Hello, my name is Mary Hoy. I've been creating fantasy themed art for many years and I have sold paintings and illustrations all over the world. About 4 years ago I had developed an interest in the artwork of tarot decks and the variety of decks that have been published independently. I was interested in creating a deck featuring my own artwork, but I couldn't figure out a theme that was unique enough to stand out. At the time, I was sculpting and painting foxes with a cartoon, surreal feel to them. I had never seen a deck comprised entirely of foxes and I enjoyed creating these characters so much that I was confident that I could commit to creating 78 different illustrations for a full deck of art tarots.
I began researching the Rider-Waite tarot and sketching out my foxes posed like the powerful character illustrations of the Rider-Waite. I of course added my own twists here and there to create a unique feel to each card. After an insane week, a few pads of sketch paper, and some very abused pencils, I had the line art down for all 78 cards. I realized that this was turning into the most challenging and lengthy art project that I had ever worked on. It took about four months to scan, clean, and digitally color each sketch until I finally had images that I was satisfied with.
The next step was finding a self-publishing printing company that would be able to turn the art into actual cards. This was an entirely different challenge. The prices that the printing agency was charging were so high that I wasn't sure I wanted to offer them for sale. I wanted my deck to be as affordable as possible. I ended up using poker sized cards and I have sold over two hundred decks to many happy customers since. I wasn't entirely happy that the cards were not standard sized tarots as I always imagined them to be.
Recently, I discovered a US based printing company that is willing to produce a standard sized tarot deck at a reasonable cost. I'm looking for the funding to help reformat and professionally print my tarot deck.
Your awesome pledges will go to developing and printing all variations of The Fox Tarot and other related promotional items. In order to help offset the printing costs of The Fox Tarot, I have am expanding some of the tarot art into other products such as printed wall art, accessories, and even coloring books! I offer my supporters the opportunity to get some of these limited edition printed items first. Here are a few of the cool things that I offer for your pledges to further my artwork:
The Original Fox Tarot Deck!
This art tarot deck is a new take on the classic 78 card Rider-Waite-Smith deck featuring the sly and mystic fox!
This is an art deck which contains 22 major arcana and 56 suit cards in standard playing card size (3.5"x2.5"). The suits being chalices, coins, sceptres, and swords.
The ornate, full color artwork on high quality card stock makes this the perfect deck for people of all ages and a great addition to any tarot collection!
Each deck includes a simple guide booklet and comes in a cute tuck box with colorful cover art.
The new and improved standard sized deck!
This is what I anticipate the new decks will look like. I have already begun planning out the image sizing scheme which will require adjustments to each image for backgrounds and colors. I plan to tweak the images a bit further and maybe develop a new and more elaborate border to encompass the characters. The dimensions of this deck will be 2.75 x 4.75 inches. It will also come with a booklet and tuck box with the same colorful cover art as the original deck.
The Fox Tarot Coloring Book!
The book features the 22 major arcana foxes. I'm offering both digital PDF version (print your own) as well as actual saddle stitched copies with glossy covers. Additional detail is already being added to the original line art that went into the creation of each illustration. This will make for a more intricate coloring experience for adults and kids alike. *** Every backer who pledges $5.00 and above will gain access to a link to download the full PDF version once the campaign has been funded!
The Fox Tarot Miniature Card Decks!
Who wouldn't want a tiny deck of tarots to carry around easily in a purse, pocket, or satchel? Can you say "stocking stuffer"? At about half the size of a regular poker card they measure 1.75 x 2.5 inches.
Promotional Items with Art from The Fox Tarot
- Totes & Tiny Shoulder Bags!
* I can even customize some of these items if you have a preference on a major arcana. See my link below for a peak at all of the major arcana foxes.
Reward #1 - $1
A big thank you and a link to one Digital page from The Fox Tarot Coloring Book printable PDF.
Reward #2 - $5
A link to the full digital PDF printable copy of The Fox Tarot Coloring Book with all 22 major arcana characters plus the cover art.
Reward #3 - $10
Reward #4 - $15
Reward #5 - $20
Reward #6 - $40
Reward #7 - $50
Reward #8 - $75
Reward #9 - $100
Reward #10 - $220
- Just add the amount of the add on reward to your total pledge (a pledge reward level of $50 or more)
- When the campaign has been funded you will receive a survey where you can specify which item and other things like pouch colors and sizes.
- No need to choose different reward levels for the add ons offered.
* All rewards are offered with free shipping within the US.
* The default fox image on the printed promotional items will be "The Moon". However, if you have a different favorite, the bags, totes, mirrors, canvas, and key chains can be printed with any major arcana fox you would like. Just let me know! :)
To preview the foxes that make up the 22 major arcana cards you can take a look at my deviant art page: http://cageddreams.deviantart.com/gallery/28135555/The-Fox-TAROT
What folks have been saying so far about The Fox Tarot:
"Beautiful, adorable and functional. I'm very pleased with my newest tarot addition of foxes!"
"AMAZING!!!! Wonderful quality cards and stunning artwork. As a Professional Tarot Reader & Card Collector I give this deck a HUGE five stars. Ok I'm bias I do LOVE Foxes, but seriously it is a 5 star deck. xxxxxxxx"
"Absolutely Beautiful! The best deck in my collection!"
Risks and challenges
There is not much risk, all of the art work has already been created, I have been working on this project for a number of years, and I have a solid plan at this point.
I will be using several suppliers to print the rewards, therefore certain items may be shipped separately. I have researched my suppliers thoroughly and have even obtained positive feedback from other artists who use their services. It usually takes about 14-21 days from start of production through time in transit, but with backer rewards shipping outside of the US, shipping times can stretch to 4-5 weeks. Tracking is not available for the standard shipping of cards for backers outside of the US but insurance is included in the shipping costs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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