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DREAMSCAPE Art Book
DREAMSCAPE Art Book

Our dreams are our natural portals into another realm of consciousness and seeing. But we are not alone - their are guides to help show us the way. Join us on a journey through a mythical world of Mermaids, Dragons, Gods and Goddesses as you interact with each of the 36 cards from the deck!

The DREAMSCAPE Oracle Deck Art Book is an 80 page, full color, 8.5" x 11" high quality publication that will delve deep into the story behind the DREAMSCAPE Oracle Deck. Every person who purchases a book will have their name showcased in the back of the book as a contributor to this publication!

Want an extra book? Just add $35 to your total pledge. Want to add an Oracle Deck to your pledge? Just add $30 to your total pledge.

Sample text from THE GATE:
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“But...that’s just a mirror” I told her.  

“Ah!” she laughed, “But mirrors are powerful portals to our dream-self. The most powerful portals, for they are the gate within. All answers lie within. You can hear them speak to you when you sleep if you listen.”

She paused, cocked her head slightly and asked, “What becomes of us when we dream? Do you see only blackness when you close your eyes or do you see colors? Each light, every flash, even a single pulse is a message. When you learn the language then you can see those that have spoken it. Each is a story if you are willing to listen to what they say. The answers you seek are there and they are revealed.”

I was curious. I wanted to know how. I wanted answers.

She laughed and answered without me asking. She said “Look within. Listen.”

But, how? I thought it as she turned and pointed at the mirror and said to me “Through here. This is the Dreamscape portal. You need only to go through.”

All I could see was my own reflection. I stepped forward…

Interview with EVERYTHING IS AWESOME Podcast is LIVE!

We were lucky enough to be interviewed by Kev from EVERYTHING IS AWESOME podcast this past weekend. In the interview we talk tarot, crowdfunding, art nouveau, and Matt's career in comics.
To listen to the interview CLICK HERE.

All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream. 

~Edgar Allan Poe

In early 2016, I started the largest project of my 20+ year career – The Ethereal Visions Illuminated Tarot Deck. When I began that project I knew very little about the tarot or the rich history it enjoyed. Coming from a traditional fine art background I was fascinated with the heavy symbolism each card in the Rider-Waite deck possessed and felt honored that I was given the chance to revisit these cards in my own style of Art Nouveau.

Just last month I completed The Ethereal Visions Tarot Deck with a new understanding and appreciation for tarot and its practitioners. But I also had gained much more experience and skill with the traditional mediums I had chosen to use for that campaign – pen and ink, pastels, and 18k gold leafing on boards. So much that I was sad to see the deck creation process end. I felt I had much more to contribute to this enormous world of tarot. Then suddenly, I began to have vivid dreams of images that would be ideal as cards! Each morning I would wake up with a new card design that I would immediately sketch out and design. I began to see a relationship between the cards - each image was loosely based on a mythology that I had been exposed to in my life as an artist. These mythologies were global in origin but universal in meaning. The list grew quickly and is now 36 cards in total! So naturally I decided to take the next logical step – a second deck. 

 And so here we are today with a second Ethereal Visions Kickstarter. Unlike the first, this Oracle deck will consist of 36 original concept cards that will draw inspiration from world mythologies, symbolisms, and beliefs that will speak to a wider audience. These Oracle cards can be used with or without the original Ethereal Visions Tarot Deck and will come with a booklet describing each card, its use in a reading, and how it can be used in a specific card spread. 

The original list of 36 card ideas includes Memory, The Word, The Goblin, The Mermaid, The Key, The Feather and The Flame, The Princess, The Mother, Time Dealer, Father Corpse, Death Mother, The Valkyrie, The Serpent, The Tree of Knowledge, The Fish, The Dragon, The Skull, The Old Man, The King, The Queen, The Sword, Shadow, The Crane, The Door, The Trumpet, The Circle, The Candle, The Buffalo, The Crow, The Elephant, The Knight, The Light, The Wind, The Witch, The Pendulum, The Coffin. This list is a working list that may change as the dreams continue to come to me. But I will need your help in deciphering the meanings of some of these cards. Backers will have the chance to give their opinion on the meanings of many of these cards!

 As before, I will approach these cards from the traditional stand point of Art Nouveau and its founders – to create beauty through art in a way that was intended for the everyday use of all society members, not just the elite. In art, there are no shortcuts and no quick solutions for an artist to truly convey their message. I have adopted this philosophy within my own work. I feel that there are no shortcuts to producing true Art Nouveau. I have chosen to take on this project and produce a unique Oracle deck that will incorporate the Art Nouveau philosophy. Every line, every color application, and every sketch that has gone into this project is by hand using traditional mediums. 

The Ethereal Visions: Dreamscape Oracle Deck will consist of 36 cards. Each card will be illuminated with gold foil stamping unique to that specific card design. The cards will be high quality 3" x 5 " cards on 350GSM stock with rounded corners. The decks will come in a two-piece heavy box. The decks will come complete with an expanded booklet describing my intentions with the symbolism in each card as well as its use in a reading. This is the 1st printing of this deck. The deck will be a limited, numbered edition. How limited in number will be dictated by the number of decks sold here (For example, if 900 decks are sold the print run will be limited to 1000; if 1600 decks are sold the print run will be limited to 2000).

  • Each card will be illuminated with a unique gold foil stamp design.
  • Premium heavy 350 GSM weight card stock.
  • Easy-to-hold and shuffle format.
  • 36 Original card designs.
  • 2 potential Secret Cards.
  • Two piece premium box.
  • Expanded booklet 
Proposed Box Design
Proposed Box Design

 

 

 

 

With every project there are unforeseen issues that arise. That being said, I am confident that this Oracle Deck will be completed and delivered to backers by December 2017. All backers will be kept up to date on the progress of the cards, the design of the box, and the progress of printing and shipping. 

 

  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Oracle Deck with a beautiful companion book.
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in backer-only design decisions.
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.  

Want an extra Oracle deck? Just include an extra $30 for each extra deck.

 

Oracle Deck, Pendulum, and Coloring Book Reward - $65 level

This reward is for those who would like to purchase the ETHEREAL VISIONS TAROT DECK COLORING BOOK, the DREAMSCAPE ORACLE DECK, as well as our AMETHYST PENDULUM

The Pendulum is made of Amethyst stone (Matt's birth stone) and is known for it's protective properties. It calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation. Assists in remembering and understanding dreams. 

The Coloring book, which includes the 22 Major Arcana from the original Ethereal Visions Tarot Deck, original sold for $45 but we are offering it here with an Oracle Deck at the special price of $20. The book measures 9” x 12” and is printed on heavy paper perfect for coloring. With removable pages suitable for framing the book offers the opportunity to share your finished creations with friends and loved ones. To learn more about the Coloring book visit the original Kickstarter page click here 

  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Oracle Deck with a beautiful companion book. 
  • One 9” x 12” Ethereal Visions Coloring Book.
  • 1 Amethyst Pendulum.
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in backer-only design decisions.
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.  

Want an extra Oracle deck? Just include an extra $30 for each extra deck. Want an extra Coloring Book? Just add $20 to your pledge. 

Oracle and Tarot Deck Reward - $95 level

This reward is for those who would like to purchase both the ETHEREAL VISIONS TAROT DECKDREAMSCAPE ORACLE DECK, and AMETHYST PENDULUM. Since there are only a few decks left from the 1000 print run we are limiting this reward to only 50 Ethereal Visions tarot decks. This reward is very limited and will sell out fast! To learn more about the Tarot deck visit the original Kickstarter page by clicking here

  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Oracle Deck with a beautiful companion book.  
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Tarot Deck with a beautiful 44 page companion book (limited to only 1000).  
  • 1 Amethyst Pendulum.
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in backer-only design decisions. 
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.  

Want an extra Oracle deck? Just include an extra $30 for each extra deck. 

 

Buy 4 Get 1 FREE Reward - $135 level

This reward is for those who would like to purchase multiple copies of the DREAMSCAPE ORACLE DECK. Whether you are a collector, store owner, or have family members who would love this deck as a Holiday gift you can’t go wrong with extra decks! And with these decks being a limited run they are sure to become a collectible item quickly! Buy 4 decks and receive the 5th for FREE!

This reward also includes one Amethyst Pendulum. The Pendulum is made of Amethyst stone (Matt's birth stone) and is known for it's protective properties. It calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation. Assists in remembering and understanding dreams.

  • 5 Gold Foil Illuminated Oracle Deck with a beautiful companion book.
  • 1 Amethyst Pendulum 
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in backer-only design decisions. 
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.  

Want an extra Oracle deck? Just include an extra $30 for each extra deck. 

10 x 16 Gold Leafing Print - $220 

This reward will include one museum quality 10" x 16" archival print of any card of your choice from this deck and hand embellished with actual 18 karat Gold Leafing. These prints will be produced on heavy archival paper and will be delivered to you signed and stamp embossed with my seal. If you would like to choose more than one print simply add $180 to your reward order. You can send a message with your reward purchase or you will be contacted for your selection once the deck is complete!  

This price is exclusive to this Kickstarter project as a thank you to all those who support it. If your print selection will be a card that has already been created, then you are welcome to complete your order at any time.  

This reward will also include 1 AMETHYST PENDULUM.

You will receive: 

  • One 10” x 16” Archival Quality Print of your choice hand embellished with actual 18 karat Gold Leafing. 
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Oracle Deck with a beautiful companion book. 
  • 1 Amethyst Pendulum
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in backer-only design decisions. 
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.  

Want an extra Oracle deck? Just include an extra $30 for each extra deck.

 

 Original Card Illustration - $650 

Want one of the ORIGINALS used to produce the card you love? This is the reward for you! This reward is unique in that it is for the actual ORIGINAL piece of artwork used to produce the final card. A true one-of-a-kind - these originals are each soft pastel, ink and 18 karat gold leafing on mounted board. Each measures roughly 14" x 20" with an image area of 8" x 13". Each original with come with a matching Certificate of Authenticity stamped with my seal. As stated above this reward is a first come first serve reward in which your ability to select your Original card art will be offered to you in the order you selected the reward. Be sure to purchase this reward early in order to get the best selection! Your name will also be included in the booklet as a Patron for this campaign. 

This reward will also include 1 AMETHYST PENDULUM.

  • One ORIGINAL FINAL CARD ARTWORK from the 36 card Oracle Deck.
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Oracle Deck with a beautiful companion book.
  • 1 Amethyst Pendulum  
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in backer-only design decisions. 
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.  
  • Your name will be included in the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project.

 Want an extra Oracle deck? Just include an extra $30 for each extra deck. 

Design Your Own Oracle Card - $2000 

In addition to the 36 cards included in this deck, I have reserved 2 cards to be used for this unique reward. For this reward, you and I will work closely to design the perfect Oracle card in the Art Nouveau style of this deck. You will receive the ORIGINAL piece of artwork used for this card design as well as a Certificate of Authenticity stamped with my seal. It will be soft pastel, ink, and 18 karat gold leafing on mounted board measuring 14" x 20" with an image size of 8" x 13". 

The card that we design together will be included in the final deck that will ship out in December. Since this will be an extra card the theme can be any card that you would like to help design. Have an idea for the perfect Oracle card? Then this is the reward for you! Your name will also be included in the booklet as a Patron for this campaign. 

This reward will also include 1 AMETHYST PENDULUM.

You will receive: 

  • The ORIGINAL FINAL CARD ARTWORK that we design together. 
  • 1 Gold Foil Illuminated Oracle Deck with a beautiful companion book. 
  • 1 Amethyst Pendulum. 
  • Get exclusive Backer Only updates and participate in backer-only design decisions. 
  • Includes all Stretch Goals.  
  • Your name will be included in the booklet as a supporting Patron of this project. 

Want an extra Oracle deck? Just include an extra $30 for each extra deck.  

 

I have high expectations for this deck and I hope we can reach the goals needed to create the full vision I have for this Oracle Deck. With each level that this campaign reaches a new Stretch Goal will be available:

 

Risks and challenges

The main obstacle facing this project has always been the uniqueness of the cards. Not only will each card be an original piece of artwork but the incorporation of Gold Foil to the deck has exposed new challenges. One of these challenges has been the acquisition of a reputable printer who can handle such a project. Luckily I have acquired such a printer before even launching this campaign. Therefore, the only real obstacles that we may face in the delivery of this project will be potential delays in printing and / or shipping. If such a delay happens I will, of course, make all backers aware immediately.

On a personal note: I am producing the artwork for this deck entirely on my own. Given what life throws at us all there may be unforeseen events that could delay the production of artwork for all 36 cards. If this does happen every effort will be made to adjust scheduling in order to meet the original deadline. All backers will be notified immediately.

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