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Rachael Caringella Tree Talker Art Taos Artist Happy Fall

Hello and Happy October!

This is definitely my favorite time of the year… I’ve always been a little bit spooky… Back in 8th grade my parents took away my black shirts, black eyeliner and black lipstick, hoping that that would keep me becoming the spook that I became. Sorry to disappoint.

I was born in the Springtime… and I love all things flowery and everything that blossoms. I soak in all the goodness that comes with Spring time; but have a deep and profound love for the dark and dreary. The autumn season definitely gives permission for us all to embrace that side of ourselves. And, I think all women have a little bit of “witch” or Persephone energy in her… and speaking of goddesses….

October is one of my favorite months because of Inktober! It’s my 4th or 5th year participating. The theme I picked this year is “Goddesses.”

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So if you want to follow along on my inktober drawings and see daily goddesses this month, follow me on instagram!

For day one, I chose Selene. One of my favorite goddesses; Selene is the goddess of the Moon. Done in ink, but I added a touch of blues purples and yellow with watercolor.

Sadly, the book and paper I chose to use this year aren’t the most accepting of water based media… So we will see how this goes.

I’m working on the day two’s illustration now, but will post it on instagram later tonight.

I’m also planning a shop update for this Full Moon!

I have had some small art prints that I have been meaning to photograph and list in the online art shop for a few months but haven’t gotten the chance. I’m finally getting caught up now, but the shop update won’t be ready until October 13th.

I usually don’t offer such small prints in the sohp, but I wanted to make some of the art more affordable! The sizes range from 4x6-6x9 and will have shipping included! They will come signed! Or with a signature plate on the back. One of the papers I chose is a very beautiful matte finish, but it doesn’t hold pen ink very well, so those ones will include a little sticker with my signature. Here are few of the ones photographed so far.

Aside from the mini art prints, I am also introducing an entire new line of work! Another thing that was on the back burner for a few months while I was going through a bit of drama over the summer.

When I moved, I lost my Wheel of the Year tapestry! I really wanted a tapestry for my tarot reading and sacred space but didn’t see any that I liked…. SO I made my own!

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I actually drew 40-50 different things from crystals, bats, cats and moons, for this project cause I couldn’t decide just what I wanted… and now I have enough fun little elements saved that I can create several designs and make all sorts of things like tapestries, journals, mugs, blankets and even clothing!

Guess who found her tapestry the moment I scanned in the art… ha. I still considered it a positive thing that I lost it for so long… because now I really love the new designs and can’t wait to get them hung in my home!

Vintage Style Fortune Telling Sign Tarot Card Pouch by Rachael Caringella

The poor files were sitting on my desktop waiting to be turned into art almost all of July and September… but I’m just loving how everything is turning out now that I finally get to work on them.

Aside from wall hangings and tapestries for your sacred witchy space, I have some fun and very practical stuff planned when it comes to home good…. Like little zipper pouches for your tarot cards and crystals. And of course journals to help you keep track of your readings! I kept a tarot journal when I was first starting out. I still have it too, and often look back over the first few readings.

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SO, I will have a few designs ready for the Full Moon shop update... Each design comes in black and white, or white on black. Right now I’m focusing mostly on journals, tapestries and those fun zip pouches…

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But couldn’t help but want to see what some sweatshirts and other stuff would look like… So there might be a few other options that I will be adding and playing around with.

I’m working with Threadless mostly for this project and am still trying to figure out how to do everything over there… but so far, I’m loving the progress of this fun project and can’t wait to order stuff for myself!

And for anyone who isn’t exactly interested in the psychic reader signs or that style… I do plan on having a few other designs from my other artwork turned into some other fun things too.

I will be back with more details on the Full Moon this October 13th. If you are interested in getting mugs, pillows, journals, tapestries etc with any of my current art on itm that you haven’t seen yet, send me an email and I will work with you to get the design you are wanting!

I will also be back on the Full Moon to announce the winner of a giveaway …

I am SO excited to be teaching in Effy Wild’s Book of Days again… and I’m giving away a seat in the class!

“Book Of Days 2020 is a collaborative e-course hosted by Effy ‘Bird’ Wild that has been designed to take you on a deep dive into the world of mixed media art journaling. In the year that we’ll spend together, we will be gathering, like birds of a feather, to flock together around all the ways that working with journal art can enrich and enhance our lives. The lessons you’ll find in this e-course will be suitable for everyone from beginners to advanced journal artists. You will find the lessons thorough and comprehensive, and you will find yourself creating and maintaining a practice of meeting yourself on the page.

Every month, you will meet two new teachers, except in January, where you will meet three, and find a virtual ‘bird feeder’ absolutely bursting at the seams with seeds of inspiration. You will have access to prompts designed to be engaged in a written OR art journal, full length mixed media art journaling tutorials that include videos, instructional PDFs, interviews with the guest artists about their creative journey, process, and how they use art journaling, and lots of opportunities to grow, share, and feather your artist’s nest with beautiful, meaningful work.”

That’s 24 guest teachers and 32+ lessons! I am teaching in the month of March with my friend Shai Bearden! I’m so excited that we are teaching alongside each other this spring!!

Book of Days is $99 for the early bird special, after December 31st, the price goes up to $120.

Registration begins October 15th, and I will announce the winner of the giveaway on the 13th when the shop update goes live!!

In order to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment here on this blog post and tell me why you want to win. For an extra entry, share this photo on your social media platforms, then let me know that you did!

Happy October and Spooky Season friends!


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.

Finding Balance in Self- New Moon in Libra and Presales for the 2020 Planner

Hello again! I know it’s been a while since I’ve checked in here, or anywhere for that matter aside from posting memes. (Cause I gotta) September was a rough month in so many ways. I injured my thumb somehow and still haven’t been able to afford to get it x-rayed. So, I’ve had to push through and work with an injured thumb. Which has slowed down some progress on the paintings I posted about a little while ago.

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It's been an emotionally tough month as well. I broke up with my boyfriend at the beginning of this month. I won’t go into too many details here because honestly, I’m trying to just move forward and maintain my inner peace. I spent so much energy last month trying to explain my side and establish some kind of peace there… but have had to decide to just move forward and let it go.

A huge reminder of what feels like a major lesson of 2019 has been… Sometimes it’s not that people don’t want to hear or understand you… it’s that they simply can’t.

I actually had a bit of a personal breakthrough this Summer in regards to that. So many of my core fears revolved around what others thought of me. Past abuse has kind of kept me in a state of always feeling the need to fix myself, or explain myself. A desperate need to be understood. This need kept me in toxic relationships because I felt if I could just explain myself, maybe they would treat me better. If I could just give MORE understanding, maybe they would give me that too. It kept me from seeing the wrongs of others because I was so focused on what I was doing wrong, what more I could give or empathize, in hopes that I too would be understood.

This year, I realized, that I’ve really been the only one putting in that work.

I’ve been working all summer to just give up the need to care what others think and the need to explain myself to those who continually misunderstand me. To no fault of their own. There are different levels of perception out there and no matter what I say, there will always be others that just won’t get it.

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Honestly, people are going to think what they are going to think, and no amount of action we do, no matter how much we bend over backwards and change ourselves so someone can understand us, people tend to only understand us as deeply as they understand themselves.And many people don’t understand themselves that well.

If people want to understand my side, they will seek it out and ask it. If it’s for them, they will be able to understand it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not giving up communicating in relationships or anything, I just have a new understanding that those who continually seek to argue with and misunderstand me, or make assumptions about my moods or motives probably won’t understand anything I have to say anyways.

Giving up this need to feel understood has been hard work, but it’s felt like a breath of fresh air. It’s definitely been a core belief that I’ve carried around for years, so it has felt weird to give up, but it does give me a sense of peace and solace for the future. Those who are for me, WILL see me, they will understand me.


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Lots of fun big lessons this year huh. Anyone who’s been paying attention to Astrology this year is probably feeling just as tired yet “ready” as I am. The Eclipses this last July really shook up what wasn’t working in our lives so we could either fix it or get rid of it. September has been all about integrating these changes and setting them in stone for the months ahead.

Tonight’s New Moon in Libra has a focus on relationships and restoring balance in some way… or at least feeling a sense of closure or ease when it comes to partnerships and relationships. Saturn just went direct, and so we are slowly feeling some more clarity towards some of the bigger aspects in our lives. Projects or goals that seemed hard are either getting easier, or we are seeing the opportunities we weren’t seeing earlier. October is going to shake things up again with relationships when Pluto goes direct and Venus enters Scorpio. And the last couple months of this year are going to be pretty big too. Eclipse season starts again in December… leading up to the big Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto Conjunction.

Read this New Moon’s Lunar Report over at Spirit de la Lune!

I also wrote the astrology for 2020 in the Spirit de la Lune Planner this year. It’s gonna be a great year full of even more opportunities for transformation and getting to know ourselves and others on a deeper level. More big lessons and reasons to pay attention to the cosmos and what’s going on within. Cause, as above so below. ;)

ALSO!! The 2020 planner is now for sale!! September was such an intense month! Not only have I been going through a break up with an injured thumb, Marissa and I been working SO hard on the new planners.

They are now available for presale!

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A planner for the mystics, witches, healers and creatives.

Aligned with the phases of the moon, infused with ritual, astrology and magick,

created to heighten your intuition, unleash your magick, and help you tune to the moon.


BUY NOW!

The first 100 orders will include our intention setting kit! This is a pen and paper set I designed using reiki and sacred geometry to help infuse some extra magic into your intentions rituals or day to day to-do list! The kit also includes 5 pages of stickers hand paintings by yours truly.

Spirit de la lune Tune to the Moon planner 2020

After the first 100 orders we will be selling the kits separately, but there is a special price for the combo so it will still be affordable.

Each planner comes with a bookmark to help you keep track of the dates.

The planner is packed with so much magick!

Weekly coloring pages, rituals, weekly astrology, moon charts, and weekly crystal guides featuring brand new crystal paintings this year and so much more.

We’ve put a lot of work into this… and there have been a few sleepless nights getting those crystals painted to perfection, but we couldn’t be more proud of the final product.

We have put so much work into this beauty and I hope everyone who uses it loves it and can feel the love we put into it.

I’m excited for October… I had to put a few of my other projects on hold while I finished up some of the graphics, but I am planning for a shop update this October. I have some mini are prints I would like to list as well as some new art prints and products I’ve been working on slowly.

Tree Talker Art Works in Progress

And hopefully I will be able to get back to my larger paintings.

I’m kinda really glad I made those wet pallets that I did! I was able to work on the paintings a bit here and there while the paint I had was drying up.

I’ve got so many projects and pieces that I’m finishing up so that I can share them with you this October!

I am hoping to finish the paintings that I’ve been working on soon. Now that the planner is done, I can actually answer their calls and find out what it is they need so they can feel “Finished.” (whatever that is.)

And I have a line of new printable stuff I want to put in the shop! (As well as list high quality giclee prints of the same art.)

I’m also really hoping to finally start selling things like bedspreads, pillows, mugs and other fun household items and decor.

Tree Talker Art Misty Forest Bedspread

I also have some leggins and dresses I’m hoping to get printed… more for myself, but I will totally list them for sale for everyone.

2020 is going to be an exciting year over here for sure! (I know, I peeked at the astrology.)

I will also be teaching new classes this 2020, which I will share more about on the next post. Hopefully next week.

All of this has kind of been on the back burner for a while now as I’ve been going through relationship drama and physical injury, but I have high hopes for October and the months to come.

Happy New Moon & Spooky Season!

Hopefully I can get my thumb working again so I can hold a pen for #inktober! Just kidding… you know me. (Remember that time I painted the Spirit de la Lune cards with a broken middle finger and a self made splint?)

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.

DIY Wet Palette: How to Keep your Acrylic Paint from Drying Out too Fast

Hello and Happy New Moon!

Sorry it’s been a little while since I’ve posted here… but I wanted to hop on real quick to wish you a happy new moon and share a quick tutorial with you!

I am probably going to be pretty busy this next month while we finish up the 2020 Spirit de la Lune planner. (Which is turning out wonderfully btw.) While I finish the planner, I have to put a few of my paintings on the back burner… which can be tough because I’ve recently getting back to working with acrylics!

(Here are some quick peeks into what I’ve been working on! For more detailed updates and photos join my private blog for as little as $1 a month!)

It's been a lot of fun getting back into acrylics!

I used to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with acrylic paint because it dried so quickly. I felt like I couldn't pick it back up if I had to run to do something else!

It was always a little disheartening. These last few years I've had to find a good balance with the paints I use. Oil dries a lot slower than acrylic… but I have too many pets walking around!

I don't want to be constantly picking hair and dust out while it dries... but then again an acrylic palette tended to dry up quickly, especially when living in the dry desert. That thought alone almost stopped me from picking up my acrylic paints this month until I remembered one of my favorite art hacks...

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A DIY Wet Palette!

Ever mix the perfect color of acrylic paint only to have most of it dry up before you got the chance to put it on your easel? This is such a simple way of keeping your paints fresh and lasting!

Acrylic mediums are great and can lengthen the life of the paint quite a bit, but a stay-wet palette will help keep even the cheapest acrylics wet for several days!

Definitely keep using an acrylic medium, but try out a wet pallet if you find your acrylic paint is drying before you can use it all.

Best part is, you probably already have all of these items in your kitchen already!

(I can’t believe I forgot about this fabulous art hack!)

You will need:

  • A shallow tupperware or similar container with a lid that seals.

  • Reusable bamboo or cloth towels, a Shammy towel, or a sponge. Paper towels work too, but reusable is best.

  • Wax cooking paper if you are in a pinch, but any piece of thin plastic or plexiglass can also work well.

  • Water spray bottle (Optional )


Putting it all together is super easy! First get your towel pretty wet.
(Not dripping wet, but not fully wrung out either.)

Lay your towel down on the bottom of the tupperware container as flat as possible.

Place a sheet of plastic or wax paper over the top for your paint to go on.

*If you mix your paints with a palette knife like I do, you will want to be careful with the wax paper or double up and do two layers of paper.

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*I would definitely try to use white towels and clear or white plastic/plexiglass/wax paper so that you can always see what colors are being mixed best.

*Remember to change your towel or cloth every so often… Moisture sitting for too long can turn into mold at the bottom of the container

That’s it!

Anytime you need to walk away from your painting to work on other projects or head to bed, put the lid on the palette! The moisture inside the container should keep your palette humid enough to keep the paints from drying out.

Every so often I mist my palette with a spray bottle full of water. You can gently lift the paper up (depending on how thick your paint is) and spritz the towel every so often to keep it damp. You can also mist the lid before putting the lid on.

Shallow containers work best and are easiest to hold if you hold your palette while painting. Ones that have seperate compartments are great too if you are wanting to keep black separate from your color palette.

It’s been a few days since I’ve worked on the fox painting… but my paints are still wet and ready for when I get back!

Even the cheapest acrylic paints will stay wet in one of these guys.

In fact, I’ve had some paint stay wet up to a week!

I hope this little tip is helpful to any other painters out there!

You can totally buy something similar at an art store… but I’m all about reusing plastics!

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Happy New Moon in Virgo!

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Like I mentioned before, the 2020 planner is almost finished… it’s quite lovely so far, but we are having some trouble deciding on the cover design!

We would love your opinion! Each person who answers the two question survey will be entered to win the planner giveaway! (Fill out the survey here.)

Head over to the Spirit de la Lune blog to read the Moonthly Lunar Report for the month of September!

xx

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.