pastels

anonymous asked:

are the words in your grimoire drawn or edited on?

If you mean the grimoire-styled infographics I post, then they’re digital collages made in Photoshop! I have a physical grimoire (images below) but as you can see, it’s much messier! 

I have what’s called dyskinesia (a movement disorder), and my hands shake, so it’s difficult for me to draw or write in a neat/pretty fashion. My handwriting’s tolerable, but beyond that, I really struggle to draw or illustrate physically.

Below are some images from one of my physical grimoires. This one is just my taking notes on Christopher Penczak’s writings, but I also have a similar one for spellcraft, and a completely different-looking binder for daily use/normal stuff like Tarot readings and schedule notes.

The reason I started making the grimoire infographics was because I longed to create something pretty and Craft-related. The notebook images themselves are photographs with Photoshop layers designed to fit on the pages. 

This will sound extremely weird, but I find using Photoshop very relaxing and I’ve often used it as a sort of coping mechanism when I’ve had anxiety issues in the past.

A friend took my handwriting and turned it into a font, and I sometimes use that font for the images. I think that’s really cool and probably more people would take advantage of it if they knew how easy it is to get a personalized font!

Of course, that was a few years back, and since then, I’ve been trying to practice with physical drawing/art. I doubt I’ll ever be good, but I’m hoping some day to have a really nice physical grimoire. 

You’ll notice that the physical grimoire I keep is basically just my writing covered with a layer of broad soft pastels, which is easy for me to do - I slide the pastels over the image, then smudge with a sponge. It’s hardly nice or perfect, but it’s soothing to add color to it, and I enjoy it!

I am thinking of doing some sort of tutorial about how to make images using these methods, because I think it’s a cool thing if you are interested in Photoshop. From my perspective it was really good for me since I really have trouble with fine movements, and maybe other people in the same situation would like it.

moon or stars? roses or sunflowers? autumn or spring? sunrise or sunset? fairy lights or lanterns? snow or thunder? cold or hot? boats or planes? velvet or lace? pastels or darks? gold or silver? late walks or midnight drives? camouflage or contrast? summer or winter? violets or daisies? balloons or streamers?