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The tutorial of how I achieve watercolor effect in Sai! :) I highly recommend using real watercolor paintings (your own or ones found on the internet) as reference.

And here you can find a few useful links: 

  1. You can download the Sai file of this picture here: link 
  2. Video process of painting another picture: link
  3. The old watercolor tutorial: link
  4. Sai brushes (none of them is made by me) link + file you need to open them in Sai: link
  5. Awesome watercolor brushes made by Kyle T Webster: link

Here’s the finished painting: link

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Writing Research - Magical Items, Herbs and Stones



I did some research on items that have magical properties that offer protection against evil spirits, bad energy, demons and other wicked creatures. Most of these items have multiple uses or a specific way that it must be used. They could be used by Hunters (such as those in the TV show, Supernatural), witches, paranormal investigators and so on. This is good for writers to know if they have a character that is into the occult, basically the supernatural. Writers can even use this information to help inspired some ideas or even create their own magical item.

  • Saltas in ordinary household salt, is a powerful absorber of psychic energy. It doesn’t channel this energy but absorbs it and holds it instead and it is this central property which accounts for its many different uses in magic. Salt may be sprinkled across thresholds and around the perimeter of dwellings, inside and out. This will keep spirits from entering or even trap them inside.   
  • Angelica Root - also known as Holy Ghost, Archangel, Garden Angelica, and Wild Celery is a herb. It is cultivated for its sweetly scented edible stems and roots. It used as a vegetable and medicinal plant. In magic it has many uses, for protection, exorcism, removes negative energy, and boosts female power. Angelica root is commonly found in African-American mojo bags prepared for protection from evil, for uncrossing, and to break a jinx. In powdered form, it is an ingredient in sachet powders used for healing and blessing. It may also be dusted on magic candles used for protection and prayer in matters of spiritual peace and blessing.
  • Altar Bells - whether rung in ritual to drive away evil spirits, or hung in a doorway as a charm for protection, altar bells have been an important aspect of religious and magical rites throughout the history of man. Often rung at the beginning of ritual due to their focusing and purifying attributes, the sweet sound of a bell chiming is also often used to invoke angels, fairies, and other good or ethereal spirits.
  • Moon Wateris water placed in a glass bottle during a phase of the moon and left outside to adsorb the energy. It is a pagan tradition and it is use as an energy booster. It can boost protection spells, cleansing, and it can help in empowering items. 
  • Sage - is a wonderful herb that is not only good for cooking and alternative medicines but has great spiritual benefits. There are so many types of sage out there but the main one, is White Sage (Salvia Apiana) which is used for Smudge Sticks. This is a ritual that you can do for many things, such as cleanse and purify items, people or even your home. If you’re feeling low on energy and need balance this is a perfect way for you to refresh yourself or if you need to cleanse and purify yourself of unwanted spirits or bad and negative energy.  
  • Sachets - also known as scented sachets, is a small cloth bag containing herbs, potpourri, or aromatic ingredients inside it. Sachets are mostly used to give items or areas in the home a pleasant scent. They also can be an ornament worn on the body and used to absorb sweat, repel insects and ward off evils. Some sachets are even put under pillows to help one sleep.
  • Pentagramis the shape of a five-pointed star drawn with five straight strokes and encased by an outer circle. The Pentagram is an ancient symbol with many different meanings and representations. One of the original is that the four lower points represent the four aspects of the world; (earth, water, air, and fire) with the fifth top point representing the divine spirit. Then the star is encircled by a wheel, representing the continual flow of life, or energy. When used in rituals, Pentagrams are drawn at the beginning to set a witches protection, positive power and is used to control the elements.
  • Seal of Solomon - it is often inscribed with a “name of power”, such as a God, Angel, Demon or spirit. These talismans are used for specific purpose and intent. It’s used in ceremonies, rituals, as protection and spiritual control. A Magician often embroiders this symbol on their robes, on tools, and within a ritual circle. When worn as a talisman, the symbol represents protection of the wearer from negative or evil energies, against attack from spirits or demons. It also allows the wearer to conjure, command or control those forces which may attack him/her.
  • Lavender this plant isn’t just use to decorate gardens or landscapes. It can be for culinary use and medically as well. The lavender oil is used extensively with herbs and aromatherapy. Infusions are believed to soothe insect bites, burns, and headaches. Magically speaking, lavender is often associated with love spells, as well as for workings to bring calmness and peace. It can also be used in a purifying bath or smudging ritual.
  • Eucalyptus it is used magically for protection, purification, and health. Eucalyptus leaves are widely believed to effectively ward off evil and repel enemies who are troubling you or your home. They also help a weak person cast off evil; that is, to ensure a final break with wicked companions or to put a stop to personal weakness such as a drug, alcohol, or tobacco habit. Burning the leaves can also cleanses the home and rids the premises of evil (spirits, illness or unwanted energies). It can even help with healing, just cut a branch off a Eucalyptus tree and hang it in a sickroom for the healing energy.
  • Blackberryis an edible fruit and not an actual berry. Different parts of the blackberry plant have different correspondences. The thorny branches are ruled by Aries and fire and are used for protection. Blackberry vines can be woven into protective wreaths, especially in combination with Rowan and Ivy and the thorns and leaves can also be added to mojo bags and other preparations for general household protection and prosperity. Blackberry leaves are ruled by Venus, Scorpio and the element water and are used for everything related to female fertility. The tea from the leaf is also said to work as a mild aphrodisiac. 
  • Dragon’s Bloodis actually a resin, which is harvested from a variety of different plant species. The Romans, Greeks, and others used a byproduct of Dracaena cinnabari, (Socotra Dragon Tree or Dragon Blood Tree) which is a tree, found on an island in the Indian Ocean. The tree’s gum resin has a number of uses, including as an abortifacient and as a dye. Depending on which magical path you may follow, there are a variety of uses for Dragon’s Blood. In many Hoodoo and folk traditions, this item is used for protection, power and good fortune. It may even be turned into an ink to write out spells. In some Wiccan traditions of magic, Dragon’s Blood is used for healing, protection, and banishing. Pagans believe that adding Dragon’s Blood to any other incense or herb blend will increase the potency of the original mix.
  • Devil’s Bit - also known as Devil’s-bit Scabious or Succisa Pratensis Moench, which is a flowering plant. The root chips can be added to any protection mojo bag, in conjunction with herbs like Rue and Agrimony. To keep away evil and to return tricks an enemy may try to lay, you may sprinkle Devil’s Bit chips outside your house or place them beneath the floor or under your rugs. It is said that if you burn them on charcoal at high noon, the fumes will destroy an enemy’s power to harm you. Some people mix Devil’s Bit root chips into commercial incenses like Fiery Wall of Protection, Run Devil Run, or Uncrossing and burn them to shield themselves. 
  • Rosemaryis a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. Rosemary is used as a decorative plant in gardens and has many culinary and medical uses ( the plant is said to improve the memory). For magical use, burn rosemary to rid a home of negative energy, or as an incense while you meditate. Hanging bundles on the front door will keep harmful people, like burglars, from entering. Another use is to stuff a healing poppet with dried rosemary to take advantage of its medicinal properties, or mix with juniper berries and burn in a sickroom to promote healthy recovery.

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A glorious fuck-ton of perspective angle references (per request).

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After 6 years of using this program I finally figured this out, so I decided to share the technique. IDK, it sure beats the “Use brush with no pen pressure to make a dot” type of thing.

The use of the vector layer comes with other nifty things like:

  • No decrease in quality while transforming
  • No 500px size limit
  • Playing with line thickness and distortion

So, I hope this comes in handy to a few of you!

You can make a Hexagon by using the Line Tool instead and turning the canvas 4 times each click. I’m sure you can do other things, but I haven’t figured those out yet.

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