Greetings! I'm Trisha Leigh, a full-time, mixed media artist, residing in New England. The HeARTful Spirits Tarot is a dream I have had for quite some time. As a collector of Tarot, I had always hoped to create my own deck, but wanted something whimsical and universally appealing. I'll admit I was daunted by the prospect of creating a 78 card deck based on the traditional Rider-Waite Smith system. For me, it came at a time when I needed it most. Art has always been a means of healing, a means of expressing my emotions, and discovering my connection to others. In 2015, I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. It was shortly after, that the images for the HeARTful Spirits began to emerge on paper. At the time, I did not know their purpose, or that each one would play an integral role in my healing. Last year, I began to work on them more and more. In fact, I couldn't stop sketching and painting them. It was as though they wanted a voice. Not only were they helping me, but I felt strongly that they could help others. This unique and whimsical project, which has taken over a year to complete is now ready for pre-ordering. The HeARTful Spirits Tarot's message of universal connection is certain to appeal to all ages, races, and genders, while allowing us to explore the part of ourselves that has the key to unlock our deepest inner wisdom. It is my belief that this deck comes at a time when we all need universal healing. It is my honor and privilege to bring this deck to life. May it bring you as much joy as it has brought to me. ~Trisha Leigh
The HeARTful Spirits Tarot began as simple sketches and eventually evolved into mixed media watercolor images. By mixed media, I mean that I utilized several different mediums to bring them to life. These included pencil, watercolor, ink, acrylic and finally digital enhancement. Each image is rich in color and you will see this reflected on each card.
While I have created three other oracle decks in the past, I have always wanted to create my own tarot deck. I am first and foremost a collector. As an artist, I truly appreciate the beauty of the art reflected on the cards. I also love to read and have been doing so for many years. Creating my own deck has definitely allowed me to connect with tarot on a deeper level.
Who are the HeARTful Spirits?~
The majority of the cards feature images of figures devoid of any connection to race. The spirits are colorful and lack facial features. Yet, somehow they connect us on an emotional level that is unique to each person. They are guardians or spirit guides. Each one has a special message to share. Most of all, they convey a sense of universal oneness.
A word about hints~
When I began working on this deck, I received a great deal of feedback about the deck images and the hints. It was important to me that I created a deck that was approachable and inviting to a wide range of people. I also wanted to take some of the stigma off of the "scarier" cards in tarot. In my studies, I feel that there are no negative cards. It is just our perception and fear imprints that we project when looking at them. I wanted something that was open and familiar, while still inviting the reader or querent to dive deep. Hints were important, because I wanted the deck to appeal to those who may be interested in tarot, but intimidated by working with 78 cards. However, I also didn't want to shun the more seasoned reader. This was a challenge, as each card can have multiple meanings. So, I researched a great deal, and narrowed each card down to an overall theme for its upright and reversed position. Despite being as careful as possible, I know that not everyone will agree with the words chosen. Therefore, I suggest that they only be seen as simple guidelines. Let them help you, but ultimately, let your intuition be what guides your insight. For the purpose of this campaign, I will be making decks available with hints and no hints. Simply specify which you prefer when making your pledge. If you do not choose, you will receive a deck with hints.
Please choose~ Hints or No Hints
The Reward Images~
If the campaign reaches 6,000, everyone will receive a free Sweet Heart Organza Tarot bag. These are a lovely shade of purple and embellished with gold hearts. You will easily see your deck through the bag.
Add On Items!!!
When I first began my career in the arts, I was a sculptor and jewelry designer. I've created these unique HeARTful Spirit Pendants. Each is hand sculpted and painted by me. They are each unique and no two are alike. Please allow me to pick one for you. If you are interested in adding a pendant onto your order, they are only $20.00 each!! Just go to "manage my pledge" to adjust the amount and then private message me your order.
If you are interested in adding an additional deck. I am offering the 300 gsm smooth in shrink wrap at-
30.00 United States (this price includes shipping)
45.00 Outside the United States (this price includes shipping)
Just go to "manage my pledge" to adjust the amount and then private message me your order.
Risks and challenges
Those that have been following my progress know that it was important for me to have all my ducks in a row. I wanted to actually complete the deck before I even considered pre-orders or a campaign. I wanted this deck to be in your hands right away. Therefore, I have spent the past year getting it ready. I test marketed the images though various social media outlets to get a feel for what people liked and didn't like. On March 11, 2018, I created a Face Book group dedicated to the progress of the deck. I kept my base informed of changes, revisions and every little nuance along the way, with updates, images and videos. I ordered sample decks and boxes from various printers until I found the one that would provide the most professional and beautiful deck possible. After an extensive search, I have settled on two printers that I feel produce exceptional quality. The samples you see in the level images are from the printers that I will utilize should the campaign fully fund. Nothing is more important to me than this deck being perfect and your complete satisfaction. It is a labor of love from my heart and soul, and now I am ready to share it with you!!
The most obvious risk is that the HeARTful Spirits Tarot does not reach its goal. Although this is not my first experience with self-publishing, it is my first experience with Kickstarter. Setting a realistic monetary goal was difficult for me, almost as difficult as pricing my artwork. After all, this is a finished product. How can I account for the time and labor put into something that took me over a year to create. So, I had to look at hard numbers and the hope that the project would also make enough so that I could purchase extra decks to take to shows. While the initial goal numbers may look large, I can assure you that there are many costs that go into the final amount. I have also set all levels (except the World level) at unlimited availability. This is because I did not buy up front. I wanted to give you as many possible choices as I could. In the end, I simply cannot estimate the package you will like the best. My hope is that you will love the HeARTful Spirits Tarot so much that you will share it with everyone, and it will become a huge success! My goal is to bring it to as many people as possible.
My hope is to have all orders fulfilled as quickly as possible. I am estimating within 45 to 60 day time frame after funds clear (according to Kickstarter, funds clear within 21 days of campaign ending). I have set a date of December 2018. Of course, please allow additional time should orders exceed expectations. Also, be aware that orders received from overseas may take longer to fulfill due to shipping time frames. I will make every effort to communicate the printing progress all the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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