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Sigiling Selfies: How to Anti-Taglock Pictures of Yourself

So @dontusemycauldron mentioned this to me at some point, and it took a few days for it to really sink in. They told me how some people put sigils on their photos to prevent people from using them as taglocks for things like cursing. And I went, “well holy shit, that is fucking clever,” and proceeded to do it with every single one of my selfies I’ve posted to Tumblr. Not because I’m concerned, but I like to put faith in preventative measures. 

I decided I was going to show you guys how to do it - at least with SAI, because that’s the program I tend to use for art things now (and I can’t find a good crack of Photoshop anymore). However, any art or digital media program that makes use of layers and transparencies can be used for this technique.

First off, you want your sigils. I made two personal ones, and I also made two for Tumblr use. However, I’m going to recommend that you create your own sigils with your own statements of intent, if you can.

“This photo is bound from being used as a taglock.” 

“This photo is not successfully used as a taglock for cursing.”

Ideally, you want digital sigils with transparent backgrounds, so you can avoid as much visual disturbance to your picture - you don’t want people to see or know there is anything over top of it, right?

Anyway, now on to the (SAI) tutorial!

Open your selfie and your sigils; you can switch between them along the bottom of the SAI window. Copy and paste the sigils onto your picture. I do this by clicking on the sigil’s canvas, hitting Ctrl+A and then Ctrl+C, then selecting the canvas with the selfie and hitting Ctrl+V. I can show the screen commands, however, for those that aren’t so tech savvy:

The “paste” option is also in the “edit” menu, as you can see. When you’ve done that, your selfie should look something like this:

Well, you know, you won’t look like me…but your sigils will have pasted in the top left corner of your picture. And they’re very obviously visible. BUT fortunately we’re not done with it yet. 

Arrange your sigils over top of the face part of the selfie, however you want. I didn’t specify before, but the icon that looks like the cross with the arrows on each end (highlighted in blue here) :

…that’s the move tool; click on that, then on each separate layer, and you can move the layer around as you wish.) You definitely wanna do this before you change any of the transparency of the sigils, while you can still see them. Ultimately it doesn’t matter how you arrange them, just as long as they are on your face. Mine look like this:

It almost makes a heart shape, lol. So, those familar with SAI know where to look to see the layers. Mine were on the left-hand side by default, I know that is something you can change, however. They look like this:

On the bottom you can see the separate layers - your picture, and the sigils each on their own layer. Above that, you can see the “mode” and “opacity” tools. Those are the ones we care about.

Experiment with the mode if you want - it isn’t required, but it can help. I like to put mine on “overlay,” because it adds to the visualization of the sigils seeping into the picture and blending in to it. You need to click on each separate sigil layer to apply the mode. That makes it look like this:

And with that we’re almost done! Finally, just change each of the sigil layer’s opacity to 1% by clicking on the opacity bar and dragging it almost all the way down. You want them to not be at zero because they still need to be on the pictures and not “off,” but if you put them at any higher than 1%, you can still see them, and you definitely do not want people being able to see the sigils. Once you’re done that the selfie look like this:

Can you even tell there are sigils over top of that? There are. Four sigils, now, actually, lol. And this is how the layers look over on the side in SAI:

As you can see, the mode has been set to overlay on both, and they are both at 1% opacity. From there, save your picture (file, save as), feeling free to specify in the title that one has been magic’d. Then, you can upload them without any worry!

Of course, this can be done with sigils for other purposes - I just made this post with the intention of preventing selfies being used as taglocks, because that’s what I did to mine today. However, you can easily apply any sort of glamours to your selfies, if you desire. 

I hope this helps anyone, or inspires anyone! Let me know if you have any more questions, or if I wasn’t so clear about things! This is my first time making a tutorial for any art program, I dunno if I did any good… But, yeah, just let me know if you have more questions or anything! :)

color whomst?


a pathetic excuse to stare at that picture for 2 hours

Despite my terrible photoshop attempt to blend the two pictures together, I’m really proud of this image.

Genderfluid, she/her pronouns, my name is Megan and I may hate certain parts of my body sometimes but the day I discovered the word and the meaning of genderfluid was the day my life changed for the better.

I’d love to meet more people who are genderfluid, non-conforming, non-binary, hell I’d like to meet the whole fucking rainbow so if you’re LGBT or an ally, don’t be afraid to say hello.


Egg-in-the-Basket: A Ramus original, made for adventurers. Not only nutritious, but also delicious.
Replenishes 15 HP and 11 TP. Perfect for a picnic in the Tutelary Forest.

Ayy, runny yolk. I got to use the board more as well. Served with both store-bought and homemade chips, pickles, wholegrain mustard, chèvre, Charging Boar sausage, lemon thyme and oregano. And coffee as well; an explorer’s pick-me-up.

This was mainly an excuse to use up yesterday’s lemon thyme, which pairs well. I really do wanna recreate more of Ramus’ recipes once the game comes out. No more EO-themed dishes for a while, though. More commentary, below.

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ch aesthetic tutorial

yeah so i’ve gotten a lot of compliments (thanks!) and tutorial requests about my aesthetic edits lately, so i decided to make one. boom. it’s really not that hard. i use photoshop, idk if this tutorial will work with other programs but you can try it out and let me know :) 

so if you wanna know how to make these types of edits keep on reading 

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DIY Moisturizing Lotion Bar

If you’ve never heard of a lotion bar, it’s pretty much a solidified lotion. It acts the same way a lotion would, it just has a different texture. At first, I planned to make a lotion, but decided to try something a little different.


  • Cocoa Butter
  • Shea Butter
  • Beeswax OR Candelilla Wax as a vegan alternative
  • Carrier Oil of your choice (I used a oil blend that I already had since it had most of the oils I intended on using which are Sea Buckthorn, Rosehip Seed, Cranberry Seed, Meadowfoam Seed and Vitamin E Oil)
  • Essential Oil (optional - I didn’t add any because the Cocoa Butter has a lovely aroma that I didn’t want to diffuse)


  • Double Boiler
  • Measuring Cup or measuring spoon
  • Silicone Mold

Note: As far as measurements, I usually eyeballs my ingredients but know that you can easily reheat on low temp if you aren’t happy with the texture. Keep in mind that the more wax you use, the harder your product will be. 

How to make:

Begin by heating your double boiler on high temp. Add your wax first since it takes longest to melt, then add the rest of your ingredients. Stir until melted. Pour into your silicone mold. This will dry quickly, but I like to stick it in the fridge for an hour or two to completely let it solidify. 

Bam! You just made yourself a Moisturizing Lotion Bar!

Ingredient Benefits:

All the carrier oils in the Stretch Mark Oil blend pictured and Cocoa Butter are well known for moisturizing, soothing and reducing the skin of scars. This includes acne scars, stretch mark scars, surgery scars etc. 

I hope you enjoy your handmade Lotion Bar. If you have any questions regarding this recipe, feel free to message me!

Happy Healing,

Jacqueline, the Plant Lady

IG: Jeditree

anonymous asked:

If you don't mind me asking, how do you outline your illustrations when you do watercolor? When I ink I use black and colored markers but I feel like they don't blend into the picture well.. do you use a tiny brush and outline with watercolor?

Hi! sorry for the late reply! 

its really depends on what kind of look i want to have in my watercolors.

for example:

for this I drew with a 2 h the drawing, then painted and lined some parts with watercolor and a tiny brush but i used the diffent colors as a way to do some part with a lineless look.

here i firstly lined everything with a paint brush and a pale brown color. (i went back to darken some bits once the pic was pretty much done.)

here i lined with a micron 0.05 ink pen very lightly.


here i painted the whole thing and did the lines with a small textured brush in SAI. no lines where done traditionally here.

anonymous asked:

Um, hi! I was wondering if you could do a mini tutorial on how to colour clouds? (You don't have to do this uvu) I really love your word, I'm inspired by it!

i got multiple questions about this, so i’ll just answer it on this ask

sorry i kept putting it off for so long…

so… i guess i would think of what kind of sky i would want

i like sunsets, so i’ll draw that

so i start with the very back color; it’s a dull purple

my intent is to go from purple/dark grey->peach/pink

i like to use this fuzzy brush

not sure what to call these… the ‘back’ / ‘dark’ clouds?

i put on random splotches at 40~50% opacity of dark blue around the edges

i’m going to put my light source at the bottom right, so i put a rusty orange color slightly at 10~20% opacity

then i blended the colors before i started to add more colors

the more you blend, the better the picture will look 8)

now i put my pen at around size 8-10 to put in thin areas of peach/gold where the light will hit at around 60% opacity

color it where ever you think it looks good 

i like to adjust my colors and edit on sai

on an overlay layer on top of the drawing, i airbrushed so dark blue in at the top left and right

then near the end i like to use the combination of lower brightness and higher contrast

i’ll put a video later since my explanation is horrible most of the time…

sorry i put the drawing sideways… it wouldn’t fit

try these drawings for reference…

maybe use the eyedropper and use colors from these?

hope that helps 

I made this crazy thing about a month ago of Red and Mokey, thought it’d be cute to have them dancing and talking in a garden.