I so loved my recent experience of making my own oracle cards, I had to do it again! So when I met with the lovely Tammy Hanna for an afternoon of art making at The British Library, we decided to create our own oracle cards together.
We each brought 32 small cards and laid them all out on the table. Then we made marks with watercolour, working on all our cards at once, bypassing the urge to over-focus on any one card and designate meaning. I didn’t feel complete until I had added some splatters (trying not to splatter Tammy’s cards at the same time!) My cards are on the left and Tammy’s beautiful cards are on the right.
We chatted while we waited for them to dry. Then we spent some time looking at our cards seeing what we could decipher. Creatures and scenes began to appear. I was going to trace the outlines of the shapes I was seeing in black like I did with my earlier deck, but as these were a gift for a friend, I felt I wanted to leave the meanings even more open.
I wrote a single word on each card. Then, back at home, I painted the backs of the cards. I used four different colour schemes although this was random, just for fun, not because I was categorising the cards in any conscious way.
I had great fun trying to figure out how to make a box for the cards. I placed the deck on some thick card and then traced a pencil outline round the deck, including its length, width, and height. I then folded the card along the pencil lines. In the end, it was much simpler than I had imagined it would be. This is what the card looked like before I stuck it together:
Once I had glued the box together and painted it, the set was complete!
All that remained was to wrap the cards in some handmade wrapping paper:
I thoroughly enjoyed this whole process from start to finish. And it felt so satisfying to give a gift to a friend that came from both my heart and my imagination. Below are a few of my favourite cards from the deck:
Thank you for reading! You can see all 32 cards in the oracle deck here.