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A Month of Drawings – #Inktober 2019

A Month of Drawings – #Inktober 2019

Inktober is now finished, and I almost made it to the end of the month.

I say “almost”, because I kind of fell off the wagon during the last week, having a lot of things to deal with at home beside enjoying Samhain Tide as much as I could. I planned and did so much magic and rituals and cooking and fun pumpkin carving this year that I don’t mind having ended Inktober a little bit sooner. This Witch feels that it was worth it.

I can’t really complain anyway, since I managed to respect the end-of-challenge goal that I set for myself: finishing up with a huge piece of pine wood featuring a Flock of Ravens, silently fluttering in the moonlight sky like an Ancient Omen.

Raven Wood Ornament

I can tell you that this piece actually means a great deal to me, and I can tell you why. It’s kind of a secret still, but hidden things are unveiled at Samhain, and I feel ready to whisper this one. This illustration is meant to play a part in a future Oracle Deck that I have in mind and have the desire to create in the future.

Don’t jump on conclusions too quickly though. This is still a vague project. I mean, I already pictured about 50 cards that will make their way into the deck, but that’s it for now. Most of it is only living in my head, I haven’t start any drawings, except for a couple of drafts here and there. So this won’t happen soon.

Also, may I remind you that I have a Lenormand Deck to publish first! 😉

All right, back to Inktober. If you’ve been with me on Instagram, then you know that I used the opportunity to introduce and highlight several tarot and oracle creators. And there was even more that I wish I had featured on my account, but I genuinely couldn’t manage to fit them all in such a short length of time.

Basically, I picked one card from a different deck of my collection each day to inspire me and create a little square card myself. One small walnut ink painting every day – plus a few extras wooden amulets – and soon it turned out to be a very pleasing collection of earthly monochrome designs.

#Inktober2019

And now I got to do something with it! So I figured, regarding the original drawings themselves, I’m going to add them to the next orders placed on the shop, as a cute little token of gratitude before the closing day. I might add a couple of Wooden Amulets as well. Who knows, maybe you will be the lucky one to get one of those.

Besides these improvised gifts, I’m thinking of burning a few of these designs on wood in the future. I already have my favorites that I absolutely want to create, but please, let me know what are yours so I can be able to make them too.

It’s that time of the year! #Inktober 2019

It’s that time of the year! #Inktober 2019

Isn’t October the most magical month of all? With all of the Fall delicacies, the yummy pumpkins and squash everywhere, the earthly scents of fallen leaves released by the touch of a light rain, the misty mornings that are getting chillier as the Sun rises later and, of course – of course! – the delightful perspective of Samhain and Halloween festivities at the end of the month.

But there’s another event that adds to the overall enchantment and magic, at least for me and, I suppose, for a whole lot of artists that participate all around the world. Yep, you got it, it’s the #Inktober challenge!

In case you don’t know already about the concept of it, it’s really simple: pick your favorite ink-related medium (or anything else really) and draw something each day for the entire month of October. There’s a list of prompts provided to get you started and inspire you with some ideas. I must admit though that I don’t usually follow it, and this edition won’t make the exception.

For this year’s Inktober, I want to include some of my favorite Tarot and Oracle decks to the challenge. I possess quite a number of them now and, if you didn’t know, I already use them regularly as a source of inspiration in my Creative Work. So I figured, I might as well do the same for this particular exercise, right?

Inktober Challenge

Anyway, as I’m writing and posting this, it’s October 3rd, and the Inktober challenge has already begun on my Instagram, so feel free to join me there at any time to see what is up. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll be posting a new walnut ink drawing each day, plus a few surprises along the way – because I honestly don’t think I can stay away from my wood-burning tools for that long.

Pyroctober challenge!

Pyroctober challenge!

Hiya!

Are you aware of the Inktober challenge that will soon take place on the Internet? No? Well, it’s as simple as this: one drawing per day during all the month of October, without any restriction except maybe the medium used, ink.

Every year, several artists are gathering together around the #inktober hashtag and this event is the perfect occasion for me to discover new talents that I”m happy to follow for the rest of the year. Needless to say, 2017 won’t make an exception, and I can’t wait for the challenge to begin, so I can lose myself in the social media searching for new illustrations that will bring me light and joy (and with the days growing shorter and shorter, I can use this sort of medication).

Ok fisrt, little highlight here on three artists that I love, and that I hope to see participate this year: Sieskja, Miss Nettle and Movezerb. You can follow them by clicking on the links. Some of them are French-speaking, but you don’t need to understand it to be amazed by their gorgeous illustrations. Now go! Pictures of the 2016 Inktober Challenge are waiting for you there.

Now how about me? I’ve never set myself to the challenge, not because I don’t feel like it, but mostly because I’m not an ink person. Now this got me thinking… a lot. And I guess I’ve found the perfect solution, just as I was waking up the other day. Not really sure ’bout the ink? No worry, just go for what you like the most. So this year, I will take some wood pieces from my stash, let my ever-favorite-companion-tool warm up a bit, and rename the challenge just for the occasion…

Say hi to the brand new “Pyroctober”! 😀

The idea is as simple as the original challenge: I’ll make a daily pyrography, which I’ll present you in the form of a natural wooden talisman. I already have many ideas of drawings to fill this month of October of wild treasures of all kinds. But I’m also going to allow myself to just follow the daily inspiration and what will come to my mind when the time comes. Fall season is always so full of surprises and inspiration that it’d be a foolish mistake to deprive myself of it, isn’t it?

The wooden talismans I’m going to create will be listed on the shop throughout the month, so you can purchase them if one does resonate with you. I’ll also add a special photo album on the Facebook page to regroup the 31 pyrography made during the challenge. Don’t hesitate to follow the #pyroctober hashtag on Instagram too if you want to see daily pictures of them.

I have a couple more ideas that I’ll probably develop while I’m progressing on the challenge, but I won’t talk about it right now. I just got my mind into this thing, and I’m kind of late considering that the challenge will begin in a few days. So I didn’t have the chance so far to really gather my thoughts and really plan for it to happen. It’s kind of messy, but hey, let’s say spontaneity will be the word for this one.

Anyway, I hope that you are as excited as I am by this little creative challenge (actually not so little in the end), and that you’ll enjoy to follow it with me and maybe encourage me to go to the end of it 🙂

See you next Sunday for the beginning!