Faeries & fantasy | Magic in the Making

Shooting Star Mushroom Ring Ink Painting by Rachael Caringella

In case you haven’t seen on Instagram… I had a busy October.

For the most part I was able to keep up with the Inktober challenge. Which to be honest, is a pretty huge achievement for me right now.

I’ve had tons going on over here, with Spirit de la Lune as well as preparing the cob house for Winter.

This year for Inktober, I chose a faery theme.

… and I love what came out of it. I have been wanting to sketch out and draw fairies and fantasy creatures for a long time now.

I usually keep them to myself in my art journals, so this was a great excuse to practice them all month long and then actually post them.

It’s been quite a while since I’ve checked in... Sorry about that. I do mean to write more. I swear. I’ve been reading some articles lately about the different ways that trauma changes and PTSD has been affecting me more than I’d like to admit… But, like I’ve been saying for years… I’m thankful for my art and art journaling. I’m also incredibly thankful for the understanding and accepting people I have in my life right now.

 
 

The Art Shop is Updated!

It took me a little while, but I’ve listed all 31 new prints in the shop, and turned some of them into print sets so you can buy them in packs at a discounted rate.

Right now, I am even having a sale in the shop!

I don’t usually like to celebrate black friday or Thanksgiving, but I haven’t had a sale in a while… and with all the new prints, I figured now would be the perfect time for a weekend sale.

I’ve got 20% off AND Free Shipping going on over at my shop until the 25th of November.

No coupon necessary… free shipping and 20% off will automatically be applied at checkout!

 
 

I had a lot of fun matching the prompts up with other prompts to create these sets. I really am such a nerd when it comes to Inktober... I buy myself a new pen set and a sketchbook each year. Though this year, I have so many leftover pages, I may keep up the fairy theme for next year’s inktober or another art challenge.

 
 

It took me a lot longer than expected to get everything scanned in and listed online this year… but in my defense, this is the first time I was able to finish Inktober in years, so I had 31 drawings to scan in and turn into pretty giclée prints along with all my other fun stuff.

I love inktober because it’s so inspiring for me… I’m excited to explore the crystal tree, red cap and jackalope ideas more! In fact, I’ve been teaching myself how to to needle felt and create fiber sculptures because the jackalope and caravulope creatures were so inspiring for me! (You can see the progress on my fiber sculptures over on my patreon!)

Luckily I will have more time to explore those ideas because we’ve finally finished the Spirit de la Lune Planner!

We just launched pre-sales, but I wanted to let you know over here as well because we are having a Black Friday sale for the planners right now!

The planners include such gorgeous soothing colors, fun and useful stickers, coloring pages and holographic printing! There are weekly lunar guides to help you stay connected to the lunar phases, info about crystals, astrology of the week and so much more!

Marissa and I had a lot of fun creating the planners and I can’t wait to use it next year!

Head over to Spirit de la Lune to read more!

I also have some more exciting news… I will be teaching a bonus lesson for Book of Days course 2019 with Effy Wild!

You have no idea how excited I am to be a part of her classes! I’ve admired her and her work for years and was actually feeling very timid about teaching with her that I initially turned it down!

I’m glad I changed my mind… The teacher line up looks amazing and I’m so honored to be teaching among such great artists this coming year.

I will be teaching one of my favorite art journaling techniques, I can’t wait to tell you more about it in the future!

Learn more about it here!


Tree Talker Art Desert Snow
Rachael Caringella Tree Talker Art

The winter season is creeping in slowly over here. This will be my second and final winter here in the desert. But I’m excited. There really is something special about the winter season. I’m looking forward to things slowing down a bit as I plan the year ahead.

I’m only planning on teaching one class this year and hopefully taking time to just make art and plan my next move.

If you are interested in keeping up with me, my patreon and instagram get updated the most!

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.

Hidden in the Details - A look into some of my newest work

I was originally hoping to have this posted on the Full Moon when I had my shop update- but I was slowed way down by a migraine on that day. Naturally I want to blame the eclipse or Mercury retrograde... but I'm probably a little late posting because I schedule most of my deadlines with the Full and New Moons. 

This is usually pretty beneficial because that's how I schedule my projects and deadlines with Spirit de la Lune, but paired with that AND the lunar energy, things can get a little overwhelming... I'm trying to make adjustments.

I was able to get my shop updated for the Eclipse, and I also got quite a bit of new work done this month!

And I got myself a new camera too! So I was able to photograph all of my new stuff as well as some of the older stuff that I finished up in June. I know that this post is a bit late, but I still wanted to post my newest work here.

Tree Talker Art Shop Update

I wanted to also go into a bit more detail about each painting over here real quick before I get started on all my August projects!

I talk about each painting in more depth over on my Patreon. That's where I show a lot more of the work in progress photos, (even more so than on instagram,) I even show paintings that never get seen any where else. I also give early access to my shop updates and get help naming paintings or brainstorming other ideas! It's a lot of fun over there... so I sometimes forget to check in over here. 

Here are some of my newest paintings... Click on the photo to see a larger version. Links to purchase will next to the image. 

Sol

I finished this one in June for the Solstice but sadly wasn't able to photograph it until recently. 

This one started because I got really sick of my paper falling apart when I painted on it. I work in many layers...  so this time I tried a layer of gesso on my mixed media paper and  experimented with some colors... and this is what formed. 

I named it Sol. It's a figurative representation of the Solstice. Though I definitely outed myself as big conspiracy theorist while trying to explain just what I was trying to convey with this one. but I'll save all that for patrons. ;) 

Click here for the Original & Prints

Done

This one was finished early July. Started off as a way of just putting some emotion down on paper. When I don't know what I'm feeling I like to paint it out or at least get some of the colors that I'm feeling down onto paper.

I posted this one without a title and after some input on instagram and patreon, we decided it was simply called "Done" since that's what everyone said she made them feel. I'll take it. 

I love a simple title with a  good complimentary color scheme.

This painting is available in the shop along with prints

 

Lunar Eclipse

I began this one kind of on a whim! The Lunar Eclipse was coming up and I had a day or so that I totally could have used to finish up this post...

but I decided to paint the Lunar Eclipse instead. We didn't get to see it here, but I was feeling the energy for sure... especially since the Solar Eclipse on the New Moon!

So, I decided to play with the Eclipse idea. It's been a while since I've done any stars and night time scenes, and the moon IS one of my favorite subjects, so I decided the blog could maybe wait. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out! The Original is sold, but there are prints available.

Laurel Tree

This one was an experiment with Gesso, gouache, and red and green complimentary colors.

I didn't use any blacks for this one. Instead I just kept mixing red and green for the dark tones I needed. 

I love the feel that that gave. 

I worked with her expression for days. Seriously I washed this one's face off and started over again many times. I wanted to give up several times, but I'm glad I didn't. 

I think I finally got her expression right. 

The original and prints are available.

Meretseger, She Who Loves Silence

This one was a lot of fun to get to know! I posted the transformation over on patreon... it went through some major changes! Some really ugly.

I got some help deciding on the name of this one too. I LOVED the input I got from everyone... but I ended up settling on "Meretseger" which was an idea from a close friend of mine. 

Meretseger was a powerful and feared Egyptian Serpent Goddess. It was believed she would strike down or inflict blindness, or cause a snake or scorpion bite to anyone who broke an oath, or committed a crime. So that's was pretty cool to find out after having painted and gotten to know the energy of this one! Read more about her here.
The Original Painting and Prints are for sale.

Misty Trees

This one was done as a meditation... I just wanted to kind of relax my mind and get lost in some misty trees.

I had another one like this that I worked on and posted on instagram that got several positive responses... BUT I didn't see them until AFTER I cut the painting up to use in a collage which I haven't really touched since. 

I really should have scanned it in first, but I also enjoyed creating this one on a bigger sheet, with some green tones.

Green can be a really tricky paint color to use, especially when you mix your own paint like I do! (It's even worse if you use it straight from the tube though!) 

The original and prints are available.

The Night Time Watchers

I've been missing my aspen friends from the cabin for a little while now! Aspens hold such magick for me. So I decided to paint some aspens. 

This one is rather small at 11x14 inches, but it inspired me to pick up a HUGE canvas so I can do a larger painting like it. 

This one was done with acrylics & alcohol, and water-soluble pencils on canvas. I love connecting with aspen trees and painting them is almost the same thing.

Original painting and prints are available.

 

 

Hidden In the Shadows

I posted this one to my patreon and asked if everyone could see the same face I saw... Then I got super busy and swept up in life that I didn't get a chance to finish it until recently.. but I love the way it turned out. 

This one was an intuitive acrylic abstract painting... I loved watching the face, hand with the flower and the little moth appear. I'm so in love with the process and how it turned out! I will definatley try for more like this in the future.

The original painting has been sold, but I am selling a few prints of this one. It was done on an old cabinet door, so it was a bit tricky to photograph for prints, but I think I figured it out. 

Photographing New Artwork | Tree Talker Art | Shop Update

Today I woke up bright and early today to re-photograph everything so I could get the highest quality prints possible. Photography day is a lot fun and sometimes requires me to string up lots of white curtains and wake up before the sun gets too bright.

I'm SO glad I retook the photos though! It was worth waking up early for. I was able to get the size and quality I needed for large prints... but the images in the shop and online still look great. Just not "printable" which is kinda the point. If you are interested in my process of photographing art, check out the tutorial I made!

Thank you SO much to those who purchased prints and originals from me for the shop update! I love sharing my work with everyone online, but it feels extra nice when I get to send it out physically! 

I have TONS of fun projects I'm up this August so I may not be able to do a shop update.  Join me on Patreon or follow me on instagram to see what I'm up to! 

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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.

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.