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(This interview was conducted in Spanish)
“I like things with fading color. I like to see the passing of time because time can tell you good stories,” says Marcela Quevedo (@marcequevedo), an industrial designer from San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Little details are also special to her: “I can go into an ice cream shop and be drawn to its decoration, but I’m not going to capture the entire place, so I focus on a detail that grabs my attention. It could be a messy wall that represents a nice mess.”
Her pictures also act as a way to relive memories. “The love of my life and I broke up, and I like to share things I experienced with him,” she says, adding, “For example, there’s a window with a little piggy somewhere, and for me, that represents a nice day because we ate corn right in front of that window. For me sharing a meal with someone I love is part of my daily life.”
Marcela travels constantly. “Most people go to well-known places, but sometimes I’m just on a road, I see something that catches my eye and I wonder, ‘Where will this little road take me?’ I venture into villages and there I usually find small details I truly like.”
Okay, secret witches out there! Evi and I have created a super-discreet method to manage the magic madness of your lives! I am pretty deep in the broom closet as well, and this is my current favorite method for going incognito. It’s also pretty darn useful for travel, if you’re taking any trips for spring break!
This is my divination/spirit communication Altoid box. You can see how excited Evi was with its preparation. It contains:
Two white candles - you literally can never go wrong with them. I use them for practically everything, so I thought they’d be good to add, even though technically they aren’t geared to divination, other than the basic fire meditation. I got them at Walmart for cheap.
One purple candle - purple is the color most associated with psychic development. I had to cut it down to fit. If you heat a match and hold it to the base of the candle, it will stick to a plate; no holder needed! This was also from Walmart.
Four matches and a striker - one per candle and one extra.
Two incense cones - these two in particular are associated with the moon, which in turn is a strong ally in matters of the spiritual.
Two bells - bells are said to draw ghosts and spirits. And they’re adorable.
Moonstone (the white one) - moonstone enhances psychic development, as well as intuition, balance, and harmony with the goddess. You can sneakily get it from Etsy, that’s what I did.
Nuumite (the black one) - good for grounding, nuumite protects and removes negative energy. It is also said to help stimulate the intellect and improve memory. Also from Etsy.
Bloodstone pendulum - you don’t need to use bloodstone, any pendulum will do. In particular, bloodstone removes energy blocks and centers energy.
The satchet - this is my own invention c: it contains lavender, rosemary, and quartz pieces. Lavender and rosemary are powerful purification herbs, and I added the quartz to amplify. I grow both of these plants personally, but rosemary can be bought at Walmart. Lavender may be a little harder to find, but I know you can get it online pretty cheap. C:
I hope this inspires you lovely witches to make your own sneaky magic and remain true to who you are!
Admin Tip #021 Making Good Font Aesthetics Choices
Like a majority of the individuals involved in this community, my eye-sight is not great. Its pretty bad actually. It really helps to know a good level of basic understanding for graphic design and picking out what fonts, font-sizes, colors, etc. in order to make your main page as coherent and comfortable on the eyes. If you have a good premise and a great amount of information, potential applicants can spend a long time looking at your page. Font size and basic color choices are extremely important. So, lemme tell you a couple things about fonts, because too many rpgs that I’ve tried to look at recently have had obscenely hard to read text for a bulk, if not all, of their text.
So let’s start with me telling you a little about fonts. I’ve noticed that lately people have been choosing to make their font-size choice extremely small - as in, sized inappropriately in single-digit sizes. Not good. A potential applicant who’s interested in your game can spend upwards of thirty minutes to an hour on your page reading through your material. If they’re looking that long at your page, you want to make sure the experience is as comfortable as possible for them. Don’t have them strain their eyes trying to read through you’re information. The absolute smallest you want to go is 10 pt, especially if you have a serif font.
Serif vs. Sans-Serif
Now, what’s the difference between serif and sans serif? Serif fonts have “foots” on the ends of the strokes in a letter. The one you’ll be most familiar with is Times New Roman. Serif fonts can look nice and classy, but a lot of the time they’re much harder to read, and in general, when compared to sans-serif fonts, also take longer to read through in general. Because of the extra strokes on the letters, the mind has to siphon those out when looking at a selection of text.
Now, as you may have gathered, sans-serif is in regards to fonts like tahoma, arial, verdana, etc. - for example, the default font that tumblr chooses to showcase dashboard posts in. Its much easier to read, and you’ll notice that many apps and websites choose to utilize sans-serif fonts. Tumblr, Facebook, Gmail … there is a reason for this! Not only is it easier on the eyes, but one is much less likely to get tired of looking at a text if the font is sans-serif. It takes away that extra effort that one has to put out when reading through a large amount of text.
Now, there’s no harm in using a serif or sans-serif font for your text, but for the love of merlin make sure its legible. Don’t make it some minuscule size that requires someone with a larger screen resolution to zoom in four or five times. Yeah, one with a larger screen resolution usually expects to zoom in once or twice, but four times? That’s a bit ridiculous. Make sure you have a good font choice, and make sure its no smaller than a 10 pt. font. That really is the absolute smallest you should go. Sans serif you might be able to push a point size smaller, but honestly, only if you have a ‘wide’ font like verdana. Screw trying to look like some “elite” and “professional” establishment. You’re not getting any where close to 'that’ if nobody can read your shit.
Okay seriously - make sure you have enough contrast between your background color and text color. Lets say white has a value of 0. Grey has a value of 5. Black has a value of 10. For the love of all things good. Do not have a background and text color that are only like, two shades away from one another. There should AT LEAST be five shades of difference between them.
Take your lightest shade, middle shade and darkest shade and put them in to photoshop or something. Put a black and white filter over it, or take out all the color. The colors should not be relatively close to one another. You want to make sure there’s enough contrast between your color choices! Having a grey background that’s only like, two shades away from your text-color is a complete utter nightmare.
Font size is one thing that a viewer can usually fix with a quick key stroke or two. Color? If I can’t read your text I don’t look at your page. Simple as that.
All in all…
Font size, face and color are extremely important. Please keep it in consideration because seriously: if I can’t read your shit, I don’t look at your shit. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got great content or a totally awesome premise that’s right up my alley - if I can’t read it, I’m gone. End of story.
I think this is my first realistic Jacksepticeye drawing and I’m actually pretty happy with it! My coloring messes everything up so I put the uncolored version up there for you all. I tried to shade it, but it only looked good on the hair so I sort of left that out.
Afternoon Loves!! These Angelite Spheres come to us from Peru. There is
some disagreement about Anhydrite versus Angelite in the metaphysical
crystal community. Some see them as the same stone, while others see one
as being related to the other. It is most commonly believed that
Angelite is a form of Anhydrite that is only found in Peru and thus has
deeper blue color to it. It is important to note that both Anhydrite and Angelite are made up of Calcium Sulfate so they are essentially the same mineral.
As its name suggests, Angelite has a connection to the higher realms,
facilitating angelic communication. It is a very soothing, peaceful, and
uplifting stone quite helpful during times of transition. Angelite
heals and clears the Throat, Third-Eye, and Crown Chakras, and sends
energy to the Soul-Star Chakra, that lies 6 inches above the head. The
higher vibrations sent to these chakras allows for greater spiritual
growth, enhanced intuition, and clearer communication. Angelite’s
ability to unblock the upper chakras clears the area to allow for the
influx of higher vibrational information coming into the auric field, to
be processed by the lower chakras.
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