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 Posted: Tue Sep 1st, 2009 05:54 pm
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I thought I would share with you all ... the completion of my deck The Hezicos Tarot. Its off to the printers very shortly, so excited I can't tell you!!

Once the decks are with me in the UK I will be uploading all the other card images onto my website http://www.hezicostarot.com and I hope that you can spare some time to have a peek! The cards are now all borderless and the font style is different. When I first had my website created by a great guy called Justin, we decided to put borders around the cards that I had already done to get them out there and seen.

I was wondering if any of you out there are thinking of self publishing your own decks and want to have a chat. I have found the whole proceedure from beginning to end amazing, very hard work, uplifting. It sort of takes over, I have struggled for days on one image wishing I had never started this trip, only to find next day it all looks different and off you go again.

I have painted all the cards in watercolour, had all the images scanned, written my little book and created my box lid cover and sides. Justin has put his magic into the cards by placing the font and collating my book and liasing with the printer, something I would not have a clue about. 

I am certainly not wealthy and saved for a considerable time before starting this project.

If anyone wants to chat, that would be great. All I can say is if you want to create your own deck, go for it...

Blue Bubble :gi

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Congratulations!  I started looking at the cards--I especially like Justice.

What is the meaning of "Hezicos"?

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 Posted: Tue Sep 1st, 2009 07:44 pm
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:ceway to go!

Your artwork is lovely :)

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 Posted: Tue Sep 1st, 2009 08:49 pm
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Hello Blue Bubble.

Congrats on finishing such as massive job!
It looks very interesting, and very nicely done.
Good luck with the next steps!

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Congratulations¡¡¡¡It´s very dificult the aquarelle's art and you cards are so beautiful.:ok

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 Congratulations Blue Bubble! Such beautiful paintings. I do so love the expression on the girl's face on The Lovers card.

Pen 

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Congratulations, BlueBubble! How wonderful that your deck is now completed. I surely am looking forward to buying a copy from you. Your art is so lovely! :ok

Must be cool to finally know it is finished and printed.

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 Posted: Wed Sep 2nd, 2009 02:21 pm
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Thank you for all your kind words, ...the meaning of Hezicos? There is none, its my little place in the garden I used to share with my brother and sister when we were children, but I have now registered the copywrite of the name as it sounds kinda magical!

Blue Bubble

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 Posted: Fri Sep 4th, 2009 02:12 am
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:ce Its always great to hear that someone out there has completed their own deck and to have it published... that's awesome!! :ok Congratulations!!

Ash

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I can only add my voice to the previous one's:  Congratulations :ok

( i love what you did)

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Congratulations!  I love the soft, beautiful colors - I've always been drawn more to watercolors than oils or acrylics.

My little tarot project is also ready to go but I've hit the wall with finding an appropriate method of coating - hot lamination, cold lamination, sprays, fixatives, sealers - I've tried just about everything with no success.

So everything is just sitting there waiting for me to find something that works or come up with a "Plan B" :D

I have to agree with you though - it's quite an adventure!

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Hi blue bubble

Congratulations. This is really beautiful. I like the cards and the making of your website. Much success :ok!

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Congratulations! The cards and your website look very good. The style in the cards is also very beautiful and look original (compared to other decks). I find it surprising you managed to convey such strong emotions and themes with relatively soft colours. Well done!

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Thank you all once again for your very kind words. Actually, the colours of the cards are much brighter than on the website, will let you all know when all the images are out there and the deck is available.

Great to have such support from such talented people!

Love and light

Blue Bubble :gi

 

 

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Dear Blue Bubble,
I love your artwork and really resonate with your beautiful deck. I’m very excited for it becoming available soon!
I was wondering if you would share a bit about the self-publishing aspect of your deck making experience. It’s probably changed a lot in recent years, and also your being in England, I just wonder how it is different... What were your greatest challenges when taking on this enormous endeavor? Please describe a bit about the process from getting your original artworks to the pre-printing stage. Were you involved in every step of the printing process (were you able to watch your deck come to life and request changes when necessary, either online or on site)? Did you go thru the same company for your deck, box and booklet? Would you recommend this publishing company for other deck creators? How long did the process of self- publishing take from start to finish, and also how long did it take you to create the artworks for this gorgeous deck? How many decks will be published this first printing? What were the biggest differences in the places you went to shop your deck for getting it self published and why did you choose the publishing house you eventually went with? I have so many questions going on in my head but maybe I should stop for now…its just that I am fascinated with this part of the experience and love it when artists share about this more practical aspect of the creative journey. 'Want to get a sense of what the experience was like for you, if you wouldn’t mind sharing a bit about that… Please just answer, whatever you feel like, I realize that’s a lot to ask Blue Bubble. Thank you! 
Warmly and with great enthusiasm for your much anticipated deck,
Arnell

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Hi Arnell

Thank you for your interest in my deck and I will certainly endeavour to answer your questions.

The greatest challenge taken on with this endeavour....was to finish it!! It took weeks of thinking about, the usual thing - will I be able to finish it with everything else going on in my life. Will anybody actually be interested? Can I sell my deck ?

I sat down one afternoon and drew four different little men (not all of them are shown on my website yet) and from that day I had the style of The Hezicos Tarot.

My main priority was to create a deck which was easy to use, especially for beginners. I chose not to use Roman Numerals as these are not taught these days in school, well certainly not in the UK anymore not sure about the States.

One of the other greatest challenges was being focused enough to actually paint especially when it was a beautiful day outside, anyone else who has completed their own deck will know exactly what I mean.

Each image starts its life as a A4 sketch, which I change quite a bit until I am happy with. The image then gets transferred onto tracing paper which again I check to see if all is ok, if so, it then gets transferred using wax copy paper onto the watercolour paper. By the time the image is actually on the final watercolour paper, I have drawn it three times!

Then comes the good bit..the painting which I absolutely love. All my work is done using Artists quality watercolours. After that I highlight areas of the illustration with a very fine pen using black ink. I have given details of the products I use and a more full explanation of the procedure in the little book which goes with my deck.

Once all the images are complete, they are then scanned to disc. Then sent to Justin who created my website to be cleaned up and the final font is then added to the image. Getting the font right took ages, I could not make my mind up. I have also made my cards wordless, although on my website they have borders. This was originally done just to get the images out there and seen, but they will all change when the website is uploaded shortly.

I like wordless cards - when you give a reading they form a large painting with no interruptions.

It took a lot of emails and phonecalls to get the printer I wanted. I had quotes that were incredibly high, in fact through the roof and some printers who would not touch tarot cards. Some printers sent the most awful samples and some of the quality was dreadful.

I eventually found a great company in China - C.T.Printing. They have printed many tarot decks.

They are very easy to contact as they have one of their representatives in the UK, nothing is too much trouble and they have been very helpful. As far as the technical bit goes like knowing what weight of paper I had to use....Justin helped! I had a dummy box and set of cards sent to me from China which was exactly what I wanted.

That was really spooky looking at them sitting on my table, my box and cards with no images on them. The size and feel of the cards are just what I wanted..I had to tell the printers the size, weight and finish on the cards and box. I wanted a card which was not too big and not flimsy, the cards you get in decks which bend after being used a few times - drives me nuts. To me the feel and size of a tarot card is just as important as the image on it.

Yes Arnell, I was involved with every step of the process and I could change anything I wanted at any time. The printers I went with printed my box, book and deck. I also had to design the box top, sides and bottom of the box. I had already done this before getting a "net" from the printers, which is an image of my box flattened out. So I had to fix my image into that net. Never heard of a "net" being used in printing but you learn something every day.

Without Justin's printing knowledge I would have found it far more difficult. I often got emails from the printers which seemed to me to be in complete google-loop! Justin understood the printing terms and wording.

From start to finish it has taken me three years, give a month or two. That includes everything. I am having 1,000.00 decks printed. The Hezicos Tarot will  not be a limited edition deck.

It is an expensive procedure - my husband and I have saved hard to do this, we are certainly not well off! Who is these days! One of the most important things you must do if you decide to go down the same road as me is to get everything you do protected. I have had the name Hezicos turned into a trademark name, so no one else can use it. That was expensive as solicitors had to be funded. Make sure you have your copyright mark on your website and images. Put your signature on all your work. You have worked hard to create your paintings, they are precious to you.

One of the most exciting moments for me was receiving online the image of my box still in the printers net. Justin told me to print it, cut it out and it would form a proper box ....it did and it was so great I cant tell you all!

My decks will be in the UK soon and my website will be updated shortly with the complete deck. Thank you all for your wonderful support and encouragement its greatly appreciated. If you are thinking of creating your own deck...GO FOR IT...its not as difficult as you may think.

Hope I haven't bored you all too much with this.

Love and light

Blue Bubble :hp

 

 


 

 

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 Posted: Wed Sep 16th, 2009 05:00 pm
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Wonderful Blue Bubble, and absolutely fascinating! Thank you for being so generous in sharing about your experiences with self publishing your deck. That makes it all the more enticing while waiting for it to become available. I'm sure I'll have more questions later, but please if you don’t mind sharing, which are the 4 men that emerged which began this deck for you?

Warmly,
Arnell

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blue bubble wrote:
Hope I haven't bored you all too much with this.

Not at all! These were Arnell's questions, but I found it fascinating to read how this deck came about as well. And to read about your experiences. It sounds like you had a real good experience with the printing company too. I am glad. And wow, I could just feel the excitement when you made your first box of that net from the printing company:ce. Now I am looking forward even more to get my paws on your deck!

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Thank you so much, that was so nice!!!

Love and light

Blue Bubble :D

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Hi Arnell

Thank you for your kind words. The four little men.....there is one little man which represents each of the suits Rods, Swords, Cups and Coins. They are all different and so when they popped into my head the rest of the style of the deck came forward.

The little man in the Rods has an acorn hat, the man in the Cups wears a shell on his head and so on..as the other images are not on my website yet, its a bit difficult to explain. They all wear different clothes and have a different personality. Hope this explains.

Love and light

Blue Bubble :ok

 

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Fabulous!! Congratulations on the completion of your labor of love!!!  :ro

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Thanks Kimber

:D

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Let me just say that as a picky picky picky one (hehe) this has gone onto my wish-list. I will be watching for THAT one to become available! :D

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Hi Pernelle

Lovely to hear from you, its being printed right now! Will keep everyone posted. Thanks for your lovely words.

Blue Bubble :gi

 

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Congratulations on the publication of your deck.

It only took you three years to produce!

Wow.

I started my deck around 30 years ago. Makes me want to continue so I can "join the club".

One of the things I incorporated in the deck was the idea that the cards could be read in relation to the images on the sides of the cards, if that makes any sense. (Its way past midnight for me. I guess I'll turn in now.)

Anyways, good luck with them.

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Hi Roffel

Thank you for your interest in my deck and your kind comments. 30 years my goodness that's a long time, get it finished it will be great!

I like the idea of reading the cards in that way, very different can you put one of your images up so I can have a look would be very interested to have a look.

Regards

Blue Bubble :D

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I received Blue Bubble's Beautiful New Indie deck (Hezicos Tarot) in the post last week and have just posted my review of it on my site, so please take a peek when you get a chance: http://www.arnellart.com/hezicos-tarot.htm
Great job Mary, (oops, I mean Blue Bubble), the deck is really lovely and the production quality is also exceptional.
I trust it will be a big hit!
Warmly,
Arnell

 

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Thanks Arnell for for your very kind words, thrilled that you like my deck!

Blue Bubble :gi

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