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I’ve been struggling a bit lately with some chronic pain and anxiety but today I made the spontaneous decision to paint - which I haven’t properly done in over a year - and I am feeling so, so delightful. I haven’t felt this at ease in a long time. I just put on some tunes and sat and made art and my heart feels so light. I feel okay. LOOK AT THE PASTEL COLOURS! I F*CKING LOVE PASTELS! I’ve never been a confident painter, but I was able to mask that by putting my doodling to use over it and I’m sooooo pleased with the result. (The one on the right - the left isn’t finished yet.) 

PAINTING IS TRICKY AND SO IS LIFE, BUT I GUESS THEY BOTH TURN OUT OKAY IN THE END!!

Homemade Inks

One of the many ways for us artsy witches to use the natural world in our practice is by making our own inks. The act of collecting ingredients, creating the ink, filling it with your energy and intent, and using it in your craft is truly magical! You can add some special touches to your Grimoire, draw sigils, add to potions, create fabulous works of art, or just replace your chemical filled paint with a non-toxic, eco-friendly alternative that is safe for your kids!

Here are some base materials you can use to make inks and the color they generally make. Obviously there’s some variation with the final color depending on the material itself (more or less ripe and the inherent color variation between selections for example) but this will give you a general idea. Also note that the color of some materials can change over a period of time.

Berries

  • Red Cherry- Red or Light Pink
  • Pokeberry- Hot Pink
  • Red Rasberry- Medium Pink
  • Black Cherry- Pink/Purple
  • Black Rasberry- Light Purple
  • Blackberry- Purple
  • Huckleberry- Denim Blue
  • Buckthorn- Hunter Green

Nuts

  • Black Walnut- Rich Brown
  • Avacado Pits- Red/Pink
  • Peach Pit- Black
  • Almond Shells- Black

Other Options

  • Coffee
  • Black Bean
  • Sumac
  • Spinach
  • Red Cabbage
  • Turmeric
  • Jicama
  • Onion Skin
  • Wild Grape
  • Goldenrod


Experiment! This list is no where near exhaustive and there’s tons of combinations to explore. I will be posting about my process for making inks and providing some examples soon so stay tuned!

when ache arrives
put it on paper
it is here to hurt your heart
use it to save your art — yesterday i was the moon (page # 101) by noor unnahar

tutorial for this entry is live on my channel