WEEK THREE: Supplies

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To add images to your pages this week, you have a few choices:

**You can find copyright-free images online, and print them out.

**You can paint (or draw) your own Animal.. Hand painted/drawn images of your Power Pack Animals have a special magic, and also allow you to deviate from “realism” and play with the energetic and abstract imagery of the animal.

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** You can use images from a book. Personally, I love to visit a used bookstore and to find old books with drawings and illustrations of my Power Animal Guides. I buy the book and tear or cut the illustrations out.

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You are going to need to pull out your glue/adhesive if you will be gluing down images.

The next set of supplies are for detail and diversity on your page!

Supplies for Adding Small Details, and Visual Interest

STICKERS

Stickers provide a fun, and easy way to add visual details to your spreads. You can often find animal and nature themed stickers. Dover Publications has a wonderful assortment of nature themed stickers.

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Stickers can also be non-themed, simply decorative. There are many “button” or “dot” stickers that add a little POP to your page.

BRADS

Brads are like fantastic, themed push pins. You push them through the paper, and are often used to hold, or “pin” something in place on the page, but they are also just as frequently used alone, to be decorative.

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EPHEMERA

Ephemera is a way of saying “all the miscellany, papers, doodads that you have on hand.” You can collect ephemera over time, and you can buy packages of ephemera from online sources.

MARKERS, GEL PENS, PENCILS

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Self-explanatory, I hope! These are great tools to add small marks, doodles and writing on your spreads. If you are able, I recommend going to an Art Supply Store where you are able to buy one pen at a time, and where they allow you to test the ink on a piece of white paper. Granted, the effect may be different over your paint, or your animal image!

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GLITTER AND GOLD LEAF

Both super fun, shimmery ways to add that detail and bling on your page!

WASHI TAPE

Washi tape is repositionable, decorative, SUPER ADORABLE tape. It’s originally from Japan, and Washi is a Japanese word. It is addictive, so be forewarned! I find Washi Tape in US Craft Stores, with any sort of pattern or theme imaginable. I also googled animal themed washi and discovered a plethora of options.

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WEEK THREE: Art Methods

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The very first step this week, is to add the images of your Animal Guides to your pages and spreads. I mentioned you can draw of paint your Animals, if you like. If you are using a printed paper, or a “found” image from a book or magazine, you will need to glue it in.

In this video I talk about placement on the page, and what to consider when creating the focal point.

The next step is to add detail and to embellish your spreads. In the following videos, I give you many short demonstrations of various tools, and related techniques that you can use to embellish your backgrounds, add visual interest and “pop” to your pages. Now, when I say “technique” I refer to the use of the tool. There are techniques to achieve certain, specific end results…but I tend to steer as clear as possible from thinking about the end results. I think about what is fun, experimental and new; I try to use my supplies in new ways, or combine two of them in a novel fashion.

These are just some of the ways and supplies you can use to embellish and add detail. Feel free to add your own tricks to the mix!

NAIL POLISH

USING A WHITE OUT PEN (my personal favorite tool)

STICKER DOTS! (or any type of sticker you choose)

MARKERS, PENS AND YOUR REJECTED MAKEUP

GRAPHITE PENCILS (or white pencils on a darker background)

WASHI TAPE

RANDOM HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES

STAMPS

USING JUST THE STAMP INK PADS

GLITTER and CLEARANCE ITEMS AT WALMART

CRACKLE AND GLOSS

RESOURCES

Once you have discovered which Animals are in your Power Pack, of course you’ll want to know what their unique teachings and messages are. You can look to multiple places and methods to find information about the spiritual and zoological teachings and medicines of your Power Animal Guides.
 
The following list is not in order of “importance” or strength of validity. Use some, or all. They all have something to provide.
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Ted Andrews Products: 
Animal Speak (THE go-to Book, and my very favorite book on Animal Kingdom Medicine!)
Steven D. Farmer Products: 
Steven Farmer is a well known and popular worker in the fields of Animal Guides, Shamanism and Earth/Nature Magic. 
All of his products can be found here. Some can be found on Amazon as listed below.
Animal Spirit Guides Handbook – This book has very little on the why and how. 99% is an alphabetical guide to animals, and about one full page of messages per animal.
Other Resources by other Authors:

ONLINE RESOURCES

I recommend using google to find many different sites, and then (much like with books), figuring out which sites speak to you, and work best for your curiosities and style!

ORACLE DECKS

AUDIOS, MEDITATION TOOLS

Links to specific Animal Wisdom

ALLIGATOR:  Here, here and here.

 

ANT: Here, here and here

AARDVARK- Here, here and here.

ARMADILLO- Here, here and here.

BADGER – Here , here and here.

BANDICOOT-Here , here and here.

BAT- Here , here and here.

BEAR – Here , here and here.

BEETLE-Here , here and here.

BEAVER-Here , here and here.

BEE- Here , here and here.

BLACKBIRD- Here , Here and Here.

BOBCAT/LYNX- Here, Here and Here.

BUTTERFLY – Here, Here and Here.

BUFFALO/BISON – Here, Here and Here.

BEAVER- Here, Here and Here.

CAMEL- Here, Here and Here.

CANADIAN GOOSE- Here, Here and Here.

CARDINAL – Here, Here and Here.

CAT – Here, Here and Here.

CHICKEN- Here, Here and Here.

CHIPMUNK – Here, Here and Here.

COYOTE – Here, Here and Here

 

CRAB – Here, Here and Here

CROCODILE – Here, Here and Here

CROW – Here, Here and Here

DEER – Here, Here and Here

DOG – Here, Here and Here

DOLPHIN – Here, Here and Here

DONKEY – Here, Here and Here

DOVE – Here, Here and Here

DRAGONFLY – Here, Here and Here

DUCK – Here, Here and Here

EAGLE – Here, Here and Here

 

ELEPHANT – Here, Here and Here

 

ELK – Here, Here and Here

 

FALCON- Here, Here and Here

 

FIREFLY – HERE, HERE and HERE

 

FLAMINGO – HERE, HERE and HERE

 

FOX – HERE, HERE and HERE

 

FROG – HERE, HERE and HERE

 

GOAT – HERE, HERE and HERE

 

GOOSE – HERE, HERE and HERE


GORILLA – HERE, HERE and HERE

GIRAFFE  – HERE, HERE and here

GRASSHOPPER  – HERE, HERE and here

GROUNDHOG – Here , here and here.

HAWK  – HERE, HERE and here

HEDGEHOG – HERE, HERE and here

HERON – HERE, HERE and here

HIPPO – HERE, HERE and here

HORSE  – HERE, HERE and here

HUMMINGBIRD  – HERE, HERE and here

JAGUAR  – HERE, HERE and here

JAYS – HERE, HERE and here

JELLYFISH – Here, here and Here

KANGAROO – here, here and here

KILLER WHALE – here, here and here

KOALA – here, here and here

KOI – here, here and here

LADYBUG – here, here and here

LEOPARD – here, here

LION – here, here and here

LIZARD  – here, here and here

LLAMA – here, here and here

MAGPIe – here, here and here

MANATEE – Here,  HERe and here

MONKEY – here, here and here

MOOSE – here, here and here

MOTH – here, here and here

MOUNTAIN LION – here , here and here

MOUNTAIN GOAT – here, here and here

MOUSE – here, here and here

OCTOPUS – here, here and here

OPAKI – here and here

OPOSSUM – here, here and here

ORANGUTAN – Here, here and here

ORCA

OTTER

OSPREY

OSTRICH

OWL

PANDA

PARROT

PEACOCK

PELICAN

PENGUIN

PHEASANT

PLATYPUS

POLAR BEAR

PORCUPINE

PRAIRIE DOG

QUAIL

RABBIT

RACCOON

RAT

RAVEN

RHINO

ROBIN

SALAMANDER

SCORPION

SEAL

SEA LION

SEAHORSE

SHARK

SHEEP

SKUNK

SNAKE – here, here and here

SPARROW – here, here and here

SPIDER – here, here and here

SQUIRREL – here, here and here

STINGRAY- here, here and here

SWAN- here, here and here

TIGER – here, here and here

TURKEY – here, here and here

TURTLE/TORTOISE- here, here and here

VULTURE- here, here and here

WAPITI – here, here and here

WASP – Here , here and here.

WHALE – Here , here and here.

WOLF – Here , here and here.

WOODCHUCK/groundhog/marmot – Here , here and here.

WORM – Here , here and here.

WREN – Here and here

ZEBRA – Here , here and here.

ART JOURNALING

Art Journaling is the creative practice of adding an artistic or creative element to your journaling.
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Some people keep a journal and simply add artistic elements to their pages as they work through their emotions in the pages. Some people create themed journals – such as the journal in the Animal Guides course.
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Art Journaling can be done in whatever type of journal you want. Of course, if you’re looking to add a lot of layers (of paint, or watercolor, etc) you’ll soon realize that thin paper is going to crumple and deteriorate under the weight of those supplies. Thicker paper will hold up to more artistic elements.
If you like to use pens and markers, they may very well bleed through thin paper.
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The genre of Art Journaling is very diverse, and there is no “right way.” Your percentage of art to writing on a page is entirely up to you. Interestingly, there are some people who do not write anything at all in their art “journaling.” There journaling, they say, is entirely visual!  So there – permission granted to do it the way that feels good to you. All styles are valid.
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Art Journaling is a magazine by Stampington Press (which I’m honored to have been published in) that showcases art journaling spreads. If you have access to it, you’ll notice a great variety in the styles within the pages as well.

 

ALTERED BOOKS

 To “alter” is to change. A book, is something you read. When you practice “altering books” you are simply changing the look of a book that is already in existence. Some crafters will make their own book, binding papers on their own. However, that is not truly altering a book. That is art journaling, and you happened to make the journal yourself. If you do not like the idea of altering or touching a book that is already in existence, by all means, buy or create your own blank book!
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 This was a blank Moleskin book that I created collages in. Technically, not an altered book!
A little vocabulary: Alter (with an “e”) means to change the look of.  An altar (with an “a”)  is a sacred space where we put items that have significance.
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To alter a book is to take a book, which already exists, and to do artistic things to it until it no longer resembles that original book, and is something new. Perhaps you turn a book into an art journal. In this image, I took a book and covered it in acrylic paint, and other art supplies/ephemera,  and made it my own.  Altering a book is entirely up to your own play and desires. You can cover all of the text, leave some of it peeking through, or leave a lot of it.
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Another common form of “altered books” is when people create sculptures or dioramas out of the book. Check out these images to see a range of altered books. Fear not! I myself cannot do 99% of these! But it sure is fun to drool over.

 

Introduction to Animal Guides

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Welcome to Animal Guides!
I am so honored that you would join this journey. This course calls to those of us who are Animal lovers, those of us seeking a Spiritual connection with the Animal World, and with our Animal Spirit Guides.
I have also designed this course to call in those who want to explore their artistic creative sides. I am here to support you. Don’t hesitate to write to me at jessica.brogan(at)gmail(dot)com if you ever need anything.
Here you will find a little introductory video I prepared for you, in order to introduce you to Me, and to say Hello and Welcome!

A gentle word of advice, before we begin…
The natural desire in us is to have a Wow-Shazam-Ah…HA! moment with our Power Animals. We want them to show up in a flash of brilliance, unmistakable. We want that undeniable visit, the thing that says “this is so obvious.” And in taking a course that inevitably has a start and end date, as this course does, we may also desire, or assume, that we can find our Power Guides within the weeks of the class and be “D.O.N.E.” at the end.
I completely understand this human desire, but in my experience, that rarely happens. Sometimes it does! Some of us have done this work for a long time, and have very vivid visits in our dreams and meditations. This often takes time and practice to reach. Others of us are just starting, and our Power Guides may or may not appear like flashes of lightning.
Personally, my guides have shown up in many powerful ways – but rarely in a bold and remarkable vision. I will delve into how I know what my Power Animals are in this week’s Animal Work post, and I will share how they DO show up; They have all been versions of gentle ways they have made their roles as Power Animals known (at times they are more unmistakably present than others).
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 What I want to encourage in you, and in this course, is to cultivate the exploration and the seeking and the inviting of your Power Animals more permanently, and more “visibly” into your life. My style of Animal Medicine work is much more about feeling your connection with nature in personal ways, and about finding the breadcrumbs and signs that your Guides are giving you. I do not practice Shamanism, and you do not need to in order to have a deep connection with Animal Spirit Guides.
There is a wide spectrum of how you can work with Animals. You have permission to be where YOU are, on that spectrum.
Finally, I want to emphasize that the content of this course is life work. Because it’s a class, I have given the course a start and end date: Parameters are good to have! But if we don’t all find our Power Pack in total within those dates, don’t be discouraged, or disappointed. This course will give you the tools to be able to work with your Animals long after the course is over (and I will frankly still be around in the Facebook group LONG after as well!).
Be in no hurry. This work is not to be rushed. Cultivate an open mind and use the prompts and tools I give you to encourage your Power Pack to appear for you, and enjoy the ride!

WEEK ONE: Choosing Your Art Journal or Book

Your very first task to creating your Power Pack Field Guide, is to choose a book to work in.

This is of course, the most important supply! This is your “substrate.” Substrate is a fancy way of saying the-thing-you’re-putting-paint-on. Could be a canvas, a piece of fabric or a wooden toy. In this case, a book!

In the video below, I show you MY Field Guide to my Animal Spirits, and let you see what the spreads look like. This is my style of art, and yours may look nothing alike, and that’s the point – we are adding our own creative spirit to this project!


In order to create your book, you will choose what kind of book you want to work in. I will be taking an old book and “altering” it – turning it into a new book, with mixed media art and the teachings from the class. You may also choose to use a handmade, blank book, or to purchase a sketchpad.

Where do I find a book to alter?

The VERY BEST place to find the perfect book, is a used bookstore. Heck, there might even be one on your own bookshelf. I bought this particular book at a garage sale – another great spot for cheap books. The book you’re looking for should cost under $3.00.

What kind of book are we looking for exactly? Hardback or paperback? How many pages?

You want a Hardback book. This is for longevity, and sturdiness of the spine.
It doesn’t matter how many pages, but if we’re looking for five to ten spreads, then you don’t want a super long book, where you’ll just have to tear out more pages!

The size of your book does not matter. If you find a large book, or an atypical size, that might be a lot of fun! Children’s books have sturdy, solid pages and don’t require any gluing pages together. They come in large and small. Choose what feels fun for you to hold and look at.
What about the cover?
If you find the perfect book, you can always paint over the cover (which I did in my example). If you choose a cover/color that you like, then you have less work to do! We’ll tackle the cover in Week 4.

WEEK ONE: Supplies

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THE FOLLOWING ARE NECESSARY SUPPLIES FOR WEEK ONE:

1. GESSO

2. GEL MEDIUM (or other adhesive)

3. BULLDOG OR PAPER CLIPS

 

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GESSO Used to “prime” the surface and  make the paint layers brighter. Gesso is often the first layer on an altered journal or book page. The smallest tub will do for this project.

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Gesso can also be applied over a colored base, for example, through a stencil. You can also cover up paint you do not like, with gesso, and start over.

MATTE GEL MEDIUM is a massively useful and wonderful adhesive. Used in this project for gluing pages together. Gel Medium will hold down heavy papers and even small 3D objects.

*Michaels Craft Stores in the USA have a weekly 40% off one item coupon ONLINE ONLY. Bring your smart phone with you to the store, or print if off beforehand, and you’ll save on this item.

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Gel medium comes in tall tubes, and in jars. Liquitex sells its products in Tubes, as shown in the above photo. Golden sells it in jars, as in the photo below. They are two competing brands, and this is simply a way for them to be visually differentiated on the shelf. Some people feel Golden is the best brand of these art products.

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It comes in glossy and matte (or flat, no shine). Choose the look you prefer. I choose Matte.

It comes in all different labels that are mind-boggling and totally overwhelming. So just buy Medium/Regular Matte Gel Medium and you’ve got the all-around best version. The others may be heavier (for gluing really big items down, like in assemblage projects) or might have extra stuff in them (particles mixed in for texture).
If you prefer, you can choose the glue, or adhesive, that works best for your price range, among the following options.

ELMER’S PURPLE GLUE STICK, or a UHU Glue Stick is a decent option you don’t want to spend on Gel Medium. Uhu Glue Sticks are said to have years of longevity. However, if you get a “bad batch” or one that has been exposed to heat, they may get clumpy and not spread easily. Elmer’s White Glue, or “school glue” will also work, if you have a tool to spread it, so that you do not see the lines or clumps underneath your papers.
Paper Clips or Bulldog Clips – used to hold the spreads together while they dry.

 

WEEK ONE: Art Methods

Now that you have chosen the book you want to work in, it’s time to prepare your book for paint!

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If you are following along and altering a book, now we will be trimming, gluing and gessoing your pages

TIME: To prep the pages for five to ten page spreads, should take you 30 minutes of active time, and 30 to 60 minutes of drying time (depending on which camp you fall into below!)

Painting and altering the pages poses two problems. First, the page itself will be too thin and will likely tear when you start adding paint and more supplies. The second problem is, it will add to the thickness of the book, and eventually the book will not close. The following are the steps to follow to fix these two issues (If you chose a children’s board book, you won’t have to do this step at all).

1. CHOOSE NUMBER OF SPREADS
To begin with, you’ll need to choose how many spreads you want to have. Let’s say 10 spreads (you may choose the number of spreads you want to make. I chose ten because I wanted to do many animals plus a few general decorative pages).
2. CREATE THE SECTIONS
Then, you’ll want to separate the pages into ten sections, and paper clip (or bulldog clip) them together.
*Artist trick: Look through the book and see if there are any fun pages that you think would add to the artistic feel. If you see some cool images, colors, text – whatever – you might decide to separate a section right there, so that you can use it.
Now, most likely, these sections are very thick still, and it would be a pain to glue all those pages together. So, the next step is to trim each section by removing some of the pages.
3. TEAR OUT PAGES
Let’s pretend you had a 200 page book. Separate it into 10 sections of 20 pages each. Then, tear our ten pages from each section. A craft knife will do a fine job, but I personally just tear the pages out. If they rip on the way out, oh well, the remenants are just getting glue together anyway.
Artist Tip: Don’t throw away the pages that you tear out. They will make fun scraps to use in your layering as you create the pages.
Now the book is thinner and will leave more room for decoration!
4. GLUE THE SECTIONS
The next step is to glue all of the pages together in your sections. This is what you use the Gel Medium for. Remove the clip on the first section. Take your Gel Medium and brush it on each page, and begin gluing left page to right page in your first section. When it’s all glued together, reattach the paper clips or bulldog clips, and then move to the next section.
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* Artist’s Tip: You will realize, almost immediately, that DRYING TIME is an important concept. I joke that this simple topic cuts creatives into two different styles of people! I doubt you’d ever realize this, but how you go about drying time, says a lot about what kind of creative practice fits your personality!

One camp, invests in a heating tool. These are the people that want to do everything at once, in one sitting, and keep moving forward. The heating tool can be as simple as a blow dryer that you use for your hair, or you can spend money on a special “heating gun.” Either way, this means you’ll want to be setting up your space near an outlet. The pros of this are that you’ll have more control over the drying process. The cons are needing to be near an outlet, and possibly an additional expenditure.

The other camp, are the air-dryers. Depending on how thick your paints/gesso/adhesivs are on your altered book pages, this may take from 30 minutes up to a few hours. This style lends itself to people who like to have a couple projects going on – either another creative project you can move to while it dries (or the laundry, or a dog walk). I myself, fall into this camp. There’s no rhyme or reason, it’s mostly that I find holding a blow-dryer loud and boring (ahem, probably why I never do my hair either), and I think the back-and-forth dance with the laundry rather efficient ;). The pros of this are you can set up wherever you like. The cons are discovered if you own a cat.

5. Gesso your pages.

Watch the following three videos, and then grab your Gesso and go to town – have some fun!This is how I create the textures and “interest” before I even add color to my art journaling pages.