FREE Magical Desktop Wallpaper

free magical desktop wallpaperI love creating magical images, and here is one I made earlier.

It’s dreamy, dark and mysterious, and I want to offer it to you as a free magical desktop wallpaper.

Imagine following that path through the castle….where will it lead you to?

But don’t escape for too long. You’ve got work to do in the real world 🙂

It looks great on my laptop, and I hope you will love it, too.

Just click on the image to enlarge it on your screen. Then right click to save on your device, and then set it as your new background.

Enjoy!

Christiane

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How to Create Your Own Tarot Deck

how to create your own tarot deckI first announced my intention to create a Tarot deck back in April 2012.

It was on a whim, although I had been playing with the idea to turn my own photography into Tarot images for years.

But this is what you do, when you have been working with the Tarot for a while: you look at your life and your environment with Tarot eyes!

First, you start to associate your everyday experiences with specific cards.

For example, last year was my Hanged Man year, I’ve been dealt some Tower moments in my life and made a momentous Lovers choice in the early 90s, which has led me to where I am today.

Then you start looking at your holiday snaps and think oh, that would make a great High Priestess or this is just the perfect Star for me, and so on…

My drawing talents are very limited, but with the advance of photo-editing software and online resources it has never been easier to turn regular photos into magickal images.

If you are interested in creating your own Tarot (or oracle) deck, but you cannot draw or paint, then why not consider using your own photography instead.

Here are some tips and resources to get you started:

1. Equipment

It’s perfectly fine to use the built-in camera of your smartphone, as long as it’s a minimum of 5 Mega Pixels. You can even use an easy-to-use photo app to edit and beautify your images.

However, I have found it easier to store and edit my photos on my laptop using the following web-based photo editing software:

https://www.befunky.com/

https://www.picmonkey.com/

https://pixlr.com/

These websites offer many free features, but you can also subscribe to premium membership to access even more.



2. Theme of your Deck

The deck I’m creating reflects my personal life – experiences, interests, philosophy and spirituality.

Think about the theme and framework of your deck, and choose your images accordingly.

For example, for a deck reflecting your personal life, you could include snapshots of family members as court cards (or the people cards of the Major Arcana), you could use a photo of your local church/mosque/temple/synagogue as the Hierophant card, etc.

Next, you can add a specific atmosphere to the cards, such as a Gothic or whimsical feel by choosing the relevant location for your shot and/or adding effects with your photo-editor.

the fool tarot of quotes

3. Getting Started

Set a realistic goal. Unless you are a prolific creator, focus on completing the Major Arcana first.

This makes your project seem less overwhelming, and it is very achievable.

Choose the image for each card carefully, but don’t spend too much time on each image either.

You can always adjust or change it later. That’s the beauty of digital work.

Make sure you save all your images (originals and edited) not only on your computer but also separately on a memory stick or in cloud storage!

4. Sizing and Printing Your Images

When you start creating your images, make sure you size them correctly from the start, otherwise you will have to resize your images later.

You can download Tarot card templates from GameCrafter, where you can also have your deck printed, once it’s finished.

 5. Designing Your Images

As you begin to use a photo-editor, you will learn to add effects and overlays to your images.

The first images I created were only cropped, resized and the titles and quotes added, but by the time I reached the World, I have learned to fuse various photos into one image.

It takes some experimenting, but you can do this too!

6. Copyright

If you are thinking of using images found on the internet as overlays for your own photo, then you need to be careful about copyright.

For example, avoid using celebrity photos for your deck, if you want to publish and sell it (this doesn’t apply, if you print your deck as a one-off for strictly personal use only).

Marilyn Monroe might be a great Queen of Cups, but her photos are still under copyright unless otherwise stated with individual images.

Use public domain images or stock images that you can buy or are offered free:

http://www.istockphoto.com/ (pay per image)

http://morguefile.com/ (free images)

Wikimedia Commons (public domain images)

7. Have Fun

Don’t put yourself under pressure by setting crazy deadlines. I don’t know when my deck will be complete, but my target of creating four cards a month is realistic for me. So, if all goes well, May 2014 is my big goal.

Enjoy the process of designing each card and find the right image. It has prompted me to visit new places just to capture a specific image. Creating my own Tarot deck has certainly made me go out there! Smile

8. Turn Your Images into Posters and Art Prints

The completion of your deck might still be light years away, but that shouldn’t stop you from turning the ones already created into hard copies or even merchandise.

Check out places like Photobox, where you can turn your creations into all sorts of goodies – from simple prints and greeting cards to canvas wall art.

The process of creating my own Tarot deck has been so enjoyable.

I have gained confidence in creating artwork without the need to paint, and it has also been a kind of spiritual experience, because it has made me think about how the image of each card is reflected in my life.

With today’s technology, it has never been so easy to create your own Tarot deck. If you are inspired, go for it and make a start today.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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Personalised Tarot Cards Competition – The Winners

Queen Of Wands, personalised Tarot card
Eva, Queen of Wands (c) 2013
Image used with permission

A few weeks ago I came up with the idea to create personalised Tarot cards and decided to run a competition.

I’ve been turning my own photography into Tarot cards for ages, so I wanted to offer three lucky winners the opportunity to have their favourite photo turned into a magickal Tarot image.

And here are the winners:

1. Eva

2. Angela

3. Sibylle

Congratulations, ladies! Smile

One photo has already been transformed (see image), and I will be working on the other two this week.

I am so delighted with the response I received to my first ever competition, and grateful to everyone, who posted their entries and supported me this way.

Thank you so much!

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

PS: You can take a look at Sibylle’s card on her blog the Hag’s Den Smile

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Win A Personalised Tarot Card

Page of Wands www.cosmictarot.co.ukWhen I recently came across an old photo of my son in his football outfit, it made me smile and think “that’s the Page of Wands”, and so I turned it into a Tarot card.

What do you think?

I had great fun doing it, so on the spur of the moment I’ve decided to run a little competition:

I am offering 3 lucky winners to turn a photo they provide into a personalised Tarot card.

If you would like to enter this competition, all you need to do is post a comment at the end of this post. I will make notes of all the names and draw one out of the hat on the 12th June.

In typical Fool fashion, I might close the competition sooner or later depending on demand, and I might even pull more than three winners out of the hat… best thing for you to do is leave a comment as soon as possible to secure your entry.

Nine of Cups www.cosmictarot.co.ukOnce the winners are chosen, I will take my time with each photo to turn it into something special. If you win, you can either let me know your preferences (e.g. which card, quote, style), or you can let me surprise you.

If you choose the latter, your personalised card will be a kind of reading; I will tune into the image and let my intuition guide me, which card and quote would work best to offer a special message to you.

Please choose a photo (.jpeg image), on which the main object is centred, so it won’t be covered by title of the card or quote (if you want to have one included).

It can be a photo of you, a loved one or a pet…the choice is yours.

When you leave a comment, please include a link to your website/blog, or email me your details (cosmic.faery@ntlworld.com), so I can contact you, if you have won.

So, what are you waiting for? Make me happy by leaving a comment to enter the competition.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

PS: Please note that your privacy is very important to me. Your photo will never be shared or published on my website or anywhere else without your prior permission. You also retain copyright, and my website address (as shown on the images above) will not be added to the finished card.

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