Thursday, January 13, 2011

Of Divination by Tarot.

Found on Flickr, Image uploaded by Museo del Tarot.

I'm considering making a set of tarot or divination cards, that look ancient. Like, it should be falling apart in your hands, ancient. Like, so incredibly old, the paper is acting on par with cloth or leather. 
The paper should be thick, stained. The images drawn in ink and blanched watercolors, the language used should be a rarer language, the backs incredibly detailed. 
Oh yeah, it'll take a long time, but it sounds like fun. 
I don't actually beleive in divination, yet I own at least one set of divination cards. I use them in my still lives, but I think they are too shiny. Modern manufactured cards are sturdy, true, but they are too shiny and slick to fit in with a witch whose knowledge and tools has been handed down through several generations. Plus the clean-ness of the cards takes away from the effects I try to shoot for (grimy, unplanned, a whole lot of creepy). So I think I found a project I can do while in Anaheim that won't creep out my roommates too badly. I don't need my roommates going to the Disneyland heads and accusing me of devil worship. Although that would be a helluva funny story for you guys, wouldn't it?
Wait, its Disney: they'd accuse me of Chernabog worship. ;D


Pam Morris said...

I think that would be awesome! I love old stuff (sort of like myself...hehe)

The Frog Queen said...

That sounds like a great idea. I have always wanted to make my own deck....but I am just not talented that way.

I completely understand what you are saying about the "shinny" manufactured cards. A little less magical to the eye - or something like that.

Please post pictures of your progress. Would love to see how they turn out.

Good luck.