Planner Friday: Peacockery

Sometimes I find inspiration in books, movies, things I enjoy doing, even color palettes. Sometimes I’m screwing around on Etsy and see some cool digital paper that I want to download and chop into pieces.   There’s so many gorgeous “paper packs” on Etsy, and they’re almost always irresistibly inexpensive.  

That’s exactly what I did this week – I wandered into Paula Kim Studios and found this bright, pretty collection of watercolor-y peacock-y digital papers.  While I was there I got a couple of other packs for weeks in the future when I’m in need of inspiration.  

The font is Andalusia, available from Creative Market.

Here are some other favorite digital paper packs I’ve found on Etsy:

Vintage Forest (and lots of others at FrouFrou Craft)

Gothic Rose, Teal Gothic, and Antique Star Maps at Origins Digital Curio.  (As you can probably guess I don’t go in for the cutesy stuff a lot of sellers have – my faves are usually either vintage styled or watercolor.)

One of my very favorites is this set of galaxy watercolor papers from ClipartAndPrintables – the colors are so deep and rich!  It’s hard to find watercolor images in darker colors.

 

 

 

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Planner…Monday, whoops.

It took me until Tuesday of last week to even get my planner in order – it was that kind of messed up week.  But I did manage to pretty it up eventually.

This week I went with a single artist, the ever-popular John William Waterhouse.  I’m guessing if you’re a girl-type person of a mystical bent you probably had at least one Waterhouse hanging in your dorm room.  

Waterhouse is usually associated with the Pre-Raphaelites but in fact he painted a number of years later, inspired both by the PreRaphaelite brotherhood and by Greco-Roman, Arthurian, and Shakespearean mythology.  

I love his use of colors, and the sense of movement in many of his paintings, particularly that born of the wind.  I chose some of my favorite Waterhouse paintings for this theme.

The font is called Radaern, and is available for free.

You might notice my error – I accidentally duplicated the weekend Mood Box sticker instead of the weekday one.  Oh well.  I knew what it meant.

You might also notice how little I wrote on this week’s planner even though by the time I remembered to take pictures the week was nearly over.  Some weeks I write all over the pages and some weeks I barely have a to-do list.  Life has a way of doing that.  I don’t always have the time, energy, or fucks available to be thorough in my planning; but there’s plenty of room for whatever I need, even if I just need something pretty to look at now and then.

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Planner Friday – Doe! A Deer! A Planner Deer!

This week we feature one of my favorite animals, deer (and their relatives).  I’ve always adored the white-tails who inhabit my part of the world, and knowing that I came from people who killed them pretty much just for fun** broke my heart long after I finished reading Bambi.

That’s right, reading – did you know Bambi started out as a novel by Felix Salten?  I need to keep my eye out for a copy of the edition I checked out from the library a hundred times as a kid.  It’s ostensibly a children’s book, but it’s pretty damn dark, sort of a lighter version of something like Watership Down (another favorite book of my childhood, go figure). There’s no Thumper, no Flower, but there is a lot of death and a less romanticized version of Bambi and Faline’s relationship (meaning they basically only had one until mating season was over).  

Anyway, leaving for work at 6:30 in the morning means I often get to see deer up around my workplace which is on a huge wooded lot.  They still make my breath catch when they run, and their little spotty babies with the big knobby knees still make me squee.  I’ve long considered deer a sacred animal (not that they’re not all sacred, but this one has a particular mystical significance for me, both as a creature of the forest and as the symbolic animal of my once-upon-a-dance god).

Art resources I could find are below the images.

Font:  Woodgod (free)

Tuesday

Unknown by Olena Shmahalo   – Thank God for TinEye.com or I’d never have figured out the artist of this lovely piece!  I still have no idea what its name is, as it isn’t in her gallery.

Friday  

Fermata by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.  Prints available.

Sunday

Glade by Bluecrow10. No prints of this one, but you can download it.

 

** Don’t bother defending hunting in comments, I won’t answer – vegan, remember?

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Planner Friday: Just Say Om

I’ve been gradually gearing up to start a mild, possibly sporadic at first, and low-key yoga practice, which I’ll write about in more detail later (specifically about the resources I’ve found for fat girls who want to get their yoga on).  

You might have inferred from weeks of looking at my sidebar that I already have a mild, sporadic, and low-key meditation practice, which is quite true.  I play around with different techniques and approaches, born out of a love affair with Sally Kempton’s book Meditation for the Love of It and her audiobooks on the subject – seriously if you want to start meditating for any reason I highly recommend her recording Beginning Meditation: Enjoying Your Own Deepest Experience which you can get on Amazon, iTunes, and other ear-filling places.

Thus, I decided to start May off by both invoking and commemorating my hopefully-long-term and hopefully-meaningful practice.  And even though I don’t really celebrate Beltane these days (it was never my favorite anyway) I wanted to mark the date with a lovely image that I think is from one of the endless wedding boards on Pinterest.

A Momentary Aside:

People ask me frequently if I sell my weekly themes in my shop, and no, I don’t – they’re usually made up of other people’s artwork, and while I shamelessly gank it from Pinterest to use once in in a 1.5″ sticker, I won’t sell it. A lot of the planner stickers you see on Etsy feature stolen artwork – I’ve even seen people say they have the copyright to the images they’re so obviously stealing from other Etsy sellers when I know that’s a flat out lie.  I use graphics, fonts, and backgrounds I’ve paid for or otherwise legitimately downloaded but everything in my shop was made by me.  

I’d much rather the artists profit from this tiny bit of exposure, so I’m going to try and list more sources when possible.  I’ve always planned on doing it but time gets away from me and I dash off my Friday posts without thinking much past “god I’m a terrible photographer.”  This being the internet sometimes I won’t be able to find them all, but I’ll do my best.  I hope it will lead at least some of you to check them out.

If you see an image here that I haven’t credited and you know the artist please let me know.  Sources will be listed after the pics.  

Also, the yogis in some of the photos are newfound loves of mine, which again I’ll discuss in more depth on my eventual yoga post, but for now you should at least know who these amazing women are!

The font is my longtime favorite, Petras Script.

Artists and Sources:

Monday

Jessamyn Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga – check out her awesome instructional videos all over YouTube.

Wednesday

Dana Falsetti – She’s amazing too!

Thursday

Blessing by Fukari on DeviantArt – Sadly not available in a print.

 

La Paloma by Holly Sierra – Creatrix of the Chrysalis Tarot – does anyone have this deck?  I’ve been lusting after it for months even though traditional Tarot doesn’t usually do it for me.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to order this card for my altar at the very least.  

Friday

Namaste by Claudia Tremblay – oooooooh so gorgeous.

Weekend

Body of Flowers by Meganne Forbes – Amazing devotional watercolors.  

Crown Chakra by Charlotte Thomson – I LOVE her chakra yogini series!  Lots of curvy ladies and so much joy, especially in my other favorite of the series, the Solar Plexus chakra.  I’m trying to decide between the full set of postcards or just prints of my favorites.  

Happy weekend to all!

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