The first preview of all of the cups suit for Madam Lydia Wilhelmina's Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre and Autumn Scenes cup suit. This deck will be available again first of September. 🙂
Man. It’s like Venus and Mercury are having a very heated debate over this city and all that hot air has settled and sticking. It is a bit on the hot side out there I guess you could say. Or as my neighbor keeps yelling from across the street “HAWT ENOUGH FER UUUU?” He makes me giggle.
This week I’ve been organizing my projects and creating a calendar timeline to keep up with it. I’ve come to learn over time that it’s a must to maintain attention for an older project, like one of my tarot decks, as I try to establish and offer a new project. Given that my income comes in from my online store and various local events, it’s very important to keep attention up for anything I can help add to my monthly take in. But it’s not all about making a buck. I love what I do and my decks and I want them to be seen and liked. My Attic Cartomancy blog is about to take on its first funding project for my new Oracles & Flutter-Byes oracle deck. At the same time I’m getting my older Halloween tarot completed. And my Isidore Tarot has a life of its own. It calls me on the weekends sometimes to tell me who it’s hanging out with. Name dropper. Anyhoo, some new additions to my current projects – both available for the first time or again soon.
Madam Lydia Wilhelmina’s Tarot of Monsters, the Macabre and Autumn Scenes – Originally called The Attic Halloween Tarot – First offered Halloween of 2016 it got a bit of a rush job due to circumstances. I’m adding the minor arcana to it (slowly) to make it a full deck. Hopefully to have a very October-centric sale this autumn.
Oracles & Flutter-Byes – Originally called The Orange Moon Oracle – New deck project using an oracle type theme. Mucha themed artwork that is being digitally collaged into new scenes with airbrushing to add a little of my style to my favorite artist’s work. These are the oracles. The flutter-byes are original paintings of mine featuring moths, butterflies, and dragonflies that are being collaged into similar style scenes as the oracles. Attic Cartomancy will be crowdfunding this one.
I’m pleased to say the third edition of the Black Ibis Tarot is now available for sale. The cards are larger in size in this edition and this makes the details of the card artwork standout more. I also pumped up the colors a bit to make them more vibrant, as well as adding a blue note element to each card to unify the majors a bit more. The deck is very beautiful if I set modesty to the side. I really adore this deck. And like the Sepia Stains deck, there were a lot of wonderful creative folks who lent their images to the deck. I’ll be highlighting each over April.
The pre-order will run throughout April. At the conclusion of the sale all the decks/materials will be purchased and shipping will begin most likely the second week of May. The deck is available with full packaging or just the deck/book depending on your budget. So if you’d like to give a slightly surreal neo-Victorian fantasy deck a new home, please select the link for what you want: Order Full Packaging Deck Here -or- Order Just Deck/Book Here
So I’ve pretty much been useless for most of autumn. The last lingering issue from my accident was my eye issues, but thankfully my eyes are coming back to full strength. So I’ve been catching up on things on the to do list. First up was the Isidore Tarot. I gave the website a bit of a facelift to go along with the release of the third edition of the deck. You can check out the site here. As for the new deck…
For the third edition I removed the white borders on the cards and made them full bleed. I brightened up the card colors a little as well. My king and queen of cups have become my packaging mascots. You can check out the deck or pick one up until Feb 24th.
And just to keep with the busy, I also took the deck and retouched the cards to change the rose and golds to blue-teals and sand. This is a special edition for spring I titled the Spring and Sand Spring Special Edition. It’s not a limited edition, but like the autumn edition before it, it’s only available for a limited time during the spring months. You can check that out here. 😉
The second edition of the Tea Bats Lenormand is on sale Nov 11th until Dec 1st! I love this deck, really I do. I don’t know if it’s me mellowing as I get older or that I spent so many years focusing on spooky women as art, that I’ve been needing a whimsical outlet. Who knows. Like all my decks it was a labor of love that kept my focusing. Please help out an artist so she can feed her cats, so to ensure said cats don’t get upset and eat her, so that I might live another day and not turn into a headline that reads eccentric artist lady found eaten by three pissed off felines, and buy a deck!
Well, not actually bloody… none was spilled. I spent the day updating sites (that still need further updating before they go live for those pages) and that to me is honestly enjoyable though tedious. I put on a marathon in the background (Darkness, Lords of Salem, some weird Canadian shows about weird stuff) and kept my head down and glued to the screen. Given I’ve been so useless with concentrating as of late, it was a good day. I finished it off with some new additions to my current deck project.
These are two more samples for my Ink & Blood Lenormand deck. It combines a variety of my favorite things that aren’t typically associated with Lenormand decks. If I didn’t mention it in a previous entry about this, the deck combines one of my artistic influences with trash polka style tattoos and Lenormand symbolism. I just love the stark colors and the sometimes simple graphics. I have three decks I’ve been fussing with, but this one has become my summer project. Anyhoo… snake and birds. More to come.
I have three deck projects going on right now and I have to decide which one I want to settle on. I’m working on one with a game publisher where I’m adding a minor arcana on an existing major arcana – I have a defined timeline with that. There’s wiggle room. Then I have a Lenormand and Oracle projects to do on my own time. My own time translates to what I do at the end of the night when I’m just doing stuff for me.
A few nights ago I had a conversation with Myke about creative output as an artist. For me, who has no defined income, I have to apply myself at all times to create new and make sales on the old. I have no regulated income. I take in as much as I put in and sometimes I feel like I spend all my time just putting in. Not even on one thing. I juggle because I have to. Sometimes that removes a little bit of my joy when creating something 2new that I’m into. I have long since accepted this as a part of being a working artist.
The Happy Squirrelthulhu card in my Isidore Tarot’s doll size deck went over very well at the convention. I had random cards laid out for people who wanted to buy the small cards for their hats (yes, that is a thing for convention costuming) and H.S. cards were snatched right up. He is such a wonderfully dapper and quirky chap. I have been asked about regular size cards and yes, I am doing those. I’m having them printed so anyone with the rounded edges style cards from the first and second editions of the regular Isidore deck can order one to include with their own if they’d like.