Publishing a Tarot Deck

Purely out of curiousity (I am no artist) I’ve been reading a lot lately about how to make your own Tarot deck, whether it’s a DIY project or published. I’ve found many articles on Google about the subject, and one thing that intrigues me is the financial issues many of these self-publishers have.

There may be a way to overcome the financial commitment of self-publishing a Tarot deck. Through the site Kickstarter.com, you could create a summary of your project with images or a video and people would donate toward it. People with Kickstarter projects promise something to the people who commit, such as an autographed copy of whatever the item is. It’s really quite an interesting concept.

For example, artist Misty Benson, who is creating the “Morbidly Adorable Tarot”, attempted to raise some $15,000 with her kickstarter project. Unfortunately she didn’t raise the amount she was seeking (falling short by more than half) but she raised an impressive amount.

Whether you’re an illustrator trying to break into the field or a reader wanting to make that perfect deck, making a Tarot deck is a daunting prospect. There are many resources online that can help you. You can even buy blank tarot cards from Amazon.com that will let you print your cards from your printer or simply draw on the cards freehand.