Chibi Belle from "Beauty and the Beast" Time Lapse Drawing

I had a wonderful time seeing the latest rendition of "Beauty and the Beast" at the theater with my husband.  It was a surprise treat and I definitely enjoyed our date at the movies. 

Out of all the Disney princesses, Belle was my absolute favorite.  I've related to her through her voracious appetite for books and being headstrong.  Somehow, I think she was a Taurus. I decided to do a quick sketch of Belle as a chibi via Autodesk Sketchbook Pro on my iPad Pro tablet. 

It was my first time filming a full length time lapse video, so please excuse the orientation. Next time, it'll be filmed on landscape mode. 

Here is the video:

If you would like to buy the art print, you can click here: https://society6.com/product/chibi-belle_print#s6-6766550p4a1v45

Blessings,
Diana

Change Is Good - Moving Away From Modern Witchy Woman And Coming Back Home

Change is good. And then change brings you back home. 

For the past two years, I've been fortunate to have tested out the waters with Modern Witchy Woman (previously Diamond Moonflower). Suffice to say, I'm glad that I took the risk. And I'm forever thankful to those whom I've provided the readings. Thank you for giving me a chance. 

However, it's time to hang up my services as a tarot reader and instead focus on the design and blogging end. I will be in the process of porting over the articles from MWW to my Red Lotus Designz. It'll still be called MWW, just on the writing end. You'll still see my articles on tarot spells, spreads and witchy things. Just on my design site. I want to focus on content, not selling my tarot services. 

You'll notice that there are some articles that I copied over with the same date. That's because Weebly didn't allow an export feature, so I had to do it manually >_<

As far as my daily card prompts, I'll post them on my personal social media profiles. I love to provide encouragement and my hope is to provide inspiration when times are tough. 

Most likely, I will be keeping the domain. However, the social media accounts related to it will be disabled. 

To me, Red Lotus Designz equates growth. It holds a sentimental value for me as this is what Ron and I founded back in 2011. It went through many evolutions. And this one will be bigger than that.  

I will expand on my shop to offer not just selling the art prints and apparel, but also my decks and offer design & promotional services to those who need help with their branding and websites. 

Thank you to everyone who believed in this witch. You're the real MVP 

Korean Drama Inspired Major Arcana Cards

I guess I love Korean Dramas too much.  When I'm not working on my projects, I usually like to relax and watch some shows on DramaFever.  I've lost track on how many shows I've watched.  At least I don't feel bad since Ron also watches them with me as well :D

I wanted to do a fun design project where I incorporate some of the popular Korean dramas on tarot cards.  I remember stumbling onto a post where a blogger created a nice set of Doctor Who Tarot Cards based on the 22 Major Arcana Tarot cards.  

The tarot card design template was taken from Arianod via DeviantArt.  I simply made some color modifications through Photoshop. From there, I was able to scour some of the images of the Korean Dramas and placed them inside the template.  The images have a wee bit of a surface blur to give it an artistic feel.  I wanted to keep the format a bit traditional (with the numeral numbers on top) since I'm basing it off from the Rider Waite Smith structure.  Except that these are more "modern looking". And with plenty of eye candy ;)

I had a fun time creating these tarot cards. Let me know what you think in the comments! Also, if you recognize any of these dramas, feel free to comment as well. 

Blessings,
Diana

DIY Healing Candles and Salves using Beeswax

Hello loves! This article is jammed packed with not one tutorial, but two! If you're looking for a way to up your DIY game and use it towards your practice, check out the sections below.

Making a Healing Candle

I love candles.  As someone who often buys smaller candles for spellwork, I was always curious as to how they were made. To my surprise, most of them are usually made with paraffin. If you're not aware of paraffin, they're derived from petroloum.  While they're cheaper to use with body care applications, using them as candles does emit a strong odor.  I remember using a candle that contained paraffin and didn't like the aftersmell behind it. Moreover, it releases toxic chemicals in the air, which is not safe especially when you're around children and pets.  

I did some research and found a better alternative - beeswax.  Unlike paraffin, beeswax is made naturally by worker bees. It has been around for thousand of years and has been used in various applications.  Beeswax is incredibly versitile.  The nice thing about creating beeswax candles is that it has a slower burning time, which is perfect for those who want to make their spells last longer.  While beeswax doesn't hold scents too well, I found out that adding coconut oil along with my essential oils does help hold the scent a lot longer.  Still, even without the scents, the warm glow from the candle is just as inviting as the sun.  If you're curious about how I created my own beeswax candle, then keep on reading!

You Will Need:

  • Beeswax pellets 
  • Candle tins
  • Essential oils of your choice
  • Coconut Oil
  • Hemp Wicks 
  • Wick stickers
  • Two pots (we'll be using the double boil method as this is a lot easier)

Directions:

  • Depending on what type of tins you're using, it's best to measure them one at a time. For the candle tins that I'm using, I would scoop the pellets onto the tin just to get an idea on how much I'll need to fill. The ratio for the beeswax and coconut oil is usually 1:1 since you want to make sure that whatever scents you use, it'll hold up nicely upon the burning process.
  • Once you figure out how much you'll need, pour the beeswax and coconut oil into the pot. Place it on the side for now. From there, take a wick and glue it onto the bottom of the tin can. Because of the thick consistency with beeswax, I chose hemp wick as it's sturdier and will allow a stable flame, rather than using a cotton wick. I use the wick stickers to help make it easy. However, if you don't have them at hand, you can just use a bit of glue on the bottom to seal. Wait for it to dry. 
  • Gather your essential oils. The trickiest part (in my opinion) is to choose which scents to put on the candle. For the most part, I've used citrus based oils. When creating your blend, be sure to keep it separately. You'll want to add those as the last step once the wax is melted. Otherwise, if you add it early, it'll evaporate by the time it's done. 
  • Find a pot and add a bit of water. Place the pot with the beeswax and coconut oil inside the water pot. Set it to medium heat. Let the contents in the pot melt and stir them slowly. 
  • Once the contents are fully melted, add at least 10 to 20 drops of your desired essential oil into the pot. Give it a quick stir. Immediately, remove from heat and pour the mixture into the tin can.
  • While the candle is curing, be sure to keep your wick straight and steady. I've used two chopsticks or two markers to keep them propped in the middle to prevent them from tipping.
  • Allow the candle to cure for about 30 minutes. Once it's fully solidified, trim the wick to your desired length.

You can see the amount of candles I've produced so far. I created the labels via Photoshop, printed them on vinyl paper and used a 2.5" circle punch for a more professional look. 

Making a healing salve 

 

As someone who keeps her makeup minimal (eyebrows, mascara and eye liner only), I wanted to find a way where I can create an all purpose salve for every part of my body. I never liked using multiple skin care products as they aggravate my skin due to the chemicals. Moreover, being a mother and having an active child on my hands, I do anticipate the cuts and bruises whenever my son runs around.

Making an all purpose healing salve is life changing, in my opinion. The thought of creating your own salve for whatever you need is truly astounding. You can can create a salve for protection, for connecting with your partner, for unlocking your third eye, etc. The list goes on!

For the salve that I created in the picture below, I used a combination of Lavender and Cannabis (and no, these won't make me hallucinate. The Cannabis oil was purchased at EdensGarden.com). I wanted a salve that not only calms my skin, but also help reduce the stress on my feet.
 

You will need:

  • Beeswax pellets
  • Tin can
  • Coconut oil
  • Shea butter
  • Jojoba oil
  • Essential oils of your choice
  • Dried herbs (optional)
  • Two pots as we will use the double boil method

Directions:

  • With one pot, fill it with water. For the second pot - fill in the desired amount of beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil. Generally, I do a 1:1 ratio on all of the contents. However, if you want your salve to be more creamier, then you can use more coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba oil. There is a bit of trial and error when making the salves since it's based on preference. 
  • Using the double boiler method, set your stove on medium heat. Cook the contents until it's fully melted.
  • Once they are melted, add in the desired amount of essential oils and dried herbs into the mix. Give it a quick stir.
  • Pour the mixture into your tin. Let the salve cool down until it's fully cured. It should do so within 10 - 20 minutes.

I hope you enjoyed the two tutorials! Let me know what you think in the comments. 

Blessings,
iana