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Gumpy Cat Hat Scrolling through Facebook, thinking about how far behind I am on my 30 paintings in 30 days for iATCs… and this happened. Somehow I think Grumpy Cat would totally approve.

#16 for 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge for January.

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30 Paintings & Art Journaling

Chubby Cats deco book cover by IceKat.

Chubby Cats deco book cover by IceKat.

So in my infinite wisdom, I decided to sign up for the January 30 Paintings in 30 Days challenge at iATCs. It has coincided with my participation in the Come to the Fire art journal class I’ve started, and some other things, so I thought Suuuuure… why not? It’ll be fun, they said, you’ll like it, they said…ย What else have you got to do with your time? And besides, I have a lot of deco books to get moving along out of here. *sigh…

Here are some of my paintings so far. A lot of them are for deco books in this batch.

Pan and Delirium by IceKat.

Pan and Delirium by IceKat.

Above is a chubby cat made on a little cardboard cutout. I made a few of those shapes, though I can’t remember for the life of me what they were originally for. LOL

Pan for a Greek Myths book, and Delirium for a Sandman the Endless book were a couple faves to draw and paint up. I’ve probably drawn Pan most of the male deities, and Bast for females.

funky girlNext is a funky girl for… I believe it was CatPratt’s book. I don’t especially like her but I’m including it for the sake of completely documenting my 30 paintings.

I was trying for a silly maybe sort of Harajuku kind of look but it didn’t really hit the mark for me. That’s okay, lots more books to take a shot at these sorts of things.

Cake by the Ocean by IceKat

Cake by the Ocean by IceKat

Cake by the Ocean for a book of lyrics. I had fun with this one, as you can tell from all the little details on the cake. Fancy cakes are both amusing and tedious to draw. LOL

Admittedly, I enjoyed doing the background too. Sea and sky are nice to paint, and remind me of the landscapes I started off learning when I was taking oil painting lessons. I still try to handle watercolours a bit like oils, and it’s difficult sometimes to get it right.

So that’s 5 down.

Release and receive meditation by IceKat

Release and receive meditation by IceKat

#6 brings us to art journal paintings based on meditations. Some I’ll explain more than others. This one is based on a year end exercise by Effy Wild. On the left your write all over the page the things you want to release from the past year. Everything, writing one way, then turning the page and writing at an angle to that. Then on the right side you do the same but with things you want to be open to receiving.

After that, you paint over the words. My winter scene features the sacred Yule deer. Deer and stags have been popping up for me in different ways lately. This is a spread from my spell book project.

lion journal cover by IceKat

lion journal cover by IceKat

#7 Next we have the cover of my cosmic smash book from the Come to the Fire course. Lions are my deep totem animal, and spirals really speak to me. He didn’t come out as I pictured, but that’s okay. He looks more kindly than fierce, which I’ll grudgingly admit is more me. His mane is meant to be fiery.

I’ve since added some flat-backed gems that match on the right side corners, and ribbons and charms on the spine. You can see the red string I started with for the middle spread, which is based on the red thread concept where everyone is connected. It’s quantum. It’s a lot to explain here.

grounding page by IceKat

grounding page by IceKat

#8 The center spread of this journal is my grounding page. Earth for me is grounding, and I picture roots and the slow pulse of a heart deep in the ground. There’s a gold spiral on the heart, which didn’t come out because of the angle of the pages and the flash. My handprints were done in gold paint (so fun to keep finding that for days!). The idea is to be able to lay your hands on the page and get that feeling any time.

 

Roots and Sprouts meditation by IceKat

Roots and Sprouts meditation by IceKat

#9 The roots and spouts meditation was part of the Woman Unleashed program this year, and was led by Deanna L’am.

I didn’t capture the pulsing sensation that went with this one, but that’s fine. I like how this came out, and the sense of rootedness and the sprouting, and the tender fresh colours of the sprout, which I wouldn’t normally use.

I sneaked this one into the same journal because it all feels like part of the same introspective work to me. The crumpled pages really worked with the feel of the earth, to me. It’s harder to paint on, and harder to get a more perfected look that I normally aim for, so it’s a challenge in more ways than just painting or just doing the meditation work.

The Torchbearers meditation by IceKat

The Torchbearers meditation by IceKat

#10 The Torchbearers was a meditation about choosing the things you want to burn up, and the things you want to celebrate, also from Woman Unleashed.

The idea here was to draw them all in loose form, not letting your pencil leave the page. I imagined painting it a lot more… tidily? More finished? I don’t know, but it didn’t want it and I let it be. I don’t think the line work was my sort of thing but I liked the lesson.

It was again speaking to me of Delight, which I sure haven’t had enough of in my life! I think I’ll embrace it.

 

Self-Mother meditation by IceKat

Self-Mother meditation by IceKat

#11 is Self-Mother, which came from a wonderful meditation on wounds and medicine. Chris Zydel taught this class in Woman Unleashed.

I LOVE this piece and how it feels, but I don’t really want to talk too much about my insights because they’re personal and not meant to involve anyone else. It’s about what I need and how I feel.

I do plan to use this meditation again in the future, because I found it really helpful and insightful. I even left some space in my book for the resulting drawings.

PS, yes, that’s my kitty Pixie in the painting. ๐Ÿ™‚

Showing Up 2017 by IceKat

Showing Up 2017 by IceKat

#12 is about how I want to show up in the world. Not that I necessarily want to be pegged as a witch, but I like the witchy hat just as a magical thinking hat. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like that idea. Anyhow, I scanned this before I wrote in all the little bits and pieces so that I wouldn’t feel stared at. But there are things written in all around the image in my journal.

Those are my 4 kitties because they figure greatly in my life. They are my companions and little buddies, and sometimes like my children. I can’t imagine my life without them.

There’s also a photo near my hand of my wifey-thing, so she’s there too.

Sovereignty meditation by IceKat

Sovereignty meditation by IceKat

#13 is from an amazing meditation on sovereignty, something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. I never felt like I had any before, so I’m taking it now! Elayne Doughty led this one, and she’s wonderful! I love her energy, so I went and joined her Facebook group.

I like how this feels a bit like a tarot card. And more roots! The throne, heart, scepter, and orb all have meanings from the meditation, but that would again be long to get into.

Also, I’ve been thinking of doing a little crown tattoo sometime soon. Then this whole thing happened and I know I will.

My door and my gift by IceKat

My door and my gift by IceKat

#14 and 15: Okay, last one for now, folks. This meditation was to go see our Muse. We were then to paint the door we saw on the way, and the gift she gave us. I’m still working on my actual Muse, and I’m not sure if I want to share her at this point. Maybe later.

Anyhow, she first said to me “Don’t play small.” And then we received a red box holding the gift. My box was the gift, and it opened into this chest of many little drawers and the doors had shelves and it was very cool! She told me then that I have everything I need. I think on many levels that’s true.

Anyhow, that’s it for now! I have some catching up to do!

 

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Get Your Creepy Halloween Now!

IceKat's Creepy Halloween Coloring BookWoot! I finished the 13 image IceKat’s Creepy Halloween in time for October’s spooky buying season. People ordering hard copies can get them in time from Amazon to enjoy for the best of all holidays! It will replicate to the other Amazon shops over the next few days. ๐Ÿ˜€

Check out my Etsy shop to the right —> and you will see Creepy Halloween in digital printable form as well!

There are some pictures in here I just LOVE! Including the last one, a very creepy scarecrow. And the cat witch (she’s more adorable than creepy, but some people don’t like anthros). Check out my sample images below to see what’s included in this book. I encourage people to use the images for sticking into journals, scrapbooks, etc, so go wild! Just don’t use it for copying to others or commercial purposes, thanks!

Creepy Halloween Samples

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Foxy!

Working verrrry slowly on the Flight of Fantasy colouring book. Having carpal tunnel-related pain and such, so this project has stretched out way farther than it was ever meant to. So here’s a preview!

See that awful eraser? Yeah. Pixie keeps stealing it and anything else she can get her little mouth on. Maybe it’s my fault for naming her Pixie. Le sigh.

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Pagan Travelers Notebooks Ready

I finally got these babies finished and uploaded to Etsy! You can pop over there with the shop widget on the right. —>

Pan TN front coverThe first is based on my Lord of the Wildwood oil painting, and the cover itself is painted in mottled browns and metallic gold. The print is edged with black dotwork. I wanted it to be masculine enough for a male to carry, but also appealing possibly to a woman. The elastic closure has an antique brass key charm. Click the image if you want to see a larger picture. ๐Ÿ™‚ The painting has been one of my favourites, but the original was damaged in all my moving around from place to place.

 

 

Pan TN interior with insertThe interior has a tan damask pattern, and the blank cahier-sized insert is decorated to match the overall cover. There are 4 elastics, so you can really stuff this cover full with everything you need! You can visit my Etsy for more images of this item.

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Lord & Lady TN coverAnd this is the second travelers notebook uploaded to Etsy. This one is from a watercolour painting I did for a pagan swap, and features the Lord & Lady beneath wisteria and grapes. The background is mottled shades of purple and metallic gold, and the print is edged with gold dotwork. There is a purple faux gem at the bottom of the picture. The elastic closure has a silver flower fall charm.

I was thinking this might make a nice handfasting planner or gift. I have another design I’m thinking of promoting very specifically for that, too, but this is nice I think.

Lord & Lady TN interiorHere’s the interior. It has a nice cream and mild purple flower paper as a liner. The cahier insert matches, with the addition of the antique white lace. I quite like this one. Could be the purple. LOL

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Digital Colouring Books!

Whimsical Cats Coloring BookOh hey, so I did this thing… Now you can get my coloring books in digital format. So you can print it out on nice Bristol or cardstock, whatever you like, right at home! Both Whimsical Cats and Witchy Wonders are a go! Get them on my Etsy:
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Or just click the Etsy mini shop on the right of this post to check out my digital goodies! Happy colouring!
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Ganesha will Overcome your Obstacles!

Ganesha TN coverI have a bit of a thing for Ganesha. He seems creative and helpful, though I am by no means an expert and wouldn’t want to claim any deep knowledge of him. So a while ago I did this watercolour card based on a gorgeous statue, and thought I might like to print it out and play with it. This is the result: a Ganesha travelers notebook, again created from a hardcover book. ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE it. I think he’s just lovely, and the whole project came together perfectly. I just happened to find all the materials that made it work.

He has faux gems and silver dotwork all around the image on the front cover you see here. The closure elastic has a ceramic bead in blue-green tones that go with the image pretty well.

Ganesha insertThe insert notebook matches both the front cover and the interior. The littler Ganesha image is actually a shaker card, with little gems and sequins inside. I think it’s adorable. The blue paisley paper matches the cover interior, as does the strip of cotton lace in antique white.

This is ‘cahier’ sized once again. I think most of these traveler’s notebooks I make will be, since it’s the most common size that hardcover books are produced in. Plus I like the size for working in, so I bought a bunch. LOL Really fun for decorating as well, since there’s room to put a bunch of elements on without making it seem crowded, I think.

Ganesha full coverHere you can see the full outside cover. The back is plain this time, but the spine is covered with an adorable Indian elephant ribbon that my darling found for my stash once upon a time. She has a knack for knowing what I’ll want to play with, somehow. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I still have some left! *happy dance*

Normally elephants aren’t particularly my thing, but this just came together so perfectly, I think. The colours and themes just all work together, and the paisley paper even matched. Synchronicity, maybe?

Ganesha interiorLastly we have the interior, which shows the paper lining with the notebook inside. Again, we have 4 elastics for tons of inserts! I really like how the lace looks with the blue paper, so I may need to dig up more of that to hoard for next time!

So that’s it! If you’re interested in this or other traveler’s notebook covers I make, take a poke at my Etsy shop on the right margin to see what’s available, or to ask about a custom design! I’m having so much fun making these right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you’re liking them too!

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Peacock Altered Book

Peacock book coverThis one took a while of puttering at it before it was done. Even with a generous number of pages removed, it’s still a bit bulky once I added flaps and such. This one has a real peacock feather on the front, glitter, and a wooden piece that says Dream painted gold. There is lace on the spine, and it’s signed on the back. The glitter shouldn’t shed too badly, as I’ve added layers of clear spray over top (no guarantees, though!).

 

Peacock book inside cover with pocket and envelope.

Peacock book inside cover with pocket and envelope.

29 double sided pages inside have purples and greens, with more peacock feathers and pretty details. Some papers and tags have fold foil or purple foil. Lots of pockets and flaps add interest. Among the matching tags are a lilac envelope and a little booklet. I used a variety of papers in this project, both open stockย and from different stacks. The book is about 5.5 x 8.5 ”ย with about a one inch spine.

This will be available on Etsy. I’m planning to video a flip through to show offย all the pages and tags.

 

Peacock book inside cover back

Peacock book inside cover back

This book would make a great journal, album for an exotic theme, book of spells/grimoire, etc. I personally think it’s beautiful, as peacock feathers are one of my favourite things. Giving one up from my collection (not to mention all the papers) was really difficult! But the result is worth it, and I am happy when I flip through this book to admire the pages. I can imagine using it myself.

Peacock book full cover

Peacock book full cover

Peacock book pages with tuck space and tags on right.

Peacock book pages with tuck space and tags on right.

Peacock book pages 3

Peacock book pages with pocket on left, including mini booklet and foil tag.

Peacock book pages 2

Peacock book pages with roses side flap.

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Doctor Who Traveler’s Notebook

TARDIS TN front Space Insert TARDIS TN interior IMG_0296So this is my latest pretty thing! I love it! I’ve been wanting to take on a galaxy painting, and I am so proud of how it came out. ๐Ÿ™‚ย This is my Doctor Who inspired Traveler’s Notebook/Midori style notebook cover with matching insert. It takes “cahier” sized inserts (8.25 x 5.5″). This one has been painted on the front cover to go with the theme. There is a shaker card attached to the inside cover, visible in the third photo on the left side, which has my rendition of the TARDIS in “Starry Night.” You can see a closeup of the shaker card in the fourth photo.

The spine has 4 elastic strings to hold, like, a bajillion inserts if you want. Finally, the elastic closure has a TARDIS dangle, which is a little weeny bit wavy on one corner, but that was space-damage, I hear. This is made from an upcycled book cover, so forgive any minor imperfections. There’s a photo of the full open cover at the very bottom.ย 

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Yes, I’m willing to make more. No, I can’t guarantee it’ll be identical.

TARDIS TN full cover

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Another Deco Book and Traveler’s Notebook

Memento Mori decoMemento Mori is for another TF Balding deco. LOL I think I have a whole stack of her books here still! Fun themes, though. ๐Ÿ™‚ The idea for this one came from a tattoo on a show, and after I drew my own version, I realized the cover of her book was similar. that’s okay… I clearly need to practice drawing realistic skulls, especially if I’m getting back into tattoos.

Speaking of which, I’m getting back into tattoos! Go take a peek at my Tattoos page to see the pictures I dug out of the depths of my hard drive. ๐Ÿ™‚ None of them is recent, but I’ll post more when I’ve got some. I’m going to practice on myself before subjecting any victims clients to my needle…

My TN coverSo I’ve started mucking about with altered books. And traveler’s notebooks. This is what happens when those two things get together and have a baby: my altered book traveler’s notebook! The cover is hollowed out of pages, and I covered the interior with tea dyed papers ripped up and applied. The exterior is purple mottled with silver with a black area inset just a smidge. On that is a bat embellishment I got at Michaels, and metal corner bits. The elastic closure has a metal dangle that says Believe.

This book holds cahier sized inserts. I’ve got one in there, along with a Michaels notebook, a little datebook, and a folded over trading card holder for tucking odds and ends into. I’m going to make myself a nice dashboard and pocket folder later.

I only had thin elastic this time around so I doubled it, but now I have some nice 2mm stuff in black, white, and rainbow, so my next ones will be super awesome! The holes have eyelets in them to protect the book spine from wear. And now I’m hunting old books to make into more of these, because I really like the hardcover finish rather than the floppy kind. That said, I’m still going to mess with making some fabric ones. Because I can.

My TN inside

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