Getting into Tarot

I created Painted Tarot

Get Painted Tarot HERE

I love tarot cards! I always have since I was a kid. I find them so interesting! Recently I designed my own tarot deck! It was a huge undertaking. I learned so much more about the cards then I ever thought I would. Do you know how long Tarot cards have been around? Since before ancient Egypt! And the poker card deck you think of s playing cards originated from Tarot!

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Tarot can feel super intense and intimating but it doesn’t have to. Break it down one card at a time! and separate it out. There is Major Arcana the 22 cards you would recognize and then the Minor Arcana which is 4 suits of cards.

Here are the Major Arcana from my Painted Tarot Deck!

This Painted Tarot Deck is a whimsical take on traditional Tarot created in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This custom painted deck of Tarot cards is perfect for any reader, collector, lover of art, tarot and all things magical! All card designs are individually painted and crafted by Thea Muehlenweg; printed on an smooth card stock. Cards measure at 2.75″ x 4.75″ each deck comes in a tuck box and come in a full set of all traditional Rider-Waite deck of 78 cards. Each deck comes with a fully illustrated guidebook.

First launched and successfully funded on Kickstarter.

It was such a humbling experience designing a tarot deck. If youre thinking about creating a tarot deck yourself, I have one peice of advice for you…. DO IT! You will learn tarot in such a deeper way. and yes there are a lot of tarot decks out there. I know, but the more tarot the better in my opinion. I personal own over 50 decks, that Ive gotten from other artists.

Here is the Oracle Deck I created. Oracle Decks are different than traditional decks because they don’t follow any specific format.

You can get my Painted Tarot deck HERE.

Designing a Tarot Deck

CREATE MORE. Make a ton of versions and design and choose a style you love and create continuity between all the cards. Find the FEELING you are going for.

I made lots of paintings before narrowing down what my concept was. I wanted to show off my art style but I also wasn’t completely sure what my art style was yet. I had put down art for a long time before doing this project. While I always adored art, I never thought I was very good at it. What I found doing this project is that art is practice. And it doesnt matter if you are good. Looking back on this deck I hate several of the cards. I want to change them, maybe redo them but I have had people tell me those are their favorite cards. I also had people tell me they don’t like certain cards in the deck that I absolulty adore! That’s the thing with art tho you never know what people will like. But you wont know until you start creating, so just create!

You will Make Mistakes

Seriously, I made so many mistakes! But that is a part of the process and I feel so fortunate for every thing I have learned. I talked about this on my friends podcast

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I wasn’t happy with some of the initial paintings when I scanned them on the computer so I enhanced them with photoshop. I was sort of new to using photoshop prior to this project. and what a way to learn softwear!

Make your own deck

Be original, show off your style, and tell your story.

It can seem like a huge project. and it really was. The hardest part was starting.

Get Inspired by my Story

Painted Tarot is the first deck I designed. I was in a bad car accident in June 2019 that turned my world upside down. Apart from almost dying, losing my group fitness teaching positions, I realized life was short and all those times I said I was gonna do things, I either needed to do them or stop saying them. I had been talking about designing a tarot deck for almost 20 years. I thought i wasn’t “good enough” to read tarot. I had purchased several indie decks off Kickstarter and realized that I could design my own deck if I could have help purchasing the initial printing. Since the initial printing costs were around 7,000 I had assumed this was an unachievable dream. But with some hope and faith instilled in Kickstarter I began painting and researching and painting. I went thru several drafts with some of the cards and really struggled with.

Painted Tarot Deck

Hello! My name is Thea and I am the creator of The Painted Tarot Deck. I have been interested in Tarot and in art since I was in grade school and always had the dream of designing my own deck. This year I was in a traumatic car accident and it made me realize how fleeting life is and how important it is to follow your dreams. With this new spirit I created the Painted Tarot Deck. Each card was hand painted with acrylic paint and enhanced using Photoshop. Each Card I created myself. Each card is itself a work of art. I am really excited to share with you the magic of this deck.

The Deck

The 22 Major Arcana Cards are each a magical representation of what these powerful cards represent. Special care was taken to ensure that these cards don’t hold the *toxic white masculinity* of the original Waite deck, more genders and races are depicted throughout this deck. I wanted it to feel more powerful and real using real people as influence.

  • The Suit of Coins represents career, material possessions or finances.
  • The Suit of Wands represents energy, action and inspiration.
  • The Suit of Swords represents logic, words and thoughts.
  • The Suit of Cups represents emotions, intuition and feelings.

This Tarot Deck is unique! There is nothing like it! It is inspired from horoscope, crystals, Astrology, Palmistry, Tealeaves, Reiki, Akashic Records, Numerology, Runes, and more. There is a lot of positivism and optimism in these cards.

This deck is completely created and ready for printing! Initial batches are exquisite and beautiful. The purpose of this kick starter is to fund the printing of the Painted Tarot in larger quantities!

This Painted Tarot Deck is a whimsical take on traditional Tarot created in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This custom painted deck of Tarot cards is perfect for any reader, collector, lover of art, tarot and all things magical! All card designs are individually painted and crafted by Thea Muehlenweg; printed on an smooth card stock. Cards measure at 2.75″ x 4.75″ each deck comes in a ridged box and come in a full set of all traditional Rider-Waite deck of 78 cards. Reading instructions provided as a digital download with card purchase.

These Cards are designed using Universal Rider Waite Tarot deck. Tarot is a wonderful tool for reflection and insight! Read the Tarot cards can open up many possibilities for this amazing tool in your life. There are 78 cards in a traditional Tarot deck — 22 Major Arcana and 56 Minor Arcana — which is divided into four suits: Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins. Tarot has a lot of magic to be anything you need it to be.

Thank you for your support 🙂

It was really a fun and rewarding project. I feel like I personally found myself making this deck.

You can find my Deck on Etsy Here