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VIZAĜO – Tuck Box and Final touches

VIZAĜO is getting close campaign mode – All the artwork is complete, leaving only last-minute touch-ups, which means I have finally approached printers! Quotes should be in the pipeline within the not too distant future, placing these new playing cards ever closer to the prospect of rubbing shoulders with all the other ‘real’ decks in the world, which feels ever so […]

Looking back at the Illustration Process

While I am eager and most excited to complete the final stages of VIZAĜO, a slight problem with a broken finger has forced me to be patient for a few weeks, something I struggle with on the best of days… Yet attempting to clamber up rocks on a bushwalk was so hilariously silly that I’m just going to […]

Cover Designs, Websites & a Deck Design Contest

Book cover design Annette Abolins

My mother writes books, over the years she has published several books and collected poems, she also writes regular reviews about the many different books she reads … Wielding a pen or keyboard to tell a story is something I admire and find worthy of celebration, and it has been an honour for me to design the covers for […]

Why there’s so much to Love about Cards

5 decks spread out on work space

If you have visited here before, you’ll know I love cards (both Tarot and Playing cards). Having just published my second deck, I feel I’m still at the beginning of a most inspiring journey, which I hope will lead to many more cards in the future. In this post I want to share some of my thoughts and inspiration behind why I like […]

Playing Cards: Links to buy, Images & Interview

Design by Annette Abolins

It’s been a busy week since the playing cards arrived from the printer; wrapping and packing decks to send on their way to new homes. It’s an exciting pastime, which may see me graduate to assistant wrapper at the local post office :) I do want to say thank you, as your support inspires me to continue exploring this magical and visually exciting […]

Inspiration for Art comes in many Shapes and Sizes

picasso, kahlo, van gogh, klimt artworks

I don’t think it’s possible to pin-point exactly how ideas form, as they tend to pop up when we’re looking the other way.  It is possible though, to dwell on the various things that might inspire or lead to an idea … and in this post I want to share some of my inspirations. Art Supply (stores) There’s this thing called […]

Playing Cards – The printing presses are running

Artwork by Annette Abolins

It’s been a while since my last update. The weather (we’ve had some!) and the busy month of May (with celebrations and exciting visitors) have kept me occupied … On the creative side, I’ve been busy completing my deck of playing cards, previewed in this post :) I’m excited to announce that after almost a year and a half, the printing […]

Tarot and Playing cards – Artwork update

preview illustrated playing cards

After delving into pen and ink drawings it’s time for a digital painting update … In this Tarot themed post you’ll find a preview of the latest additions to my upcoming playing cards … a look at the visual story (or infographic) I did for Nine Lives Tarot … and my artwork for the 5th Aeclectic Tarot Collaborative deck … Illustrated […]