Wild Heart Writers : Day 06

Day 06: So tell me. If you were here next to me right now, and you granted me the grace of allowing me to hear. If your heartbeat sounded like a word, or a song or a whispered truth, what would I hear if I pressed my ear to your chest?

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"I think if you lifted my heart to your ear, you could probably hear the ocean." Sally writes this, and I know it is true.

Not because it is empty, but because it is vast.

Because my heart is ever changing, always shifting with the currents of my life.

Because there will forever be unplumbed depths.

Because there is a howling, wind whipping against rocky cliffs, residing in my superior vena cava, ready to cleanse.

This is where my wildness is life blood.

Because there, right there, in my atria is where it all collects, fills me up. A dragnet of memories. Waves upon waves.

This is where it all begins.

Because there are aortic tides, and in each tide a name. A moment. A wish. They flow through my body, pulling me under, pushing me further.

This is where I am swept away.

Because there are chambers, vacant caves with the echoes of regret, wet and cold. There is no peace here, no silence-- just the roar of it all. It clouds my head when I shut my eyes tight.

This is where I am lost at sea.

This is where I take shelter.

My heart … oh, my heart as it beats, crashing against my chest, barely contained, is the sea monster and the siren. The lullaby and the danger.

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Tarot Word Of The Day

Normally, unless I have a specific question/issue I need to address, I simply ask the cards to tell me what I need to know for that day.

That's it.

Super simple.

Today, though, I wanted to try something a bit different when it came to my personal tarot practice. Instead of asking what I need to know, I concentrated on how I was feeling and allowed the cards to tell me about it/how to address it.

Ennui is the feeling of the day; that listlessness plaguing my bones, moving me from one thing to the next without much direction or enthusiasm. The vampire's demise.

So, I shuffled the decks, one by one, while concentrating on how I feel, giving name to it, and this is what the cards provided:

1. The Nomad Tarot: King of Water/Cups, inverted (moodiness)

2. The Raven's Prophecy Tarot: Knight of Wands (take action)

3. Linestrider Tarot: The Chariot (willpower, control)

4. Madam Clara Sees All: Six of Wands, inverted (lack of confidence)

5. The Wild Unknown Tarot: VII of Cups (illusion, it's all in your head)

I don't know about you, but I find it oddly thrilling (and sort of messed up) to see ALL my decks collectively calling me out, telling me to get out of my own head and do something about how I feel. lol

Mini Makeup Haul: Metallics

It's been a hot minute since I have been by with a post, and I apologize. 

I was waiting for something to write about, you know? It's sort of like me and tarot; if I try to do it daily, even as a routine, I get burnt out and have to step away to recharge.

Anyway, back to this post . . .

If you follow me on other social media platforms, you know that my beloved rust colored eyeliner--Sienna by Stila--is not currently available. Anywhere. And my one pencil is, basically, gone. 

So, in an attempt to soothe my aching heart, I have been on the hunt for rust and copper colored liners and shadows. A replacement of sorts. A second choice. A rebound, you know?

Enter these liquid shadows:

The tube on the left is the Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash in Burnished Bling. It's double sided with an opaque copper shadow on one end and a copper glitter on the other. I swatched both on my hand and they not only dried quickly, but also did not smear after they dried down. The color of the copper shadow is rich and reflective, and so lovely. I doubt I'll get around to using the glitter, but even that felt smooth and glided on easily.

The tube on the left is the Maybelline New York Color Tattoo Eye Chrome Shadow in Bronze Sheen. This one is definitely a deep, bronze color and did not swatch as nearly as smoothly as the Revlon liquid shadow, but to be fair their consistencies differ. Where the Revlon is more liquid, the Maybelline formula is more like a cream. That said, the Color Tattoo formula is still gorgeous and easily wearable.

To remove the swatches, I used my Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser, and it easily removed the Revlon products with a bit of light rubbing, but didn't even fade the Maybelline Color Tattoo. That lovely little Color Tattoo eyeshadow also required a cotton pad and some micellar water for a clean removal. Not that I'm complaining, mind you, as I have oily lids and I'll gladly take a bit longer to remove my eye makeup (and maybe use a bit of coconut oil) if it means it stays on when I want it to.

Pictured with the liquid shadows are my recently acquired Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection brushes: the 301 Flat Contour Brush (left) and the 100 Arched Powder Brush (right). I've yet to use either (they arrived today, too), but both have über soft bristles and the handles offer a lovely grip. Both brushes were less than $20, and I am all about some affordable beauty. Plus, I own a few other Real Technique brushes and really, really enjoy them--most especially when one considers their price point.

So, if you'd like a review on these brushes in the future, or would like me to continue with makeup related posts, just leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear from you.

xo

A little bit of overlay in my life. Or yours. Or whomever. You get what I mean.

I dabble in creative things.

For instance, I create digital and handdrawn designs to sell via Society6 and Skreened, and I once ran a business creating custom lettered art canvases and logos. I've handlettered a handful of tattoo designs, too. 

Before that, I was a professional portrait photographer for a few years. On top of all that, I have coded, created art for, and maintained blogs for years upon years. Like, 15 years upon years.

All that to say I love Photoshop. It's a deep and unabiding love affair.

But this quick little tip/tutorial? Well, it doesn't require Photoshop (though you CAN use it, too).

For those who may not follow me on other social media platforms, Mr. McHotterson (that would be my husband) recently gifted me a 12.9" iPad Pro because I had been dying for one to use for lettering purposes. I love pens and paper as much as the next person, but I always feel like the paper becomes wasteful (especially when I am working for a client because I'm a perfectionist), and my scans are never as clean as my aesthetic would like--hence the iPad. This information is pertinent because part of this overlay tip was created using the ProCreate App on my iPad. This is what I am currently using for lettering, and I love it! 

Also, while we're on the subject of apps, you'll need to download the AfterLight app. It is available in iTunes, Google Play, and Windows Store for $0.99. It is my main editing app for all things photographic (with VSCO Cam as a close second), and is definitely worth your 99 cents.

Let's get to it, shall we?

First, open your image in AfterLight and edit as you see fit:

Next, select the crop and rotate option to open those tools, then select the overlay option (circled in the image below):

Now, choose the image you wish to overlay on your original (this one was created using the ProCreate app, an Apple Pencil, and an iPad Pro). You can enlarge the image and position it around while in this window:

Then, decide how your overlay works best with the original image. For my image, I decided on Screen as the blending option:

Using Screen as my blending option allowed for my white lettering to stay opaque (though I did adjust that) while my black background virtually disappeared.

And here is the final, edited image ready to be shared on Instagram: 

So, go, play around with your images to find what works for what you envision and have fun with this quick tip!

* Of course, as a disclaimer, I must point out using any art--drawings, illustrations, lettering, photographs, poetry, etc.--other than your own may be a violation of someone's copyright, so if you don't have express permission or know for sure you may edit the image, please don't.

That One Perfect Piece.

This dress.  

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It is the lightest cotton, and the bottom swishes around my feet in the Morticia-est of ways.

I wore it throughout my pregnancy with my youngest (though it isn't a maternity dress) and have kept it in heavy rotation since. I even wore it to the beach when Mr. McHotterson and I celebrated our 17th anniversary in Hawai'i.

I tell my husband often that, one day, I want a closet of all black clothing. Because it is the color I feel the best in, the color that feels most like me.

This dress? This dress is the maxi dress of my black closet dreams. When I wear it, I feel like a force. I feel powerful. I feel sexy (hello, cleavage!). I feel pulled together.

I do believe I will sob the day this dress falls apart.

Loud, heaving sobs.

The kind that come with hiccups and headaches.

Of all the everyday clothes I own, this is by far and away my favorite.

Do you have a piece in your wardrobe like this?