In With The New… (especially blue!)

Hello & Happy New Moon!

In with the New | New Moon in Leo | Lion Painting | Tree Talker Art

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!

Misty Trees and forest scenes | Tree talker art

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!

Quick Story-

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!

Misty Trees and forest scenes | Tree talker art

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!

Glow in the dark misty forest scenes ATC by rachael caringella | Tree talker art ATCS and originals

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…

Glow in the dark misty forest scenes by rachael caringella | Tree talker art ATCS and originals

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.

Glow in the dark misty forest scenes by rachael caringella | Tree talker art ATCS and originals

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!

Misty Trees and forest scenes | Tree talker art

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.

Pastel Forest Galaxy Scene | Tree Talker Art

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!

The Moonthly energy reading is live!

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!

SOLD!

SOLD!

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!

Untamed Truth Oracle cards and Spirit de la Lune cards | Tree Talker Art

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!

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.

New Moon in Gemini | New Opportunities Abound

Tree Talker Art | Luna Moth | Moon Phase Art Print

Happy New Moon!

The moon has always been dear to me... I’ve always been entranced by her beauty. It’s no wonder I feature the moon in so many of my paintings!

Maybe you remember… way back when… before I even moved to the cabin, I used to do weekly Lunar Reports.

After Marissa and I created Spirit de la Lune, I kind of fell out of the habit of posting them, but I kept on doing lunar astrology!

I’ve just been posting them over on Spirit de la Lune’s Blog!

But now that I’m getting back into regular blogging, I thought I would post a snippet of the report here and link you over to Spirit de la Lune if you are interested in reading up on the astrology for the month!

I’ll also be sharing and linking to our Full Moon Rituals as well!

New Moon in Gemini | Tree Talker Art | Spirit de la Lune

I’ve been learning and studying astrology since I was a child… but got very serious about it this year when we decided to create the 2020 Spirit de la Lune planner.

Aside from the art and design work, I volunteered to write the astrology for the year. What a daunting task it has been… but It made me want to share more of it here on my main blog!

I absolutely love that I get to combine my passions for my work. And I;m thankful I’m finally beginning to feel better enough to blog regularly again.

And in this case… share some of my other regular posts with you, more… regularly.

Anyways… Happy New Moon and here’s to New beginnings and abundant possibilities.

 
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New Moon in Gemini | Tree Talker Art | Spirit de la Lune
 

A New Moon is a time of new beginnings and starting a brand new chapter for the moon cycle ahead. This is a great time for setting intentions, and the curious and expansive sign of Gemini can help you think of just how to convey your intention and get your message across or fully commit to a new routine.

New Moon energy is also the perfect time for clearing or cleansing your home, crystals, decks and even yourself of any old habits or energy that might be blocking you from reaching your goals! Use this time to call in what you are wanting to create in the future.

 
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New Moon in Gemini | Tree Talker Art | Spirit de la Lune

Spring is in full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere. Birds are chirping and flowers bloom while the bees are buzzing all around, collecting pollen for their honey. We are beginning to notice the growth blooming around us and how it is all connected.

Connection seems to be an important subject this month. The New Moon wants us to socialize and connect with others like us, and the Honey Moon reminds us of the Hive and to help others and be open to receiving help ourselves.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help this month, and allow others to open the door for you or give you the tools and resources you might need to achieve your goals!

 
New Moon in Gemini | Tree Talker Art | Spirit de la Lune
 

Head over to Spirit de la Lune’s blog to read the rest!

Also… before I go, Spirit de la Lune and Untamed Truth Oracle will be for sale again shortly! I will be opening pre-orders in a day or two so that we can all get the decks a bit faster….

Happy New Moon! What are you doing to celebrate or honor this New Moon in Gemini?

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.

Signs Of Spring

My goal to blog more hasn't been too successful it seems. March was a really cold and really busy month, and April has been too! I've had a to-do list for the last 4 years that I've finally been able to finish! I'm so amazed I don't even know what to do with myself. 

I'm hoping this will open more time up for photography, writing, blogging and painting again, but I always seem to hop onto another project once I finish one. 

Spirit de la Lune

Spirit de la Lune is finally out in the world!

This one has been a major task on my to-do list.. and the more I check things off there, the more I realize the list for Spirit de la Lune is never ending!

Spirit de la Lune has become a second job of mine over these last few years and I'm loving it all so much.

 March was a big month for Spirit de la Lune,not only did all of the web design and photos need to get done, but  we also shipped over 200 decks out in March alone! (Possibly more, it was kind of a blur.) 

My entire cabin was filled with boxes, stardust and crinkle paper. It looked like a party took place. In fact we were up until 4 in the morning shipping orders one of those days! I had Marissa on stand by because it wasn't an easy process, and she was a pro from shipping the orders the month before. (My favorite part of the shipping process is sprinkling the stardust into each order. I also give each box a little blessing and seal it with some Reiki)

Spirit de la Lune now has it's own website and blog devoted to the Moon and all her phases. Go check out the post about tonight's full moon here! 

Spirit de la Lune has such a special place in my heart. I absolutely love working on anything to do with it, and feel like I lucked out by getting the best business partner/ Moon-Baby Mamma ever. The deck is constantly surprising me, and every day I'm thankful Marissa had such a brilliant idea, and allowed me to help bring it to life. 

Spirit de la Lune | Super Moon and Strength

We are finally seeing spring here at the cabin!

I can look out the window and see color again! My artist heart is so happy to see more shades of green and blue! I can't wait to see more colors explode outside my window! 

With spring comes warmer weather and more daylight... which means it's almost time to begin working on the trailer again! This winter was SO hard.. I wanted to work on Ruby so badly, but we just couldn't. There was just way too much snow this year.

So instead we designed and planned from the warmth of our cabin. I think I've finally got the plans for the bathroom finalized, the bathroom even includes a hidden compartment for a litter box!

We went to take some measurements last Saturday to begin out first #MobileMansionRebuild of the year, but were greeted with a sad sight. The wind had knocked poor Ruby off her mount.. She was blown into a big barbed wire fence, being just a shell of a trailer she was very light.

There is a huge dent in the wall, a badly damaged beam, and the tongue of the trailer is bent beyond repair. It was a pretty disheartening setback. But we grabbed a jack (actually 2, because we broke one) and propped her back up and told her we would be back as soon as we could. 

I'm seriously SO excited to start working on her again. We got permission from Sterling's old shop to use the lot on Saturdays, as well as some of the tools we might need. But we will need to buy our own buffer soon if we want to polish her. (We do.) And we will need our own rivet gun if we want to fix anything and add anything to it. 

Sometimes it's so incredibly overwhelming to look all that we need to do before she is even street legal, let alone ready to live in. But, the excitement of getting rid of all of my processions and moving into a trailer keeps me going. 

Our goal is to have her ready for cabinets and wood working early this Fall. The cabinet shop is only 10 minutes from our house, so it will be exciting to have Ruby even closer to us! We are hoping that next Winter she will be mostly finished and at the cabin with us so that we can do the final touches before we move. 

It feels nice to check big things off of a to-do lis. These last few months of hard work and dedication have paid off. I feel more clarity now that my big projects have been checked off. Now it's time to work on the things that have been on the back burner for too long! 

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.