Monica L Knighton is creating The Stolen Child Tarot
56

patrons

$182
per new card
Hi there!  I'm Monica!
So, if I referred you here, or a tarot enthusiast did, you might know me as the creator of  The Stolen Child Tarot -- a 24 card major arcana tarot deck inspired by the Yeat's poem of the same name.

It began life in 2012 on Kickstarter allowing for creation of an artist-made edition run of 500. This was totally a hands-on labor of love! Each chapbook deck was signed, numbered and packaged by me in hand cut and folded art papers resembling wood grain or green leaf material, tied with hemp cord.

The positive response to the deck in theme and content was HUGE -- requests for me to complete it with the Minor Arcana have been coming in ever since!

And I would LOVE to! But I need the resources to devote myself to the large volume of work to produce the remaining illustrations.  While Kickstarter is a great option if you've completed the artwork and are looking for help with printing, I don't feel it's the best option for the long term task of helping me get the artwork done.

It's a big job!  There are about 50 images needed, plus, if I'm doing this, I want to do it right with a detailed guidebook to go with it.  I want the final 78 card deck to be just as fantastic and special as the limited Major Arcana deck.



Enter Patreon!  You support the project by making a pledge per card I complete. It can be as little as a dollar per card and it is only collected if and when each card is completed and posted.  Also, you can set a cap per month so it's never more than you budget for. And if your world changes, you can stop being a pledge supporter at any time.

As a Patreon supporter, you'll be privy to my process blog with work-in-progress snaps, first looks at pencils and color tests and any other fun behind the scenes stuff I come up with!  If you supported the Major Arcana creation, it'll be a lot like the updates I posted on Kickstarter!  When you become a Patreon patron, two magical tabs will appear on this page: 'Creations', where images of the completed new cards will go and 'Activity' where pencils, work in progress and bits and bobs will go (hopefully no cat videos, but I make no promises.)

What is Patreon?
Patreon lets you be a Patron of the Arts and support creators you want to see work from - to help the artist eat, sleep and live, while the work is being done. In exchange, patrons get a look behind the scenes, images of work in progress and communication with the artist in process, as well as exclusive access to the final content.  Most Patreon pledgers give as little as $1-2 a month to keep a project going.

What about printed decks?
There are two BIG steps to finishing The Stolen Child Tarot:
1) Completing the artwork
2) Funding a printed deck and book
My Patreon campaign is devoted to getting that first step, completing the artwork out of the way. It does not cover printing or shipping decks. But without completing the art, there won't be a printed deck! 
When the full deck and book are finished I will run a Kickstarter for production funds to print physical copies, but that is a separate project.  With that campaign, there will be a reward level to thank Patreon supporters.  Possibly it could include a deck at cost, or a special edition deck or art print - it's too soon to say.  My focus right now is 100% on completing the art.

If all this is new to you, you may be wondering just who am I anyway...  I'm an illustrator that loves symbols, folklore and literature.
 
I have a portfolio site here:
www.monicalknighton.com

And I sell some work here.

I've also done a lot of creative things with Kickstarter and I feel it's vital to my reputation as an artist to  create responsibly researched and budgeted projects where I can deliver on my promises in a timely manner.

Check out my projects and track record here!

And below are all the cool pledge levels! Which one to choose?  Remember, you are pledging per card I complete. Some months I've done none, and some months I've done as many as FOUR. Also keep in mind you are welcome to cap your pledge so what you give per month is never more than you expect! :)
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per new card
4 patrons
A heartfelt thank you message from the artist AND Yoyo the one-eyed cat!  Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!
WIP Sketchbook
$1 or more per new card 25 of 40 patrons
SKETCHBOOK! Yep, you will get the exclusive behind the scenes sketchbook! This 30 page half letter size booklet is a tour through the making of the Major Arcana and the beginning of the Minors, including detailed images of the production pencils, composition layouts and color tests. Check the Creation or Activity tabs for images. (This book is only available to Patreon backers and will go till they're gone!)  And of course this reward level also includes the option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! This reward will ship after your 3rd month of support and can only be shipped to addresses in the continental US.


Pledge $2 or more per new card
1 patrons (sold out!)
Original art! Poe's Raven production ink art in archival white mat. (Check out the Activity tab to see an image of the piece.) I have opened my trunk and am putting a small number of original matted drawings up as a thank you to new supporters! Art will ship after the 2nd month of your support. Also includes a personalized Thank You postcard from the artist. (Right now they feature winged monkeys, but the next batch may be different!) Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!
Pledge $2 or more per new card
4 patrons
A personalized Thank You postcard from the artist. (Right now they feature winged monkeys, but the next batch may be different!) Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!
Mystery Card
$3 or more per new card 5 of 6 patrons
Update 10/8/2017 Mystery Cards are gone! Even if a spot open up on this tier, they're still gone! Wow!

MYSTERY CARD! In addition to a Thank You postcard and vinyl sticker, you will get a single card print from the Major Arcana - a Mystery Card - sent to you for you to interpret! And of course the option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! This reward will ship after your 3rd month of support.

LIMITED PRINT AND MYSTERY CARD
$4 or more per new card 2 patrons (sold out!)
Update 10/8/2017 LIMITED PRINTs AND MYSTERY CARDs are gone! Even if a spot open up on this tier, they're still gone! Wow!

LIMITED PRINT AND MYSTERY CARD! In addition to a Thank You postcard and vinyl sticker, you will get a signed and numbered limited 8.5 by 11 print of the Page of Brine AND a single card print from the Major Arcana - a Mystery Card - sent to you for you to interpret!  Also includes the option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! This reward will ship after your 3rd month of support.

Pledge $4 or more per new card
3 patrons (sold out!)
PRINT PORTFOLIO! In addition to a Thank You postcard and vinyl sticker, you will get a set of 7 signed  8.5 by 11 prints from the Major Arcana! This portfolio includes, The Emperor, Empress, The Lovers, The Chariot, The Hanged Man, The Moon and the World.  Also includes the option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! This reward will ship after your 3rd month of support.
TAROT OF THE DEAD deck -These are GONE. I can't close the tier, I don't have more. If a spot opens up it won't change that!
$6 or more per new card 6 patrons (sold out!)
TAROT OF THE DEAD deck. Supporters will get a 1st edition copy of my first deck, The Tarot of the Dead out of my personal stash (this is the self published 1999 1st edition, not the Llewellyn 2001 edition) a personalized Thank You postcard from the artist AND a vinyl Stolen Child Tarot sticker featuring the image for The Emperor card. Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!  ***SOLD OUT.*** Clicking that button that says to email you if a slot opens won't work! They are GONE!
Pledge $10 or more per new card
10 patrons (sold out!)
Original Art!
**Update** I've changed this reward! (You can see the original below)
The New Improved reward is that EVERYONE at this level will get an original painting from The Stolen Child Tarot. When ALL the art is complete, I will contact patrons in the order they became a pledge supporter to chose a card. I reserve the right to hold some cards for my portfolio, but with over 50 paintings to chose from, your options will be dynamite! Reward still includes a personalized Thank You postcard from the artist, a vinyl Stolen Child Tarot sticker, and option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! Your postcard/sticker will ship after your 3rd month of support and you'll be notified when the art is complete to make your painting selection! Yay!!

Old reward:
A personalized Thank You postcard from the artist AND a vinyl Stolen Child Tarot sticker featuring the image for The Emperor card, AND YOU WILL BE ENTERED IN A DRAWING TO FOR AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF ARTWORK from the deck when all the cards are completed! Only other Patreon supporters at this level will go in the drawing and I will video stream the event! Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!  (The fine print details about fairness:  Reward level supporters will have their name go in 1 time for each card they support.  So if you become a $10 supporter right away and hang in there for the completion of the deck, your name could be in the drawing 50 times.  If you become a supporter when there are only 3 cards left, your name will go in 3 times.  This seems fair to me, but I'm not a game theory major -- if you see something I'm missing, drop me a line and I'll try to fix it!)
Goals
$182 of $200 per new card
Hitting this goal will provide enough support for me to commit to fitting a new card each month into my work load!
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Hi there!  I'm Monica!
So, if I referred you here, or a tarot enthusiast did, you might know me as the creator of  The Stolen Child Tarot -- a 24 card major arcana tarot deck inspired by the Yeat's poem of the same name.

It began life in 2012 on Kickstarter allowing for creation of an artist-made edition run of 500. This was totally a hands-on labor of love! Each chapbook deck was signed, numbered and packaged by me in hand cut and folded art papers resembling wood grain or green leaf material, tied with hemp cord.

The positive response to the deck in theme and content was HUGE -- requests for me to complete it with the Minor Arcana have been coming in ever since!

And I would LOVE to! But I need the resources to devote myself to the large volume of work to produce the remaining illustrations.  While Kickstarter is a great option if you've completed the artwork and are looking for help with printing, I don't feel it's the best option for the long term task of helping me get the artwork done.

It's a big job!  There are about 50 images needed, plus, if I'm doing this, I want to do it right with a detailed guidebook to go with it.  I want the final 78 card deck to be just as fantastic and special as the limited Major Arcana deck.



Enter Patreon!  You support the project by making a pledge per card I complete. It can be as little as a dollar per card and it is only collected if and when each card is completed and posted.  Also, you can set a cap per month so it's never more than you budget for. And if your world changes, you can stop being a pledge supporter at any time.

As a Patreon supporter, you'll be privy to my process blog with work-in-progress snaps, first looks at pencils and color tests and any other fun behind the scenes stuff I come up with!  If you supported the Major Arcana creation, it'll be a lot like the updates I posted on Kickstarter!  When you become a Patreon patron, two magical tabs will appear on this page: 'Creations', where images of the completed new cards will go and 'Activity' where pencils, work in progress and bits and bobs will go (hopefully no cat videos, but I make no promises.)

What is Patreon?
Patreon lets you be a Patron of the Arts and support creators you want to see work from - to help the artist eat, sleep and live, while the work is being done. In exchange, patrons get a look behind the scenes, images of work in progress and communication with the artist in process, as well as exclusive access to the final content.  Most Patreon pledgers give as little as $1-2 a month to keep a project going.

What about printed decks?
There are two BIG steps to finishing The Stolen Child Tarot:
1) Completing the artwork
2) Funding a printed deck and book
My Patreon campaign is devoted to getting that first step, completing the artwork out of the way. It does not cover printing or shipping decks. But without completing the art, there won't be a printed deck! 
When the full deck and book are finished I will run a Kickstarter for production funds to print physical copies, but that is a separate project.  With that campaign, there will be a reward level to thank Patreon supporters.  Possibly it could include a deck at cost, or a special edition deck or art print - it's too soon to say.  My focus right now is 100% on completing the art.

If all this is new to you, you may be wondering just who am I anyway...  I'm an illustrator that loves symbols, folklore and literature.
 
I have a portfolio site here:
www.monicalknighton.com

And I sell some work here.

I've also done a lot of creative things with Kickstarter and I feel it's vital to my reputation as an artist to  create responsibly researched and budgeted projects where I can deliver on my promises in a timely manner.

Check out my projects and track record here!

And below are all the cool pledge levels! Which one to choose?  Remember, you are pledging per card I complete. Some months I've done none, and some months I've done as many as FOUR. Also keep in mind you are welcome to cap your pledge so what you give per month is never more than you expect! :)

Recent posts by Monica L Knighton

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per new card
4 patrons
A heartfelt thank you message from the artist AND Yoyo the one-eyed cat!  Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!
WIP Sketchbook
$1 or more per new card 25 of 40 patrons
SKETCHBOOK! Yep, you will get the exclusive behind the scenes sketchbook! This 30 page half letter size booklet is a tour through the making of the Major Arcana and the beginning of the Minors, including detailed images of the production pencils, composition layouts and color tests. Check the Creation or Activity tabs for images. (This book is only available to Patreon backers and will go till they're gone!)  And of course this reward level also includes the option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! This reward will ship after your 3rd month of support and can only be shipped to addresses in the continental US.


Pledge $2 or more per new card
1 patrons (sold out!)
Original art! Poe's Raven production ink art in archival white mat. (Check out the Activity tab to see an image of the piece.) I have opened my trunk and am putting a small number of original matted drawings up as a thank you to new supporters! Art will ship after the 2nd month of your support. Also includes a personalized Thank You postcard from the artist. (Right now they feature winged monkeys, but the next batch may be different!) Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!
Pledge $2 or more per new card
4 patrons
A personalized Thank You postcard from the artist. (Right now they feature winged monkeys, but the next batch may be different!) Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!
Mystery Card
$3 or more per new card 5 of 6 patrons
Update 10/8/2017 Mystery Cards are gone! Even if a spot open up on this tier, they're still gone! Wow!

MYSTERY CARD! In addition to a Thank You postcard and vinyl sticker, you will get a single card print from the Major Arcana - a Mystery Card - sent to you for you to interpret! And of course the option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! This reward will ship after your 3rd month of support.

LIMITED PRINT AND MYSTERY CARD
$4 or more per new card 2 patrons (sold out!)
Update 10/8/2017 LIMITED PRINTs AND MYSTERY CARDs are gone! Even if a spot open up on this tier, they're still gone! Wow!

LIMITED PRINT AND MYSTERY CARD! In addition to a Thank You postcard and vinyl sticker, you will get a signed and numbered limited 8.5 by 11 print of the Page of Brine AND a single card print from the Major Arcana - a Mystery Card - sent to you for you to interpret!  Also includes the option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! This reward will ship after your 3rd month of support.

Pledge $4 or more per new card
3 patrons (sold out!)
PRINT PORTFOLIO! In addition to a Thank You postcard and vinyl sticker, you will get a set of 7 signed  8.5 by 11 prints from the Major Arcana! This portfolio includes, The Emperor, Empress, The Lovers, The Chariot, The Hanged Man, The Moon and the World.  Also includes the option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! This reward will ship after your 3rd month of support.
TAROT OF THE DEAD deck -These are GONE. I can't close the tier, I don't have more. If a spot opens up it won't change that!
$6 or more per new card 6 patrons (sold out!)
TAROT OF THE DEAD deck. Supporters will get a 1st edition copy of my first deck, The Tarot of the Dead out of my personal stash (this is the self published 1999 1st edition, not the Llewellyn 2001 edition) a personalized Thank You postcard from the artist AND a vinyl Stolen Child Tarot sticker featuring the image for The Emperor card. Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!  ***SOLD OUT.*** Clicking that button that says to email you if a slot opens won't work! They are GONE!
Pledge $10 or more per new card
10 patrons (sold out!)
Original Art!
**Update** I've changed this reward! (You can see the original below)
The New Improved reward is that EVERYONE at this level will get an original painting from The Stolen Child Tarot. When ALL the art is complete, I will contact patrons in the order they became a pledge supporter to chose a card. I reserve the right to hold some cards for my portfolio, but with over 50 paintings to chose from, your options will be dynamite! Reward still includes a personalized Thank You postcard from the artist, a vinyl Stolen Child Tarot sticker, and option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news! Your postcard/sticker will ship after your 3rd month of support and you'll be notified when the art is complete to make your painting selection! Yay!!

Old reward:
A personalized Thank You postcard from the artist AND a vinyl Stolen Child Tarot sticker featuring the image for The Emperor card, AND YOU WILL BE ENTERED IN A DRAWING TO FOR AN ORIGINAL PIECE OF ARTWORK from the deck when all the cards are completed! Only other Patreon supporters at this level will go in the drawing and I will video stream the event! Option to have your name on the Patrons page of the guidebook, plus private access to The Stolen Child work-in-progress-blog with first looks at pencils, color tests, musings and news!  (The fine print details about fairness:  Reward level supporters will have their name go in 1 time for each card they support.  So if you become a $10 supporter right away and hang in there for the completion of the deck, your name could be in the drawing 50 times.  If you become a supporter when there are only 3 cards left, your name will go in 3 times.  This seems fair to me, but I'm not a game theory major -- if you see something I'm missing, drop me a line and I'll try to fix it!)