sistar Natasha (The Art of a Happy Heart) which included this notebook and a little "adventure" charm. 

It was a good sign, and I immediately began writing my to-do lists down.  

Wish me luck. I will keep you updated!

Especially on instagram for now.

 

 

 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

A Glimpse of the Untamed Truth Oracle Shine

Check this out.

My printer has taken photos and videos of the final deck for me and I'm mildly freaking out. Everything turned out so perfect! The foil printing on the deck and the box look so magical. Check out this amazing video of the final product.

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Everything will fit together so nicely in the box! 

Untamed Truth Oracle Set | Tree Talker Art

The decks are going to be in the mail and on their way to me this week. And then I will begin shipping out all of the pre-orders! 

The first 50 orders receive a crystal intuitively picked by me, for you! After the first 50 decks are sent out, I will be gifting crystals with the decks at "random." Meaning, I will feel into each order and send along what may be calling to you.

If you haven't purchased the deck already, they are still available and will be shipping shortly!

 

Still taking Pre-Sales!

 

I have poured so much of my heart and soul into this deck, and I can not wait for you to enjoy it as well! Each set is blessed and bathed in Reiki before going out to you so you will be able to FEEL the magic behind each deck. 

Once the decks are all sent out, I will be offering monthly readings on the blog and instagram. I'm trying to decide if I will do Full Moon readings, or New Moon readings. Which would you prefer? 

Thank you so much for your support throughout this journey. Creating decks is such a magical experience, and I would NOT be able to do it without the support of my online friends. 

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

 
Untamed Truth Oracle Cards | Tree Talker Art
 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

Untamed Truth Oracle deck Pre-orders are open!!

It's Finally Here!!

Untamed Truth Oracle Deck | Tree Talker Art

My prototype deck finally made it to me, and pre-sales are now open!! 

I am not going to lie.. this is a very fun and energetic deck! It did not want to be put down as soon as it was in my hands! 

I have been working closely with my printers, and the final deck is going to be amazing. I'm using the same printers that we use for Spirit de la Lune. Your deck will be on 360 gsm gloss cardstock, with foil printing on the box and the guidebook!

The first 50 sales will include a special crystal from me to you! 

Untamed Truth Oracle

The Untamed Truth Oracle consists of 40 oracle cards originally hand painted using watercolor, colored pencil and pen, depicting the major energies and archetypes commonly found in cartomancy. Bright colors paired with symbology unlock your intuition and spark your instincts.

The 90 page guidebook included in the set offers an explanation of each card, as well as how to apply it. The guidebook also features foil printing on the cover! You will also receive a downloadable PDF of the guidebook with your purchase.

The deck and book fit together nicely in a beautiful colorful box that will also feature foil printing! (Not yet pictured.)

*This deck does contain a few explicit words and cards.. I believe that blunt honesty is just what the soul might need.. but don't  afraid! This is a very fun and vibrant deck packed full of positive energy and love!

***please note, these are preorders! The decks are set to ship this September after our friend Mercury is no longer retrograde. ***

$45.00 (Plus Shipping)

Find out your shipping cost here

 
Untamed Truth Oracle Cards
 

Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.

The Summer Sun

Walking in the Woods | Tree Talker

I'm so thankful for this summer sun.. beating down on me, kissing my shoulders, leaving trails of freckles.

I've never been one to tan. I get gifted freckles every summer instead. 

It's been a busy summer. As most summers typically are.

Instead of collecting and chopping firewood, this year we are working on building Stella, and I am working on my deck. (I'm sending the design off to the printer this week!!!)

It's never healthy to stay inside and work, so I take little walks with the dogs every day.

 

I wanted to share some glimpses of the summer up here, since it will most likely be my last.

The majority of my photos are on instagram, but these one haven't been shared there quite yet.

 
Summer Sun | Tree Talker Art
 

The cabin can get hot up here. Being this high elevation makes for very cold winters and very hot summers. It took a bit of getting used to, but life without an AC isn't so bad once you learn a few tricks.

During the winter months, I took Vitamin D supplements at night to help stave off the seasonal side of depression. But in the summer, the sun is back and always ready to offer therapy.

Living on this mountain, so close to nature and her cycles and seasons has been beautiful and life changing. I have so much more appreciation for the normally-unnoticed gifts nature has to offer. There is so much more to experience out there than the 5 senses can show us.

The subtle smells and whispers that creep in with the wind.. the breeze that mixes with the trees.. and the songs of constant transformation heard from the woods.

The trees in the spring truly do sing after awakening from the eerie silent slumber of winter. The trees in autumn cackle and clatter after enjoying their time in the blessed summer sun.

It may not be a new appreciation but it's much deeper now.

Stella | Tree Talker Art

On the summer weekends when it's not too hot, we work on Stella. We've gotten quite far, and I have an update post on the way. 

There is so much to do here at the cabin during these summer months, it can feel overwhelming. 

Change is already in the air. I can already sense the autumn winds coming in. 

Unnerving and beautiful all at the same time.

 

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Rachael Caringella

I am an Artist, Mystic and Oracle. I have been creating since I was little, and am constantly working on something new in the studio. I also have a passion for illustration. I have illustrated a few children's books as well as some Tarot decks and Oracle decks. Aside from creating art, I am also a card reader. I specialize in Tarot and Crystal readings. I love all things mystic, and spiritual and I delight in the mixture of creation and intuition.