Hello & Happy New Moon!
Notice any changes around here? I’ve finally gotten around to updating and tweaking a few things on the website! I kinda realized I will most likely not have time to sit down and do a big ol’ website redesign… So instead I’ve been sitting down and doing some little tweaks here and there. And I’m quite pleased with how it’s starting to look. I’m loving all the cool blues I’ve felt drawn to lately!
I’ll still be making a few changes here and there… so you’ll have to tell me what you think in the comments and check back.
It’s much easier to do the website in small chunks than one big overhaul… It gave me lots of time to get some painting done!
The Untamed Truth Decks came in a week earlier than expected, so I was able to ship everyone else’s decks out a bit earlier than planned, but I still wanted to include an extra gift with some of the orders who were waiting the longest… I was thinking of different gifts I could send out and decided on painting up some mini paintings and ATCs!
Before I started doing my art for a living, I was really into swapbot. It gave me an excuse to send out fun mail and expect something fun in return. That was when I was introduced to artist trading cards and ACEOs. I found several ATC trading groups and eventually traded and built up quite a collection.
Eventually I had a lot of people telling me to open a shop on Etsy or build a website and charge for paintings, which I eventually did. I always wanted to be an artist, but just didn’t know how I guess… but once I was introduced to Etsy I eventually stopped checking into Swapbot… I didn’t realize how much I missed creating (and swapping) artist trading cards!
On my search for the perfect thing to send along with decks and prints, I found my old stash of blank ATC cards!
So I spent the week painting up some exclusive mini series to go with the decks! The series includes ATCs and Mini originals. The ATCs are standard trading card size (2.5x3.5) and the mini originals are slightly bigger. (4”x4”)
Painting misty trees and forest scenes is one of my favorite forms of therapy.
When I laid them all out to give them a final coat of fixative, I noticed that they looked like little pieces of one giant forest painting!
It reminded me of springtime at the cabin… My mountain was always weathery!
Seeing all the paintings like this was pretty inspiring… So as soon as I sent off all the decks and orders, I set aside the next week to get some more mini paintings and ATCS done!
I figured it would be nice to have some ATCS on hand in case anyone wanted to trade… (I am thinking of a way that I can set up a fun trade between friends soon!)
I also wanted to send out an exclusive series to my Patrons this next month! Even those on the 1$ tier will be getting one of the mini glow forest paintings in their mailbox for August as a thank you for the support and for sticking around! It’s been about a year since my Patreon has been live!
My patrons are the best. The readers of my private blog know my glow obsession well. I’ve been using it a lot have finally found a paint I like…
The glow in the dark paint I use is selfmade! And I LOVE it.
I bought some really high quality industrial grade glow powder and mixed it with a few different things to create a paint I’m finally happy with.
It glows a wonderful silver color for several hours with a good charge from light. Not the typical yellowish glow of most cheap paints! I’m in love.
I’ve used it a lot for clay and glow in the dark sculptures I’m working on. I’ve currently only shown these to my patrons… so I figured they deserve to see the paint in real life!
Once I was sure each patron had an ATC, I decided to use up the rest of my watercolor pad for some atcs for trade and some originals and mini originals to add to the shop.
It feels like it’s been a while since I painted a series… or added anything new to the shop really, so it felt like a good use of my week. Plus, I’ve missed painting galaxies and moody forests!
I asked over on instagram and facebook if I should offer prints of the larger ones, and if so, should they have a glow in the dark option? I got a yes to both, so if you choose the glow option, be aware I am delighted to be adding glow stars to your print… but it might take an extra few days to get to you.
It is worth it though. The glow is amazing.
I’ve actually been lugging around a few barely started paintings for the last couple of years because I didn’t like the glow paint I was using!
The moon paintings on my easel in these photos show that gross yellowish color from my original glow paint… and it really turned me off from even finishing them! (Sorry the pictures aren’t the best… I was originally taking photos of the cats using the clean studio as their battle arena.)
I’m excited to finally finish those moon paintings!
Of course, I’ll have to buy more glow powder first… Like I said, I’ve been using it for clay and other sculpting projects.
I’m also hoping to get some of the new larger forest scenes turned into tapestries and bedspreads this next month!
I haven’t found a bed spread I liked yet since I moved in, and it wasn’t until I painted the square forest that I realized I really wanted to sleep in the misty trees. Maybe its the fact that I’ve been slowly turning my bedroom style towards paynes gray and misty blues.
Speaking of styles shifting, I also really wanted to add some more pinks to the shop! After painting with so much gray and blue this weekend I decided to do a fun painting with some pastel colors.
A few deck orders also got a few mini cards and paintings with these pastel colors!
I love a good misty moody forest scene, but I can’t deny my love for pink and purple!
I also thought, it was pretty cool that the day all these paintings go up for sale is the day my bonus class is going live for Effy Wild’s course Book of Days!
For the lesson, I am actually showing a video on how to create a pastel galaxy scene very similar to this… but of course with a fun art journal twist.
You’ll have to check it out. I’m looking forward to being a guest teacher again next year!
I realize this post is getting a bit long… but before you go, head over to the Spirit de la Lune blog!
This New Moon in Leo is actually a Black Supermoon! It happens on the same day as Lammas… the sabbat that represents the turn of the wheel of the year… when the veil begins to thin. One day closer to Samhain! (Okay, I might be a little bit excited for autumn season!)
A black moon is similar to a blue moon… and like the blue moon, the definitions are a bit confusing. A black moon is typically seen as the fourth new moon in a season, (normally there are three) or when there are two new moons in one month, like what is happening this month!
A Supermoon means that the moon is closer to the Earth than normal and the lunar effects on the water, tides and our emotions are amplified even though we can't see her. This New Moon also marks the end of the Summer Eclipse season, helping us to integrate the major karmic lessons of the month prior.
This last month presented us with many opportunities to find lessons through the chaos, but thankfully much of that intense energy will settle as Mercury goes direct this week too!
Head over to the Spirit de la Lune blog to read more!
And don’t forget to check out the art in the shop! 3 of the paintings have sold already, but I’m planning on another mini series soon!
oh, AND both the Untamed Truth Oracle and Spirit de la Lune decks are now shipping… I’m doing the shipping for both decks right now, so if you want to buy them both, I’ll be able to refund any extra shipping costs and send them together!
Plus, this edition of the Spirit de la Lune deck features holographic rainbow foil like the Untamed Truth deck! It’s beautiful.
Happy New Moon!