It's been over a year now that I've been creating my own cards and I want to share with you a bit about my process.
These are the tools that I use, which you can gather yourself, or pre-order my Oracle Card Kit here.
- Watercolor Paper
- Watercolor Pencils
- Waterbrush or paintbrush with a dish of water
Before I meditate, I'll set the intention that I am open to receiving a message. If you have a particular situation you want to resolve, or something you know you need reminders about, your intention could involve asking to receive guidance on that subject. A couple of examples:
My intention for this session is to be open to the guidance from my Angels. This session will help me hear the message for my first card and visualize the card.
My intention is to be open to guidance from my Angels regarding _______. Through this meditation, I'll receive the messages I need to resolve this situation and the message for my first card.
Next, I'll meditate. Sometimes I'll do a guided meditation, and sometimes I'll just get quiet and calm and see what comes through. Many times now the messages will appear in day to day life, but when I first started, it was always with a meditation.
What message came thru the meditation. Use this asWhen the meditation is over, write down everything you heard, saw, felt, experienced through it. It doesn't have to have great grammar or make sense to anyone. Just get it all down on paper quickly. In the next step, you'll get to write a more coherent message. If you saw images, you can make quick sketches, or describe them. Include the colors, shapes and anything else that you remember about them.
Now is the time to get clear on the message and create your card's story. Here are some questions that I ask myself when creating a card.
- What message came through to me?
- Why did that message appear now?
- What am I meant to learn from this?
- Is there a time when I experienced this before?
- Did this appear in a dream?
- What happened then?
- What should I feel when I see this card?
- What might be happening in my life when I pull this card in the future?
After I've answered some questions like these and journaled about it, I start writing a message. This is a message that would be great for me to hear anytime. Think of a guidebook you've looked at from other decks.
How to use the tools
If you're using the pencils I have, Derwent Inktense, then you'll start by drawing the image you came up with on your card. I use watercolor paper by Fabriano Artistico because it holds up to all the water.
You'll want to do all of the drawing work first before you introduce water. I generally go over with a few layers of pencil because I love color! When everything is drawn out, it's time for the water! I use an Aquaflow brush because it makes it super easy. I use the brush as I would with paint, following the lines, and use the water to create lines, and patterns if necessary. It's a pretty magical process once the water is added. Finally, I let it dry for a while before adding it to the rest of my deck for use.
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