Friday, March 25, 2022

Fast and Fancy Fairy Earrings

Hey ho! Guess who actually made something today? ME! 

I've been messing around with resin and made a bunch of cabochons. They weren't perfect, containing plenty of bubbles, but I thought they were pretty nonetheless. Plus they fit perfectly into some brassy frame bezels in my stash.

I cut out some Fae Wings, poked a little hole in them and attached them with brass jump rings. A tiny Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metal Adornments Key was the final little touch.

I affixed earring posts to the back of the brass frames and voila!

They are imperfect but delightful.

Hope you're well, my lovely friends.


Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Art Walk Alchemy 2022 Winner!

Thanks to all who entered the Art Walk Giveaway, I wish I could give you all a place! Alas, I can only give one spot. Congrats Kandy Carma! I hope you have so much creative fun this year!

If you'd like to join the fun, you can sign up for a fun-filled year of creativity HERE.

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Art Walk Alchemy Giveaway 2022

Even though the winter holiday is almost over, I have one gift left to give! I am giving away one seat to Art Walk Alchemy 2022.

Art Walk Alchemy is a year full of great art workshopping with international instructors. Come join me! To enter, EMAIL YOUR ANSWER to the question below no later than January 4th at midnight. My email address is: [email protected]

I’ll draw the winner on the 5th and post it here.
The question: What is the animal totem for Mystic Spring Studios? Find the answer by clicking on this link:

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween with Bonus Pocket Cryptid Content

How long has it been since I shared a tutorial or download? For-flipping-ever, that's how long!

I wanted to make a little something for Halloween and came up with these little cryptid matchboxes.

I kinda love them. I hope you do too because I've got everything you'll need to make your own!

The worksheet! You'll need to download the full-size image, not the smaller preview. Print this on cardstock rather than regular printer paper for best results.

If you have a Cricut HERE is the project link which has both the print-and-cut image file and match-box cut and score file. (Note: You CAN fit four match-boxes on one 12" sheet. That project file can be found HERE.)

NOTE: If, for some reason the project files are refusing to link (shakes fist angrily), just search for "Nichola Battilana" on the Cricut Workspace, click on my profile, and you should find them. FOR WHY IS THIS SO DIFFICULT, CRICUT??!!!

Once you've got your file of choice sorted, pop over to the youtube tutorial for how to put all that stuff together to make your own little pocket cryptids.


That's it spooky friends. Now go make something creepy and make me proud!

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Miniature Candle Eye Candy


How are you? You doing ok? Holding up? I've missed you!

Yeah, I know. I've been absent. Don't worry, I've been ok. Just haven't felt much like making or interacting with the world very much. Know what I mean?

However, the past couple of weeks I've been smacked upside the head with the productivity fairy (totally real thing) and have been making a literal shit ton of miniature spell and saintly candles.

I spent wayyyy too long designing packaging for these but it felt pretty darn good to put my Cricut to use and I totally think the time/effort was worth it.

The saintly candles have coordinating laminated prayer cards. How flipping cute, right?!

I've also made a whack of spell candles.

Instead of prayer cards they'll come with tiny magical books. They don't open, which is sort of a bummer, but I figured for a nice little added bonus they're just fine.

There's something seriously satisfying about seeing the a whole bunch of these all gathered up together.

There are sets of 9 Saint and 9 Spell candles listed on etsy right now. They're really, really flipping cool. if I do say so myself. The individual candles will be listed next week after I give my eyes a break... and holy cow, do they need the rest.

Take good care of yourself, you lovely weirdo.

P.S. I'm going to try really hard to get you a project and tutorial for Halloween. It's been far too long. xo

Thursday, July 01, 2021

Palmistry Hand

I've been an instructor with Mystic Spring Studio's, Art Walk Alchemy, for a couple of years now (and will again in 2022! Yay!). If you're unfamiliar, it's a pretty sweet deal: 24 in-depth projects offered over the course of a year. There's always such a great array of projects. The latest to be released is an amazing palmistry/altered hand-model project, taught by Zera Derrig. I did the class and I'm so happy with my results.

I mean come on... how cool??!!!

As soon as I saw this project I kind of wanted to make 100's of palmisty hands, but I restrained myself (shock of shocks) and only bought a pair to paint. This is the first one I finished and I can't wait to add it to my collection of palmistry hands and phrenology heads.

Note: I bought the unfinished hands from amazon, but the specific listing I purchased is currently sold out.

If you'd like to join in this years fun you can follow THIS LINK to sign up. You'll have access to all of the projects already released this year and all of those yet to come.

Or you could just BASK IN THE GLORY OF MY SUPER COOL HAND!!!!!!!

Hope you're well and taking good care of yourself. Please be kind to you. Have an extra cookie if you want.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Lemonade and Tarot Freebies

So, there was a mishap with my printer.

As a result I have a huge stack of mini tarot sheets that are printed on the wrong card stock. There's nothing particularly wrong with them, they just don't meet my usual paper nerd standards. What to do?!

I've bundled these up into packages of 12 sheets and selling them with full disclosure that they are perfectly fine but not nearly as nice as my usual decks. 12 sheet for $12 including US/Canada shipping. Not a bad deal, and it's listed HERE.

Someone asked if these were suitable for use in resin and so I did a little test and they seem to hold up just fine.

Someone else suggested that the little cards would be great for journaling or keeping record of your tarot readings/journey.

I started to work on a layout and it occurred to me that some printable worksheets would be super freaking handy. And then I got carried away (as you do) and made 4 separate sheets.

I don't know about you but I use different spreads in my divination. Plus, variety is the spice of life as they say!

Below you'll find worksheets for logging 5 Card, Past Present Future, Classic Celtic, and Horoscope/Zodiac Spreads. I've made these to fit my little miniature tarot cards (but I won't tell on you if you use them to log your big tarot readings). Clicking on the images below should take you to the pdf file for you to download.

Seriously, how pretty is this Zodiac spread?!?!

A few notes:

• I don't include card interpretations with the layouts or cards. There are a zillion resources and books available for that.

• The same spreads can have loads of variations/interpretations. The Celtic Spread I've used here is the one that I've always known and appears in my oldest tarot books. BUT that doesn't make it it exclusively correct, or right, or the only way. You do you, baby! If you're more comfortable with another interpretation, use it. Anyone who tells you "This is the only correct way..." is full of malarkey. Yeah, I said it. Malarkey.

• You are welcome to print these off, use them, have tarot parties or classes with them... I only ask that you don't sell them, don't alter them, and don't pass them off as your own. Or else. Seriously. It won't be pretty.

The lesson? When life (or your printer) hands you lemons, make the best of it, make some lemonade and go totally overboard and carried away doing something that distracts from the massive pile of laundry that needs to be folded.

Want some wee tarot cards? Here's what's currently in my shop:

Have a super day you lovely weirdo!