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Thread originally posted on the Aeclectic Tarot Forum on 29 Jan 2002, and now archived in the Forum Library.



divinerguy  29 Jan 2002 
I'm thinking about getting the BOTA Tarot deck and doing some colorization. Two things popped up:

1. Only the majors have pictures. How do you read majors only?

2. How do you use to color it? Water color, colored pencils?

Gary 


faunabay  29 Jan 2002 
I'd like to know also. I've got the Ravenswood Eastern deck - got it specifically to color in. Went out and got some colored pencils and they don't color very well on the cards. The card stock is too shiny ???? (even though it's not coated)
Doesn't someone else have this deck? Mojo maybe???? Anyway whoever does - how did you color them in?
Thanks for bringing this up divinerguy. These cards have been sitting on my shelf for quite a few months because I don't know what I'm doing. LOL It'd be nice to start again. 


Cocobird5  29 Jan 2002 
I have the BOTA deck.

The cards are very large, so I doubt if I would be able to read with them. I bought them mainly to use as a learning tool.

My BOTA deck came with a set of colored pencils. They are not great, but they work. I also have bunches of other colored pencils from rubber stamping, so I'm using my Prismacolor set.

Sue 


Major Tom  29 Jan 2002 
Quote:
divinerguy (30 Jan, 2002 04:49):
I'm thinking about getting the BOTA Tarot deck and doing some colorization. Two things popped up:

1. Only the majors have pictures. How do you read majors only?

2. How do you use to color it? Water color, colored pencils?

Gary


Gary - this is a really great thing to do - I coloured in the BOTA deck nearly 20 years ago and still have the deck as a treasured possession.

I'll try to answer your questions in order:

1. You read the same way as you do with all the cards - except you only use the 22 cards. (The BOTA do not believe in reading the cards - it's frivolous.) I've read with just the majors for many years - makes for a rather intense reading! :D

2. You can colour them with whatever media you're most comfortable with. I used the Aquarelle coloured pencils - you know - draws like a coloured pencils but then works with a water colour brush and water? Pastels would work - Scan them into your computer and use a paint programme...hmmm...might have to try that myself. }>

Faunabay - It is well worthwhile to invest in a good set of coloured pencils - some of those designed for children are rather hard leaded and that could have been the problem... 


Liliana  29 Jan 2002 
someone on a tarot list im on said he did bota with a little watercolor set, im thinking of getting a book of chaos deck to color to help my studies, probably with colored pencils 


Strange2  29 Jan 2002 
Here's a page with black and white images of the Rider-Waite major arcana, that you could print out and color:

http://www.private.org.il/RWS/RWS.html 


kayne  29 Jan 2002 
That's a great link Strange2. The images are of excellent quality...
It says they are copy right free? I wonder how that works - who owns the copyright for RW?

8-) K 


Major Tom  30 Jan 2002 
Quote:
kayne (30 Jan, 2002 14:11):
That's a great link Strange2. The images are of excellent quality...
It says they are copy right free? I wonder how that works - who owns the copyright for RW?

8-) K


I echo this - it really is a great link Strange2.

My copies of the deck have copyright 1971 by US Games. Doesn't copyright last for 25 years renewable? Still, I don't think we'll get in trouble for personal use of the images. }>

If US Games want to go after anyone - they'd go after the owner of the link... 


divinerguy  31 Jan 2002 
Some of you may know that I'm a California lawyer. I don't do copyright stuff, but basically, its a changing area of law. Copyrights last 75 years after the death of the author.

The Colman-Smith images themselves were never copyrighted. The US Games copyright in 1971 is for the colorization, the font and the name "Rider Tarot."

That's one reason why you see lots of Rider-Waite clones.

Gary 


catlin  31 Jan 2002 
Ehmm, I also wanted to print them out but the technical problem is that I can oly print them on a printer with A4 office paper so there are some cards missing. How can I change it? I usually get the first 2 cards full and the rest is cut off. 


jmd  31 Jan 2002 
The BOTA is available also as a full deck, in which the minor Arcana are standard Marseilles type pip cards.

Instructions on which colour to use is available in a number of books which use this deck for its illustrations, including PF Case's own little book on the Tarot. 


Jewel  06 Feb 2002 
Fun topic, Fun topic! *LOL* I just got the BOTA deck, some Prismacolors, and a great book by Paul Foster Case (for Yule) that was listed in the BOTA thread we had going a while back. I have not started coloring the cards yet, but am really looking forward to it. I have the full deck, and what I was thinking of doing was focusing on the element of the suit and possible color magic information for the minors. If I knew how to draw I would make my own draewings on the minors, but alas I was not blessed with that talent and stick figures are not my thing ;). I think my first time around with this I am just going to color the cards any way I feel like and then see how they differ from Case's recommendations ... then I may get another set and color them per his instructions. I think this will be a very meditative process. To bad the Robin Wood deck is not available to color ~shrugs~

Faunabay, you might want to check out the BOTA, the paper is not glossed at all and would be easier to color.

Love & Light, 


Major Tom  06 Feb 2002 
Quote:
Jewel (07 Feb, 2002 02:27):
Fun topic, Fun topic! *LOL* If I knew how to draw I would make my own draewings on the minors, but alas I was not blessed with that talent and stick figures are not my thing ;).

Love & Light,


Jewel - Do you know how to use a camera? You could take photos and cut them out for your cards. ;D You could even cut photos from magazines. :D Heck! Why even bother with pre-printed cards? Just make up your own deck. }> 


Jewel  06 Feb 2002 
Quote:
Major Tom (07 Feb, 2002 03:36):
Quote:
Jewel (07 Feb, 2002 02:27):
Fun topic, Fun topic! *LOL* If I knew how to draw I would make my own draewings on the minors, but alas I was not blessed with that talent and stick figures are not my thing ;).

Love & Light,


Jewel - Do you know how to use a camera? You could take photos and cut them out for your cards. ;D You could even cut photos from magazines. :D Heck! Why even bother with pre-printed cards? Just make up your own deck. }>


ROFLMAO ... Major Tom thank you kindly for your encouragement :)

I have always dreampt of collaborating with someone that can draw to create a Tarot deck. They could draw and I could color ~giggles~. The collage decks I like are far and few between, and for purposes of my BOTA work what I had envisioned was drawings that would complement the pips already on them. I do really appreciate your encouragement though. Perhaps some day ...

Love & Light, 


The Color it yourself Tarot thread was originally posted on 29 Jan 2002 in the Tarot Decks board, and is now archived in the Forum Library. Read the active threads in Tarot Decks, or read more archived threads.

 


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