Magickal Blessings Box

Way back when I lived in Woodenbong, on the far north border of New South Wales, I ordered a wooden box for my essential oils. It was well-made, heavy and great for my oils until we moved to North Cyprus. I pulled out the partitions and packed all my jewellery inside as it was so sturdy, and used a plastic box to hold my oils.

And then a couple of weeks ago I saw someone decorating woodwork and though it was time to cheer up my wooden box which was very plain indeed. I had been using it for jewellery but, as with the essential oils, my jewellery decamped to a plastic box.

I painted my box purple (what else????) but found a brush didn’t provide proper cover so used a sponge which really did the trick. Then I dabbed on some pink glittery paint blobs. I had just received in the post some sew-one patches to hide holes and stains on clothes I love and really can’t throw away, but missed putting away a white butterfly patch which one of my dogs chewed. I managed to salvage the remnants and they went on top of my box along with bits of jewellery I’ve collected over the years and various stick-on decorations.

The catch on the box has been decorated with a pendant by my artist friend, Tammy Vitale. I thought having something with “Live, Laugh, Love” on it, blessed the intent of my box and also re-affirmed for me the power of friendship with so many lovely people around the world.

So now I have a Magickal Blessings Box in which I put all sorts of odds and sods which have personal meanings for me, or remind me of grace in my life.

This is the top
And this is the front.

As Above, So Below

As above, so below

I was sitting in my front room when a mandala hanging on our wall caught my attention.  It’s the first one I ever created on a commercial basis and it was on the front cover of a New Age magazine in Brisbane (albeit a small photo, but on the cover, nonetheless).

Anyway, this mandala positively glowed at me so I went to work on a photo of it with the new gizmo on PicMonkey, Mirror Effect. Something I hadn’t realised before is that you can fiddle with the mirror image to produce different effects, and the image above reflects that. The turquoise frame is found on Pixlr.

I called it “As Above, So Below” because it is, of course, an image of a butterfly heralding change and transformation. The double image reflects the way inner change comes to the surface from within, then transforms what we do in our daily, outside lives.


ChangeI created this image again from the photo of the twisted tree in Japan.  The butterfly represents metamorphosis from the old to the new, while the lightning represents the sudden changes which can erupt in our lives and change our circumstances irrevocably. Quite often this sudden change can cast aside the fears and circumstances which hold us back, and open up new vistas and fresh visions as we move forward in our lives.

Amazing Grace

I found a canvas I’d created a while back of a sky scene and added over it an image of a pale purple/pink geranium flower, an image from the “Water” gizmo on PicMonkey and then another layer of butterflies. Looking at this photo reminded me of the loving song “Amazing Grace” and also how grace can enter our lives at the most unexpected times and help us walk our walk and talk our talk that much more easily.

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace

A Portal to the Stars of Life

A while back I fiddled with a painting I created in Australia which was called “Butterfly Transformation”. I didn’t feel it was quite finished so left it, but this afternoon got an idea of how I wanted to finish it off.

I added in a photo I used in my Autumn Leaves art piece, which is of blue leaves which originally were maroon. I super-imposed these into the centre of the digital image I’d created from my painting, then went to work with PicMonkey and a new plug-in I downloaded today from Topaz Labs for Photoshop which gives you all sorts of stars and different lighting effects.

The result reminded me of opening a portal to the stars of life, hence the title of this piece of digital art.

I’ve been working in a fairly concentrated fashion this afternoon as I rather liked the idea of creating my 500th blog but also because

A Portal to the Stars of Life
A Portal to the Stars of Life

tomorrow I’m working on two pieces for a couple of friends.

So with that, over and out!

Butterfly Transformation
Butterfly Transformation – incomplete image

Butterfly Transformation

Besparmak Butterfly – Art Every Day Month November 8

Besparmak Butterfly
Besparmak Butterfly

When I create art, I just browse among my photos to see what attracts my attention and, today, it was a photo I took recently of the Besparmak

Mountains which run parallel to the coast on the north side of the island. Where I live, I’m five minutes from the Mediterranean in front of our apartment, and five-tend minutes from the Besparmaks behind me. The name, by the way comes from “bes” meaning “five” and “parmak” meaning finger, which in turn comes from a big peak on the range called “Five Finger Mountain”.

I fiddled with the original photo then superimposed an image of a crystal butterfly from a mandala I created when I lived in Boonah, Queensland. I love mountains and these have been transformative for me, I’m very happy here and entranced with digital and surreal art, so thought a butterfly was appropriate as a symbol of transformation.