Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Prototype Deck!

Since I first started this project, I've been looking forward to the day I'd have the cards in my hands.  When I was still thinking about self-publishing, I had planned to send the artwork off to printerstudio.com and wait for them to work their magic.  However, given the problems with pirating that even firms like US Games have been experiencing recently, and given my contract with them, I didn't want to risk that.  Then, about ten days ago, Pepi Valderrama talked about the release of her Vintage Poster Lenormand, a free resource that people can download and print off for themselves.  So, I decided printing from my home printer was probably my safest bet.

These cards use the slightly wonky, low-resolution images Will has been sending me via email, printed on the thickest card my printer could take (200 gsm), which is about a third of what a normal card thickness would be.  And, obviously, there's no shiny finish, nor high quality toner.  I'll also be adding numbering and playing card associations to the official card images before sending them off to US. Games.  Still, after trimming them and cutting the corners, they look and feel like proper, if somewhat flimsy, cards, and are just beautiful!

Finally having a set in my hands has been amazing!  I've done several readings, which worked wonderfully, and feel re-inspired by the cards and the project.  This is, after all, what it's all really about, a lovely deck to play with ;)

8 comments:

  1. Looks great, lovely to see it in-hand!

    I notice the artwork reminds me of illustrations from the 1920s or 1930s--it has an old-timey look about it I enjoy. I found that too with Will's illustrations for the Wildwood. I am a fan of the old illustrators (my favourite being Rockwell Kent) so this deck is still setting off bells.

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    1. Hi JJ,

      Yes, Will was very influenced by a number of old school painters, and raves about a time when a museum bod let him look at the back of several old canvases so he could figure out some of their techniques :) Glad you like them!

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  2. OH MY GODDESS!!!!! Those are so gorgeous. I'll take three. ;)

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    1. Hee hee, well, you can at least play with these ones in July... :D

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  3. Glorious-looking prototype! You must feel like a proud mama. :)

    Hugs,
    MM

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    1. Yes, I really do! I showed it to a friend today, who knows nothing of tarot or Lenormand, but she still found it beautiful, and was getting what lots of the keywords might be :)

      Hugs,
      Chloë

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