Design and Artwork
The Touchstone Tarot by Kat Black features exquisitely crafted collages created from Baroque masterpieces, infusing the tarot with a new depth of meaning and artistic beauty. Each card is a digital collage, with sensual portraits that exhibit subtle facial expressions and nuances, designed to help readers intuitively connect with the imagery. The deck adheres to the familiar Rider-Waite-Smith format, making it accessible for tarot enthusiasts of all experience levels. Its luxurious presentation includes gold gilt edges and an elegant box, adding to its appeal.
Symbolism and Themes
Touchstone Tarot skillfully merges traditional tarot symbolism with the rich, detailed art of the Baroque period. This fusion adds layers of emotional and psychological depth to the cards, enhancing the reader’s intuitive connection. The use of historical art pieces brings a timeless quality to the readings, while maintaining the classic tarot themes of human experience and spirituality.
Users of Touchstone Tarot highly praise the deck for its stunning artwork and quality. The deck is noted for its sturdy box, good card stock, and informative guidebook, making it a favorite among both beginners and seasoned tarot readers. While the card size may pose a challenge for some in terms of shuffling, the deck’s visual appeal and historical art connections make it a captivating tool for readings and personal exploration.
About the Author
Kat Black, an Australian artist and performer, has a diverse background in painting, digital art, video projection, and interactive installation. Her first commercial tarot deck, Golden Tarot, released in 2004, set a precedent for her unique approach to tarot using digital collage. Her collaboration with Jasper Cook in creating public art as VJzoo further showcases her innovative and artistic versatility.
- 80-card deluxe tarot deck with an optional extra Happy Squirrel card
- Artwork created from digital collages of Baroque masterpieces
- Familiar Rider-Waite-Smith structure for ease of use
- Gold gilt edges and a sturdy, elegant box for storage
- 108-page illustrated guidebook with card meanings, spreads, and art references
- Ideal for both beginners and experienced tarot readers