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There are a LOT of people who are hurting and are scared due to recent events and it breaks my heart when I see that devastation on my friend’s faces or hear it in their trembling voices. What’s going on terrifies me and everyone’s collective panic is palpable. It is in these moments that I feel I have to reach out to others who feel the same, just for the sheer relief that we will not be walking this path alone.

While scrolling through my Instagram I came across a post by @pixielighthorse, it was a message of comfort and solidarity, a project where us artists join together and do what we do best. Create and spread a message. Pixie explains it better than I ever could in her blog post here, but the gist is that we create a piece of artwork with this message and share it everywhere we can. We post it to our social media accounts and we can print out our work as posters to display in places where people can see it.

Above you will see my contribution to the #artistsforlove movement. It is available as a free download here so you may spread it too, though I hope you also create your own artwork too!

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no place for despair, no time for self-pity, not need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. This is how civilisations heal.” – Toni Morrison

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Today I wanted to share my current favourite tarot spread with you all! This is a spread designed to help you communicate with a menagerie of beings, from deities and angels, to spirit guides and even the universe! A great thing about this spread is that you can do it as little or often as you like, if you want to check in daily with your spiritual team for guidance then it’s perfect, but it’s equally perfect as a way to seek guidance from your guardian angels every now and again.

So lets move onto the spread! This is a three card reading and you can use any deck you like, even digital ones like phone apps work! What I like to do is ask whoever I’m trying to contact to communicate with me through the deck, then I begin shuffling while thinking of my questions. Once it “feels” right I stop, cut the deck and draw three cards.

CARD ONE:  WHAT ISSUE ARE “MY GUIDES” HELPING ME WITH NOW?

CARD TWO: WHAT DO “MY GUIDES” WANT ME TO KNOW?

CARD THREE: HOW CAN I BETTER CONNECT WITH “MY GUIDES”?

I’ve put “my guides” in quotation marks as a marker that you can replace this bit with whatever fits for you, it could be your angels or the name of a deity you work with! What I love about tarot spreads is that they are pretty damn versatile, once you find a particular one that resonates with you it can be chopped and changed in any way to fit your intention or question!

FUN IDEA
Research into a pop-pantheon or pop culture-pantheon! Once you identify some popular culture characters or historical figures you idolise, you can ever communicate with them on relevant matters! Getting art advice from Frida Kahlo, heck yes!


I use this spread all the time and find it really comforting and helpful, so I would love if you would try it out and let me know how it goes for you!

I found this spread online a long time ago but can’t find the source right now, so if you’re the creator please let me know so I can credit you!

So I was very grateful to receive money from my family for my birthday this year, with this money and my savings I was able to finally purchase an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil! I’ve wanted to get these since I first saw them released and did some research to see how well it works for creating artwork. After checking out all the information I could find, I came to the conclusion that this would be a cheaper and more versatile option for me over the Wacom Cintiq, a drawing tablet that I’ve been lusting over for as long as I knew about Wacom as a company! I’m now three months into my iPad Pro art journey and I don’t think I will go back to my old graphics tablet to draw ever again! My two favourite art apps are Procreate, an amazing art app that’s incredibly versatile; and AstroPad, an app that turns the iPad into a graphics tablet so you can use it with your computer programs like Adobe Photoshop! Drawing in Procreate is so fluid and feels so natural that it makes Photoshop feel clunky to me! Although it costs about £4.49 to purchase, I have never regretted doing so as this app has helped me so much to develop as an artist and illustrator.

So do you fancy seeing some of the pieces I’ve made with my new tools? You’ve probably already seen them if you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, but I’m actually very proud of how these have come out, so I hope you like them!

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Be sure to use the coupon code “MYFAIRPIXELBLOG” to get 15% OFF in my Etsy shop!

I’ve also uploaded the sketching and painting process of “SEER” to my YouTube channel so be sure to watch that too!

I hope you like the work I’m creating now! I feel like I can be more experimental now so I’m having a lot of fun with it!

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Hey guys, today I really wanted to share this tarot card spread that I came up with when I was struggling with artist’s block! When you’re suffering from a creativity block you can become super frustrated and annoyed with yourself, but I find that if you take out 10 mins or so to try and address the situation in a detached way, things can become a lot less stressful. With this spread we ask What is blocking our creativity? How we can unblock our creativity? And how we can keep our creativity flowing? This spread is set up to open up a discussion with ourselves so we can identify the problems we may have not recognised before, and how we can keep the stream of creativity flowing once we’ve unplugged that sucker!

Here are the cards that I got!

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WHAT IS BLOCKING MY CREATIVITY? – NINE OF CUPS
I’m too set on seeing all my hopes and dreams come true. So much so that before I even consider if an illustration concept would be fun or interesting, I’m already thinking if other people would like it, buy it and get me to where I want to be financially. I need to surrender these desires more and focus on what I enjoy creating. If I illustrate purely for the love of it, not only will my creativity flourish but my hopes and dreams will be closer to becoming tangible naturally.HOW CAN I UNBLOCK MY CREATIVITY? – JUSTICE
Decisions need to be made. Creative decisions, non-creative decisions, all the decisions! The more I work my brain and problem-solve, the easier it will become. When I am able to make sound decisions and trust in my own judgement, I can quickly get through ideas and already know which will make great concepts to work on and what to forget about. Through this process more ideas becomes even more ideas and the stream of creativity becomes more free.

HOW CAN I KEEP THE CREATIVITY FLOWING? – THE STAR
The Star is all about being hopeful and maintaining peace of mind. If I focus on cultivating my mind to be positive, hopeful and serene, then the creativity will be in full flow. Stress is a main factor that contributes to my art block, so being able to manage that gives me the best chance to avoid blocks altogether. To combat stress and promote peace of mind, I am currently experimenting with a gratitude and meditation practice. I’ve read that these two practices are great at minimising the effects of stress, so if it works for me they may be an invaluable way for me to keep my creativity flowing too!

So thats just a quick example showing the cards I drew and my current situation with art block. I hope you find this spread helpful and if you want any help deciphering your own cards then just drop me a tweet!

P.S. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own Tarot deck, there are Tarot apps that you can get for your phone that will work just as well!

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Welp, it’s been a while since I set some monthly art goals, wanna know why? Well my last set of goals made me into a complete mess!! I set goals that I just could not keep up with, which made me feel really crappy about myself & my work, and ultimately burnt me out. So why am I back making more goals? Am I daft?! Maybe.. but I really do believe that goal setting is vital for self-improvement, so I have three new goals for this month. I’ve also purposefully made the goals quite easy to accomplish just so I can ease myself back into this process.. and not go through what happened last time!! So here are the three things I’m going to be focusing on this month!

1 )  DRAW AT LEAST ONE ILLUSTRATION A WEEK!
The most foolproof way get better at something, is just to keep doing it! If I wanna get better at illustrating then I need to make more illustrations! Since I’m doing my #100days project at the moment I have been barely drawing anything else as it’s been keeping me quite busy, I think I can manage to get one separate illustration completed each week though!

2 )  PRACTICE DRAWING MORE PLANTS & INSECTS!
I adore looking at plants & insects, and I really enjoy drawing them too! My illustrations have featured a number of beetles and moths in the past but I would love to expand my repertoire and get even more creepy-crawlies involved. Plants too, I love drawing different types of leaves but I really struggle with flowers, so getting some practice in will be super helpful!

3 )  EXPERIMENT MORE WITH INK!
Pretty much all of my artwork is done in black indian ink right now and I really love the medium, but I’m not really playing around with it and seeing what it can do. I know that ink is incredibly versatile, I just haven’t been versatile with it yet. This is the month where I will change that and hopefully develop some new techniques for my work!

As I said they’re easy goals, but it’s also very easy to fail at any goal so I think these are a good restart point for me. If I don’t manage all of them then I’m going to try to not beat myself up about it, I can’t afford to hit another art block like the last one!

​Let me know what you think of the goals I’ve set and if you have any goals for this month!