I have started making a small deck of cards – one for each of the (more or less – depending on the source) twelve stages of the alchemical process. I started at the finish for some reason – with the last stage: Projectio. Projection is the moment when the base metal, after the long and careful process of the first eleven steps of the work are completed, is finally turned to gold. One of the symbols of the Projectio is the phoenix, the fiery sun-like bird, rising from the flames.
I made this small card (height = 2.75 inches) and this small deck to fit into a small copper and brass box I found at my favorite local antique store. The image is painted on Strathmore 500 bristol board using acrylic inks, Prismacolor watercolor pencils, Derwent Inktense pencils, and gold acrylic paint. More cards to follow.