calligraphy project

Developing the Godphone

Many people have asked me publicly and privately about how to develop a relationship with the gods. I cannot speak for everyone, but I can certainly give you tips that worked for me. 

1. Learn how the gods communicate. There are many ways the gods can communicate with us, and developing the “ear” to hear them is both difficult and important. Some examples are:

  • Divination - runes, Tarot cards, etc.
  • Animals - if the gods are associated with an animal (like Anansi with spiders or Ishtar with lions), you might start to see them (or images of them). Pay attention to what they’re doing, but don’t be convinced that every bird or everystray cat is trying to tell you something. Use your discernment.
  • Weather - like animals, if the gods are associated with a particular kind of weather (Thor with thunderstorms, for example), those might be a good time to reach out to them.
  • New cravings/interests - you’ve never liked cinnamon before, but now you really want it… but you don’t want to eat it either. What gives? Put it on an altar and see who responds.
  • Other people - Sometimes the gods use us as mouthpieces, so listen up for when someone says something profound that you don’t expect. Maybe they aren’t the one holding the strings just then.

2. Listen. Once you start paying attention to these things, the gods will communicate more. But you can’t just hear what you want to hear; just because you really want a relationship with Freyja doesn’t mean that she’s going to talk to you just yet. This is okay. Don’t judge what you hear, just hear it.

3. Show that you’re listening. When you realize you suddenly love Mr. Ibis from American Gods and can’t figure out why, reread that part of the story. Or look him up, do some research. Show them that you hear them. In the “godphone” metaphor, it’s you picking up the phone when they call so you can start a dialogue.

4. Ask for help if you need it. So some of this stuff isn’t working for you and you’re frustrated–ask for help. It’s okay to say you don’t have an intuition for this stuff right away. I spent the first three years of my practice praying specifically for the ears to hear their messages, even when I got pretty good at it. 

5. Give them gifts. There are so many ways to thank a god for their attention, or ask for it, and just like any human, they really love it! You can:

  • Offer them food they like
  • Light incense with a scent they like
  • Light a candle with their colors
  • Wear a piece of jewelry to honor them
  • Write to them (especially true for wordy gods and tricksters)
  • Do divination
  • Make projects for them (I’ve made key rings, calligraphy, and illumination projects, while my friends have done devotional embroidery or even research papers for their gods).
  • Collect jokes (if they enjoy jokes of course)
  • Wear their colors
  • Talk about them to others 
  • Share tea/alcohol/water with them
  • Research them and talk about the results of that research

6. Go back to step 1. Go back to listening. Did they like the jewelry you wore today? It’s okay if they didn’t, just ask them what they’d prefer instead. You develop these relationships like any other.

Trust that they’ll tell you what they want.

Trust that you’ll be able to hear them.

Trust yourself.


This summer’s been too hectic to work on any creative DIY projects. However, I really wanted to revamp my old ayah flashcard project  because the cards kept on falling and since hanging “art”/ multiple frames of mismatched sizes is trendy these days, I decided to do this quick project. 

fun things i would like to do with damien bloodmarch

-tim burton movie marathon
-go to a steampunk convention
-travel to england and tour their gothic castles+cathedrals (AND their gardens)
-help him work on his taxidermy projects
-practice calligraphy
-get his opinion on kuroshitsuji
-go vulturing/scavenging in the woods
-design a tattoo for his son, lucien
-stroll around a graveyard
-browse through hot topic
-visit oddities shops
-making the best out of halloween (dressing up, decorating the house, etc.)


These are pages from an absolutely extraordinary book called Mira calligraphiae monumenta. The book was first written by Georg Bocskay in 1560s a showcase of the highest quality calligraphy. In 1590s the book was reprinted with addition of natural history-themed drawings by Joris Hoefnagel. 

You can find the whole collection of drawings from the book on google art archive.

The titles of  drawings:

Gillyflower, Insect, Germander, Almond, and Frog

Chard Leaves and Red-Winged Grasshopper

Queen of Spain Fritillary, Apple, Mouse, and Creeping Forget-Me-Not 

so almost a year ago I promised @ink-splotch my final calligraphy project to be based on her books, since leagues and legends is one of my all time favorite series!

and. well. I forgot to send a photo. and then I lost it. I recently got an iPad and made this on procreate–i promise you this one looks much better than where I was a year ago!

Confession:  every time we have a project in my art class, i always do something Mass Effect related. my teacher plays the games and we always talk about it, and now, i’m using a quote from Saren for our calligraphy project. “is submission not preferable to extinction.” it’ll always carry a lot of weight to me and the meaning applies to everyday life, if you think about it deeply enough.

Calligraphy: How To Make Your Own Gold Ink for Writing and Illustration

In a previous post, I reviewed Finetec’s Arabic Gold watercolor pan. I absolutely love this gold pan from Finetec, because it is such a satisfying gold color! However, it’s kind of tedious to have to wet the pan, brush it into your calligraphy pen nib, and repeat for illustrating an entire page. I like to use the gold ink for drawing leaves and flowers over an entire black page, and I needed something that i wouldn’t feel bad about wasting, and in a form that didn’t require me to have to brush it on.

My ink on the left, Finetec on the right.

Leaves made with my DIY ink.

DISCLAIMER: In no way is this gold ink going to replace the more expensive Finetec Gold. It’s the best for a reason! But, based on my photos, my DIY gold ink LOOKS PRETTY FREAKING GREAT and is a good addition to your gold ink supplies. Besides, it’s so affordable, you will feel no guilt using it over and over, thus giving you more freedom to experiment and be more liberated in what you create. So, on to the tutorial!

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samanthaslytherin  asked:

Thanks for the encouragement. Also I wanted to tell you that I have a calligraphy pet project where I'm re-writing all of Coriane's diary entries in cooperplate calligraphy in a vintage notebook. I will take me a while but I hope to show you some results asap. Love you Queen!

omg this sounds so amazing!! Can’t wait to see!