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Artsy Witch Ideas/Tips

For all of my witches out there that are artists or just love art of any kind, here are some things to consider adding to your craft.

Originally posted by gypsyastronaut

  • Use vine or compressed charcoal dust to make black salt
  • Use sketchbooks as unique grimoires, book of shadows, book of cosmos, dream journals, etc that allow you to use markers, paints, etc to your heart’s desire
  • Red liquid ink can substitute for blood
  • Black liquid ink is good for curses especially for blinding, confusion and chaos
  • Blue liquid ink can represent water or the ocean 
  • Yellow liquid ink for divination
  • Green liquid ink for protection and healing spells
  • Enchant your calligraphy pens for sigil work to strengthen the sigils you make or spells you write with them
  • Use doodles of people or how you see a person for taglocks in curses and bindings
  • Melt crayons for wax seals on jars or other spells by placing them in intense sun or heating them in a wax melter (use caution that you don’t heat them too high)
  • Melt crayons and mix with coconut oil and olive oil for anointing oil corresponding with the colors you use (also can be used as lipstick if desired)*
  • Use scrapbooking paper in your grimoire to give it unique and artsy pages
  • Use your paints to make painted spells. Make a sigil and paint it onto your page or canvas, and based on the sigil’s intent once dried paint over it an image that corresponds with that intent to activate. Hang up in your room or home. Cleanse and charge regularly
  • Glitter my witches, great for color magic and jar spells (note glitter is not good to be tossed into the environment so please don’t)
  • Write down a person or ‘force’ in your life you wish to remove and use erasers to erase it away as a simple severing spell
  • Use your dirty paint water for curses or inspiration spells
  • Use stickers to seal spell jars 
  • Unable to burn something in your apartment? Drench it in black ink or paint instead
  • Use mechanical pencil lead in curses by break it up. very effective for writer’s block and creativity block curses
  • Bead enthusiasts or jewelry makers, use your beads to make spell/enchanted jewelry based on colors, shapes, and letters used in it for correspondences
  • Make your own ouija boards, crystal grids, pendulum charts, etc on some matte board or foam board using paints to make unique affordable tools
  • Use chalk dust for warding and protection spells
  • Buy chalkboard paint to turn a wall or other object into a chalkboard for sigil use, spell writing, organization, etc
  • Use those plastic reusable paint containers for small portable spell jars
  • Sharpies and black markers are good for curses in general
  • Use your color wheels for divination via colormancy
  • Use modeling clay or pottery clay to make your own offering bowls, statuettes and poppets for a variety of uses
  • For a quick and easy black mirror simply paint the back glass of a picture frame with black acrylic paint. It may take several layers
  • Reuse bottles and cans by painting them up to make them witchy containers for your tools, art supplies and other storage purposes
  • Make drawings, write poetry, write stories, make pottery, make a painting, etc to make as offerings to deities, fae, spirits, etc. Just be sure not to sign it if it is for fae (your name can give them power of you)
  • Use glue or tape to seal spells, for binding and for strengthening spells
  • Use whiteout for banishing and invisibility spells
  • Use henna, temporary tats or body safe paint for fun body sigils
  • Save pencil shavings for inspiration and creativity spells
  • Enchant your art supplies to bring you creativity, focus, motivation and inspiration when you use them
  • Use your paints to paint rocks colors for easy color magic
  • Turn your name into a sigil to sign your artwork so people will recognize it as yours (or other such desires)
  • Use used paint sponges to absorb negativity before throwing away
  • Mix paint or ink with water to make color potions or spell jars
  • Collect markers, crayons, colored pencils, pens, highlighters, etc to use for colorful written spells, amplify sigils, and to strengthen spells
  • Illustrate your grimoire, book of shadows, dream journal, etc with images that you feel are important or doodles to add your own extra touch to the spells and information inside. Make it your own
  • Paint, draw, or design your desires or wishes and charge the art in the moonlight to help welcome those things into your life. Keep the piece of art in your room or home
  • Use lines from your written poetry, stories, lyrics, etc as spell incantations or lines when writing spells to make them more personal
  • Use old sketchbooks, idea notebooks, free write journals, etc for bibliomancy 
  • Try/Practice automatic writing or drawing for divination and spirit communication
  • Make collages out of posters, drawings, photos, writings, poems, etc on your wall to act as a low key altar

etsyfindoftheday | 5.13.17

STEAL OF THE WEEK: miniature cloth tassels by ingredientsforlovely

with etsy’s new maker mart all up and running, i thought i’d show off some jewelry-making supplies here and there throughout my handmade and vintage goodies :) as a lover of color, i was immediately drawn to these soft-looking and vibrant cotton tassels. you get a set of 6 to create with — all for under $4!

things anthony has said to me:

“That’s true. I am an undefeated wrestler. That is pretty awesome.”

“I’m not completely inept. I’ve put together a book case.”

“Don’t call me Bernard when you get mad at me.”

“I’ve only plucked out one eye. That’s only one more eye than you’ve ever plucked out.”

“Are you using me to learn the illuminati secrets? Don’t forget that I’m a “gatekeeper” also for covering up the Kennedy Assassination. You’re dating a gatekeeper.”

“Antigone sounds like my Hollywood Power Couple name if I was dating an iguana.”

“Congratulations on being internet famous.”

“I definitely won’t hit you with a chair, though. Even for the WWE Championship.”

“Please have an intervention if I am an etsy jewelry maker. I’m asking you to step in if that ever happened.”

“Obama/Biden are undoubtedly the most ice creamiest President and Vice President in history.”

“I’ve never been caught for killing someone.”

“Insultingly superior Anthanie is the best power couple.”

“For discreet, professional murdering needs, Call Anthony.”

“I am capable of sitting in darkness.”

“I totally forgot the gate code to the old storage unit. What is it? I only have room in my head for so many numbers. You wouldn’t want me to forget Millard Fillmore’s birth date, would you?”

“I am in fact aware of the continuing existence of China.”

“I only date girls with professional weight-lifting form.”

“Are you going to the gym tonight or just coming home to shoot people?”

“Bones kind of set the rules for the rest of your body.”

“Dragons are not relevant to Presidential history. I promise.”

“We can’t let the cat go terrorize the world. He’s our little terror.”

Addressing Some Concerns

The FannibalFest Toronto committee has noticed a lot of concerns and comments regarding the convention. Very few have actually been addressed directly, but social media being what it is, it all eventually crosses our feed. I would like to address some of those concerns.

I alone take responsibility for everything that has happened that doesn’t sit right with the fandom.  I will not push those concerns off on the amazing Fannibals who have stepped forward and “signed-on” to this planning committee to make this convention a reality.  I take the hit, take the anger and the deserved disappointment for the missteps along the way.

With that being said, I apologize for announcements and points I’ve made that have caused you to feel marginalized and like you’re dealing with someone who doesn’t know what they are doing.

I am not a professional convention organizer.  You are correct in that.  I am learning on the job with some advice from professional organizers.  This is an enormous undertaking and I’m doing my best to make this convention happen, purely because I’m a fan who simply wanted a Hannibal convention in North America.  I started out writing and calling Gaumont US TV and Creation Entertainment to put on a Hannibal convention, however I just ended up going in circles with them as they just didn’t want to spend the money or put their faith in the fact that this fandom is big enough to sustain a convention here.

Because neither myself nor the committee are “professionals”, we have had to learn a host of new things including, but not limited to contracts, hotels/venues, Canadian law, budgets, time management and web design. The committee and myself work full time jobs, spending our free time working on convention details. Perhaps because of that, I have not been as attentive to issues and concerns as I should be.  Let me address some of those concerns and explain what my thoughts were at the time.

·         Setting FannibalFest up as a legal company with a lawyer and an accountant.  They advised me what the best course of action is for a group of fans – who are not trying to make any money on this – just trying to meet costs.  They advised to set up as a non-profit 501c7 organization which by IRS law must demonstrate we have a common interest.  I should have just let the common interest be “we like the TV show Hannibal”.  But in my worry that we may encounter some pushback from the IRS, I pushed the idea that our common interest, however shortsighted of me, would be supporting Hannibal fandom writers, artists, vidders, jewelry-makers, tee-shirt/button/merch craftspeople.  I honestly thought every single Hannibal fan would be behind that idea…it never occurred to me that I was making people feel left out by that decision.  

·         Encountering the belief that FannibalFest gives artists something MORE than the regular fan at large (btw I’m a regular fan-not an artist).  All FannibalFest gives artists is a free table at the artist alley at the convention (on a first come first serve basis and they actually have to show they’ve got a body of work that could be pointed to as Fannibal art).  The only other thing FannibalFest offered artists was during Kickstarter, we allowed them to upgrade from regular to full so they could be at the awards dinner scheduled for Thursday night.  Guess how many people did that.  None.  Not a single artist took that offer.  Every single artist coming to the convention so far has outright bought a membership (ticket) at full price.  No Fannibal is getting more from FannibalFest than anyone other.

We have not told a single artist they are not accepted into FannibalFest.  No one can produce anything that came from us that supports that notion.  We have not even begun to address requests to show at FannibalFest artist alley or have we finalized the parameters under which we will be awarding Fannibal artists. Details for both will be announced in the months to come.

·         Booking a large enough event space/hotel. I’ve never planned a small party, let alone an event of this size with financial guarantees for F&B, room blocks, rules/regs on music and Hannibal episodes being used in a group setting, working between operating in USD vs CSD, security, event-cancellation-liability insurance, load in/load out of photography equipment, vendor hall rules/regs and delivery of merchandise.  I do believe the venue booked for FannibalFest is more than enough to assure everyone has a good time, feels safe in a nice facility and has plenty of room for the planned events.

·         Booking celebrities.  It’s been eye-opening to say the least dealing with celebrity representatives who have a language and world all their own with financial guarantees on appearance, autographs, photo ops, cuts/splits/percentages on income. Thankfully some of those representatives and the cast themselves have been enormously kind answering my questions in an attempt to understand how all this works and still be able to pay for their accommodations, flights, ground transportation along with appearance fees. I definitely jumped the gun with an announcement last week.  In my excitement and discussion with a cast rep who books his clients for conventions, I believed we were closer to having the I’s dotted and the t’s crossed.  That rep then went on Easter vacation and while I knew the celebrity had agreed to appear…I just could not put up MY choice of announcement photo without consent.  I don’t feel I have the right to be demanding, so I am doing everything at THEIR convenience and time-table.  When THEY are ready to give me the terms, requests, signed contracts and announcement photos, that’s when I’ll be able to move forward.  I’m waiting and I apologize for making you all wait too.   It was stupid of me to make that announcement.

·         Refusal to answer questions. One other point I’d like to make as incendiary as it may become, is there is one fan in this fandom who makes it their life’s work to rag on Bryan Fuller and anything Fannibal related.  If I think a message or question is coming from that person, I ignore it.  That person has approached us on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and in the comment section of fan-related blogs who have given FannibalFest some notice.  I will not answer someone who pretends to be about 10 different people, puts up hate Twitter and Tumblr pages and dedicates YouTube rants throwing insults at FannibalFest. I have had to block that person and every incarnation of that person as it quickly became obvious they are not interested in hearing what I had to say but only determined to take ANY answer and twist the words to serve their point of view.

I hope this explains a few things for those who have concerns.  Our desire is to bring the fandom together and enjoy each other as a family – of which we are happy to be a part.  We hope our efforts to host a North American Hannibal convention produces an event those who attend enjoy.


Never before have I met someone who smiled so warmly but sang so sadly.


(You have no idea how much I’ve been wanting to talk about her.

Caroline, or Carol to friends and family, was the first and only other Long Tailed Widowbird to join her company before Charisa. Back then, her company was more gentle, under the hand of a different boss. A professional florist and jewelry maker, singing happened to be a hobby she got known for, but never really did anything with. She usually returned with one or two life forces tops, taken from group singing sessions she would occasionally join.

She was only in the company for a couple years before her gentle ways got her killed. She was attacked my another Siren of a different company, dying shortly after the battle began, having next to no fighting experience.

Charisa met her only once before her death. She wears her hair clip in memory of the deceased siren.)

Imagine being betrothed to another lord, but Ramsay insists on being with you

prompt number ten requested by anonymous


Your name: submit What is this?

You pursed your lips and looked at the jewelry laying before you. You had been staring at three necklaces, trying to decide which one you liked best. After a moment you pointed to the one on the left.

“Ah, a good choice, Lady Y/N.” the old jewelry maker said,  “Four chains connected by one red ring. Wise to pick the sigil of House Umber for your wedding.” You just nodded and smiled. Something you seemed to be doing a lot lately, it seemed.

You heard the door creak open from behind you, then a firm voice from the doorway, “Leave us.” The old jewelry maker nodded, “At once, Lord Ramsay.” 

You whipped around, and butterflies flew in your stomach as you faced Ramsay Bolton, Castellan of The Dreadfort and the man you were in love with. He took long strides to you, quickly closing the gap between the two of you in a hard, passionate kiss. You wrapped your arms around his neck, deepening the kiss. After what felt like hours you let go.


“Don’t say a word, Y/N.”

“Ramsay, you know I’m betrothed-”

“– to Lord Umber, yes, but I don’t care, Y/N.”

You kissed again, harder than before, but again it was broken.

“Y/N, I don’t care if you’re to be married to the King himself, I want you.” Ramsay muttered. And with that Ramsay pressed his lips into yours so hard your back got pushed against the wall, with Ramsay mumbling over and over into your skin, “I want you.”


“My inspiration is different for each collection; regardless of the season, what really gets my creativity flowing is the search for the perfect balance between minimal, clean cuts and feminine, playful touches. I collaborate with my friend Paule T.B. to come up with most of the illustrations that are printed or embroidered on my pieces. Creating printed fabrics together is one of my favorite parts of the whole process — the possibilities are endless.” — Noémie Vaillancourt, the designer behind the Montréal-based label Noémiah. Learn how she progressed from making whimsical feathered jewelry pieces to launching a full-blown fashion line in our studio tour on the Etsy Blog

I was organizing some of my pictures today and decided to put together a collage of some of my favorite pieces from 2014…There was a definite focus on animal/totem themed pieces…and I continue to search for unique stones to work with.  Stones are where the inspiration begins.  The addition of vintage stamps I keep acquiring will certainly change my work a bit….on to 2015.

Jewelry in the Wizarding World

JKR definitely doesn’t tend to go into a ton of detail about clothes/jewelry. Sometimes I think she put everyone in robes just to simplify things.

We do see occasional mentions of jewelry in the books. Luna wears radish earrings and butterbeer cork necklaces, both of which are regarded as abnormal. Ron receives a gold chain with the words “My Sweetheart.” Fred/George also buy Molly “a spectacular golden necklace” in HBP. Parvati wears gold bangles at the Yule Ball. And, of course, Bill has his earring with the fang.

There’s almost certainly jewelry makers/suppliers in the wizarding world. There are probably a few artisans, ranging from handmade bangles from a stall in Diagon Alley to expensive goblin-made necklaces inlayed with precious stones.

However, most wizarding jewelry (and clothes in general) probably wouldn’t be as cheap or as freely available as in the muggle world. Wizards don’t really appear to have the population/infrastructure to support mass production of cheap goods. Nor do they have the population to support a huge amount of variety. 

In past centuries, clothing and jewelry were far more expensive because so much of it was handmade or made-to-order. And we get the impression that wizards are still in that stage. 

So someone like Narcissa can buy an expensive goblin-made necklace from Diagon Alley, but someone middle class like Lavender Brown doesn’t have as many choices.

Someone like Lavender is more is more likely to turn to mass-produced muggle jewelry, because it’s far cheaper and there’s more variety.

Someone like Pansy Parkinson might turn her nose up at the idea of wearing muggle fashion voluntarily, but even she might be swayed by a particularly shiny bracelet.

I imagine wizarding fashion to be heavily influenced by muggle fashion, though wizards would have slightly different aesthetic tastes. For example, wizards of both genders seem to be a bit more flamboyant bordering on garish, and I could see them being more comfortable with larger and almost costume-y jewelry.

Common Positions of the Medieval Middle Class, a Masterpost of Sorts

This is meant as an information resource for creative folk, not a complete guide. Be sure to supplement this with additional research. Find the rest of the series, including the previous posts on clergynobilitydivinationspirit animalsmythical creaturesstructuring an armymedieval punishmentsarmorpre-gunpowder weaponssiege warfarecastle anatomymedieval clothing, and common terms of medieval life.

Find the masterposts for the Lower Class and the Upper Class.

Almoner: One who collects and dispenses alms to the poor. He or she is usually employed by a wealthy or middle-class household, and it is his or her duty to gather table scraps and see them dispensed after every meal. The title can also be given to a member of the church who fulfills this position on a regular basis.

Apprentice: These were either boys or girls who were indentured to a trade between the ages of five and seven. The actual time of their servitude was worked out when they were apprenticed, but the average length was seven years, at which time they became a journeyman or journeywoman and entered a guild.

Armorer: One who made armor (steel, iron, or leather) or chain mail.

Arrow-smith: One who made arrow heads.

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