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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 17 2018 2:58 PM UTC +00:00.

$11,371
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
290
backers
23days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 17 2018 2:58 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Stolen Child Tarot is a project conceived by illustrator Monica Knighton (me!) and was inspired by the William Butler Yeats poem of the same name. The key inspiration came from the refrain:

“Come away, O human child!

 To the waters and the wild 

With a faery, hand in hand, 

For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.”

Queen of Brine - reward claimed!
Queen of Brine - reward claimed!

Initially, the deck began on a smaller scale, as a Major Arcana deck to be produced as a limited edition artist portfolio. A previous Kickstarter project accomplished this goal, even allowing extra funding for upgrades in paper and a unique woodgrain and leaf paper portfolio. You can visit the original funded campaign here.

I was completely blown away by the response to the artwork for this project! Lots of people have asked me about expanding the deck to a full 78 card deck with the Minor Arcana…

So I’ve been working very hard to make that happen! With 60+ additional paintings needed, it was a bit daunting, but thanks to many wonderful patrons on Patreon, the finish line is in sight! Woo hoo!!

The Deck --- Our funding goal will allow for the production of a high quality deck in the standard tarot size of 2.75 x 4.75 inches.  It will be 80 cards total, with the 78 cards of the Major and Minor Arcana plus 2 title cards. Cards will have a header and footer with card numbers and titles (see mock up below) and come in a full color tuck box with links to the guidebook.

Card Stock - While I'm still looking at samples, it will be heavy, smooth and matte. I'm judging what to me is most like the commercially printed decks I like to handle.

Mock up of finished card layout
Mock up of finished card layout
A basic tuck box - ready for color and art!
A basic tuck box - ready for color and art!

The Guidebook --- The guidebook will be available for free online in multiple forms:

  • A condensed black and white printable PDF, easy to fold up and keep with the deck.
  • A color ebook featuring card thumbnails, full descriptions and reading instructions, formatted for phone, tablet and ereader devices.
  • A printable PDF of the color ebook.

Offering the book digitally keeps the printing cost down. For anyone who prefers a hard copy of the book, it will be made available at cost on a print on demand site like Lulu.com

5 of Oak - a $200 original art reward
5 of Oak - a $200 original art reward
  • September - funding campaign
  • Oct-December - complete final cards
  • January 2019 - pre press work and submit to printer
  • Feb - Aug 2019 - Proofing, production of deck. Finalize, proof and post guidebook.
  • Sept 2019 - Begin shipping rewards
  • 78% Deck printing
  • 12% shipping costs 
  • 10% Kickstarter and payment processing fees

This campaign has been trimmed down to the necessities. I'm covering reward items like patches, postcards and enamel pins to offer variety to the reward selection and help with promotion! :)

10 of Zephyrs - a $200 original art reward
10 of Zephyrs - a $200 original art reward
Justice
Justice
10 of Oak - reward claimed!
10 of Oak - reward claimed!

“Come away, O human child!

To the waters and the wild

With a faery, hand in hand,

For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.”

To create the atmosphere of the poem, The Stolen Child's Tarot imagery was designed without man-made objects like the usual tools you would see in a traditional deck -- for example, a crown could be represented by antlers, or an animal's form could represent the clothing for a human station. Also, there are no adult figures. The humans in this deck are all changeling children that have embraced different parts of the natural world. This deck was a deeply personal project for me, and my goal was to represent the variety of the world and souls I see around me, to be inclusive and to move past symbolic gender dichotomies.

 
7 of Flame - a $95 original art reward
7 of Flame - a $95 original art reward
Queen of Flame - reward claimed! I'm pleased to represent someone with Down Syndrome in my art.
Queen of Flame - reward claimed! I'm pleased to represent someone with Down Syndrome in my art.
Icons for each of the suits have been selected from nature:

  • Oak (Pentacles) represented by acorns
  • Zephyrs (Swords) represented by feathers blown on the wind
  • Brine (Cups) represented by shells
  • Flame (Wands) represented by tongues of fire
Knight of Brine - a $110 original art reward
Knight of Brine - a $110 original art reward
Lunar Hare Patch -- A $8 pledge reward
Lunar Hare Patch -- A $8 pledge reward

 Inspired by The Moon card, the Lunar Hare patch is embroidered on twill with silver and gold metallic thread. It measures about 4 inches round and can be stitched or ironed onto fabric.

Red Squirrel enamel pin - a $12 reward
Red Squirrel enamel pin - a $12 reward

 
I've completed the design for the Red Squirrel enamel pin and provided photos of how some of my other pins turned out. The Red Squirrel will be done in hard enamel with gold plated metal and have two backing pins (to prevent it from turning as you wear it) with metal clutch style catches.

One of the Limited Edition Major Arcana decks - Part of the Collector's Delight reward
One of the Limited Edition Major Arcana decks - Part of the Collector's Delight reward

Reward Add-Ons

You can add up to three patches, pins or additional decks to any $22 or up pledge level by increasing your pledge:
  • $5 to add a patch
  • $10 to add an enamel pin
  • $24 to add a deck
If you are interested in adding on more than this, please contact me to create a specific pledge level for you. Kickstarter does not allow rewards to be 'bulk' rewards or more than 10 of an item.

There will be a place in the Backer Survey for you to list any reward add-ons.
I am so pleased to be able to offer some of the original paintings as pledge rewards to backers.  All work is in acrylic ink and watercolor on acid-free bristol board.  Each piece measures 3 by 4.5 inches with approximately 1.5 inch white border around.  All pieces will be shipped unmatted, in a clear sleeve with backing board.
All original art rewards include a copy of the deck.
6 of Zephyrs - a $100 Original Art Reward
6 of Zephyrs - a $100 Original Art Reward
 
The Tower - a $100 orginal art reward
The Tower - a $100 orginal art reward
 
Topsy-Turvy the 79th Card - a $250 Original Art Reward
Topsy-Turvy the 79th Card - a $250 Original Art Reward
 The card above, Topsy-Turvy, sort of popped into being as an idea for a card back design or title card. In the end, the full deck will be 80 cards with a Title Card and Topsy-Turvy as a 79th bonus wild card.
Six of Flame - a $200 Original Art Reward
Six of Flame - a $200 Original Art Reward
 

The Magician - a $100 Original Art Reward
The Magician - a $100 Original Art Reward

3 of Flame - a $200 original art reward
3 of Flame - a $200 original art reward

9 of Zephyrs - a $175 original art reward
9 of Zephyrs - a $175 original art reward
4 of Flame - a $150 original art reward
4 of Flame - a $150 original art reward
The Hanged Man - a $100 reward
The Hanged Man - a $100 reward
Ace of Brine - a $160 original art reward
Ace of Brine - a $160 original art reward
Ace of Flame -  a $95 original art reward
Ace of Flame - a $95 original art reward

I will be adding additional pieces as the campaign moves along. If there is a specific piece you are interested in that you've seen online, but don't see here, please message me. However, if the piece is shown on this page without the 'original art reward' caption, it is not available as a reward.

Thank you so much for viewing my project!

Best wishes,

Monica

Monica and Hammond the pink giraffe at Staple! Independent Media Expo 2015
Monica and Hammond the pink giraffe at Staple! Independent Media Expo 2015

 Questions? Check out the FAQ!  Not covered?  Let me know and I'll add it!

"Can you share what card stock it will be? Gilded edges or not, is there a option of a (spead) cloth in the theme of the stolen child?"

Here's the details:

Card stock -- I'm looking at samples now, but it will be smooth finish, and medium to heavy. I'm comparing samples to decks I have now, trying to decide what would be best for durability and handling. Gilded edges and spread cloths! Omg, I would love to do these, but they would have to be upgrades if the campaign goes over its funding goal. I based my print estimate on quotes from the two most recommended large run print houses among other creators and on the Tarot Creators FB page, and I placed my funding goal as low as I dared on Kickstarter to give it the best chance of being met. BUT I will totally explore these as upgrades and post my research info on the campaign if it looks like they can be STRETCH GOALS!

Stretch Goals?

If it turns out stretch goals are possible, they would be upgrades to the printed deck.  In order of priority, they might be:
  • Increasing the deck from standard tarot size to oracle size, or 2.75 x 4.75 inch to 3.5 x 5
  • Upgrading the tuck box to a sturdier two piece fitted box
  • Finishing upgrades such as gilded edges 
"What will the border/label for the minor arcana look like? Similar to the major arcana mock up?"
That's the plan! I may make the border background colors specific to the suits, although they will still be very light/neutral.

Risks and challenges

I've successfully run and delivered physical rewards on time for three complex Kickstarter projects: The Stolen Child Tarot (Major Arcana), The Magician's Cat children's ebook, and The Magician's Cat print edition, as well as a series of smaller projects to develop my illustrated jewelry line, Tell a Tale, and to print a 3rd Edition of my Tarot of the Dead. Take a peek at my profile if you'd like to explore these projects -- they were a lot of work and a lot of fun!

For this project my artwork and design are about 90% complete and I have familiarized myself with the process of seeing a deck through manufacture with The Tarot of the Dead.
My budget on production and rewards delivery is based on my experience with my research and previous projects, and due to the large scale of this project have been padded with some additional time. Should any unforeseen delays happen (design correction, manufacturing delays, etc) I promise to keep backers fully up to date.

The Kickstarter community has allowed me to do some amazing things as an independent artist and I take my commitment to you very seriously. Thank you!

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