The Spirit Within Crystals and Colour

Finally, my two Crystal Portraits decks arrived yesterday. Worth the wait, I thought I’d do a small colour exercise with the Spirit Within Tarot and some of the new crystal cards. Because I can. Because it’s Saturday and I just finished a playing card jigsaw even though my arm hurts, and so I can fiddle with my cards.

There is nothing better than a rummage through cards.

FIVE OF SWORDS
HEMATITE
HOWLITE

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Actually I do find Howlite relevant here because of the anguish of the person in the background of the Five of Swords, and Howlite’s properties for helping people with PTSD. It calms haunting energies and anxiety. Due to an attack that happened to me when I was 18, I do have PTSD, which flared up after a horrible incident at the job I had before I retired for good. Nightmares and other things. Both Hematite and Howlite refer to being patient, to calming temper.

You are where you are, this is what you’ve got, but nothing is wrong, it’s just the way you think about it. Did I lose the battle or did I simply find a way to be tranquil? I like the thought of art with Hematite because red ochre comes from it, and that was used for cave painting. Even in the Hermitage as I call it, or the cave, I can be creative and enjoy life.

I can also enjoy starting a digital jigsaw from the montage I made yesterday of The Arthur Rackham Oracle. Arthur knows about art.

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Ain’t so bad Rock here in the quietude of the Hermitage.

 

 

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Hey Kids, Look at That Card Up Close!

I keep forgetting capitalization rules in titles. Is “that” supposed to be capitalized or not, or “at”? I used to have a bookmark for this.

‘”At” is a preposition so is not capitalized. Unless it is the first or last word of course. “That” is a subordinating conjunction so it is capitalized.  I had to look it up because I must be perfect. I also know I will forget this. I had no idea there was such a thing as a subordinating conjunction.

I was never taught grammar in school. Can you believe that, thirteen years of education plus a few college courses and I had to find out the basics on my own and even then it gets confusing. I often see that people who are good at languages know grammar well. I bought a book once about English grammar for students of Latin. When I was trying to learn Latin I used to get so confused because I’d mix up the grammar.

“Conjunction junction what’s your function, picking up words and phrases and clauses.”

A nod to Bob Dorough who wrote this song for Schoolhouse Rock on TV, and Jack Sheldon who sang it so well I’ve always remembered it.

No card just yet today because I am trying to work up an Okanagan Oracle colour montage in Pixelmator. This will be the ultimate test of functionality because I do a lot of card montages with added text.

I have another jigsaw to share though. Everybody groans, BUT the detail of the rather small artwork in the 72 Names Cards is amazing when seen on a 21.5-inch screen. You can’t see it here because it’s not full size, but seeing cards up close is very meaningful if you find a card puzzling. The easiest way to see it is to scan it in and let the computer light it from behind.

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Happy Sunday!

 

 

 

Count on Success with the Moon

32 – MOON

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More great success in Pixelmator! I imported some of my Photoshop brushes into the program, including the copyright symbol I like to use on scans of cards. I added a border too and used a flower brush. What could be better?

The Mystical Lenormand Moon tells me I can count on success, acknowledgement and promotion. Whee!

Time to get that calligraphy done, apparently the time is right.

And I noodled around doing a jigsaw of one of my favourite decks, the Blue Dog Rose Tarot. Such lovely animals and colours in this one.

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A few hours went by, I said to myself “Do another one” so I did and I have decided I don’t actually mind having to duplicate the layer to make a drop shadow because I have oodles more control.

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Exotic Birdbrains and Drop Caps

Not much doing today, I finished this jigsaw puzzle of the Exotic Birds Playing Cards which are from the Heritage Playing Card Company. Image courtesy of the Somerville site.

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I also painted three biggish drop caps for a calligraphy project. A pen pal of mine is sending me a pen in the mail which should be a suitable size for the calligraphy. The pen I have has a nib that’s a bit too wide for the scale. I used my new softcover Zeta sketchbook for the drop caps and that went well using pen and ink, gouache and watercolour pencils.

My Existential Playing Cards have shipped. Yay!

The Existential Existence

Some people might wonder at my fondness for doing jigsaws of interesting card decks. What I like about it is that it can cement in my mind what I like. I do a jigsaw of the latest and greatest super new-fangled secrets of the universe deck and see how I like it.

Meandering around this month, I finally bought a playing card deck that I’ve had on my wish list forever, The Existential Playing Cards by Rita Orlov Rosenfeld. Looking at new decks, fiddling with puzzles of new decks, I realized that I nearly let this beauty get away. Sometimes the $20 deck gets shoved to the wish list as you reach for the latest and greatest shiny minty pizazzling gotta-have thing. You know, the thing you regret spending $97 on that is a good deck but not a pizazzling gotta-have deck after all.

I thought this was out-of-print and had a drop of the heart. Actually Etsy had cancelled the listing (I guess it timed out) without informing the seller and my note to her wondering where the deck had gone made her create a new listing. So I WAS able to buy it.

I am quite pleased.

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Hell is other people who don’t appreciate a fine playing card deck: philosophy reference #642.7

 

 

 

Cryptic Moths in Spades

Arrrr Jim lad, there’s nothing like a deck of playing cards with moths.

These are the Cryptic Cards by Immy Smith. I suppose you could call this a semi-transformation deck, but her scientific illustrations of moths are gorgeous. She uses acrylic gouache on Bristol card. I’ve had these on my wish list for ages but they are quite costly for a playing card deck at $34 CAD which includes shipping.

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But that’s why they call it a “wish list”.

Oh man, let’s all go and draw insects!

 

 

Sort of an Ace in the Hole

This is An Ace in the Pack playing cards by Lesley Barnes, an illustrator from Glasgow, Scotland. She has a wonderful animation on her web site. She illustrates books and cards and all kinds of things.

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I don’t think she has finished these playing cards but here is some information on it. Since she sells through Etsy, I might have a hope of procuring one when she releases it. Although, in looking at her blog on the cards, she doesn’t seem to have updated it since 2011, so perhaps she’s lost the impetus to complete the project.

These illustrations remind me so much of a book called Russian Folk Tales that I’ve owned since I was a teenager. The illustrations were by Alexander Lindberg and Lesley’s art slightly reminds me of his, done back in 1967.

These charming, detailed illustrations made a good jigsaw. There you go Lesley, an interesting legacy: a digital jigsaw of your excellent work. Should you decide to complete it, let me know so I can purchase the deck for my collection.

I don’t know, is that not an incredible incentive?