$8500 STRETCH GOAL is near!!
Just a reminder - if we can reach our stretch goal of $8500 before the campaign ends I will be including an ADDITIONAL illustration from the tarot deck in the Coloring Book. That illustration is THE QUEEN OF CUPS so please share and support!!
*The original for this illustration has also been added as a Reward!
New Reward added:
As promised, here is the last minute surprise I spoke of earlier - The Ethereal Visions Artist Exclusive Tea Blend! While creating these card designs I would regularly enjoy a cup of tea (or 3). I particularly enjoyed a traditional London Fog blend until my wife created this blend for me! For some time now we have been in talks with a Nevada tea company in regards to producing our own tea blend based off of this mix. As a limited test run we are going to offer that blend here through this Kickstarter as a thank you to everyone who is supporting this campaign.
I have added a reward to this campaign that includes a coloring book, deck of cards, and a small bag of this tea.
*If you have already selected your reward and would like to add this limited tea blend simply add an additional $20 to your pledge amount.
THIS BLEND INCLUDES:
- Earl Grey (organic)
- Lavender (organic)
- Ashwaganda Root (organic)
- Eleuthero Root (Siberian Ginseng) (organic)
- Cacao Nibs (organic)
UPDATE: 2 New cards added...
TWO GREAT PROJECTS TO CHOOSE FROM!
"Artist Matt Hughes is undertaking to create the lush, Art Nouveau inspired Ethereal Visions Tarot, which looks - if I do say so myself - delicious."
Two Sides Tarot.com
"...it's just completely beautiful. Each picture is in the style of Art Nouveau and they're small works of art. I would read with this deck because I feel it would be a pleasure to hold them in my hands. Also, the expressions on the character's faces tell story after story. This is not a poorly thought out, pretty deck. This is going to be a wonderful tool. Matt Hughes has built something beautiful here."
Little Fox Tarot.com
The allure of a beautiful tarot deck is utilized for more than readings, but it is also a powerful tool for meditation and reflection. Matt Hughes has found himself lost in deep meditation as he created this deck - it opened him up to greater connection with creativity. The colors he chose seemed to speak to him as he reflected on the meaning of the cards as he brought them to life.
It is because of this experience he reached out to the backers from the successful Kickstarter campaign, Ethereal Visions: An Illuminated Tarot Deck, and asked if there would be interest for a coloring book of the Major Arcana. There was an overwhelming positive response for the publication! We are working to create a coloring book that is perfect for taking the experience of this amazing tarot to a whole new level!
Coloring the gorgeous Art Nouveau inspired images allows you to expand into a deeper connection with the symbolism hidden inside each card. The colors you choose for each image reflects your personality and opens a deep meditation which unveils messages the cards hold for you.
Below are examples of some of the pages that will be included in the book. There are still a few Major Arcana that Matt is working on for inclusion. These will be completed by the end of November.
- Book will measure 9" x 12"
- Full Color perfect bound soft cover that opens flat with detachable pages so drawings can be cleanly removed.
- 22 Black and White renditions of the Major Arcana from Matt's highly successful ETHEREAL VISIONS TAROT DECK printed on heavy 100# point stock pages.
- Each page is printed on only one side to avoid possible bleed through into another image
- High quality heavy weight paper suitable for working with a variety of mediums
- Pages are suitable for framing
Below is the story of this deck and the inspiration which eventually drove Matt to create such a project as the ETHEREAL VISIONS: AN ILLUMINATED TAROT CARD DECK.
The art movement commonly known as Art Nouveau was created with a single vision - to create beauty through art in a way that was intended for the everyday use of all society members, not just the elite. Prior to this movement, mediums such as painting and sculpture were viewed as superior to other forms of expression such as illustration, design, and even architecture. Once the Art Nouveau movement was realized, this mentality was quickly debated by the artists and art critics of the time which resulted in some of the most influential work of the past century. Those artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner, and Koloman Moser perfected their style through hard work and dedication. The resulting work reflected this devotion to the craft and birthed an era of beauty through the fusion of art and nature.
Today, we have entered a similar phase in which the quick way is considered as the best way. We have all but forgotten those lessons that the pioneers of the Art Nouveau movement had showed us. 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 tarot deck that will incorporate the Art Nouveau philosophy. It is my passion to create a product that I will be proud of for years to come. Every line, every color application, and every sketch that has gone into this project is by hand. I have dedicated myself to the final touch of this project by the inclusion of illuminated gold foil on each card.
Another aspect of this Kickstarter is the The Ethereal Visions: An Illuminated Tarot Deck, which if you missed the original Kickstarter this is your opportunity to own one! To learn more about this successfully funded Kickstarter campaign CLICK HERE.
The Ethereal Visions: An Illuminated Tarot Deck, which is the result of a previous campaign, will be a full 78+ card tarot deck. 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 shrink-wrapped in a two-piece heavy box. The decks will come complete with a 44 page booklet describing my intentions with the symbolism in each card. This is the 1st printing of this deck. This version of the deck will only be available through this Kickstarter!
- Each of the 80 cards will be illuminated with Gold Foil
- Premium heavy 350 GSM weight card stock
- Easy-to-hold and shuffle format
- 22 Major Arcana Cards
- 56 Minor Arcana Cards
- 2 Extra Cards EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter
- Two piece premium box and 44 page booklet
- 48 page 9 inches x 12 inches soft cover coloring book with 22 full page Black and White illustrations ready for coloring
- Heavy paper ensures a durable coloring surface.
- Includes all stretch goals.
- FREE US shipping
Want to add an extra book to your pledge? Just add an additional $25.
**Note: if you wish to add a digital copy of the coloring book to your reward selection simply increase your pledge amount by $15
- 1 Gold Foil 80 card Illuminated Tarot deck with a 44-page companion book. Includes all Stretch goals.
- 2 extra cards EXCLUSIVE to Kickstarter
- Includes all stretch goals
- FREE SHIPPING IN US
Want and extra deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck.
- Includes both the Coloring Book and the full 80 card Ethereal Visions Tarot Deck
- Includes all stretch goals
- FREE US Shipping
Want an extra deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck. Want to add a book to your pledge? Just include an additional $25.
- Get 5 Books - 9 inches x 12 inches soft cover coloring book with 22 full page Black and White illustrations ready for coloring Heavy paper ensures a durable coloring surface.
- Includes all stretch goals.
- Want to add an extra book to your pledge? Just add an additional $25 per book.
- Each Illustration is created with ink on Vellum and measures 11" x 14" suitable for framing
- Includes one 48 page 9 inches x 12 inches soft cover coloring book with 22 full page Black and White illustrations ready for coloring
- Includes all stretch goals
- FREE US Shipping
Want to add a deck? Just include an extra $40 for each extra deck. Want to add a book to your pledge? Just include an additional $25.
The majority of images needed for this book have been completed. There are still a few Major Arcana that Matt is working on that will be completed by November. Therefore, once successfully funded we will be able to go to print shortly after! Given the holiday rush that printers face, however, the delivery of this book will most likely occur in January/February of 2017.
The full 80 card ETHEREAL VISIONS TAROT DECK is set to go to the printer in February/March with the final decks and rewards being delivered to you by May of 2017. NOTE: If you purchase both a book and deck you will receive both in May. We will keep all pledgers up to date on every decision in the design and development of this deck.
For each level of funding that is reached a new Stretch Goal will be added to all reward levels of $15 or more.
Risks and challenges
Since I am creating these line drawings at the same time as the full-color cards for the deck the only obstacle for printing will be acquiring a printer who has experience producing publications such as this. I have reserved a printer in Canada to handle the production of these books. My intent is to have the final files to them by the end of November / early December but given the holiday rush and inevitable delays I expect the books to reach me by January resulting in them arriving to backers by February.
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 78 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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