Art Journaling - Creating Habits and Seeing Progress

I've officially spent the last year working mainly with watercolor and colored pencil. This feels like a big deal, because I always thought I was going to work with acrylics.

I feel like it's given me a lot more freedom. Instead of changing into my painting clothes and setting up my pallets, I have just been working on the floor or wherever it's easier. I have given up the notion of things needing to be perfect, and so I started to focus on expressing myself instead. 

Much of my art making has turned into art-journaling.

Having that freedom to just express has helped me create when I feel like creating. For no reason at all other than to express myself. It's been fun to watch my progress over this last year as I've filled sketch book after sketchbook.

Uncovering Symbols and Stories Art Journaling | Tree Talker ARt

Last January is when I really started art journaling. I started the year off with a broken finger, and pretty bad depression. 

I had no idea what Winter's depression really had for me in the coming months, but I'm thankful I taped my broken finger into the pencil-holding position and kept going. 

I sometimes just scribble colors, words or symbols. Sometimes I hide my poetry or my thoughts behind the faces.


Sometimes I share my pages on Instagram, and sometimes I even list them for sale in my shop. Sometimes I keep them hidden all to myself.

I did list 8 new pieces today.

I feel like this is one of my most "emotional" batches that I've ever listed.. so it feels a little bit vulnerable to share them. 

Art Journaling With Rachael Caringella of Tree Talker Art

You can view them in better detail in the shop.


One of the most important parts of my day is sitting on my floor creating art in my art journals... so I'm very excited to announce that I've been asked to be a part of Pull - Pen - Paint!

Pull - Pen - Paint

Journaling with Tarot and Oracle Cards


This is a month long art journaling class using Tarot and Oracle cards. Doesn't that sound amazing?

I will be teaching and sharing a class called "Unearthing Stories and Symbols From the Soul."

We are going to get to combine tarot and oracle readings with art journaling, and I get to share part of my process! 

I'm so excited that I get to combine my two passions. I hope you will join me in class!! 

I will be back next week to give away two seats in the class, as well as some more details about the class I'll be teaching! 

Have a Happy Lunar New Year! 

p.s. did you know I do monthly lunar reports over at Spirit de la Lune?

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.