Katie Rose Inks Along

I bought deck 1 and 2 of Crystal Portraits by Katie Rose Pipkin. On Etsy she goes by the name of Peony Coin Archer in an unfathomable obfuscation, but after further exploration online I found that Katie Rose is her real name. She also drew and published The Efflorescent Tarot, which is one I missed.

Oh, she does lovely pen and ink work and likes cats, who would be better for inspiration? Until I’m dead I look for inspiring artists to buy cards and books from.

You get 25 cards in each deck and the information on each crystal is on the back. The fact that these are inked and coloured (with coloured pencil I think) was what set me off. This could mean drawing my own little set of gemstones and crystals juxtaposed with cat figurines perhaps, or art supplies. You’ve got to work such things in some way or other for maximum pleasure.

Here is a snippet from her shop of the two decks.


I’m not sure when these will ship but it’s nice to have ordered them, along with the Cryptic Cards for Christmas. Incidentally, Katie Rose designed a moth generator on the computer, samples of which can be seen online. I thought it was quite synchronistic that I bought her decks with Immy Smith’s moth playing cards.

Yeah, it’s a big, old coincidence, a big, fat synchronistic extravaganza, or I’m not a moth lover, by gum arabic.




Art, Art, and Books About Art, and Art Things

I have been away in my mind sewing and dreaming about fabric and patterns for nightwear. I’ve also been waiting for mail from the UK that seemed to have gone, vanished into the ether of Canada Customs or Canada Post.

Today, my Art Oracles deck finally arrived from Book Depository, and in perfect condition considering it has been travelling since August 31st.


I was expecting a cheap tuck box but it came in a heavy case with a beautiful textured cover. The cards are wonderfully large and the little booklet lists each of the fifty artist in chronological order rather than alphabetical, which is different. There are snippets of quotes on each card and then a write-up with other information on the artist in the booklet.

Very well done!


A new card deck is a cheery thing. Coincidentally, I just borrowed a comprehensive biography of Willem de Kooning from the library. This should tie in nicely with this new deck and the many modern artists it features.

As well, I’ve bought some new sketchbooks with toned paper and hope to do some work with 100 new sketch prompts on my Manner and Material blog.


You’ve got to have plans, miles and miles and miles of plans for creativity.




It’s Art, It’s Cards, It’s Creativity, It’s Fabulous

Not that I was browsing or anything, but I like to keep my eye on new playing card decks or similar quirky card decks. Many of these are only available from Kickstarter or private sites that I don’t like to buy from. These caught my eye because the cards feature three of my favourite things, illustrations/caricatures of real people, art history, and quotes. It is available at Book Depository and Amazon in the States as well as the publisher’s site, Laurence King Publishing. Well done Mr. King for instigating a wonderful project and making it available to us. I ordered it immediately.

Art Oracles: Creative & Life Inspiration from Great Artists is written by Katya Tylevich and illustrated by Mikkel Sommer and the 50-card deck was just published in August 2017. This is supposed to be a tarot-inspired game, and I’m not sure how that works but even single cards can be inspiring. Here is an example of a card featuring Piet Mondrian with a few choice words.


I spot Jean-Michel Basquiat on the cover, I’ll have to haul out my copy of Gray’s Anatomy and show him I bought his favourite book. Then I can show him that patella and poem inspired by a tiny illustration in the book. Inspiration lies everywhere!

What I also liked is that the author chose people who were unique artists and did work that was fresh and different. That’s a good quality for igniting and firing up the creativity of others. I often speak of creativity here and on my other blogs because it lives in my mind constantly, and I like a good card deck that fuels creativity and causes me to learn and look things up.

Thank you Katya and Mikkel for stimulating us all with your work; I look forward to exploring your deck. This is an understatement given my joy in discovering this deck.

Oh, they’ve got Charles and Ray Eames too and William Blake naked in his garden…! You guys!!!!



Cards with Palette Joy

Today’s stimulating projects were to get the plumbing fixed, which went extremely well, and to buy a couple of tubes of acrylic paint, which also went extremely well.

Riding on that wave of extreme satisfaction, I decided to take the plunge and officially buy Pixelmator from the App Store, and while there I bought two  useful programs: Color Palette Converter, and Color Palette from Image. Both programs work great and take the frustration out of getting nice colours into the Apple colour picker. Total cost of the two small programs was about $4, I was so pleased.

Here is a little screen shot of a card deck cover and the colour palette I generated from it, now available in the Apple colour picker for any program that uses it.


The Colour Palette from Image program allows up to 20 colours, certainly adequate for most purposes. You can change the gamma on it to subdue the shades or select more or less colours.

So there you go, yet another neat thing you can do with your cards. Create stationery with the colours of your favourite card, create a web site, sew some clothes in those colours, or simply look at the colours in a preview window and sigh dreamily, thinking of sewing handbags with hand painted swooshes in that blue colour on the bottom right.

Yikes, way too stimulating for one day.

New Tarot Cupboards

I’m into my tenth day of trying to organize my bedroom. I have one tiny half rack I’m using for clothes in the walk-in closet, and the rest is all craft, art supplies and doll or dollhouse stuff. Yeah, I’ve got MY priorities straight.

These are flat-pack pantries or wardrobes. These are fairly light and hold a lot with the extra wire racks I put on the shelves. I had one extra shelf cut for each cupboard and still they are filled up.


Now I have to organize and put away the mess at the end of my bed. I have ordered a nice wooden blanket box in a “chocolate cherry” stain but that won’t be here for weeks. My quilts are reeking of plastic after being stored for 2 years or so in a Rubbermaid plastic bin. Never again. I’ve washed the ones I can, but the quilt tops can’t be washed so I’ll try to air them out in other ways.

I can actually get to my decks now and I found I had room to display my tarot bags facing toward the front—so pretty. I JUST had room for all the boxes too. While reorganizing the decks, I got rid of two so I’m still under 400 at 399 decks. I couldn’t fit my postcard collection in the cupboards, so they’ve gone into the closet for now. I wondered while looking at some of these decks why I bought them but I think the Internet has a lot to do with fuelling the purchase of stuff.

My next task is to enter my four new decks in my database. I received the 72 Names of God deck by Orna Ben-Shoshan yesterday and I really love it, it has such depth in information and artwork.

The Okanagan Oracle

I was really delighted when I saw the Okanagan Oracle cards by Suzy Coyote as I was born in the Okanagan, and it took me decades to get back to British Columbia after living in Ontario.


There are some really gorgeous cards in this deck, such beautiful scenes of nature and lake and sea, flowers, vineyard, objects, sculptures, and buildings. Really, I am looking forward to exploring these and using them on the blog. They don’t come with a booklet but there are subtly printed keywords on each card in this 58-card deck.

I don’t think I’ve seen such a lovely mixture of scenes in any card deck. Naturally, I felt I should order them. apart from supporting a Canadian artist, I find it impressive when people push through and finish and publish decks. It’s not as easy as it looks.

I am often tempted by card decks but rarely buy many these days. These latest four decks have pushed me past the 400 mark in my deck collection, but I have such a passion for cards and art, and there is always an artist like Suzy with a fresh eye to show things that are important to them, influencing and creating in the world.

It’s like gold! Gold with chocolate sprinkles.

Waiting for Winter 72 Times

There are some rather oppressive looking clouds over the sea right now. Rain today and it’s still cold so I’m waiting for winter to go.  And waiting and waiting and waiting…

While contemplating this weather yesterday, I took a notion to buy a card deck that I’ve wanted for some time. Actually, I’ve wanted three of Orna Ben-Shoshan’s decks but I had to pick only one — oh no, not that! I picked the 72 Names Cards.


This was bought as a companion deck to Yehuda Berg’s book  The 72 Names of God which I’ve had for many years. It has needed a visual companion for an equally long time, so now it will have one.

I also have a book on Hebrew calligraphy so perhaps I’ll fire up my Pilot Parallel pen and do some calligraphy with these? I find it frustrating to be hampered by pain right now, but I am continuing the vegan eating plan and gradually feeling better. It will take months but I am confident that I’m giving my body the ability to repair itself.


We’ve had several walks along the sea front in the past two weeks, but today amid the wind and gloom, it is a day for dreaming of names and colour and the wisdom of millennia.