Dynamic Dreamer ~ Art Weaver

The Ghostly, Mythic, Tarot & Fairy Tale musings of Lisa Hunt

Creating the Fairy Tale Tarot: From Idea to Publication (pt 1)


Me in my studio transferring drawing to watercolor paper

Painting is not just something I do, it is an extension of my soul and an inherent part of my well being. I have sketched seriously nearly every single day for the past 25 years, and there is always a painting in progress. I write as well– the two disciplines often converging in journals/sketchbooks and from the imaginative reservoirs constantly percolating in my restless mind. When I’m not drawing, painting or writing, I’m at least thinking about what I want to draw, paint or write. And for me, creativity is never a forced thing.

The idea for fairy tale tarot came to me one night. I’ve always loved and studied fairy tales, perhaps more than any other genre. My all-time favorite book is the 1971 release of The Giant All-Color Book of Fairy Tales. I received it when I was an impressionable four year old and it has been a constant companion ever since. To this day, it still holds a place of honor in my studio.

My favorite fairy tale collection from childhood

My favorite fairy tale collection from childhood

Although these stories formed me and my life as an artist, with their expressive timeless messages and universal symbolism, I hadn’t thought about how useful and beautiful they could be in the context of divination. Then one night while discussing stories, folklore and tarot with my husband Kort, he suddenly exclaimed, “What about a fairy tale tarot?”. I was thunderstruck! Of course! A fairy tale tarot was the most natural idea I could possibly imagine exploring and I truly felt undaunted by the tremendous commitment and dedication such a project would entail.

All the sketchbooks I filled while working on the Fairy Tale Tarot

All the sketchbooks I filled while working on the Fairy Tale Tarot

Many years later, here I am reviewing final PDF files of the images that I just received from my art director. I can’t even begin to explain what I’m feeling as I pore over the card files and await the final book edits– the beginnings of the finished project. These final months before heading to press represent a culmination of many years of research, studies, sketching and tarot formulation. The creation of Fairy Tale Tarot is my personal magnum opus, a lifetime journey come full circle. I have great reverance for my ragged copy of the Giant All-Color Book of Fairy Tales. It made me who I am today.

~ Lisa

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  2. […] goes on. And of course, there is my omnipresent Golden Book of Fairy Tales of my early childhood (see a previous post). I came back to the Fool, but a wiser Fool– one who embraces all that I am as an artist. The […]

  3. Yarndancer says:

    I just love this deck, it is on my to get list as soon as it comes out. My birthday is Sep. 23 so I very much hope they will be for sale by then. These cards are something I will be looking forward to. thank you so much for making them and most of all for publishing them so the rest of us can share.

  4. Rose says:

    Lisa, I know the Fairy Tale Tarot is going to be successful, because you always put so much of yourself in your projects, which is what makes them so deep and beautiful! Great post–I always love hearing about the evolution of a creative project!


  5. lisahuntart says:

    Thank you, Danielle. It’s due out fall 2009. Congratulations on your new novel!

  6. Be sure and let us all know when they come out. I and my friends love to purchase a copy.

    DW Golden
    Let in a little magic with Purple Butterflies, a new young adult novel now available at Amazon.