The Ace of Cups is Done!

Last weekend was rather an indulgence, in which I was able to work on the Tarot of Bones pretty well uninterrupted. This week there have been more obligations and appointments, and so my time has been sporadic. But I managed to complete the fourth assemblage piece, the Ace of Cups.

I’ve been digging through my stash of art supplies for items to use as the backboard for these pieces. I have a pile of old cutting boards gleaned from the Goodwill outlets, and picked out the best ones for this project, even if not all of them are perfectly rectangular. The handle of the one for the Ace of Cups won’t be in the final photo used in the deck, but it does make hanging this piece easy! And I did end up opting to not use the wooden cutting board shaped like the silhouette of a pig, even as cute as it is.

Speaking of dimensions, you may have noticed by now that every one of the pieces I’ve made so far has been a different size. This may seem at odds with the concept of a tarot deck, in which all the cards are the same dimensions. Fear not–I have a plan! Every one of these pieces will be photographed on a backing, either leather or wood or some other complementary material. The photos will all be bigger than they need to be so that I can trim them down to the appropriate sizes for the cards. Pieces that are rectangular (like the Three of Cups) and therefore closer to the card dimensions won’t have much, if any, of this backing showing. Others that are more square (like Temperance) will have more of the backing showing at the bottom and the top, but the piece itself will remain the primary focus of the card.

Alright, I have a few more assemblage pieces coming together in my workspace; I should be able to unveil the next one sometime this weekend.