Vanessa Oliver-Lloyd

Vanessa is an art witch who believes in the power of art and ritual for healing and as catalysts for change in the world. She loves to connect through teaching by creating inspiring art journaling classes on her blog, in collaboration with Get Messy and on Art Witch Academy. She is a nomad currently living Shanghai.

Hello dear Messians, Vanessa here with you for the Season of Starting. I can’t tell you how it feels to be back in this space; Get Messy – and you! – always have and will be a big part of my creative life. To immerse ourselves in this Season, I am sharing an energizing tutorial today called Embodying the Fool.

That may sound silly or like something you shouldn’t do but, take a look at this introduction video and let’s talk about the idea of the Fool afterwards.

As you saw in the video, the Major Arcana of the tarot is all about the Fool’s journey…and who is the Fool? Why, it’s you! It’s each one of us at many different times in our lives. Think on how many times you’ve felt that a period or a cycle in your life has come to an end and that you have set off in a new direction? That is the energy of the Fool: taking a leap of faith, going for it even with the fear, daring to take that first step, embracing the unknown.


The spread we will make is deceptively simple, but what is important is the intent that you put behind it. Here is what you will need:

  • Your art journal
  • 1-2 sheets of watercolor paper or scraps of leftover watercolor paper
  • Water soluble media (watercolors, Neocolor II crayons, water soluble pencils, ink, etc.)
  • A magazine image of the Fool or a painting / sketch of your own art that represents the Fool
  • Gold leaf or gold foil and the appropriate glue for it
  • Glue stick, scissors

As always, if you do not have some of the supplies on hand, replace them with something else that brings in the same effect, like gold paint instead of gold leaf. For the featured image – the one that is in fact the Fool – you can use a magazine image like I did or use a drawing or painting of your own. It is really important that you do what feels right for you. This is, after all, the start of your journey!


Watch the video below to see how we will use water soluble media to create a wave of inspiration and enthusiasm to send our Fool off on their journey.

Like I mentioned in the video, in most iterations of the card, the Fool is seen jumping off a cliff or setting off into the unknown. I decided that I wanted a flying, dancing Fool, swept upward on a wave of excitement and energy. You can choose to have your Fool set off on whichever imagery suits the journey that you would like to take. I chose not to have a companion with my Fool, but if you like the idea of having an animal ally, I think this would make a very empowering addition to your spread.

Think on the colors of the water soluble media you will use to support this imagery. In my case, I wanted the idea of the wave to be supported by tones of blue, teal and aqua. I also added lots of copper watercolor and, of course the rose gold foil. You should absolutely use the colors that are meaningful to you.

Same with the words of intent that we are adding to our spread. Let these reflect your intentions for the journey ahead. Let them be a mantra to encourage you when things get difficult or scary. Let them be a reminder of the Fool’s enthusiasm when you begin to forget why you started in the first place.

You’ve got this! Let’s take that first step together!

Action Steps


Think on times when you embodied the Fool and you set off on your journey even if you were scared or unsure of the outcome


Find or paint and image that represents that energy or feeling for you


Support your Fool with a wave of inspiring words, affirmations and colors