Posts Tagged ‘Tarot_minimal’

allegorical tarot

May 2, 2011

done – with two alternatives for the back, but I will go with the first one.


allegories deck iterations

May 1, 2011

for this deck

some updates – tarot

May 1, 2011

I will print 5 different decks for the tarot project: the allegories, another tarot of colour, the most recurrent symbols, the abstract one and the hybrids/engravings.

Below are some experiments for the most recurrent symbols. I still have to choose if I put the same number of symbols on all the cards or not.

I am also thinking about mixing up the ‘minimal’ decks such as below with the most recurrent symbols merged with the another tarot of colour. These experiments won’t be printed as cards (so far it’s not in my plans).

Finally, I am near completion of the hybrid/engraving deck —I need a title for this one. Below a summary of my research and a screenshot of the booklet (in progress) that will come with the deck.

What’s left to do is basically finishing the layout for the allegories and the most recurrent decks, design the title card and the back and finish the engraving/hybrids illustrations. I am hoping to have them done by tuesday afternoon so that I can send them to the printer before the weekend.


April 29, 2011

Here is the allegories tarot, with the new wording. The rule to ‘rename’ the cards was one adjective and one noun. I chose an horizontal format because it suits better the typography layout. I will only put the 2 words on each card —no arcana number— and maybe some frame around (I still have to decide on the design, one line, two lines, etc).

another tarot of colours

April 27, 2011

many things happened #2

April 2, 2011

Over the past few days I have been working on finishing the first draft of the tarot/engraving/hybrid set (see above, there still are 3 missing). I also scaled them down to make sure the illustrations stay fine ☟

The plan for this is to finish the main illustrations, get in touch with tarot people to get feedback and eventually make them look like proper cards (do I put the number of the arcana, its name, is there a frame, is there colour, etc?)

I talked to Andrea as well. He gave me useful references and pointed two or three mistakes in the tarot booklet. The good news is that there is no hybrid animal tarot existing yet, but there are collage tarot that have been made (for example☟)
† The Victoria Regina, made out of victorian ads.
† The Tranformational tarot

Also, I learned that there is a tarot of the colours already existing (but it seems a bit random), and I found out a couple of abstract decks: here and there.

March 28, 2011

Today I did good work on the classical exploration of tarot. I am working with engravings and my hands to give me more constraints. The rules I gave myself are two animals for one archetype and I chose them regarding their symbolism and not depending on if they are already on the cards. Below are the latest ones, the one posted before were the first sketches.


the magician

the empress

the emperor

the chariot



And, I made the cards (or experiments of making them).

lovely rounded corners

♠ • ♦ • ♣ • ♥

March 26, 2011

Tarot outcomes (so far):

research booklet
traditional exploration:
…booklet (reference, inspirations, research, etc)
…the deck (23 cards, box)
minimalist exploration:
…booklet (all research, iterations, etc)

…decks >colour, abstract, symbols, others typographic to be decided

I also (from Paulus’ advice) established a rule —understand a grid— for the back of the cards to relate them as part of the same project. To do that, I took the pattern I made with the cards on the cover ☟

here it is applied ☟