Art magic is the blending of fine art skills with the metaphysical practice of witchcraft. Whether you know your way around a painter’s studio or you love to produce amazing photography, put your fine art skills to work in your Craft.
Draw A Spell Mandala
This one is pretty easy. Even if you don’t consider yourself a master drawer, mandalas are pretty accessible for most people with a halfway steady hand.
Choose a purpose for your spell (love, success, ect). Then select appropriate colors for your spell, and symbols or shapes with meaning to you.
The concentration and time required promote your intention.
As a bonus, you might end up with something pretty enough to hang on your wall.
If you feel stumped on where to start, look up “mandalas” on Pinterest
Design Your Own Clay Chalice
If you work well with a potter’s wheel, try designing and making your own chalice. Here is a lovely tutorial on throwing a goblet.
(For those of you without any potter’s experience, “throwing a goblet” does not involve tossing a clay cup against a brick wall).
If you don’t have access to a potter’s wheel, you can also try adorning a regular wine glass with polymer clay, which is available at any craft store.
Use Henna to Create Temporary Ritual Tattoos
For thousands of years, people from cultures around the world adorned themselves with tattoos as a mark of their faith or tradition.
Today, people in modern society continue to use tattoos as an expression of spiritual experience or hopes.
But permanent tattoos are, well . . . permanent.
Henna offers an opportunity to adorn your body with a meaningful symbol that fades completely within a week. For example:
If you have drawing skills, try using henna to create a moon design or symbol on the full moon. Watch it fade as a reminder of the waning moon
Try Spirit Photography
For the skilled photographed, volunteer your abilities to a local paranormal investigation team.
People with solid exposure technique and the ability to capture low light images are always in demand in paranormal circles.
Bonus points if you work in film, which lends itself to more interesting ghost photography due to its analogue processing
Apply Your Calligraphy Skills to Your BOS
If your calligraphy hand produces flowing, gorgeous script, you need to get started on your grimoire or Book of Shadows!
Nothing looks more enchanting than a Book of Shadows embellished with the skills of a practiced calligrapher.
And if you’ve never tried it before, it’s a pretty easy thing to pick up! Might be a nice goal for the new year
Charcoal Drawing for Banishing
Charcoal acts as a banishing ingredient in spell craft. If you use charcoal for drawing, apply this purpose by drawing something you want to remove from your life.
Anything you would normally banish in ritual—a person, a vice, or even a place you want to move away from.
But don’t get too attached! Burn it when you’re done and watch the smoke float away from your life
Create a Mosaic Altar Tile
Mosaics are pretty easy to start with, even if you’ve never done them before.
Let your first project (or your 107th) be an altar piece! You can create an altar tile using mosaics. Or even an entire altar table! (Check out this simple tutorial for an easy-to-modify project to base yours on)
Try Eco Art
With witchcraft’s emphasis on natural living and respect for the earth, eco art is an idea form of art magic.
It comes in two varieties (or a combination of both).
The first is art made entirely of foraged or natural materials. If you love your natural walks, try collecting some natural materials (like pine cones, bark, flowers to press, ect) and make art from only those materials.
If you’re really a purist, you can try using sap as glue or wild berry juice as paint.
The second form of eco art is made entirely from repurposed materials. The idea is to keep thing that you (or other people) would otherwise throw into the landfill. Use things around your house that you planned to discard.
Or, if you’re not shy about it, check out things people have left curbside. Decorate a discarded wood chair or do some metal work with reclaimed scraps.
Gemstone Jewelry Making
While this sort of bleeds over more into the crafting arena, jewelry making can certainly be elevated to fine art.
If you like working with settings and stones, try using your skills to create a signature set of earrings with your stone of choice, a ritual necklace or even a hair piece.
Keep your intention in mind and design the other elements of your piece around your purpose.