Colouring Pages: Valentina, An Original Paper Doll

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Those readers who follow my social media updates sure know that I have been working on new colouring pages. First, I thought of making an ebook, but following as strong intuition (because that’s what us Witches do), I have decided to give away all the work here, in several posts, completely for FREE.

This is the fourth set – a two-page PDF document with a completely original paper doll, with four different outfits, to be coloured as you please! In this series, I wanted to add a set that parents could enjoy with their children, and to be honest, this has been one of the most fun parts of this work!

Remember that these are my original designs, so these pages are for personal use ONLY. You are most welcome to share this post (not the file alone) in all your social media. Click on the picture below to download the full size, two-page PDF file:

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And, if you missed yesterday’s post – I have an Art Sale going on my main website, with a selection of paintings at very reduced prices. You can visit it HERE.

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News: Art Sale!

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Dear readers, I could really use your help today – I have urgent and unexpected bills to pay, so I have decided to make an Art Sale, and sell a handful of paintings at really reduced prices. I would be very grateful if you considered purchasing one of them, and if you can’t, at least share this post so this art can find buyers. Thanks so much <3 <3 <3!

You can see all pieces and prices on this page of my website:

http://www.brujacarolina.com/content/art-sale

 

Paul Naschy As Alaric De Marnac: Watercolour Portrait

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No customer appointments this weekend, so I am more than ready to continue working on my new paintings :). The one above was just finished last night, and although I doubt this one will be sold, I am showing it for the sake of sharing (and hopefully inspire you!) my journey as an artist.
This is a portrait of actor, director, and screenwriter  Paul Naschy (1934-2009). Born Jacinto Molina in Madrid, this incredible creator directed, wrote and acted in over 85 films, most of them horror and thriller. Misunderstood, ignored by spanish society and their snobbish concept of art, and completely ahead of his time, Paul Naschy is one of my most admired artists ever. In the portrait, he is portraying Alaric De Marnac, a character inspired in Gilles De Rais, in the film “El Espanto Surge De La Tumba”, which was titled in English “Horror Rises From The Tomb” (1972).
 
The portrait is around 8×11 inches, watercolour on 300lb. paper.

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New Watercolour Available: Keeper Of The Seal

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Above, my latest watercolour – latest as in I got up at 5 AM to finish it and scan it :D! Fernando and I are huge fans of 60’s and 70’s horror movies, and this is a small homage to their legacy. Also,adult fantasy is one of my favourite illustration genres, and one I had not visited in a long time; this work was an experiment on how watercolour would do with the subjects and look of the genre. I am very happy with the result, and if this one doesn’t sell quickly, it is very likely to end up in my own walls, so get it before I change my mind :D.

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30×40 cms (around 12×16 inches) on 190gr acid free watercolour paper. I will be taking offers for a few days before listing it, so please message me if interested!

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Happy Equinox (A Short Reflection)

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With the Equinox right around the corner, and appointments finished for the morning, today it was a perfect time to get into the studio and give it a major turnaround, which includes giving away a few boxes of supplies to my dearest sister Eva, and making proper space for my paintings and drawings.
 
In December last year, after two years of working non-stop on improving my painting and drawing skills, and taking quite a few commissions, I took a hiatus with no determined time frame, and truly enjoyed every bit of that time. I have absolutely no problem with that, and I never considered it an “artist block” at all. EVERY artist needs to step away sometimes, so if you are reading this and wondering when your Muse will be back, DO NOT WORRY. It will return :). It always does. While my muse was on holidays, I worked on my dolls, I crocheted, I did lots of embroidery, and spent more time on the garden than ever. In almost nine months, I only made a couple of small paintings from photographs, and the colouring pages you have seen in this blog.
But today, and after slowly reconnecting with my artwork in the past weeks, I felt the hiatus was over, and that I was seeing my future work as a painter in a much more clear and mature way than I had ever seen it. Don’t worry, Bruja Carolina is not going anywhere! I have absolutely no intention to close my site or to stop offering my Tarot and Spellwork services. There is time for everything if one puts away distractions and works hard – and making my studio the right place for the future work is the first step in that direction. I am the kind of artist that needs harmony and order to be able to focus and produce, so it was the perfect excuse to make a generous gift to a younger, beginner artist like my sister. I was once the younger, beginner and definitely broke artist, and I also received unexpected mentoring sometimes, and I couldn’t be more grateful for it. I will never, ever, forget those who put tools or education in my hands, so I could grow – it was my time to do the same for someone else.
Witches: doing this just as the change of season comes is a very powerful magical action. In the tradition of Feng Shui, creating open space and purging opens the energy for new opportunities; if we combine that with the inherent magic of the Autumn Equinox, and with the fact that the supplies I am giving away will help someone grow as an artist, we are working in total harmony and power to make good changes happen. And that is how you live Connected With Life :) – while I have nothing against altars and/or rituals (again, there is time for everything!), to make the best of important days, and truly benefit of the energy they bring, a Witch should weave their magic into the allegedly mundane things, until there is no difference between the two. Instead of “As Above, So Below”, I’d say ACT ABOVE, ACT BELOW.
Wishing you a very, very Blessed Equinox!

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Recycling Projects: Plein Air Watercolour Box

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Although our summer lasts usually until mid November, temperatures are going back from Unbrereable Hell to just hot :). While most of my readers are feeling Autumn in the air already (lucky you!), we are beginning a second spring – it’s time for barbeques, walks in Nature, a bit of wildharvesting (mostly seeds and fruits), and my favourite end of summer activity – outdoor painting. This week, I made a small portable watercolour set with a box found in the trash, and I thought it would make a lovely post, so here are the details:

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Above, the box as found. It measures 30 x 18 cms. (12×7 inches)  per side, which is more or less like a cigar box.

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The first task was to create a palette for the watercolour paints, so I don’t have to carry the very heavy box of tubes. It was made with a small tin, where I glued eye shadow containers that I took from an old make up set. Below, you can see a small amount of my chosen colours on each container – these are left to dry, and just rewetted with the brush when needed. It may look like very little paint, but believe me, you don’t need more. The tin’s lid will be used as the mixing palette.

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Besides the watercolour palette, the lower tray has been filled with brushes, a couple of pencils, a cotton rag, a marker, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, and a small plastic container for water. The only thing missing would be a bottle filled with water, but since I always carry one when I go out for drinking, there was no need to add one here.

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On the upper tray, I fixed a piece of flat elastic with two tacks, and placed a piece of board cut to size (that will be the support while I work), a few pieces of watercolour paper, and a small notebook. If I want a bigger painting pad, I will carry it separately.

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The following day the palette was dry, so I gave the whole kit a test in my roof terrace – as you can see in the pic below, the test was a complete success and I really enjoyed working in my garden :). This kit is going to get lots of use, I can already tell you that! Below the picture, a scan of the finished watercolour, named Philodendron.

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As you can see, this is super easy, really cheap, all made with things found in the house, and you can make many different versions of it depending on your needs and painting/drawing media (for example, changing the watercolours for colour pencils or chalk pastels). And, it’s so small that you can use it everywhere – at your favourite coffee place, in Nature, on holidays, even in your car; with projects like this one, there are very few valid excuses for not working on your art!

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Painting Available: Waxing Moon

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21 x 29 cms/ 8×11 inches, acrylic on canvas mounted on board. 380$, international registered shipping included. Payment through Paypal invoice.

If you are interested in purchasing it, please email me or use the Contact Form of the website.

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Herbalism: Herb Bundle Recipes For Kitchen Witches

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Herbal bundles, fresh or dry, made for the occasion or in advance, are a very easy way to add herbs to your everyday Kitchen Witch routines – and make a lovely gift for those around you that don’t know much about herbs, because you can make them for their specific needs and taste, and choose the herbs yourself. They can be used in teas and soups/stews, or they can be untied and powdered in a coffee grinder, to be sprinkled as a spice. In this blog post, I am presenting you five of the most useful recipes that I use constantly, but as always, I encourage you to adapt them to what’s local and available where you live. There is only one thing to remember – that you use unbleached, 100% natural cotton thread to tie them, so it’s safe to heat it.

I have chosen the herbs for their medicinal/health properties, but Witches – remember intention when you are gathering them and tying them together. All herbs have magical properties, so connect with them while working!

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Bundle 1: To Flavour Soups, Meats And Stews: 1 part Rosemary, 3 parts Thyme, 3 parts Thyme, 2 parts Spearmint.

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Bundle 2: For When You Know You’re Getting Sick: 1 part Sage, 2 parts Peppermint, 1 part Lavender, 1 part Thyme. Strong taste, but it will stop that cold in its tracks!

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Bundle 3: For An Upset Stomach, Or After Binging On Heavy Foods: 1 part Fennel, 1 part Peppermint, 1 part Spearmint, 1 part Marjoram.

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Bundle 4: For Adding Scent To Your Barbecue Or Fireplace (Place On Coals): Equal parts of Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. The moore “woody” the cuts, the better, so choose the older branches of each plant.

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Bundle 5: Anti-Anxiety, And For A Good Sleep: 2 parts Lemon Verbena, 2 parts Linden, 1 Part Lavender, 2 parts Lemon Balm.

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Colouring Pages: Witch Tags

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Those readers who follow my social media updates sure know that I have been working on new colouring pages. First, I thought of making an ebook, but following as strong intuition (because that’s what us Witches do), I have decided to give away all the work here, in several posts, completely for FREE.

This is the third set – a two-page PDF with tags for your Apothecary, seed packets, magical supplies, and anything you need! As always, these are completely designed by hand, and have been edited in Photoshop only to fit as many tags and sizes per page as possible, so you don’t waste an inch of paper! Tip – print these in adhesive paper!

Remember that these are my original designs, so these pages are for personal use ONLY. You are most welcome to share this post (not the file alone) in all your social media. Click on the picture below to download the full size, two-page PDF file:

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Urban Gardening: The Garden In August

This post is a compilation of all the garden pictures that haven’t been posted already, all of them taken through the month of August. I like to keep a good archive of photographs for gardening documentation and for future articles, but a lot of them never get published because other posts and images take priority. As the month ends, I am gathering them together with a few magical tips, so all readers can enjoy the beauty – and may it inspire you to create your own urban garden!

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Although they should not (because of the extremely hot weather), Lavenders keep flowering and flowering :). A herb for peace, protection and healing, its holy presence is a blessing in our garden. Hang a sachet over your bed for better sleep and prophetic dreams.

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Lots of seed saving happening – take-out food containers are perfect for drying them, as we collect the seeds in small amounts through the season. Another small way to give a second life to items that would end up in the trash.

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August is harvesting, harvesting, harvesting. In the past week, I harvested over 50 bundles of herbs – sage, lavender, thyme, basil, and more. The pic above is about a third of it only.

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My first year growing Linden – another experiment that is doing much better than I expected! As Lavender, Linden doesn’t do well in such hard climate as ours, but these guys are truly fighters! These were brought as tiny seedlings from the plant nursery, and in two months they have reached over one metre tall.

Linden is used to sweeten and bring peace to spells for healing troubled relationships, and to bless and protect children.

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All the succulents, like this Aloe Africana, are spending the summer on the shade. As regular Aloe Vera, we use it as a ready-made-by-Nature ointment for any skin ailments, just cutting a leaf and collecting the gooey gel it provides. As for their magical properties, these are the best live protections for the home, specially the ones with thorns/spikes like this one.

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And finally, some lovely Calla Lilies flowering (Zantedeschia Genus) – no magical or medicinal properties, but keeping a special place in the garden because this plant is fifteen years old, and still flowers every single summer.  The bulbs were abandoned and dry in a pot when we moved here, and it was the first plant I had in this house – it keeps reminding me of the long process that building this urban garden has been, and of how a garden is a journey of love and dedication.

To celebrate the end of summer and the change of season, from today until Sunday I have a 50% Off Sale on my Wildharvesting ebook – was 15$, now only 7,50$! Please click on the picture below to go to the purchase page:

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