The Tabloid Tarot

December 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

If you’re looking for something to craft over the holidays, why not try making yourself a personal Tarot deck.

There are so many ways to do it. You can draw your own images, use photos from your own collection, or stock images from the net.

You can take a box of art cards and organize them into a Major Arcana, or you can try what I’m doing now, a magazine collage deck.

The Fool from the Tabloid Tarot (draft version) by Georgianna Boehnke

All you need is a pile of magazines and access to a scanner. Any magazines you have on hand will do, as long as they have a wide enough variety of images.

I chose tabloids because they’ve got good pictures, and embarrassingly enough, I had a number of them around.

#4 The Emperor from The Tabloid Tarot (draft version) by Georgianna Boehnke

In most cases, the Major cards are the easiest to find, but depending on the type of magazines you’re using, some archetypes might be more common than others.

In the tabloids, there are plenty of High Priestesses, Empresses, Lovers, and Fools. But it’s harder to find examples of Judgment or the Hierophant. They’re all in there though, you just have to look.

The Hierophant from the Tabloid Tarot by Georgianna Boehnke

I scanned all my pictures into the computer, and then chopped them up in Photoshop. I added titles and the odd symbol from the Rider Waite Smith deck, and played around with the background colours.

The Hanged Man from The Tabloid Tarot by Georgianna Boehnke

So far, I’ve got rough drafts of eighteen of the twenty-two Majors, and a lot of raw material for the Court Cards and many of the Minors. And my deck has a name – it’s The Tabloid Tarot.

The cards I’ve posted here are first drafts and will definitely change. But as soon as I get all the majors to at least this stage, I’ll be printing out a practice copy and throwing some spreads.

I can barely wait!!

Why not try your own? I’d love to see it.

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