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 Posted: Tue May 12th, 2009 07:36 am
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Mythos, your card is beautiful! So sorry to hear your mum has been so poorly, lets hope she makes a speedy recovery.

I am so amazed that you have found it within you to create such a lovely card when you have had to deal with so many other issues around you.

Take care

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 Posted: Tue May 12th, 2009 10:20 am
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Mythos, I love the card. And you are not slow at all... I only just started with my cards and there are plenty of people who haven't. And considering all the other things that keep you occupied, I think you did a great job!:ro

I always love your art. You got some great insights :kt

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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2009 07:05 am
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I have a spare 5 of Wands if needed...

Pen

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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2009 08:52 am
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Pen, that 5 of wands is absolutely gorgeous! I like it! :ce

So far, nobody has claimed the 5 of wands, so my vote would be to use this one.

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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2009 09:20 am
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What energy! I love your 5 of Wands the figures almost leap out of the page, amazing. What medium did you use? Looks like oils. Absolutely love the light in the card which gives such energy. Clever girl!!!!!!!!!!!!

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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2009 09:27 am
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goldenweb & mythos wow I love the cards you both created so full of energy and inspiration the muses where whispering in your ears by the look of it

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skad1 wrote: truelighth wrote: skad1 wrote: What I want to know is, who is that in the tree?

Probably you, Skad1... :cl



Naw, my nose isn't that big!

Doesn't that look like a person, or something, kneeling on the tree branch?

Crumbs.....

I wonder if I should edit that out ? I do KNOW what it is, but.....

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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2009 12:37 pm
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gregory wrote: Crumbs.....

I wonder if I should edit that out ? I do KNOW what it is, but.....

Oh.. I am too curious for my own good... now I wanna know what it is... lol! :cl

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Sorry - VERY dull -  it is just the branch of a tree that had already turned.... The leaves are yellow; the other trees around are either evergreens or later to change colour....

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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2009 01:00 pm
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Funny, but looking at the close-up, I was already thinking it more looks like leaves that already had turned. Of course I didn't think I was right...figures... lol.

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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2009 08:34 pm
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Pen dear,
Your 5 of Wands is pulsating with energy. I can feel the friction and intensity...amazing how you do that with just the right light, lines and color. A potent 5 of Wands if ever I did see one!
Warmly,
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 Posted: Wed May 13th, 2009 10:42 pm
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Pen,

What you call a spare would be my finest moment.. awesome card :)

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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2009 06:43 am
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blue bubble wrote: Pen

 What medium did you use?


Hi BlueBubble, it's acrylic on canvas board, an experiment from the time I was playing around with fire (in paint only...!) 

Thanks for the thumbs up everyone - it can always be kept until we're nearer printing so there will still be cards available for anyone who wants one. Funny and fairly predictable the ones that are left...

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Once upon a time I had a spare Hermit, but someone needed it....

I do still have a spare Justice....

GREAT card, Pen.

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 Posted: Thu May 14th, 2009 07:48 pm
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Pen, your 5 of wands is a beauty, filled with passion, fire, power.  I'm green with envy.

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Here's is my Emperor.  I hope it fits well with the deck, all the cards thus far are so wonderful and I am honored to be in the company of this group.



I was inspired by a song called The Crow and the Butterfly by Shinedown.  The image is of the Japanese Emperor Jimmu.  He is thought to be a descendant of the sun goddess Amaterasu.  According to legend, she gave him 3 symbols of power: a jewel, a sword and a mirror.  It is said he may be a myth, but is known as the legendary first emperor of Japan.

Please listen to the song...it's very nice:

http://www.imeem.com/jukeboxmusic5/music/-UoqMez2/shinedown-the-crow-the-butterfly-album-version/

Here is the words, which mean a lot to me...the Emperor's in my life come and go, but maybe it's because I am always chasing something that's not meant for me, like the crow chasing a butterfly...and my mind is lingering somewhere between legend and myth about what a true Emperor should really be...

I painted your room at midnight
So I'd know yesterday was over
I put all your books on the top shelf
Even the one with the four leaf clover

Man, I'm getting older
I took all your pictures off the wall
And wrapped them in a newspaper blanket
I haven't slept in what seems like a century
And now I can barely breathe

Just like a crow chasing the butterfly
Dandelions lost in the summer sky
When you and I were getting high as outer space
I never thought you'd slip away
I guess I was just a little too late

Your words still serenade me
Your lullabies won't let me sleep
I've never heard such a haunting melody
Oh, it's killing me
You know I can barely breathe

Just like a crow chasing the butterfly
Dandelions lost in the summer sky
When you and I were getting high as outer space
I never thought you'd slip away
I guess I was just a little too late

Just like a crow chasing the butterfly
Dandelions lost in the summer sky
When you and I were getting high as outer space
I never thought you'd slip away

Like a crow chasing the butterfly
Dandelions lost in the summer sky
When you and I were getting high as outer space
I never thought you'd slip away
I guess I was just a little too late

Just a little too late

Hugs to all, Gayla

 
Update: I fixed it...:)
 

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 Posted: Fri May 15th, 2009 07:08 pm
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Wow that is a really wonderful Emperor image Ambriel! I'm very drawn to it... And thanks for sharing some of your thoughts associated with your card, adding a bit more meaning. I love this Emperor, it’s so regal.
Warmly,
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 Posted: Fri May 15th, 2009 07:37 pm
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Ambriel, your Emperor has a lot of strength around him and the writing with him was lovely. I love the free use of colour, there is such flow with your image. He is strong, yet has a kind face, which I feel the Emperor should have. I also love the images of the birds, very striking. Great card!

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 Posted: Sat May 16th, 2009 01:20 am
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Thank you Arnell and Blue Bubble...your compliments mean a lot to me because I am a fan of both of your work.

I just realized I wasn't suppose to the name or number on the card...I'll have to go back and do something about that...photoshop it or something...and I apologize for not paying attention.

The colors were not laying as well as I had hoped...as I am such an amateur and know nothing to little about what I am doing when it comes to art... :D

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 Posted: Sat May 16th, 2009 04:46 am
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Ambriel, I instantly got that smack in the solar plexus- heart region when I encounter a picture of power and energy, when I saw your emperor.  I love it completely.  Definitely nothing amateurish about it.

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Ambriel dear,
If you saw one of my drawings you would both giggle uncontrollably and realize you actually do draw well. I'm serious!
I like the coloring of your Emperor and his strong stance contrasted with his sweet face. He looks both powerful and gentle. Nice work Ambriel.
PS: And thanks for the kindly kudos, that's so nice to hear. Take good care.
Warmest wishes,
Arnell

 

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 Posted: Sat May 16th, 2009 08:04 am
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How this thread has grown since yesterday - or was it the day before?

 Gregory, Mythos, thanks for the lovely words. It's odd how I always felt that the images in a deck should have a very unifying element before taking part in this project, now I feel free enough not only to celebrate all the differences in the images so far, but to offer something very different from my other work.

Gayla,  love your Emperor and all the meaningful elements that went into his conception and creation. The arrangement of shapes and colours works so beautifully, and the song being special to you makes the card extra special too.

Pen      

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 Posted: Sat May 16th, 2009 05:04 pm
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I never ever had a problem with choosing before...both are stunning. (i'd choose the left side -more easily seen details)

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This last week I've been working on my cards. I am still not sure which version of the 8 of swords I am gonna use, so that one will come later. And I need to change the 4 of swords again :?.

But in any case, here is Justice!

I have to admit, I was a bit unsure if I should submit it like this, since it is actually just a photograph that I took. I am not so sure if it is good enough/ if it works. So I would love  to hear some feedback on it.

This particular statue is situated on the side of the old city hall in the town where I was born. The city hall dates from 1688. The city hall and particulary this statue is special to me.  I always thought, if ever I am doing the Justice card for a deck, I will use this one.

I always think of Justice as card very much connected to real life and society. This statue kinda represents Justice as we see it in the real world.  It is not perfect, like the statue is all weathered. But it is very much part of reality and the world we live in. I also believe that the Justice card carries a lot of our history in it, and I kinda hope that is also represented by this image. I also wanted to include the brick stones of the wall in the image, to show how real and old it is.

But as I just wrote, I am doubting. Anyway, here it is:

 


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What's wrong with it - says she who has used many "plain photos" as cards.... I have a great World from the top of a building in Brussels....

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 Posted: Sun May 17th, 2009 03:45 pm
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Truelighth, your photo makes a great Justice card - instantly recognisable and with the idea of being somewhat aged and not quite perfect felt, rather than overstated. A big   :ro  

Pen

PS. Funny, but I never noticed before that the emoticon with two thumbs up is just meant to convey 'that's OK', rather than 'Great!', or even 'Right On' like the little ghostie thing with one thumb up. Looking at them I'd have reckoned them about equal. Hmmmm... :cool:

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goldenweb wrote: PS. Funny, but I never noticed before that the emoticon with two thumbs up is just meant to convey 'that's OK', rather than 'Great!', or even 'Right On' like the little ghostie thing with one thumb up. Looking at them I'd have reckoned them about equal. Hmmmm... :cool:

 It IS ???? I though the two thumbs meant even better than one thumbs. :?

Ok then - :ro truelighth !

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Ach, Gregory, I hadn't noticed you'd given Truelighth the two thumbs one - I only mentioned it because as I moved the mouse over to give her one myself I saw the meaning!! I wasn't getting at you - promise!!

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Thanks Pen and Gregory. I guess I was just a bit uncertain, because it is 'just' a photograph.  I kinda felt I should do more about it, tweak it, make it even more my own. Maybe use some filters.. whatever. Even though I especially went out to and took about 20 photo's to get this one, so that should count for effort. And yeah, I am a perfectionist, always setting high standards for myself...:f:cc



And gosh, I never realized there was a difference between the :ok and the :ro. I just use both of them at random to let people know I like what I see.

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Dear Truelighth,
I think this is a great image of Justice, both that she is a bit weathered and worn down in time and also how we may feel about Justice sometimes...that it is a noble ideal offered to us from a very long time ago but which feels perhaps a bit distant and hard to attain in the day to day injustices that we experience and read about in the news and politics. I may be rambling here...this cold medicine I'm taking has me feeling fuzzy brained...but in other words I find your Justice card to be very fitting and hits the mark in tone and mood... Thanks for sharing a bit of background on this image too.
Warmly,
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The Emperor and Justice are fabulous...

Here is my Knight of Pents... I wanted the idea that he is a steward for the earth.....so our horse is now a tractor.. 

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I like that idea, Nicole. The horse as a tractor. Very fitting too for the Knight of Pentacles! :ro

 

And Arnell, thank you for your warm words. Yes, indeed, you are right on. Justice is a noble idea passed down from the past, but seldom seen these days with all the injustices and things going on. Would you mind if I use that in my LWB description?

I am also glad to share a bit of the history of this image. The town where I was born is very old (founded around 1000 AD I think) and has some lovely old buildings, though few. This is one of them.

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I just love all the surprises that keep popping up in this thread - a truly original and  memorable Knight of Pents, Nicole...:ro

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Truelighth, love The Justice card, please don't knock yourself saying "its just a photo" its great. A very strong image, exactly how Justice should be, also calm and reassuring.

I for one love it, Justice looks exactly as it should! Well done you.

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Nicole.

Just love your Knight of Pents its a very striking image and works for me!

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This particular statue is situated on the side of the old city hall in the town where I was born. The city hall dates from 1688. The city hall and particulary this statue is special to me.  I always thought, if ever I am doing the Justice card for a deck, I will use this one.



Truelight,

I meant to ask you what town that is from?

She is perfect :)
 

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Leiden ?

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No, not Leiden, Gregory :cool:. I live in Leiden now, but that is not where I was born and raised.

The city hall is in the town called Naaldwijk, in the Netherlands. It is a town in the middle of the triangle between The Hague, Rotterdam and Hook of Holland. In the center of what we in the Netherlands call "The Westland" (where they grow lots of flowers in greenhouses that are exported all over the world. They also call it the "Glass city" due to the many greenhouses.. so yeah, I come from the greenhouse county :cl).

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Nicole,
I like your tractor-driving Knight of Pentacles…and how you have the pentacle disk as a hubcap for the wheel too, nice touch! Very earthy. And not to mention, the impressive ‘head gear’ he’s wearing there.  :)

Thank you Truelighth, I am touched by your warmth…of course I would be honored if you decided to use any of my sentiments for the LWB write-up regarding your wonderful Justice card.
Warmly, Arnell

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BlueToy wrote: gregory wrote: Bluetoy - tiff files - do you want them mac or PC - and what level of compression ? (none, LZW, Zip or JPEG mine offers me....)

PC - none. Though I can always convert the final thing to MAC (I think!) if that's what the press needs. Good Hanged Man, by the way. I think I updated the "card" image list using your old one. I shall change that tomorrow.

OH MY GOD. :f

BlueToy - we have a problem. I just tiffed my files. The smallest is 16 Mb even when I put it in a zip file.....

Even my jpegs are up to 8Mb; the smallest is 2.6 Mb.

That's fine - but I bet my e-mail won't send them.....

ETA - no - it won't. If I send high res jpgs (even they are pretty big !!)  can you turn them into tiffs pretty please ?

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gregory wrote: BlueToy wrote: gregory wrote: Bluetoy - tiff files - do you want them mac or PC - and what level of compression ? (none, LZW, Zip or JPEG mine offers me....)

PC - none. Though I can always convert the final thing to MAC (I think!) if that's what the press needs. Good Hanged Man, by the way. I think I updated the "card" image list using your old one. I shall change that tomorrow.

OH MY GOD. :f

BlueToy - we have a problem. I just tiffed my files. The smallest is 16 Mb even when I put it in a zip file.....

Even my jpegs are up to 8Mb; the smallest is 2.6 Mb.

That's fine - but I bet my e-mail won't send them.....

ETA - no - it won't. If I send high res jpgs (even they are pretty big !!)  can you turn them into tiffs pretty please ?

Have you tried flattening/merging all the layers before saving as TIFF? (BUT save a copy of the "layered" PSD version first, so you can still edit it in the future) That would generally decrease the size. I'm saying this because the TIFF files Arnell and Truelight sent were pretty small (2-3 megs). But, anyway, if its still too big, then, well, very high-resolution JPEG is ok (for quality, choose maximum - 12 in Photoshop). :)

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what are we supposed to be sending and how large etc... I got the dimension part down and the dpi thing I think...where is this going and what file type?

us artist types just are too ethereal for all this techy stuff LOLOL 

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BlueToy wrote: gregory wrote: BlueToy wrote: gregory wrote: Bluetoy - tiff files - do you want them mac or PC - and what level of compression ? (none, LZW, Zip or JPEG mine offers me....)

PC - none. Though I can always convert the final thing to MAC (I think!) if that's what the press needs. Good Hanged Man, by the way. I think I updated the "card" image list using your old one. I shall change that tomorrow.

OH MY GOD. :f

BlueToy - we have a problem. I just tiffed my files. The smallest is 16 Mb even when I put it in a zip file.....

Even my jpegs are up to 8Mb; the smallest is 2.6 Mb.

That's fine - but I bet my e-mail won't send them.....

ETA - no - it won't. If I send high res jpgs (even they are pretty big !!)  can you turn them into tiffs pretty please ?

Have you tried flattening/merging all the layers before saving as TIFF? (BUT save a copy of the "layered" PSD version first, so you can still edit it in the future) That would generally decrease the size. I'm saying this because the TIFF files Arnell and Truelight sent were pretty small (2-3 megs). But, anyway, if its still too big, then, well, very high-resolution JPEG is ok (for quality, choose maximum - 12 in Photoshop). :)

OH yes - I had already saved as max res jpgs in Photoshop; I did merge the layers first (obviously) - should I have flattened them first ?? It was those merged jpgs I tiffed.....

Anyway - I will go back into the psd files (save first ? does anyone ever NOT ????? and why do we not have a wink smiley ??)  and try flattening layers as well... and if not....

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Hello all :)  I'm enjoying working on the pips and here is my Two of Swords.    I created this card using Microsoft Powerpoint. 

The yellow carnation is the flower of rejection and refusal.  Many times when we feel guarded we will reject and refuse to acknowledge a the truth.  This is not something someone does intentionally, but the perception of someone in this state is sometimes misunderstood by others.

The color black in the background represents the fear and uncertainty which develops from shielding ourselves from the truth.

The triple moon symbol is meant to remind the seeker it may be time to banish the blindness and send those feelings away.



 

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Ambriel, a stunning Two of Swords - exciting, different yet deceptively simple in design...   :ro

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Ambriel, love your two of swords, its so powerful and yet delicate. So unusual - just cant stop looking at it!

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Just a reminder. The resolution of the images you have to submit to me have to be 300 (or higher) dpi or pixels/inch. Low-resolution (like 72 dpi) might look ok in your monitors, but they will eventually look pixellated in print.

If you use Photoshop, you can check this by going to image in the bar at the top, and then going to image size. It should show the height and width in inches and the resolution in pixels/inch.

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Ambriel dear,

Thank you for sharing the symbolic meaning and thoughts behind your lovely 2 of Swords card. It’s a wonderful addition to this deck and I appreciate knowing what it means...I had no idea yellow carnations meant rejection. Is that a universal meaning or attached to a culture in particular?

Warmly, Arnell

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It is in my Language of Flowers book which came from a VERY cheap shop for 99 cents, so I am guessing it must be pretty standard !!!

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That explains my yellow carnation victoria's secret disaster....:cl

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