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Intuitive Art + Wellbeing for Mamas and Kids ❤

Based in Clontarf, Queensland Australia.

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New + behind the scenes Intuitive Artworks, Classes, Card Decks + Life.

New Series ~ Animal Messengers

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

I find collage to be a highly satisfying Art form that meshes so beautifully with the Intuitive Art-making process. I have a pretty large stash of National Geographic magazines dating back to the 60's and 70's right through to recent years; and all are literally brimming with amazing photographs and inspiration for me to use in my Intuitive Artworks.

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Lately, I have felt a sizeable urge to create a series of works using animals from these magazines. I generally start my Artworks using paints and inks and move onto collage about half way through my process. Here is how an average Artwork unfolds for me:

  1. Intuitively create a background with paints and inks in colours that match my mood
  2. Flip through a Nat Geo mag and intuitively select an animal or natural scene to bring in
  3. Cut around the image silhouette or cut into repetitive shapes (i.e. leaves, flowers etc)
  4. Collage images onto background using glue stick and/or matte /gloss medium
  5. Add ore paint, crayon and fine detail
  6. Spray with clear matt spray for longevity

I actually never intended to create a series, it's just kind of happened because I'm feeling interested in Animal Messengers at the moment, and the wisdom they can bring us. I've actually used collaged animals in many works before, but I've never felt this obsessed before. It's like I HAVE to bring them in, to tell their unfolding story. I feel really excited about it!

Here is the animal that began my foray into animal collage recently. A Sloth Artwork called 'Relaxing into Hope'.

Why a Sloth, you might ask?

To be honest, when I select an animal to work with in my Artworks, it's rarely intentional. I just flip through my magazines and wait for that familiar 'dropping into knowing' feeling in the pit of my tummy. That's how I know that animal will be entering the Artwork. The same goes for how I decorate them. This beautiful lady wanted to be purple and pink... and why not?

To me, a sloth represents relaxation and calm, and the look on her face is one of composure and hope. I just love this piece.

The background of 'Her Gifts' was one that flowed through me effortlessly. I had recently received a beautiful bunch rainbow flowers which were sitting next to my desk as I created, so no doubt their influence went into this piece. When I finished with the background, I noticed the middle section felt primed and ready for an animal to enter, and when I opened the page to this beautiful rhino, I just KNEW she would be perfect. 

Look at her, so calm and present and ready to share her gifts with the world. I adore the beautiful ducks in the lower right too. To me, they express yin and yang; an acceptance of wholeness within.

'Emerald Moonrise' actually came together on a piece of mixed media card I had originally been using for a paint palette. The silver moon and the orange blob in the middle areas were simply paint pours directly on the page and I loved them so much that I just painted and collaged around them. 

I'm not sure exactly what breed of bird this is - I think it is some sort of pheasant? Once again, I selected it intuitively and I adore how the resulting colour scheme is different to what I'd normally use. That's the beauty of collage ~ bringing in a new item to respond to, can take the Artwork into a whole new direction. 

Emerald Moonrise feels to me like feminine moon energy, the desiring of new experiences and emerging from the shadows. I've been doing a lot of shadow work over the last couple of years to embrace all parts of myself, so this piece feels like a visual coming home; beautiful and delicate in all her darkness and beauty.

Finally, 'Dingo Dreaming' above is a complete freshie ~ I still have marker on my hands from finishing her off this morning! This is another piece that began as a paint palette and evolved over time.

Last night I found my special edition Wildlife Fact File folder which features page after page of animals from all over the world in their natural habitat. It's rare for me to come across Australian animals so it was a real treasure to find a whole section of Aussie animals in it. 

Dingos can get a bit of a negative wrap sometimes here in Australia, but I think they are gorgeous creatures. To me, they represent an embracing of all they are, no matter what others think; they have an incredibly intuitive pack mentality, are amazing mothers and are super adaptive to change. These feel like some pretty amazing qualities to embrace into our own lives too.

If you'd like to check out all my collaged Animal Artworks, take a browse through my Art Shop and see what stories you can conjure up from them. Both Original Artworks + Prints are available x

All my Love,

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Intuitive Nature Artworks

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello Intuitive Beauties.

When it comes to creativity, hands down my favourite inspiration is Mama Nature. To me, Nature is both inspiring and calming all in one. Her diversity, beauty and abundance never ceases to amaze and inspire me.

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In recent times, I have reinvented a technique I originally learned in Art school back in the early 2000's, called 'blind contour drawing'. It involves looking carefully at an object and sketching it without looking at the page and I have tweaked it to incorporate layering and composing individual items from Nature that inspire me ... flowers ... leaves ... seed pods ... trees, roots, rainbows and mountains.

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Outside of my sketch book, I'm always open to the awe that Nature displays for us in everyday Life. My camera roll on my phone is filled with snap shots of beautiful findings along my journey to drop my son off at school, trips to the beach, holidays away up the coast. Yet, there's also loads off inspiration right here at home ... even the succulents and hanging baskets on my front porch and in my back deck Art Studio are fair game!

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Connecting with Nature is such an important part of being human. What we find beautiful, we conserve and nurture.

Making Art is a way of honouring something beautiful, both within and outside of ourselves. Whether I'm drawing from a photo or real-life, the natural essence that shines through from this process feels so beautiful, raw and vulnerable to me;  just like emulating Nature Herself. 

We are Her and She is Us.

That's why I've created a special Women's Intuitive Art Class to teach my fave Intuitive Nature processes from my homely studio next weekend. In this lesson, we will use our breath, our imagination and senses with pens and watercolours to create beautiful Intuitive Nature-based Artworks, without fear of making mistakes. This class is truly fun and achievable for all abilities.

>> 'INTUITIVE NATURE ARTWORKS' - SAT 28th APR, 2pm - 4pm

Connect with your Inner Wisdom and Mama Nature to create a beautiful Artwork using mindful drawing techniques.

If you're in the Redcliffe area and would like to come and join me ...

All my Love,

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TERM 2 Kids Intuitive Art Classes

Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

Hello, Intuitive Beauties ❤

I am SO excited to share my term 2 Kids Intuitive Art Class schedule with you!

All classes are offered from my homely Intuitive Art Studio in Clontarf, QLD, AU. Classes commence 26th April and run for 8 weeks. Join anytime throughout the term!

Thursday afternoon classes

3:45pm - 4:45pm (ages 4-10) ~ 26th April - 14th June

Saturday morning classes

10am - 11am (ages 4-10) ~ 28th April - 16th June

    Intuitive Art is a unique and inspiring approach to creativity using imagination, feelings and intentions as subject matter.

    These beautiful weekly Intuitive Art Classes are designed to nourish your child's creative and emotional wellbeing using a fusion of drawing, painting, collage, mindfulness + process-based Art making. Single session, 4 week and 8 week passes available.

    All my Love,

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    If you'd like to take a look inside last term's classes, click HERE.

    Free Intuitive Wisdom Card Reading ❤

    Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

    Hello, Intuitive Beauty ❤

    This is such an exciting time of my Life. Truly. I feel like everything I've experienced and endured and enjoyed in my life up to this day has all been a benevolent gift to lead my to truly appreciate this wonderful experience called LIVING.

    This morning as I sat down for my morning meditation, I felt intuitively guided to pull an Intuitive Wisdom Card and share a reading with you.

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    If you'd love to have a listen and watch the vid, I invite you to join my mailing list as I'll be sending the reading out to all my beautiful customers today. This link is below if you haven't joined me already.

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    All my Love,

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    P.S Last days to purchase my new Intuitive Wisdom Cards via the pre-sale and go into the draw to win a personalised Intuitive Wisdom Reading online! Best of luck and enjoy xx

    Intuitive Wisdom Cards now available for pre-order

    Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

    ❤ Hello, Intuitive Beauty

    It is with excitement and great pleasure to share
    the offical PRE-ORDER launch of my brand new

    Intuitive Wisdom Cards!

    Brimming with love and colour; this deck features 52 artfully illustrated cards backed with heartfelt prompts to inspire your intuitive wellbeing on a daily basis. 

    ❤ PRE-ORDER NOW: Intuitive Wisdom Cards 

    ... AND ...

    There will be a very special gift up for grabs when you purchase a deck via pre-order ... 

    You will go in the draw to win a personalised Intuitive Wisdom Reading with me
    - the first time ever I'll be doing a reading for a customer!

    (-- valid anywhere in the world, as we'll connect online! YAY!)

    All 52 cards feature inspiring double-sided visual and written prompts
    + an info card to further guide and explore your Intuitive Connection.
    Each card is designed to inspire and connect you with your own Intutive Wisdom.

    ❤ I just know you are going to LOVE them ❤

    Pop over now and check them out!

    All my Love,

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    Inside my Spirit Portraits class

    Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

    This past weekend I was joined in my Intuitive Art Studio by a beautiful group of women, ready for a gorgeous session of creating Intuitive Spirit Portraits.

    I started by sharing a scrummy Spirit Guide meditation to lay the foundation for our Artworks, then we loosened up with some freeform, collaborative Art-making.

    From here, it was time to symbolise elements from our intuition, meditation and imagination using my lovely big stash of National Geographic magazines. There was such a lovely calm, yet inspiring vibe as we created together; tearing, cutting and pasting magazines and playing with paints and inks. 

    By the end of the session, we had birthed some amazing Spirit Portraits into the world. Check out pics of our session together below ...

    If you’re keen to join my next Women’s Intuitive Art Class, check out my upcoming offerings HERE. I'll be sharing 'Mindful Nature Artworks' on Sat 28th Apr + 'Intuitive Mixed Media Drawing' on Sat 26th May.

    All my Love,

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    Winter Intuitive Art Retreat

    Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

    Hello Beauty, 

    I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching Intuitive Mixed Media Art at the upcoming 2018 McGregor Winter Retreat, in the beautiful grounds of USQ, Toowoomba on 2nd - 6th July, 2018.

    In this Intuitive Wisdom Art course, you will access a playful and spirited mixed media approach to creating richly satisfying Art. You will be guided as you explore your intuitions using acrylic paint, watercolour, collage, drawing, nature and engage your senses through mindfulness and setting intentions.

    Each day together in the studio, you will learn a new series of inspiring techniques to connect your Intuitive Wisdom with meaningful art-making. Far from being a ‘paint-by-numbers’ class, this workshop is designed to access your unique creative voice to create meaningful artworks for you.

    I've created this course to unfold over the full 5 days, using gentle guidance and demonstrations to help you to surrender into the process of creativity and feed your wellbeing in the process.

    All my Love,

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    The Story behind my Intuitive Wisdom Cards

    Chrissy Foreman Cranitch

    Hello, Beauty. 

    Over the last decade or so, my desire to be of service through Art has grown steadily and strong. Rather than just creating Art to look at, I have an increasing need to connect deeply with others through my work ... to feel like I'm making a difference. 

    The truth is, I've always wanted a feeling of deep connection with others - a way to share our human experience. I want to share how it feels when I create; connected to a bottomless Intuitive Flow, which fills my Spirit to brimming and cascades through my arms and hands and heart and out into the world. I want this feeling to be shared and received by people's hearts and hands and for that energy to flow back and forth between us like a beautiful circle. 

    And so it comes that I share my story with you, a circle-like journey that has made manifest via my Intuitive Wisdom Cards. Here goes ...

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    I remember way back the early-mid 2000's, I had a dream as a budding Artist to create my own deck of Oracle Cards. Oracle cards have been a tool I've used for many, many years to personally access and amplify my truth, and little did I know this would come true until three years ago, when I completed my first deck of Intuitive Wisdom Oracle Cards.

    I loved my first deck, which had 36 cards with my Art on the front, and intuitive prompts on the backs. Holding these first decks in my hands felt so amazing on so many levels - they inspired, they uplifted, and I could witness my Art on something that people could use in their daily life (seriously - it's the most amazing feeling!) 

    I had no idea how these cards would go in the world, so I ordered a small quantity of 50 decks to begin with, using a high-end printing company in the city. I wanted to make them both affordable and excellent quality, so I needed to keep my profit margins pretty low. 

    The first edition sold out within a few months.

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    Next came the second edition, as a result of my existing local print supplier being no longer financially viable. With customers starting to line up, I had to look into other options and I found a company online called makeplayingcards.com that were based in the US and manufactured in China (which I found out later). This was a contention point for me, because I always choose to shop Australian wherever possible to keep carbon miles down, and I couldn't see any proofs of my work first. Plus, the sizing options were different, so I needed to redesign the whole deck.

    But I took this all in my stride and looked for the silver lining. I knew I had a great product and with the new supplier, I now had the option of making the decks even better with a tuck box to encase them, which could also make the cards more marketable to shops etc. I also listened to some feedback from my growing customer-base of oracle and tarot readers, who wanted single sided cards for doing their readings, so there was a 'reveal' when you flipped a card over. 

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    As a result, my second edition decks felt much more professional, with their single sided-ness, streamlined design and beautiful packaging. I even created a second sister deck just for Mamas, called Mama Nurture. They all looked so lovely and I really thought I was doing the right thing, by tweaking my products for those I thought wanted to use them.

    However in hindsight, I had focused so much on creating what I thought others wanted from me, that I'd compromised my original vision. I'd forgotten the importance of stepping into my own intuitive flow, not just when creating Art but also in my Life choices. Even though my customers adored them, I felt less connected personally and after selling out of both decks in larger quantities, I decided to take a break and couldn't see myself offering them again in the future. 

    That was almost 2 years ago.

    Then late last year, my husband completed a graphic design course and we chatting about projects we could possibly work on together. We'd always thought there might be a way to marry our two crafts together, but we didn't know how. He and I have opposing strengths - his logical, technical mind and me as an intuitive, creative free-baller. After writing a list of jobs out together based on our strengths, we realised we have an amazing opportunity to work together.

    And so together, we've birthed these ...

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    THIS is THE deck I've always wanted to create. This time, I've chosen the intuitive path, and co-created this deck that truly, feels alive and brimming with life in my hands. The cards above are our first test print run, to see the colours and feel. You guys, they are BEAUTIFUL.

    I feel like I have returned to my roots and values with this deck, by working with an amazing graphic designer who truly KNOWS ME, by finding an incredible local supplier for the card printing (so they're made and designed in Australia! YAY!), by reintroducing the written prompts so they are double sided because I LOVE that, and by bringing the whole INTENTION of the deck back to where I began - a tool to connect with your own, Intuitive Wisdom. I've also selected the most relevant cards from both my decks and added some newbies, which increased the deck size to 52 cards, which feels like a much deeper and more rounded offering of intuitive prompts for personal growth. 

    When i just pulled a few cards to take this pic so you can see the beautiful backs of the cards, these are the cards I chose: EXACTLY how this deck feels to me. 

    By Listening to my Intuition, I've experienced a coming HOME. Total serendipity.

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    So, that's why when I release this new deck for pre-sale on March 31st, they will be renamed as simply 'Intuitive Wisdom Cards'. I've dropped the 'oracle' label because these cards are less about pointing outside of ourselves, and all about diving within for the gems and pearls of our own inner connection.

    If you'd like to receive notifications when they are released for pre-sale on 31st March, please pop your name on my mailing list below. I cannot wait to share them with you.

    Massive thanks to my husband Jeff Cranitch for making this dream a shared reality. I love you!

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    All my Love,

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