Supposedly, I was going to retire this deck, but after many requests for me to reprint, I decided to do another short print run. Purchase here if you would like a copy. Your order supports my small business and helps keep these available. Thank you for supporting my self-published works!
This European-style divination deck, called Lenormand, features my handmade mixed-media collages that I created in 2013 for personal use. I used antique photographs, Victorian-style wallpaper, and illustrations from antiquarian books, hence the name Antiquarian Lenormand.
Six Years Ago Today...
...David and I visited Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. While we stopped at Oscar Wilde's tomb and Jim Morrison's shrine, as a Lenormand reader, I first had to visit its namesake, Mademoiselle Marie Anne Lenormand's resting place.
To my great surprise, her gravesite was so well cared for and abundantly decorated with plants and flowers and cherub statuettes.
Antiquarian Lenormand - 3 Sizes
Mini: will come in a thick black satin bag with title card.
Poker: will come in a labeled matte black tin with title card.
Large: the large "tarot-sized" special holiday release will come in a thick tuck box with a hand inked black edge treatment, extra Fox card and LWB.*
*The extra Fox card and black edge treatment are not included in this printing of the Mini or Poker sized decks.
There's another printing in the works but I have some ideas. I'm considering doing another larger sized deck. I'll definitely be printing poker size again. The large size Lenormand cards were well loved by folks who do 3, 5, or 9 card readings. I'm going with the first printer again and going to make it a special edition.
The Antiquarian Lenormand's first edition had hand-inked edges applied to all 150 decks using black permanent ink. In my opinion, the cards are beautiful with this additional detail. However, the next printing will not come with this black edge treatment. It's very easy to do on your own, but way too many decks for me to tackle. I invite you to edge treat your decks! It creates a finishing touch that gives the Antiquarian Lenormand its elegant aesthetic. You can use this process to edge treat any of your card decks that have a black border on both sides.
The Antiquarian Lenormand 2nd printing is now available to pre-order! It will come in two sizes; poker size and an adorable new mini size. You can purchase a combo pack of the poker and mini size at a discounted price. I will put the order in to the printer August 8th. As soon as I receive them I will mail them out ASAP.
Also, if you place your pre-order within the next week, you will receive a special bonus with your purchase!
I'm so grateful for everyone's support of the first edition! I'm amazed there's enough interest to do a second printing. Thank you!
The Creative Process
The purpose of creating the Antiquarian Lenormand was because I wanted a personal reading deck of my own design with an antique aesthetic. My focus at first was the late 19th and early 20th centuries but I strayed from this at times.
I first began looking for antique playing cards that I could use as the card inserts you see in historic Lenormand decks. I searched for a deck from the late 1800s or early 1900s. My search ended with the 19th century Les Modes Godey Nasco Playing Card Co deck that I found at a flea market for $5.00!
Each of the original cards are handmade 8.5” X 12” collages upon which I applied various techniques to create its distressed appearance. Some of the elements didn't need to be aged, like the letter from the schoolgirl in the Letter card. It took about seven months to assemble the 36 cards, plus the extra Fox card. (I liked both, so included both in the pack. Pick the Fox you prefer to use in your readings and leave the other out.)