Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Design Team Sep' project triptych art

Hi everyone :0)

I will be decorating a triptych for Sep' design team project...

I wanted to stay with the same theme as
my practical magic blog party post so everything will tie in nicely...
unicornis horn Potion note heal

For unicorn inspiration watch the magical tale of the last unicorns
....Anyone seen the film : Legend...

An amazing fantasy film...

little info:

A triptych (pronounced TRIP-tik, from the Greek tri- "three" + ptychē "fold")

is a work of art (usually apanel painting) which is divided into three sections,

or three carved panels which are hinged together and folded.

It is therefore a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works.

The middle panel is typically the largest and it is flanked

by two smaller related works, although there are triptychs of equal-sized panels.

While the root of the word is the ancient Greek "triptychos",

the word arose into the medieval period

from the name for an Ancient Roman writing tablet,

which had two hinged panels flanking a central one.

The form can also be used for pendant jewelry.

Ok so here goes:


Right Panel reads:

unicorn of purity, unicorn of truth
unicorn of inspiration, unicorn of peace

Left Panel reads:

unicorn of legend, unicorn of myth
unicorn of mystery, unicorn of magic

Bottom message reads:

may your gentleness guide my way...

I will be listing in Etsy shop at the weekend ;0)

Materials/mediums I used:

Acrylic wash
pyrography tool
watercolour crayons
decoupage, pva
muslin for ribbon (tea dyed)
rub on transfers
wax & seal

Wonderful goodies supplied to me by Lynne :
The Altered Element for design team



The unicorn lived in a lilac wood and she lived all alone.
She was very old, though she did not know it,
and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam,
but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night.
Her eyes were still clear and unwearied,
and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.

Via the sunbeams in the forest
a gleam echoed from a magical horn has been found

It's a rare man who is taken for what he truly is …
There is much misjudgment in the world. …
We are not always what we seem, and hardly ever what we dream.

The last unicorn upon her lap
filled with love as it takes its nap...

The spiral horn endures,

for it is sovereign and adamantine and transmutes

through the ages into many unknown compounds.

— Michael Green,

On the history and truth of the Unicorn

She remembers the days
the last of the unicorns freely roamed
now memories just turned like dust to myth
but never to be forgotten
a horn hidden from view
if only myths critics knew


Legend is a 1985 fantasy film

The story is set "once, long ago" in a world of unicorns,
fairies, goblins, and demons.
Hidden in a dark lair, the antagonist,
the Lord of Darkness (Tim Curry)
instructs his goblin servant Blix (Alice Playten)
to locate the two unicorns that roam in the nearby forest
and remove their horns.

If the unicorns die and their horns are removed,
the Lord of Darkness can ensure that dawn never again breaks, and sunshine never returns.

The Lord of Darkness laughs with his statement
that darkness cannot be completely destroyed
- it always exists to counterbalance light,
until the two merge into one,
transcending the bounds of duality.

Now go seek the Great Stone
Marked well with a sign,
That the one who shall find
Shall see it is mine,
And upon seeing, shall ponder and certainly know
as the Ancients have writ:
"As Above, so Below."

And I shall guard the Source of Greatness;
From neither joy nor sorrow born,
In silver bound, beneath the ground,
I am the Spiral Horn.

Love & light


Unicorn horn love spell, Practical magic blogging party

Thank you for joining in the party!

I have based my party piece upon spells/potion making
for finding a soulmate....
The unicorn represents the mythical,
ancient knowledge lost to most...
& of course the pureness of true love,
the other half of ones self....

Whom do you seek?

Maybe s/he could have one blue & brown eye,
quoted spell cast from film:
True loves spell

Amas Veritas

He will hear my call a mile away
He’ll whistle my favorite song
He will ride a pony backwards
He can flip pancakes in the air
He will be marvelously kind
His favorite shape will be a star
and he’ll have one green eye and one blue.

cast the spell and you may see...


Merry Meet practical magic greets

Align Centre
Light a candle prior to spell work
Pink for romance
red for passion

Above is birch ply pyrography mixed media beeswaxed

A unicorn's horn discovered in Tara of Eire

Always throw salt over your left shoulder
Keep rosemary by your garden gate
Plant lavender for luck
Fall in love whenever you can.

As is Above, So is Below

Alchemy was practiced in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Persia, India, Japan, Korea and China,

in Classical Greece and Rome, in the Muslim civilizations,

and then in Europe up to the 19th century in a complex network of schools

and philosophical systems spanning at least 2,500 years.

In the history of science,

alchemy refers to both an early form of the investigation of nature and an early philosophical and spiritual discipline, both combining elements of chemistry, metallurgy, physics,

medicine, astrology, semiotics, mysticism, spiritualism, and art all as parts of one greater force.

Alchemy is an ancient path of spiritual purification and transformation;
the expansion of consciousness and the development of insight and intuition.

The Arabs also gave us the term 'alchemy',
from the Arabic term 'alchimia', which loosely translated means 'the Egyptian art'.

During medieval and Renaissance times,
alchemy spread through the Western world,
and was further developed by Kabbalists, Rosicrucians, astrologers and other occultists.
It functioned on two levels: mundane and spiritual.
On a mundane level, alchemists sought to find a physical
process to convert base metals such as lead into gold.
On a spiritual level, alchemists worked to purify themselves
by eliminating the "base" material of the self and achieving the 'gold' of enlightenment.

The alchemists relied heavily upon their dreams, inspirations
and visions for guidance in perfecting their art.
In order to protect their secrets, they recorded diaries
filled with mysterious symbols rather than text.
These symbols remain exceptionally potent for changing states of consciousness.
Alchemy is a form of speculative thought that, among other aims,
tried to transform base metals such as lead or copper into
silver or gold and to discover a cure for disease and a way of extending life.

Alchemy was the name given in Latin Europe in the 12th century
to an aspect of thought that corresponds to astrology,
which is apparently an older tradition.
Both represent attempts to discover the relationship of man to the cosmos...

Astrology is concerned with man's relationship to "the stars"
(including the members of the solar system);
alchemy, with terrestrial nature.
But the distinction is far from absolute,
since both are interested in the influence of the stars on terrestrial events.
Moreover, both have always been pursued in the belief that
the processes human beings witness in heaven
and on earth manifest the will of the Creator and,
if correctly understood, will yield the key to the Creator's intentions.

A single manuscript of some 80,000 words is the principal source for the history of Greek alchemy.

Chinese alchemy is largely recorded in about 100 "books" that are part of the Taoist canon.

Nor is it really clear what alchemy was (or is).

The word is a European one, derived from Arabic,

but the origin of the root word, chem, is uncertain.

Words similar to it have been found in most ancient languages,

with different meanings, but conceivably somehow related to alchemy.

In fact, the Greeks, Chinese, and Indians usually referred to what Westerners

call alchemy as "The Art," or by terms denoting change or transmutation.

"Transmutation" is the key word characterizing alchemy,

and it may be understood in several ways: in the changes that are called chemical,

in physiological changes such as passing from sickness to health,

in a hoped-for transformation from old age to youth,

or even in passing from an earthly to a supernatural existence.

Alchemical changes seem always to have been positive,

never involving degradation except as an intermediate stage

in a process having a "happy ending."

Alchemy aimed at the great human "goods":

wealth, longevity, and immortality.

information via: Crystal links