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.
Red Cherry- Red or Light Pink
Pokeberry- Hot Pink
Red Rasberry- Medium Pink
Black Cherry- Pink/Purple
Black Rasberry- Light Purple
Huckleberry- Denim Blue
Buckthorn- Hunter Green
Black Walnut- Rich Brown
Avacado Pits- Red/Pink
Peach Pit- Black
Almond Shells- Black
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!
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
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.
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!
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 :)