Final Stretch Goal: $20000
- Our final stretch goal would add aqueous strike-through varnish to the deck boxes, alternating glossy coating on the blacks with matte coating on the grays for an elegant look. (Previous stretch goal addded this matte/gloss combo to the card backs.)
The inspiration for this tarot deck comes from the sense of adventure seen archetypically in many works of fantasy, plus a touch of The Red Book by Carl Jung. Will you find transcendence on your journey of self exploration, or does danger lurk in the darkest recesses of the subconscious? Either way, you will not emerge the same.
This project got its start in May 2018 while talking with a psychotherapist friend. I showed her an early version of "The Mystic", and she suggested my dark and dreamlike art style was reminiscent of tarot. I recruited award winning designer Gage Mitchell, and thus began my journey of creating The Lost Forest.
Tarot, like therapy, can be a vehicle of self discovery. A way to bring what your intuitive mind has always known to your awareness. A way to see the path through hard times when everything seems muddy and chaotic. It seeks to unbury the truth.
I've incorporated themes inspired by adventure fantasy such as The Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings, and the films of Hayao Miyazaki. An untried hero sets out, naive and optimistic. The four elements representing four cardinal directions on a map to a place that exists only in the mind. This concept is demonstrated by "The Fool", where great rewards may be at the end of a long, arduous journey- or certain death. For some, looking deep into the mind is deeply disturbing, and while many emerge from such difficult introspection transformed, not all will find a happy ending. But no reward is worth pursuing without some risk along the way.
When you enter The Lost Forest, you bring nothing but yourself. But that is enough to overcome any adversity. I hope this tarot deck is the map that guides you through.
-Chelsea Santamaria, Illustrator
Each deck comes in a beautifully designed 2 part box, and includes a full color folding guide. The cards will be lithograph printed to 350gsm cardstock and satin UV coated for durability. This premium printing process will give the art crisp detail and rich colors. We are working with a top tier, sustainable, US based printer for the best quality and quickest turnaround. Our goal is to print the best deck that funding allows!
Stretch Goal #1: $7500 reached!
- Our first stretch goal is a full color folding guide signed by both the project illustrator and designer. Styled like a map to fit the deck's theme, it will illuminate the setting of the lost forest and explain the meaning of each card. If we meet our goal, it will be included with every deck, replacing the standard black and white insert.
Stretch Goal #2: $14000 reached!
- Our second stretch goal is a box upgrade from the standard tuckbox to a 2 part box, with separate base and lid.
Stretch Goal #3: $18000 reached!
- Our third stretch goal would add aqueous strike-through varnish to the card backs, alternating glossy coating on the blacks with matte coating on the grays for an elegant look.
Risks and challenges
As of the publishing of this kickstarter, 17 illustrations are still in progress, but I have given myself a generous deadline and will be working full time on this project. The deck is due to be completed October 2019 with production starting that month. Decks should be printed and ready to ship by December 2019. Backers will be updated with progress reports to keep them aware of unforeseen production or printing delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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