Monday, October 26, 2020

The Diviner's Table

It feels like an age since I posted a tutorial (probably because it has been). I thought that a Halloween surprise might be nice, so I created a little Diviner's Table and have a tutorial for the red pillar candles and incense.

While a tutorial is all about teaching others, I learned a lot myself while putting this wee table together. I learned more about Baphomet, the goat figure on the glass novena candles. Baphomet is actually a pretty complex character with an interesting history. I also experimented with resin. See those bubbles in the crystal ball? Pretty much drove me insane trying to minimize them.

There were some happy discoveries too, like this impossibly small smudge stick! We had been making regular size smudge sticks from white buffalo sage in the garden and when I spied the little leaves and bits leftover, drying on a table, I had a eureka moment. Why not make a wee one? And it's my new favourite thing. You can even burn them!!! (If you're very careful of course.)

If you'd like to see how this little piece came together, you can find the video HERE.

And if you're looking for a list of supplies, here are all the bits used in making this piece:
• 3" small wooden round (or other size you prefer)
• 3" unfinished wooden candlestick
• black acrylic paint
• glue white/wood glue, and instant/crazy glue
• crayons
• thin wire
• tooth picks
• bead and bead cap
• florist wire

Optional extras:
• resin or real crystal ball/marble/large glass bead
• tiny gem chips
• watch crystal (paint back black for scrying mirror)
• sage leaf and thread for smudge stick
Tiny Tarot (the set of 22 Major Arcana used here, but full deck is available)

Important note: If you can't find one of the products I used, please do improvise! Don't you dare overpay for materials. Those candlesticks shouldn't be more than a couple of dollars and I just spied them online at a ridiculously inflated price. You should be able to find them in most craft shops.

Also, while the crystal ball in the pic was a bit bubbly, I did end up finding a different resin that gave me much better results. I was super happy with Resinate UltraCast. No affiliate link, and they didn't provide me product, but I was pleased with my results and thought I'd share if anyone else is having resin struggles.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Art Walk 2021 Giveaway

I cannot believe it's been over a month, A MONTH!!! since my last post. Cross my heart I've been working away, playing with resin, fiddling about, canning and preserving the last of our garden spoils. I've also got a big fat glorious project I can't share just yet... but I promise you're going to love.

I've mentioned that I'll be teaching with Art Walk Alchemy 2021 - "Enigmas and Curiosities". Super excited about that and I hope you'll join me. Right now they're doing a giveaway for a free registration, so why not tip your hat into the ring.

For your chance to win:

• Go to Mystic Spring Studios’ Facebook page HERE

• Add a Halloween project that you have created and tag me.

• Share the giveaway

That's it!

To find out more about Art Walk Alchemy 2021, click HERE

The giveaway ends on October 30 and the winner will be announced on Halloween!

Best of luck to you!