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Making Magickal Tools on a Budget

To: alt.magick
From: (Paul Hume)
Subject: Re: Making Magickal Tools on a Budget
Date: 12 Jan 2004 19:45:46 -0800

> > I found you can in fact thin the Liquitex liquid colors (not the tube
> > colors) with water and medium, to maybe half the paint's original
> > consistency, which is thin enough to let it flow off a Speedball nib,
> > so I could use a pen for some of the calligraphy.
> Sounds like it would work to make ersatz "ink", but how well does a
> Speedball nib work over an acrlyic painted hard surface?

You have to be careful about beading but it worked quite well. Little
strokes, same as a superfine brush. I sand surfaces quite smooth, then
use gesso cut 1/3 to 1/2 with water, consistency of milk. Thin coat,
let dry, sand with fine sandpaper, second coat, sand even lighter
(extra fine paper). Same as prep for a super smooth surface on wood or
masonite panelling for "regular" acrylic painting, according to one of
my art textbooks.

> > (Alas, it had an encounter with a cat on the
> > altar one day, and though it was tough, didn't survive).
> Cat's on the altar... grrrr... my Wiccan friends assure me that cats are
> inherently exempt from all restrictions as to "breaking the circle" and
> the like, but I do get annoyed when my cat tracks specks of kitty litter
> across my altar's black tablecloth.

Depends on the cat and the circumstances. At the time my temple was my
living room in the townhouse I was renting at the time (OTO inits,
Mass, and personal work... and occasionally using it as a living room
to boot (g)). So no way to keep Persephone, the cat at the time, out.
She'd been sitting in on my rituals for over a decade at that point,
but this time wanted to see what I was doing more closely than usual.
Boaz and Jachin, the two cats of the Temple of Solomon and the present
Hume moggies, are more amenable when I close the door of the present
temple room, though also tend to just settle down and watch if in the


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