30 September 2019
Novice of Water
Sensitive, romantic, curious and gentle, the Novice of Water is impressionable and earnest and tends to be attuned to the unseen—the spiritual, mysterious or poetic side of life. Introverted and inexperienced in romance, they sometimes have trouble distinguishing their own feelings from the feelings of others.
Evangel of Water
Passionately romantic and a lover above all else, the Evangel of Water needs to be engaged emotionally rather than intellectually. They are artistic and charming and in love with love. This romantic dreamer sometimes confuses emotions with truth, believing that every passing feeling is a message from the soul.
Mentor of Water
Although the Mentor of Water feels life intensely, they are comfortable with both emotion and intuition and are mature enough to remain calm in the face of strong feelings. Generous and kind, the Mentor offers nurturing attention to those in need and is often a healer, mediator or guide. The Mentor thrives on deep personal relationships and is trustworthy, empathic and perceptive, although people who don’t like being “touchy-feely” can find this personality type too cloying.
Paragon of Water
Confident, warm and in touch with their own needs and feelings, the Paragon of Water leads by inspiring others and fostering connections. A person of style and elegance, the Paragon has learned from relating with others and achieved mastery over their own emotional expression. Moved by the hearts of others, they want to do what is right and work for the greater good.
29 July 2019
I tried doing the gold fill using gold leaf but I wasn't happy with how it turned out, so I did another version using gold pigment.
|The gold leaf is interesting but I didn't like how it scanned for the digitally-collaged tarot card.|
|This version using gold pigment worked better for my purposes.|
04 July 2019
Emotional stability and maturity are the hallmarks of the Nine of Water. Self-love, contentment, emotional literacy and fulfillment are all represented by this card. Be on the lookout for self-satisfaction, though, and the isolation that can come as a result.
Here are a few progress shots of the woodblock print of the Chinese porcelain pot.
|Then I went back into the block and did the fine carving.|
|I printed the final layer in a darker blue. One of the three prints went off register, so I was left with only two. All I needed for the tarot deck was one, though, so it was a success.|
12 June 2019
The Eight of Water brings the scattered desires of the Seven into a focused desire to seek deeper connections and meaning. Even if we don’t know exactly where we’re headed, the motivation to move toward something more emotionally fulfilling in life is deeply felt. We’re not leaving behind the things we’ve known and loved because they’re bad, we’re leaving because of an inner intuition that there’s something more. Just be sure that it’s intuition from your heart and not escapism that is your guide.
This is the woodblock print of the canteen, loosely based on a Hopi canteen. As you can see, I forgot to flip this one before I made it into a print. That's one reason I'm happy that I'm assembling these cards on the computer.
06 June 2019
The Seven of Water presents us with the discrepancies between our dreams and reality. Under this influence we feel the emotional pull of imagined possibilities, fantasies, temptations, wishful thinking and an influx of confusing feelings and desires. The Seven can be visionary, but focus and a rational assessment of unclear motivations is necessary to move from dream to reality.
Here's the vessel I created as a reduction watercolor woodblock print, based on a 1940s vase.
After the upheaval of the Five, the Six of Water brings solace and time to reconnect emotionally with oneself or others. It often signifies a reaching back in time to re-collect memories or the purity of earlier feelings, and to gather emotional courage to reach out again. Perhaps with help from a safe other, the Five invites us to be kind to ourselves and to reconnect with the pure feelings and wisdom of our innermost heart.
Below is the one-block woodblock print of the pots that I invented for this card. When I started to design this "fountain" I had difficulties because I was trying to invent a fountain that would actually work. It took me a while to realize that… duh … it didn't have to function as a fountain, it simply needed to suggest the idea of a fountain. I'm in a constant struggle against literalism.
As with all of these tarot cards, I combined the woodblock-printed elements digitally in Photoshop.
27 May 2019
Below is the one-block woodblock print of the pot that I created for this card, based on a pot I found on the internet that purports to be a Portuguese pot for roasting chestnuts.