2019/05/19

Support Alchemy Stones via our Patreon Campaign!

Much as we'd like to think otherwise, the reality of actually "making a living" from Alchemy Stones still remains a distant dream.

There is, in fact, a lot of truth to the old saying that artists are "starving!"

Very large and intricate stone; created as a meditation stone
for a cancer sufferer
Whether you are a long-time fan of Alchemy Stones or just discovered them, we could really use your help!

The thing is, Alchemy Stones are not my livelihood. I actually run two home-based businesses in addition to doing other outside work... which means that the actual time I have available to create Alchemy Stones is very limited, quite simply because I cannot afford to give the time to them I would really like.

Of course, it is my dream to be able to eventually develop my art into something that at least affords a reliable part time income, but that's still a long way off... even after seven years of doing this in "the spaces in between." Realizing that I would never reach this dream under our current circumstances, I have decided to take a different approach.

Can You Spare $1 a month? $5 a month?


For as little as a dollar a month, you can become a supporter of Alchemy Stones via our Patreon campaign. If you are not familiar with it, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform for artists and creatives, designed to connect art lovers and artists so that Independent Art and Creativity that grow and thrive.

I call this color set a "peacock stone."
Aren't we just "begging for money," here?

Nope!

In the olden days, artists were often supported by their communities and wealthier citizens... which allowed them to create, rather than just toil in the fields.

As someone once pointed out to me: "It's difficult to become a painter, when all your time goes to one full time and one part time job, just so you can pay rent and eat..."

In the case of the campaign for Alchemy Stones, the idea is to develop enough small sponsorships that it buys some time I can use to create, and then I would actually have stones to sell as a source of income. Tough to do, if I don't have time to actually paint the stones!

But that's only half the story.

YOUR Value for Money!


Our Patreon funding effort is set up in such a way that sponsors/patrons actually can get their full value back, in terms of benefits and freebies!

We have six different sponsorship tiers, starting at just $1 a month, up to a top limit of $50 a month. We deliberately kept the levels pretty low... the idea being that "real people" should be able to afford to participate.

As a supporter of Alchemy Stones, you'll get free gifts, discounts and other goodies potentially worth about 120-150% of the value of your support level. Because we're not running a charity here, we're simply trying to get an art-based business up, running and established!

Of course, if you simply think it's a worthy cause you'd support even without the benefits, we're equally grateful!

So, please consider supporting this creative dream! Are you willing to give up one latte a month at your local Starbucks in service of supporting handmade spiritual art in our technological age?

We hope so!

At least... go check out the Alchemy Stones Patreon page... there's no charge for looking!

2019/04/18

A Few Thoughts About "Meditation Stones"

For those familiar with the metaphysical Healing and Helping professions, the idea of "Meditation Stones" is not exactly new.

This stone has 3rd Eye Chakra energy, and could easily be used
as a Meditation Stone.
If you Google "Meditation Stones," you will likely get thousands of results, and you'll also notice that the majority of them lead to natural crystals and minerals.

Alchemy Stones are also excellent Meditation Stones, and it's worth noting that most of the "original" stones I painted over a decade ago for friends, were specifically for meditation.

Part of what makes Alchemy Stones unique as Meditation Stones are the patterns, themselves.

The mandala/sacred geometry paintings provide excellent focal points to help you enter a meditative state. In the course of going to fairs and festivals, we have had many seasoned meditators tell us that simply sitting and looking at the patterns calms their mind.

In addition, our Chakra Stones each have a very specific energy, ideal for those who are working with balancing and healing particular issues.

So my final comment here is that "Meditation Stones" by no means have to be a "crystal" in order to be useful, regardless of what the New Age industry might suggest!

2019/03/05

Showtime Again: 2019 UFO Summit, Ocean Shores, Washington

The 2019 UFO Paranormal Summit took place in Ocean Shores, Washington, on March 1st-3rd.

The Alchemy Stones table at the UFO Summit
This was the 2nd time we have taken Alchemy Stones to the UFO Summit, which is absolutely our favorite "esoteric" show we attend. We have found an exceptionally high degree of appreciation for the stones in the UFO and Paranormal communities.

Perhaps it's because Peter channels the designs from "The Great Beyond?" Who knows... however, it was a very fun and rewarding weekend!

While Peter manned the Alchemy Stones table, Sarah was a keynote speaker on the show schedule!

This is a very well organized and very well attended event that draws visitors from the Seattle-Tacoma area as well as from metro Portland. Most people come for all three days and stay at the resort, but there are also "day visitors."

A look into the main hall; Sarah is giving her presentation
New for this event was the introduction of Alchemy Stones' "Ascension Sets."

They were quite well received, although only one set found a new home.

On the other hand, the 2019 UFO Summit turned into a new all-time most successful show for us; more evidence that it's important to explore different audiences for art and other products... you just never know what is going to happen.

Naturally, we are planning to be back for the 2020 UFO Summit which will happen March 6th-8th next year. Our success at both UFO Summits we have attended with Alchemy Stones suggests that maybe we need to explore this niche further.

The vendor area at the UFO Paranormal Summit
Very nice people, fun weekend, and it was also cool to be able to stand in the doorway and listen in on some of the lectures and presentations in the main hall.

2019/02/25

Alchemy Stone Designs: Ascension Stone Sets

Every now and then, we come up with a new design idea for Alchemy Stones that just "feels right."

This "Master" Ascension Set is one of the best pieces of work
I have made in the 10+ years I have been painting stones
Now, you might be thinking: "Yes, but it's ART, isn't it just created from artistic inspiration?"

Well, yes... and no.

I would say "yes" if we were purely talking about arts and crafts here; if Alchemy Stones were nothing more than "stones with pretty painting."

But that's not what they are: This is spiritual art, channeled from a Higher Source, and the stones end up being both "pretty art" and tools used for meditation and healing. And so, quite a bit of planning and thinking and deliberating goes into new design "groups." And quite a few of them never leave the drawing board, so to speak.

Ascension Stone Sets are whole new idea, building somewhat on our now very popular "Amplification Stones," introduced in the fall of 2018.

The basic idea is a set of five stones, in which you are represented by the center stone, which is somewhat larger than the four stones surrounding it.

Detail of one of the stones from the above set
At the most fundamental level, the four surrounding stones are named (and labeled) for the four directions: North, East, South and West. As much as anything, this is to aid in the correct placement of the stones.

However, in the spiritual sense, these four are also representative of the four elements, Water, Earth, Fire and Air. Because Ascension Sets mark a deeply spiritual process, there are layered and deeper meanings here. In essence, the four stones represent the Mind, the Body, the Spirit… and the Ethereal, to pull them together, with you at the center, as the "subject."

You can also consider them in the context of Pyramid Energy: In a Four-sided Pyramid, you have four sides, and then there is the apex, representing you as the individual seeking enlightenment or "Ascension."

The intent — which we have now "field tested" with several deeply spiritual and "tuned in" friends — is for your Ascension set to serve as a tool to help you reach deeper states of meditation and higher levels of understanding of the Universe around you.

We're very excited about these new stones, which will make their "public debut" at the upcoming UFO Paranormal Summit in Ocean Shores, Washington next weekend!

Updated: A limited number of Ascension Sets are now available in the Alchemy Stones eBay shop.

2019/01/03

Happy New Year from Alchemy Stones!

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Happy 2019! May this be the best year ever for you, and for all of us!

A large "Dream Stone"
2018 was quite a good year for Alchemy Stones. Several great new "design styles" were introduced, and were well received.

We attended a few outside events... although our show schedule has been much more limited since we opened the Red Dragonfly Gallery in mid-2016. It's challenging to manage having both a shop and doing fairs and events when there's just two people!

We are still enjoying quite a bit of success from displaying the stones at the Red Dragonfly and having a permanent "brick-and-mortar" location. Whereas we have previously tried having Alchemy Stones on consignment at a couple of metaphysics stores, it's very different when the artist is actually on hand all the time to talk about and explain the story behind the art.

Our ambition for 2019 is to continue developing particularly the spiritual aspects of Alchemy Stones. If there's one thing we have learned from our Red Dragonfly location, it is that the market for painted stones — however beautiful and intricate they may be — simply as "a thing" is quite limited.

Thank you for your interest and support in the past, and here's wishing you a great year ahead!

2018/12/02

Holiday Showtime: Festival of Lights, 2018

Just a brief show note: This past weekend Alchemy Stones were at the Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center here in Port Townsend, as vendors at the annual Festival of Lights fair.

Sarah at the Alchemy Stone/Ewenique Boutique table
The Festival of Lights is one of our favorite local events, and serves as one of the major annual fundraisers for our local Unity Center.

Because it's a fundraising event, a portion of vendor sales go to benefit Unity.

We just had a small table for the Friday-Saturday event, and it was a "double feature" as we showed both Alchemy Stones, as well as Sarah's adorable handmade "Thank Ewes."

New for Alchemy Stones was our first attempt at wearable art, in the form of smaller lightweight stones created specifically as pendants to put on a chain. This is an area we hope to develop further in the future... right now, the process of drilling holes in extremely hard stone material is still at the experimental stage.

Section of the Alchemy Stone table
Looks like the idea is going to "stick," though. The very first thing Sarah sold was one of our largest pendants!

We participate in this event because we like the Unity crowd, and this one of the ways we can be part of supporting our community.

Like many shows we've been in recently, attendance seemed quite low.

2018/11/12

Showtime Again: Healing Hearts Psychic Fair, Bremerton, Washington

This past weekend, Alchemy Stones went "on the road" again.

The Alchemy Stones table at the fair
This time, our travels took us 60 miles down the road to Bremerton, Washington, for the annual Healing Hearts Psychic fair on November 10th.

We have previously participated in this event as a vendor, and it has a very nice "spiritually oriented" vendor area with maybe 25-30 booths.

Elsewhere, a variety of psychics, medical intuitives, card readers and other members of the healing professions offered readings for visitors.

The event is part of the annual fundraising drive for the Chalice Heart organization.

It was nice to see some familiar faces introduce Alchemy Stones in a public setting outside our local area.

This was also the first time the new "Amplification Stones" were on display and for sale to the public... and they seemed to be quite well received.

Typically, we do quite well at "spiritual" events, because Alchemy Stones are more "spiritual art" than anything. We have never been very successful attending arts and crafts shows, although we are often asked.

For reasons unknown, this particular event drew a smaller crowd than usual — even according to the organizers — and whereas we managed to break even for the day, we didn't do as well as we had hoped to.

Yes, please DO touch the rocks!
That said, we hope to be back for the 2019 version of the event. It is a well established show that draws a largely Pagan audience, which also happens to be one of our strongest fan bases.

In the meantime, thanks for everyone who did show up and visited the Alchemy Stones booth!

2018/10/30

Alchemy Stone Designs: Amplification Stones

The idea of "Amplification Stones" came to me during this fall. In a way, it was an extension of previous meditations during which I had focused on a very specific issue (or illness) for one of our clients.

A very large and intricate Amplification Stone
What if we could just amplify any intent? What if we could take it beyond just saying "F*ck cancer!" or "F*uck arthritis?"

In the process of exploring this idea, I came up with what is by far the most "intense" design style I have attempted, to date.

As the name suggests, the intention behind these stones is to amplify energy: focus, during meditation; intent, during goal setting; clarity, during prayer; memory, during studies and so forth. In the process of "field testing" these with friends, we discovered that looking intently at the pattern for several minutes also seemed to trigger memories of past lives in some people. No promises there, though!

Amplification stones are particularly powerful when used in conjunction with other Alchemy Stones, particularly Protection sets, Chakra sets and Altar Sets, but they can certainly also be used by themselves.

A selection of Amplification Stones, October 2018
They can typically be recognized by their "code;" an intricate compass-node color dot pattern at the center of the design — quite different from the design style of any other Alchemy Stone.

I am very excited about these stones! Several Energy Healers and Light Workers we "tested" them with gave extremely positive feedback... and the Amplification Stones really represent the next big "jump" in the history of Alchemy Stones.

These designs will make their public debut when we attend the Healing Hearts Psychic Fair on November 10th, at the Masonic Hall in Bremerton, Washington.

Hope to see you there!

To buy online, Amplification Stones also have their own special page in our eBay shop, for those who can't visit to see them in person!

2018/02/21

Alchemy Stone Designs: Protection Stones

Alchemy Stone "Protection Sets" were originally created as an indirect outgrowth of part of Sarah's practice of doing psychic house cleansings for her clients, and for local real estate agents wanting to make sure that their property listings were "clean" of negative spiritual energy.

The First Protection set from 2014, before receiving its finish coat
The first set was created in 2014 to create a protected space around weekly Paranormal workshops Sarah was hosting at the time; it has been protecting our "Sacred Space" room in our house since 2015.

We all want to feel safe and protected — whether from the physical elements, or from forms of energetic or spiritual intrusion.

Protection Sets are matched sets of FOUR stones (one representing each compass direction) designed to protect your space and enhance your own intention setting for keeping your surroundings energetically clean and positive.

Creating a set begins with simply finding four energetically matching stones on one of our local beaches — which can take quite some time! I never start painting till I have a matched set of plain stones.

The stones are then cleansed and the painting begins. The four stones will have similar design elements indicating that they are clearly "a set," but they are not identical across each color — some variation will always occur.

Protection sets can be used to simply grid a room or a work space, or they can be used to protect your entire house or property. We have even sold a set that was used to protect an entire multiple-practitioner massage and yoga studio.

A smaller Protection Set from 2018
Having a compass (or GPS device) handy when you "set" the stones is important.

The North is represented by the blue stone; East is represented by the yellow stone; South is represented by the green stone and West is represented by the red stone.

Seems people need a lot of protection! You can usually find them in the eBay shop (← link), but they are often sold out, alas.

Please note: The sets shown in this post are examples only, and have long since found their homes! Items in the shop are going to be different. In the future, I hope to develop a fixed schedule for when new sets become available; hopefully every 4 months or so.

2017/03/06

Alchemy Stone Designs: Goddess Stones

"Goddess Stones" are generally created around a soft oblong shaped stone that receives a mandala design only at one end (or sometimes the center) of the stone, leaving the remainder natural.

A "Goddess Stone" with a center design
This style of design was originally inspired by an idea from Sarah, who suggested I create a series of stones where only part of the stone receives the actual design.

These stones are basically a tribute to the Divine Feminine, and come in a variety of sizes... depending on what we are able to find on the beach!

When available, they have their own category space in the Alchemy Stones eBay shop.