Tag Archives: Rachel Patterson

Colouring for Fun and Profit

 

Like most children, I had colouring books, but as soon as I could draw for myself I did more of that. Adult colouring books aren’t something I would automatically have gone for – but this is because I kept drawing. Many people don’t – and the reasons often have little to do with ability or personal potential. Creativity is often seen as frivolous, not proper work, not something that will provide a real job.

So, on the profit side, it’s worth considering that creative industry is worth a lot of money. Every single manufactured item you own was designed by someone. There are even jobs colouring in. I know because I do it. In the comics industry, it’s perfectly normal for the original drawing and the colours to be done by different people.

On the emotional side, creativity is essential. We aren’t meant to be cogs in a machine, dutifully performing tasks without thought, care or room for innovation. All of us have the capacity to be creative. Many of us are denied the opportunities, or actively discouraged from taking them. Creativity doesn’t sit well with doing what you’re told and accepting what you’re given, and that’s probably why so many people are steered away from it, and why it’s so often presented as being only for an elite few.

So, if adult colouring books open a door for you – excellent. If a colouring book gives you the confidence to pick up some pens, or pencils, and if you get joy, or calm out that, all to the good. However, if working within the lines keeps you thinking that you can’t go it alone, challenge that idea! If you don’t think you can draw, ask when it was that you stopped. Like everything else, drawing depends on doing it, and pushing through the times when what you imagine and what you do are a long way apart. It’s worth knowing that professional artists have exactly the same problem, and what they can imagine, and what they can execute are always out of synch too.

 

 

Images in this post were taken from the Moon Books Gods & Goddesses Colouring Book (officially by Rachel Patterson, but I gather her whole family were involved in creating it!). I used a professional standard of pencil, but not a professional standard of paper so the colours were less intense than they might otherwise have been. It’s worth bearing in mind that if you’re using cheap pencils, felt tip pens, crayons etc, then you’ll have a hard time making your work look like something done with far more expensive kit – the main difference is density of pigment. Quality of paper has an impact too. Also avoid comparing your work to anything that might have been in photoshop. Art done on paper is never as smooth and shiny as art done on a computer.


Kitchen Witch

rachelI knew nothing about Rachel Patterson when I first started reading her books. The kitchen witchcraft aspect appealed to me greatly. It sounds earthy, pragmatic and suitable for everyday use. And indeed, her work is all of these things, with added charm and humour for good measure. Like me, she’s someone who believes in cake as an important part of life.

Her titles at present are as follows (but she’s uber-prolific, so if you’re reading this post a while after I blogged, there’s probably more…) and while I haven’t read all of them, her style and approach in what I have read incline me to say this is an author I trust. I think she’s also a good author for your younger witchy types, because she’s accessible and responsible in equal measure.

Pagan Portals Kitchen Witchcraft  

Grimoire of a Kitchen Witch

Pagan Portals Hoodoo

Pagan Portals Moon Magic

A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Herbs

A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food

 

Here’s some samples of her work, to give you a bit of a flavour…

“A woman stands hunched over an old wooden table, pestle and mortar in her hands, grinding away at a mixture of ingredients.  A large white candle stands on the table beside her the flame flickering and spluttering.   Open in front of her lies a huge leather bound book, the pages well worn and filled with beautifully written spells.   Sounds like a scene from medieval times?  Actually it could be now; it could be me (or you) in a town house kitchen, or an apartment in the city.  This is a witch at work, same scene, same utensils, and same ingredients now as it was centuries ago.”

Pagan Portals Kitchen Witchcraft

“Food is magical, not just because of the amazing tastes, flavours and aromas but also for the magical properties it holds.   The magic starts with the choice of food to use and it can then be added in whilst you are preparing and cooking then the magic unfolds as people enjoy your food.   Dishes can be created for specific intents, moon phases, and rituals, to celebrate sabbats or just to bring the magic into your family meal. Many food ingredients can also be used very successfully in magical workings in the form of offerings, medicine pouches, witches bottles and poppets.”

A Kitchen Witch’s World of Magical Food

 

While I don’t self-identify with witchcraft at all, if I did, kitchen witchery would undoubtedly be part of my mix. As a Druid, I’m a maker of cakes and puddings to mark the seasons, festivals and rites of passage. I like the kind of medicinal herb that goes straight in the cooking (garlic!) and I like approaches to magic that are about our daily lives.