Alison Spokes

Faerie Tales from an Artist & Tarot Reader

April 17, 2017
by Ali

Digital Art Beginner? Try Coloring Pages!

Always wanted to try digital art, but don’t know where to start?

When I first picked up a graphic tablet, I didn’t know where to start either. Before I started painting my own digital works, I would experiment with coloring pages to get a feel for the tools and brushes of digital media. Before coloring books for adults were popular, I serendipitously stumbled upon some line art by Jessica Galbreth (shown below) and decided to practice the art of digital painting on that.  I found it took the pressure off me to create a composition, and allowed me the freedom to just experiment. I never had to be a critic or go through the process of hating my work …because it was never mine to begin with! It worked like a charm! In the end I came out with the confidence to move forward using these tools on my own works of art. I highly recommend this exercise for anyone who wants to get started in digital painting.

Images Above:
Left: Original watercolor painting, “Lavender Moon” by Jessica Galbreth
Center: Line art by Jessica Galbreth
Right: My digital study/practice of Jessica’s original work (2009).

I do all my work using Corel Painter. If you’re thinking of using this software for your artwork or coloring exercise, here is a list of my favorite brushes to get you started:

Pencils: Real 2B
Erasers: Eraser, Darkener, Gentle Bleach
Blenders: Smudge, Smear, Just Add Water
Tint: Basic Round

Here are links to some digital painting software that you may want to try. Do your research and find out which one will best suit your needs. They vary in price and complexity.

  • Corel Painter – Free trial available before you commit to buy.
  • Krita – Free open source software for digital artists.
  • GIMP – Another free and open source option.
  • Clip Studio (formerly Manga Studio) – Price options range $25-$200.

There are a TON of coloring images out there these days. Truthfully, you can probably find what you need for free by doing a quick Google search, but here are a few of my favorites:

Happy coloring!

April 1, 2017
by Ali

April 2017 Monthly Tarot Forecast

Eight of Pentacles (reversed)

Whether it’s personal or professional, we’re making some serious progress toward our goals this month, but there is a bit of a twist! In order to evolve, grow, or be more productive or effective, we must first un-learn the things we thought we knew. There are habits or practices that may have sounded right on paper, but when put into practice were not yielding the results we expected. We need to un-learn, and start to replace those ideas, habits or practices with more constructive behaviours and methods.

Six of Pentacles (reversed)

Last month the lack of balance from the reversed six of pentacles was tipped in our favour, but unfortunately this month the scales are tipped in the opposite direction. Rather than money being the balance measured, for the month of April it will be time. Our heads are bursting with new ideas and revelations. We find ourselves now being able to pin-point past mistakes. This is fantastic! And although it is better to discover this knowledge sooner than later, it still means that in order to move forward, we have to take a few steps back. Our challenge now is time: time lost, or simply not enough hours in the day. Try not to be discouraged, you are still on the right path.

Ten of Cups

When you start to feel overwhelmed because your to-do list is growing faster than you can keep up with, or you just aren’t seeing the results you want fast enough, take a step back and place your focus and priorities on the things that include spreading joy to others. How can you share your passions with others? Do you have something to teach? Can you provide fun experiences for guests or loved ones? Can you find a community/group/club that shares a common interest in your local city or online? If you are experiencing frustration, stress or unhappiness, you need to switch gears. Take some time to laugh, play and enjoy the company of others. Everything else can wait.

Combining 3 different modalities: Tarot, Astrology & Numerology to explain who you are, major themes in your life, your gifts to the world and obstacles to overcome.

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March 16, 2017
by Ali

Win Tickets to the Victoria Women’s Expo!

On March 25-26, 2017, I will be vending at the Victoria Women’s Expo located at Pearkes Recreation Centre in Victoria, BC. I will be offering all my fairy merchandise as well as fairy Tarot readings. I am just one of many vendors, so this is a perfect setting for a fun girls’ day. Come and pamper yourselves with shopping, services and guest speakers.  Visit the Victoria Women’s Show website for more details.

I also have 5 pairs of tickets for FREE ADMISSION to giveaway! I have a limited number of $2 off coupons and an UNLIMITED number of 2-for-1 coupons so you can bring a friend for FREE. If you’ve found this page, there is no need to pay full admission at the door, just contact me first to arrange a discount.

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More chances to win on Facebook and Instagram! Not a winner? Don’t worry, you won’t go away empty handed. Contact me for a $2 off admission coupon, or print off this 2-for-1 coupon below so you can bring a friend for free!