“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is my practice to have a sketch book on my person to record my thoughts or draw ideas. I am one of those creatures who believes that when the Muse strikes, you must write it down or you deserve the forgetfulness that follows. This rather peculiar perspective has amounted to a small library of my own journals, bursting with half-formed dreams, unfinished watercolors, notes from books I have read and theories on the Tarot, numerology and astrology. There are also sketches of wildflowers, superheroes and gods. Sometimes I tape in an inspirational postcard or magazine page. A few movie theater stubs are scattered here and there with names scrawled beside them, fellow attendees of that moment in time. From time to time, I do open one of these books and find renewal. Mostly, I use my journals to keep me firmly grounded in the present lest my head explode with all of the incoming information. I like to consecrate each new book with a collage of images that will serve me with fuel until I fill up its contents. A plain unadorned book simply will not do. I have to cultivate the personality of the tome before I can interact with it. So many blank pages can be daunting otherwise.
Recently, I made four sketch books, imbuing them with specific stories and spells, and realized that none of them were for me. I had made them for someone else! I now present them to you and if you feel so inclined as to desire one for your self or a loved one, you may do so in the stormantic Magick Shop! You can also click on the titles of the books to get to their individual sale pages. Otherwise, please enjoy my humble presentation.
Above I have shown the cover of the book I have titled “The Heart of the Matter.” This artist’s sketchbook (blank and unlined) has been collaged with images of the Egyptian Cat Goddess Bast, the Grim Reaper, a heart, vintage photographs and fabric. The heart was painted red and the whole cover was protected with many layers of Polycrylic to give it a nice sheen. I like to think it represents change for the better. Bast is the Goddess of Felicity and she protects the changing heart as it renews itself through memory. This book measures 8.75″ x 11.25″ (it’s .75″ thick).
This artist’s sketchbook (blank and unlined) has been collaged with images of an adventuring heroine, The World (21st Major Arcana card of the Tarot symbolizing completion and mastery), and fabric. It was then protected with many layers of Polycrylic. This book measures 8.75″ x 11.25″ (it’s .75″ thick). This piece depicts the cycle of the beginning a quest and finding personal power.
This artist’s sketchbook (blank and unlined) has been collaged with images from Michael Allred’s Madman comic and handmade pink fabric skulls. It was then painted with pink flames, doused with magickal faerie dust, and then protected with many layers of Polycrylic. This book measures 7″ x 7″ (it’s .75″ thick). Just as the many-armed character juggles the skulls, we find ways to balance the cycles of life, death and rebirth. The pink flames protect us with the love of the Divine Feminine (or Goddess, natch!).
This artist’s sketchbook (blank and unlined) has been collaged with images from Marvel Comics’ Avengers and an original file card of the Baroness from Hasbro’s G.I.Joe toy line and then protected with many layers of Polycrylic. The Avengers featured are: The Black Knight, Namor the Sub-Mariner, She-Hulk, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau), Marrina, Doctor Druid and Thor! This book measures 5.5″ x 8.25″ (it’s .75″ thick). This cover works in polarities by showing the camaraderie of the superhero team as a force for life in direct opposition to the undermining intentions of Intelligence Officer Baroness. Negativity can never stay hidden for long. The sun always rises to dispel the darkness.
An artist’s sketch book or an individual’s diary is an extremely personal thing. A blank book can be anything. Each of these books was created to assist you in finding your Muse! Enter the unknown and like the Emerson words I quoted at the beginning of this post, “enter where there is no path and leave a trail!”
Thanks for checking out my collage art books! I have other original artwork for sale in my Magick Shop! Please take a minute to browse!