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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!

“why do you use crayola colored pencils and copy paper”

“why do you use ms paint and paint.net”

“why do you draw with a mouse and not a tablet”

“why don’t you use a good digital camera and not your laptop/camera phone”

“stop showing me a picture of an empty wallet”

Artistic Witchcraft Correspondences

Color:

Red – Anger, Passion, Rage, Desire, Excitement

Pink – Love, Innocence, Romantic, Playfulness, Soft, Feminine

Yellow – Joy, Happiness, Optimism, Idealism, Imagination, Hope, Sunshine

Orange – Humor, Energy, Balance, Warmth, Enthusiasm

Green – Healing, Healthy, Good Luck, Renewal, Youth, Fertility

Blue – Faith, Spirituality, Tranquility, Calm, Stability

Purple Or Violet – Royalty, Ceremony, Mystery, Enlightenment

Brown – Materialistic, Earth, Home, Comfort, Stability, Simplicity

Black – Sophistication, Formality, Elegance, Mystery

White – Reverence, Purity, Simplicity, Cleanliness, Peace, Innocence

Silver – Riches, Glamorous, Distinguished, Sleek, Elegant, High-tech

Gold – Precious, Riches, Extravagance, Warm, Wealth, Grandeur


Art Supplies:

Oil Paint: Time, Longevity, Flexibility

Linseed Oil (ingredient in oil paint and also used to thin it): Beauty, Healing, Money, Protection

Acrylic Paint: Speed

Watercolor: Wildness, Looseness, Movement

Pastel: Depending on the color

Oil Pastel: Depending on the color

Charcoal: Banishing, Healing, Fire, Stealth

Graphite: Communication

Ink: Wildness, Looseness, Formality

Scratchboard: Revelation, Aggressiveness

Clay: Grounding, Protection

Markers: Depending on the color

Printmaking: Chance, Revelation, Time, Patience


When creating an art piece it is important to consider these and your own associations, and of course what would work best with your idea. If you want to make use of color correspondences, consider using a color scheme based on color theory.

Complementary: Complementary or opposite colors from the color wheel - eg Violet and Yellow

Split Complementary: Three colors—the main color and colors from either side of its complement - eg Violet, Yellow Green and Yellow Orange

Triad: Three colors from equidistant points on the color wheel - eg Yellow Green, Red Orange and Blue Violet

Monochromatic: Different shades and depths of a single color

Analogous: The main color and the colors from either side of it on the color wheel - eg - purple, green, blue

Secondary: Green, purple and orange used together

Primary: Red, blue and yellow used together


These schemes help determine what colors work best together in an art piece. They are not the end all be all, and can be tinkered with to best reflect your intent and what you want your piece to look like. This basic part of color theory gives a starting point for your art.

Then Vs. Now

Things I didn’t know back then, but I do now:

  1. To draw hair is not to draw all the different strands of hair. Hair is ONE entity, to be drawn as one shape.
  2. If you don’t get the proportions in your basic drawing right, no matter what you do, your final output is going to be awful (see left.)
  3. Smudge sticks are your best friend, USE THEM MORE THAN YOU USE PENCILS!
  4. Cheeks have shapes too.
  5. Draw shadows, not objects.
  6. Use the darkest, softest pencil you can get your hands on.
  7. 70 GSM printer paper DOES NOT last.
  8. Use a camera which doesn’t add a red coloured time stamp to the picture.

Hopefully, I’ll keep learning more :)

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Artist/Craft Witch: Witches who put their magic into art, such as drawing, sculpting, painting, and creating. Magic is in everything they work hard physically and mentally to produce. They may worship artistic and creative deities. After all witchcraft would only be “witch” without the craft. I myself am an artist witch!

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Heres a lil video about my supplies for plein air drawing and painting! I hope it’s helpful!

How to draw without a pencil

It’s funny that more than half of the time that I spend drawing a portrait, I’m not even using a pencil. Smudge sticks are something I absolutely can’t live without. My portraits were transformed the day I discovered them.

I usually draw the initial outline of a portrait with a faint 4B pencil. I fill in details with a much softer (8B or 9B) pencil. Giving depth and drawing shadows is done entirely by using a smudge stick.

Check out this tiny video of me drawing an eye.

Smudge sticks are very inexpensive. I use Cretacolour sticks, though some people make their own, by rolling newspaper into a point. They have the same effect, just depends on what you’re comfortable with :)