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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.

Lune de Sève 2.0

Lune de Sève 2.0

(… since it’s the name given by a friend to encompass all the last changes in the shop and the transition that came with it, it had to be mentioned somewhere!)

Change is in the air, and in my workshop too. Again, yes. I talked a bit about it lately, explaining the main reasons that made me put down my brushes. Things have made their way since, and I’ve been experiencing a period of creative fever, which resulted in a lot of new creations listed in the shop this week.

"Golden Antlers" - Handmade wooden talisman

But let’s get straight to the point as there are a few different things I’d like to address and detail in this article.

🌿 My style is evolving

You may have noticed that my last creations are quite different from what I used to do before. In terms of drawing, I came back to my first love. From the (more or less) realistic animals that made the success of my Totem series, I went back to more stylized lines, focusing on shapes, symbols, and silhouettes (former graphist speaking here).

And to accompany this transformation, I also made some changes in the techniques I used. I’ve put aside my watercolor tools, which doesn’t mean I’d never get back to it in the future, but it’s not what I want to focus on right now. No more colors, I’ve decided to explore new things with walnut ink, a medium I’ve never manipulated before even if I always was drawn to it. And actually, I just love it! The way it gives different brown shades to the wood, the way it reveals and enhances the veins, the way it goes along with the darker lines of pyrography. Till this day, it has been such a great pleasure to work with it!

One particular thing didn’t change though: the gold leaf gilding, which you’ll keep seeing on most of my creations. Well, obviously, it’s kind of a part of Lune de Sève’s brand since the beginning 😉

🌿 One of a kind only

Unlike before, when I was doing 2 or maybe 3 copies of the same creation, from now on I will only make single pieces. I got to admit I’m a little bit tired of juggling between single pieces and small series, having to check my inventory as soon as I received a message about a jewel or another. And I don’t count the messages in which someone asks me to recreate a piece that has been out of stock for months. As you maybe know, since I tend to ramble about this over and over, doing too much of the same exact thing seriously hurts my creativity.

So, I guess at this point, I just have to simplify all of this. With “one of a kind” creations only, I’m assured to avoid boredom, and I’m providing you with the insurance to get a really unique piece, one that you won’t ever see anywhere else.

🌿 What about the creation on demand?

Until now, and to solve part of the problem called “I missed the creation I wanted, can you do it again pleaaase”, I had a plan: creation on demand. That is to say, I don’t necessarily have the stuff you want in stock, but if you want to get it, it’s still possible for me to redo it if you’re ok with the waiting part of the process. I’m thinking especially of the Totem series, which I definitely cannot create as single pieces because well, I’m slightly exaggerating but I mean, yeah, everyone just wants the one with the wolf :p

This system worked pretty well actually, but from now on, I won’t be doing it again, except for the classic runes and oghams sets (those which aren’t illustrated on the back). From my point of view, doing it this way didn’t resolve my issue with the “doing too much of the same exact thing seriously hur… ” (I think you got it now). So I’ll just stop here with these particular creations, and the Totem ornaments and boxes I have in stock right now will be available in the shop until they all find a new home.

But they will be the last ones. So if you’re interested in any of these creations, I’ll just say that there’s only one wolf Totem box available right now!

🌿 What about the custom orders?

In my latest blog post, I was talking about the fact that I’ve decided to listen more to myself, before taking so much of other’s opinions into consideration. I need to create in agreement with myself first, and it seems kind of incompatible with the custom orders, so what about them?

Well, I’m not stopping them for the moment, because I really like working on your projects too. They are a part of my fuel, and most of the time, custom orders push me to go further, they make me explore new possibilities and techniques, they make me think about objects and creations that I wouldn’t have thought otherwise. But, I’ll probably make some adjustments here to find more balance. Instead of putting aside everything else to prioritize a custom order (which sometimes led me to postpone new creations for the shop because I was busy working on several customs orders at the same time), I will now set a schedule and limit the number of places available over a given period.

I’ll speak more about it later on Facebook, but the idea is that I’ll now only take 3 or 4 custom requests per month, so I can focus on them correctly without being forced to pause everything else that is also important.

🌿 Making some space!

Hell yeah! Problem is, I need some physical space for the new creations, especially since among the old ones, some of them don’t correspond to me anymore. Sure they are a testimony to my path and the metamorphosis I went through, but if they could go and testify somewhere else while being of service to somebody, it’d be great as well ;p

That’s the reason why this year, I’m offering some sales on the shop up to -20%!

I know I can’t compete with big stores on this, not when they are up to -70%, but hey, we’re talking about lovely handcrafted items. No industrial work here at Lune de Sève, each and every piece that I make is imagined, dreamed, illustrated and created with my bare hands and a huge part of passion ♥